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Harford County Center for the Arts seeks Chief Executive Officer


The Board of Trustees for Center for the Arts (Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Inc.) seeks a dynamic Chief Executive Officer.

About the Organization


The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. (Center for the Arts) is dedicated to establishing a center in Harford County, accessible to all, to nurture art, artists and the community by providing a broad range of creative and collaborative experiences through quality arts education, presentation and exhibit in the disciplines of music, dance, theater, and the visual, traditional and literary arts.

History of the Organization

In December 2004, local artists, business owners, educators and patrons of the arts attended an initial meeting to discuss establishing a regional center for the arts in Harford County. The enthusiasm, ideas and stories demonstrating the need for such a facility provided encouragement enough for a small group to incorporate in March 2005 and the Center for the Arts received its non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in November 2005.

Strategic Priorities

  • Capital Campaign

Develop and Implement a Capital Campaign, to include the community, to successfully raise the funds necessary to build the facility.

  • Public Representation

Continue a positive and robust public Marketing Campaign in the spotlight as the public face, and voice, of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the Board of Directors for the effective conduct of all affairs of the organization

  • Capital Campaign: Develop and implement a successful capital campaign
  • Fundraising: Oversee fundraising endeavors necessary for operations, and for the building fund, including: gala and annual giving
  • Public Policy: Working knowledge and understanding of the federal, state and local governmental processes relating to nonprofits.
  • Fiscal Management: Manage the necessary budget for operations, as well as a multi-million dollar capital campaign.
  • Leadership: Supervise and guide staff and volunteers. Coordinate efforts with consultants and subcontractors. Ensure accountability by fostering an organization that supports both teamwork and individual resourcefulness, encourages responsive communication and cost-effective decision making.
  • Board of Directors: Maintain an open line of communication and a professional relationship with all Board members, and assist in membership for quality growth.

Candidate Profile

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree, or higher, preferred.
  2. A minimum of five years’ experience in upper-level organizational management, nonprofit preferred. Strong skills in strategic planning, fiscal oversight, development and fundraising.
  3. Proven Capital Campaign experience or a history of raising significant funds from diverse sources.
  4. Strong interpersonal networking skills; demonstrated excellence in building and maintaining relationships.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking

Qualities of a Successful Candidate:

  1. Adept as an ambassador and advocate to the community on behalf of the Center for the Arts
  2. Enjoys development: making the ask, whether alone or as part of a team
  3. Holds him/herself accountable for securing gifts, whether through the training and orchestration of others or directly
  4. Understands importance of the arts in communities as an economic driver and celebrating and marking the diversity of human expression, and the universality of human expression.
  5. Understands the importance of the arts to all levels of society, and to persons of varying means and abilities.

Salary and Benefits

Center for the Arts will offer a salary and benefits package, based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications in the competitive range of $70,000 - $95,000.

Application Process

Qualified applicants should send their resumes and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest in the position, along with 3 references, to Search Committee at [email protected]. For best consideration, please submit applications by September 29, 2015. Please note that the candidate screening and interview process will take place from October 5th- October 23rd.

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