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Executive Director
Space 4 Art

San Diego, CA

Executive Director - Space 4 Art 

The next Executive Director of Space 4 Art will join the organization at a critical time its 10-year history - preparing to move to a permanent home. For the last 7 years, Space 4 Art (a 501-c-3) has been located in 3 rented warehouses in East Village, San Diego, California. Over 40 artists have affordable work studios and 6 have affordable work/live space. Large and diverse audiences have been attracted to over 84 art openings in the facilities' galleries and over 100 performances on the outdoor stage and indoor venues. Over the past 4 years, Space 4 Art has developed an innovative educational program working with King-Chavez High School and HighTechHigh Chula Vista. " The "STEAM to the STREETS" program uses art and design as the foundation for design/build community projects, a unique educational program serving underserved San Diego high school students.

Position Summary

Space 4 Art's Executive Director needs to be a visionary thinker who will build on the organization's grassroots in the San Diego arts community while maintaining stable and sustainable programs as the organization moves to a new physical location. The position requires excellent management, organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively with the San Diego art community and a wide range of stakeholders. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects and activities at Space 4 Art and maintaining sound fiscal and operating management of the organization while providing the executive leadership necessary to set and meet organizational goals. 

Responsibilities Include

Working closely with the board of directors to provide information while achieving operating and program goals as outlined in the strategic plan
Fiscal management including budget preparation, adherence to budget, development of fundraising sources including grants/foundation income, sponsorships, institutions and individual giving
Enhancement of organization's image by an active and visible presence in the community, including web and engagement pathways, and close working relationships with professional, civic and private organizations
Oversee committees and volunteers, organizing art exhibits, performances and events at Space 4 Art
Oversee management of work/live and studio rental units
Work closely with staff maintaining community outreach programs including "STEAM to the STREETS" and promote use of Space 4 Art for community events
Identify, cultivate, solicit and manage organizational partnerships, business sponsorships and individual sponsorships
Oversee a capital campaign toward funding, building and opening a new permanent facility
Staff and volunteer management, including hiring, review and retention of qualified personnel 

Qualities and Qualifications 

Imagination, vision and leadership in supporting and guiding the organization's mission. 
Committed and passionate about the organization's mission, its cultural and educational programs and community development 
Understanding of nonprofit funding community and/or experience in an art related field is preferred
Experience in fundraising, including demonstrated success in grant writing, event planning, donor management, sponsorship and solicitation of major gifts
Excellence in organizational management with particular emphasis on being a hands-on leader 
Strong marketing and public relations skills 
Exceptional written, oral and presentation skills
Minimum education -- Bachelor's degree in a creative field. An advanced degree or its equivalent is preferred

How to Apply

Please email a resume, three professional references and a compelling letter of interest.
Deadline for applications: February 24, 2017

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary range $65,000 - $75,000 per year. Benefits include paid vacation, sick
Full-time position, Monday thru Friday, some weekends and evening hours required


Non-profit Management
Financial Management
Community Relations
Strategic Planning
Board and volunteer relations

Contact:Cynthia Viveros

Deadline: 02-24-2017

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