Executive Director

Executive Director

The Art Center Highland Park (TAC) is seeking a dynamic and passionate Executive Director who will lead TAC into the next chapter of growth and impact. TAC is considered a premier visual arts institution located on the North Shore of Chicago and has been an important leader in the cultural arts community for more than 50 years. TAC is a community- based organization whose goal is to ensure access to the arts for all ages and cultural interests through classes, outreach programs, gallery exhibitions and events. The Art Center Highland Park is an Illinois 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Position Summary:
The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and administration of The Art Center Highland Park, including the school that offers over 400 classes and workshops annually in a wide range of mediums and skill levels, as well as, the galleries that host over 20 exhibitions per year. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission, programs and financial objectives, as well as its adherence to its core principles.

This is a full time position with paid vacations. Salary is competitive and does not include health benefits or a pension program.

Position Responsibilities:

1.    Program Development and Management: Promote and create innovative, high quality programming and practices that fulfill TAC’s mission (arts education and appreciation); drive increases in student attendance in classes/workshops and increases in exhibit attendance; strive for high member, student and faculty satisfaction.

2.    Budget and Finance Management: Establish and maintain sound financial practices through budget management and oversight of fiscal functions; prepare a budget, ensure organization operates within budget guidelines; prepare TAC financial statements regularly and for Board Meetings.

3.    Donor Solicitation and Fundraising: Work with the BOD to ensure adequate funds are available to support TAC; identify, cultivate and solicit individual donors, corporate sponsors, grants and other fundraising opportunities; maintain and promote goodwill in the community to enable fundraising.

4.    Board Integration: Seek and build BOD involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations; provide leadership in developing policies with the BOD and staff; carry out policies, procedures and directions authorized by the BOD; keep BOD informed/apprised of issues of TAC.

5.    Administrative: Create a staff organization and environment that serves the TAC community and operations including: recruitment, management, training, review of all personnel, including paid staff and contractors (Faculty); maintain official records and ensure compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations; meet requirements of grants.

6.    Communications: Publicize and raise community awareness of TAC, its programs and mission. Serve as the TAC ambassador and advocate by representing the organization and its perspective through outreach, establish sound working relationships with government (The City of Highland Park), agencies, organizations (i.e. Illinois Arts Council and Chicago Artists Coalition) and the general public.

Required Skills and Behaviors:

1.    Business Knowledge: Demonstrates through accuracy; understands the organization’s mission; plans for short term goals as well as longer term financial planning; understands the roles of central staff and supports organization’s needs for financial reporting; develops and enhances business practices and policies.

2.    Takes Responsibility: Completes assignments in a thorough, accurate, and timely manner that achieves expected outcomes; exhibits concern for the goals and needs of the organization and others that depend on services or work products; handles multiple responsibilities in an effective manner; uses work time productively.

3.    Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers (faculty and students); acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect; goes above and beyond to anticipate customer needs and respond accordingly.

4.    Problem Solving/CreativityIdentifies and analyzes problems; formulates alternative solutions; takes or recommends appropriate actions; follows up to ensure problems are resolved.

5.    Hiring and StaffingIs a good judge of talent; recruits & hires the best people available from inside or outside the organization; assembles and orients talented staffs. Dismisses personnel that do not meet job objectives and do not act in the best interest of the organization.

6.    Collaboration/Teamwork: Use diplomacy and tact to maintain harmonious and effective work relationships with co-workers and constituents; adapt to changing priorities and demands; share information and resources with others to promote positive and collaborative work relationships; support diversity initiatives by demonstrating respect for all individuals.

7.    Interpersonal Skills: Effectively communicate and influence others in order to meet organizational goals; shares information openly; listens and encourages participation from others to improve TAC; relates well to all kinds of people; speaks well and writes effectively; represents TAC effectively.

Skills & Qualifications: 

All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience.  Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

1.    Track record leading performance based outcomes not-for-profit organization and staff.

2.    Successful record in development and fundraising and leading individual and major gift campaigns, with the capability to engage a wide range of community member/donors.

3.    Excellence in organizational management with the ability to hire, coach, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage and operate within a budget.

4.    Past success in creating and maintaining a profitable art education program.

5.    Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people, including Board of Directors, students, parents, artists and community entities.

6.    Knowledge and facility with critical business management software including, but not limited to, Google Docs and/or MS Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), and database driven applications including Quick Books, email programs and donor/ development databases.

7.    Passion for visual arts as well experience in arts related management and/or education is highly valued.

Education, Experience and Other Licenses:

1.    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with an emphasis in the area of not-for-profit management, museum administration, the arts, design or other related field.

2.    Five to ten years full time, successful, paid work experience in NFP management and fundraising, arts education and community engagement.

3.    Ability to work flexible hours to fulfill responsibilities of position including evenings and weekends.

4.    Valid driver’s license and updated proof of insurance.

5.    Clear criminal background screening.

To Apply: 

Send cover letter and resume to: tacbod@theartcenterhp.org


Contact Information
Contact Name: 
TAC Board of Directors