Executive Director at Spokane Arts / Employment

July 12, 2023

Organization Name: Spokane Arts

Organization Location: Spokane, WA

Type: Employment

Fee: Free


SPOKANE ARTS seeks an Executive Director who will be a charismatic steward of regional arts leadership. The Executive Director (ED) reports to the chair of the Spokane Arts Governing Board of Directors and meets regularly with the Board and the Spokane Arts Commission. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Spokane Arts’ contract staff, volunteers, programs, partnerships, and execution of its mission. The ED will have a deep understanding of core programs, operations, fundraising and development for this nonprofit. The ED will act as the primary spokesperson for Spokane Arts and will represent the organization locally, regionally and nationally.
This is an exciting opportunity to take the creative sector in the Spokane region to the next level. Spokane Arts is critical to cultivating creative vitality in the Spokane region, providing paid opportunities to artists, and advocating for arts & culture. The right candidate will have the ability to leave a legacy as they grow the funding and community engagement of Spokane Arts.
The preferred candidate will be drawn to the mission of Spokane Arts and will possess the following: significant leadership skills with demonstrated success in supervisory and budget management; appreciation for arts & culture across disciplines; a demonstrated commitment to equity and accessibility; the ability to be a passionate, articulate spokesperson for arts & culture; strong fundraising experience, preferably in the arts or nonprofit sector; a self-motivated style, coupled with a positive attitude and a collaborative spirit; the experience to develop and implement strategic planning for the organization; an action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to organizational planning.
Since 2017, the organization has contracted with the City of Spokane to manage a portion of the city’s collected admissions tax, 33% of which is dedicated to arts and culture by city ordinance. The admissions tax is a 5% fee charged as part of admission to for-profit ticketed entertainment like concerts, movies, and more. The 33% dedicated to arts & culture was significantly impacted by the pandemic but has nearly returned to pre-2020 levels. In FY2022 the amount was ~$176,000 and in FY23 is ~$323,000. The 33% of admissions tax dedicated to arts and culture funds the Spokane Arts Grant Awards (SAGA), the only local grant program solely dedicated to arts & culture, and also funds various programs including the curation of the Chase Gallery, the city poet laureate program, murals, public performances, a short film documentary series, Queer Art Walk, the annual Arts Awards, and more. Spokane Arts seeks to increase municipal funding for arts & culture, to be at similar or higher levels than comparable mid-sized cities & regions. Complete information can be found in the opportunity link or at spokanearts.org/opportunities/spokane-arts-hiring-executive-director/
Applications should include a cover letter, resume and 5 professional references. Please send to: artshelper@spokanearts.org.
Applications accepted through 5 p.m. on July 12, 2023


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