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Executive Director Opportunity

Columbus Area Arts Council
Job Description
The Columbus Area Arts Council (CAAC) is a non-profit corporation in the heart of downtown Columbus,
Indiana. Since 1972, the Arts Council has been a cornerstone for cultural development in our
community. The Arts Council provides leadership that cultivates a creative network, engages young
talent, and expands the quality of place here in Columbus.

The Executive Director role is the leader of the Arts Council and reports to the board of directors. The
job requires leadership across all the functions noted below. The Arts Council leader will maintain
working relationships with community groups while providing robust and varied arts programming for
the Columbus community. This individual will be a vocal champion for the arts and supportive of related
community projects and initiatives. Implementation of a strategic plan to position the arts and the
organization as tools for economic development is a foundational responsibility. Nourishing board
engagement regarding the organization’s operations, programming, and critical issues, and providing
the board tools and analysis to make informed decisions. A working knowledge of significant
developments and trends in both arts organizations and non-profit management and operations is
required. Positioning the organization for greater community impact is an expectation for this role.

Compliance and financial oversight – necessary tenets as a public, non-profit organization. The
Executive Director of the Arts Council serves as the chief financial steward for the organization.
Oversight of policies/procedures and engagement with the board of directors, external auditor, and
community partners (public and private) is required.

Resource Development – a key to sustainability. Develop a funding strategy for the organization, and
plan, implement, and coordinate fundraising activities. Relationships are most important to resource
development, so maintaining consistent personal engagement (cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship) with funders/supporters (including federal, state, city, county, foundation, individual and
corporate donors, and other private sources) is required. Identify and secure grant funding to help
support aligned events, programming, and operations.

The team – the Arts Council is an organization that relies on people. The ability to curate a work
environment that motivates a diverse staff of individuals, both professional and volunteer, who are
committed to organizational excellence and the mission of the organization.

Programming – a core part of our mission. Robust programming and program evaluation ensure we are
continuously improving on our community collaborations and delivery. Development of program
outcomes and ROI is critical to the sustainability of the organization.

Communications. The Executive Director is the lead spokesperson for the Arts Council. Ensuring
consistent organizational branding in everything we do is a priority. Excellent oral and written
communications are required.

Of course, the all-inclusive statement: specific duties may vary depending on direction from the Board
of Directors. In general, perform all duties incident to the office of Executive Director and perform all
other such duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President and/or the Board of Directors.

Ideally, applicants will hold a degree from an accredited 4-year college/university, with a preference for
candidates with a master’s degree in Arts Management, business or nonprofit management, or an arts
field (such as music, theater, dance, visual/digital arts).

In addition to a college degree, we desire candidates who demonstrate visionary and innovative thinking
and have the ability to work well with others. Columbus is a community that values consensus building.
We seek a leader that knows how to collaborate with others and when to question the status quo.

Flexibility to work non-standard hours (events, programs, meetings) is required.

If interested in applying, please email your resume to
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