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Empire Arts Center

Executive Director

Location: ND-MN - Greater Grand Forks
Type: Full Time
Category: Executive and management

City: Grand Forks, ND
Salary: $35,000-60,000

Job description

Reports to: Empire Arts Center Board of Directors

Since its rebirth as an arts center in 1998, the Empire Arts Center has become a cultural anchor of historic downtown Grand Forks, welcoming over 30,000 visitors each year. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Empire strives to maintain an exemplary space to support the creative efforts of our community while maintaining its own artistic programming, such as the Empire Theatre Company, The 1919 Lounge, and more.

Serve as the lead administrator and manager of the Empire Arts Center, including:
• Oversee day-to-day management and staff, including hiring and human resources duties
• Oversee all aspects of finance, including budgeting, payroll, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, and more
• Manage efforts for organizational diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
• Manage facility accessibility
• Facilitate strategic planning process
• Represent organization at community events
• Handle media relations, including press releases
• Schedule and attend monthly board and board committee meetings, including compile and present agenda, board meeting minutes, financial report and staff report
• Manage maintenance needs and upkeep of historic building
• Manage rental events, including contracts
Oversee marketing efforts with assistance from Program Manager, including:
• Manage and update website
• Manage email marketing and social media platforms
• Create and implement marketing messaging for overall Empire brand
• Create and implement marketing plans for Empire events
• Serve as a marketing resource for Empire rental events, providing assistance, ideas, and media contacts as needed
Oversee fundraising and development, including:
• Oversee grants, including monitoring deadlines, file final reports, seek new grants, and writing grants
• Plan and execute fundraising events as needed
• Identify and solicit potential donors of all gift sizes
• Manage annual Giving Hearts Day fundraising event (including required trainings)
• Execute regular direct mail appeals
• Solicit program ads and sponsors

• Manage or attend weekend/evening events as needed
• Assist with light cleaning and setup as needed
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications or requirements

An appreciation and understanding of the arts and the Empire Arts Center’s role in our community is a must. Qualified candidates will also exhibit a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, willingness to learn new skills, flexibility, the ability to foster excellent working relationships with public representatives and other funding agencies, creativity, and excellent interpersonal skills. Also required:

• Bachelor’s degree
• At least three years of professional leadership experience
• Some marketing experience
Preferred qualifications include nonprofit leadership experience, supervisory experience, and fundraising experience. This position will include frequent night and weekend hours.

Compensation will be dependent on experience. Compensation includes employer contribution towards health insurance, short term disability, paid time off, and more.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and up to three references. Early review of applicants will begin on September 11, 2019. Please submit all application materials to search committee chair Jonathan Holth at