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Executive Director 50% time
Santa Cruz Art League

Santa Cruz, CA


Santa Cruz Art League Executive Director, 50% Position

Accepting Applications/Resumes from Dec. 1, 2015 through January 31st 2016.

Send to: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or email:

Interviews to be held between March 3 -12, 2016; position to start by April 1, 2016

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Job Description:

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Santa Cruz Art League and reports to the Board of Directors. S/He is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives, and will work in consultation with the Staff Administrative Director. Beginning Salary will be $26,000 per year for a 50% time position: Twenty (20) hours per week, divided between work in the office, attending Exhibition Receptions, Board & committee meetings, Community Meetings and Fundraising events.) One week paid vacation at end of first year of service plus up to five (5) days of paid sick time annually.

In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:

  • Read and understand the organization’s By-Laws and long-range strategy to achieve its support Visual and Performing Arts and Artists through Art Education, Exhibitions and Theatre, and to help SCAL make consistent and timely progress toward its goals.
  • Understand and be willing to implement the goals and strategies listed in the Grant Application to CFSCC (July 2015). The grant is funding, in part, this Executive Director position.
  • Provide leadership in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
  • Promote active participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work —in consultation with the Staff Administrative Director.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the arts.
  • Must demonstrate past success at fund development, including knowledge of and success in attracting foundation and corporate grants; ability to identify, steward and solicit individual donors.

In communications, the Executive Director will:

  • Keep the board fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  • Work cooperatively with SCAL Staff and with Theatre managers.
  • Widely Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals through traditional print and emerging electronic platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, radio and television.
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and Art organizations within the County and region.
  • Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to outside agencies and funding agencies.
  • Demonstrate a proven ability to raise the viability of SCAL through successful marketing including expansion of the membership base, ability to write and obtain grants, and vigorous fundraising.
  • Maintain communication and coordinate (as much as possible) events between the SCAL Broadway Theatre and SCAL classes, weekend workshops, Art Receptions, Special Events and other entities with which SCAL develops a relationship.
In fundraising. The Executive Director will:
  • Work with volunteers and staff to raise sufficient funds to cover the annual budget and the reserve set by the Board of Directors.

  • Seek funding from varied sources including members, other individuals businesses and corporations, foundations.

In relations with staff, the Executive Director will:

  • In conjunction with the Staff Administrative Director, be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.

  • Ensure that job descriptions are clear, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.

  • See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.

  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.

  • Maintain a collaborative working atmosphere which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.

In budget and finance, the Executive Director will:

  • Be responsible for understanding SCAL’s current financial practices, and work toward developing sound financial practices.
  • Work with the staff, Finance Committee, and the board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.

  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.

  • Jointly, with the president and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers and Staff Administrative Director, execute legal documents.


  • Education — SCAL requires a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience working with art and artists.

  • Experience – SCAL would like at least three or more years of work with a non-profit organization, with references from at least three sources.

  • Strong organization and management skills; proven initiative and self starter!

  • Possess a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the arts.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Demonstrate past success at fund development, including knowledge of and success in attracting foundation and corporate grants; ability to identify, steward and solicit individual donors.

  • Be familiar with both Mac and PC Platforms and know how to use Quickbooks and Exceed Donor software.

Additional Information about the Santa Cruz Art League:

Founded in 1919, the Santa Cruz Art League is one of the oldest arts organizations on the Central Coast of California. In 1949 its members incorporated as a 501 c 3 non-profit educational organization. In 1951 members built the current facilities, which we own.

We have the largest (2,700 sq ft) and most versatile gallery in Santa Cruz County, presenting 14 exhibitions a year. Most of our shows are open to County, Regional, Statewide and National artists to display and sell their work. A highlight of our exhibit year is the highly-acclaimed California Annual Statewide Landscape Exhibit. This exhibition is the longest running landscape show in the state and was started in 1926. The show is unlike any other in the county and known by artists and art lovers from all over the state. It brings attention to our area and arts community. We held our our 60th Annual High School Art Show this year, offering public, private, and home-school students their first opportunities to show their work in public.

In 2014 we offered 54 low cost art classes, taught by 19 teachers, to 618 students, with waiting lists for several classes.

We partner with WEST theatre, which teaches youth acting classes and stages productions for more than 600 K-12 students a year. WEST leases our Broadway Playhouse Theatre which is part of the Santa Cruz Art League facility.

We collaborate with 33 local non-profit museum and arts organizations through the Santa Cruz County Museums Partnership, an association of non-profits which promotes local art, natural, and cultural history organizations to both tourists and residents. We collaborate with a large number of artists and businesses, including for-profit galleries through First Friday Santa Cruz.
Addressee:Santa Cruz Art League
Address: 526 Broadway

Deadline: 01-31-2016

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