VAE Raleigh

Job Opportunity: Executive Director
Due Oct 4 2021

JOB TITLE: Executive Director
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
STATUS: Full-Time (40hrs/wk)
PAY: $70,000 + benefits

VAE is celebrating 41 years of service to our community in 2021. Each year, the organization produces over 80 exhibitions and community programs and provides over $200,000+ in funding for artists. Our staff is the driving force of the organization. Most people who work at VAE do so because it allows them to scale their artistic and community-driven ideas using its resources. Over the past four decades, VAE has stayed true to its mission but readily shifts its work to align with our staff’s interests and skills and our community’s needs. VAE’s staff work as an adaptable ensemble team structure where each team member takes the lead on the programs and projects they are most excited about.

VAE envisions a more equitable creative community where everyone has the resources needed to thrive.

VAE produces, funds, and exhibits socially-engaged art through community collaboration.

VAE’s staff structure positions the Executive Director as a community-facing leader who generates and maintains collaborative, creative, and funding connections with a wide range of partners. The ideal Executive Director has personal goals and core values that align with those outlined in VAE’s 2024 Strategic Plan. The most successful director will invest in and empower staff to lead in their areas of focus by removing barriers to help them succeed, understanding that their success is key to the organization's overall success. VAE’s Executive Director is the head of development, overseeing and securing the organization’s revenue by nurturing existing funding relationships and consistently working to secure new ones. The Executive Director works collaboratively with the Board of Directors and Staff to oversee the strategic and creative direction for the organization and is the fulcrum between these two groups that ensures full team participation and success.

Our ideal team member would be a self-motivated and creative individual with deep connections to the creative community and strong leadership, management, and communication skills. We want our team members to have strong moral convictions and challenge others when necessary. The best team members understand the world of being an artist and advocate for their needs. Our existing team is excited to work with someone who has a strong understanding of the racial, disability, and queer justice central to VAE’s artistic work is comfortable working with a diverse network of artists and is highly collaborative.

- 70% employer-paid BCBS Silver Plan Health Insurance
- Paid vacation
- Paid sick leave
- Flexible schedule

- Support and manage a staff of creative leaders to ensure they have the resources needed to succeed in their roles.
- Lead the team in setting and executing the organization’s long-term creative strategies.
- Develop an annual budget that reflects the values and plans of the organization and manage the organization in line with that budget. This is currently a $500,000+ budget that includes a $100,000+ fiscal sponsorship budget.
- Create and execute fundraising plans to adequately meet the income needs outlined in the annual budget, emphasizing financial sustainability.
- Manage existing and secure new funding sources for the organization, including grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual contributions.
- Collaborate with the Board of Directors (currently 18 members) to set the organization’s strategic direction, determine priorities, and ensure the organization’s financial security.
- Be a leader in the creative community. Continuing the organization’s progress toward building a more racially just, accessible, and equitable creative community.
- Oversee the equitable disbursement of $200,000+ in artist stipends, grants, and fellowships.

- Minimum of 5 years of relevant leadership experience.
- Experience hiring, training, developing, and supporting staff.
- Fundraising track record, including individual contributions, corporate sponsorships, government and foundation grants.
- Commitment to VAE’s code of ethics (see below).
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge and experience working with artists.
- An understanding of the trends shaping the future of, at least, the region’s contemporary art community.
- Access to transportation as needed to complete job responsibilities.
- Availability to work weekends and evenings when programming requires.
- VAE Raleigh will consider applicants with all levels of education.

VAE Raleigh is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to represent our entire community, including people at the intersections of multiple identities and lived experiences. We recognize and are working to rectify the inequities and lack of diverse representation in both the arts and nonprofit sectors. Creative individuals who are people of color, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, people with low-income, and hold other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. VAE commits to providing accommodations and adaptations to job descriptions to hire the best team member. VAE Raleigh seeks to foster a fully inclusive work culture and expects all employees to further that as part of their commitment to our shared work.

Please email search [​at​] or call 919.828.7834 (leave a voicemail), if you have specific questions about VAE’s commitment to being an equitable employer or questions about this job listing.

Unsure if your qualifications exactly match what we are looking for? We encourage you to apply! The application is not overly burdensome, and we would love to know what makes you excited about this opportunity!

The Search Committee plans to begin reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on October 4th.

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