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The Arts Council is currently recruiting for two positions: executive director and director of finance.

Vermont Arts Council Executive Director

Overview

In 2015, the Vermont Arts Council entered its second half century as the only designated state arts agency in the U.S. that is also an independent, nonprofit membership organization. In that fiftieth anniversary year, Council staff and trustees embarked on a process of self-reflection and community outreach, with the goal of laying a foundation for the next half century. Within the past year, the Council has used the valuable insights and information gained through this process to develop a new strategic plan to be implemented in 2017. The Council seeks an experienced executive director to build upon this foundation, direct the implementation of the strategic plan, and lead the organization into the next stage of its organizational development.

About the Vermont Arts Council

Since 1965, the Council has been the state's primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. Funded primarily by the state, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations, the Council awards grants to artists, arts organizations, and communities and supports the creative sector through technical support, learning opportunities, and promotional assistance. The Council also works closely with the Agency of Education and individual schools across the state to support and encourage arts as an integral part of the education of all Vermont children.

Through its programs and services, the Council strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to maximize opportunities for everyone to experience the arts.

In its work and through the strategic plan, the Council is focused on this outcome: We envision a Vermont where everyone in the state has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community. The Council has a staff of 11 and occupies an historical building (the boyhood home of Senator Patrick Leahy) less than a block from the Vermont State House.

About Montpelier

Montpelier may be the smallest state capital in the nation, but this charming, walkable town is home to great restaurants, shops, two bookstores, movie theaters, and a number of cultural assets. Lost Nation Theater mounts a full season of plays annually, Capital City Concerts features talented musicians from Vermont and beyond, and the Vermont History Museum is housed just down the street from the State House (another beloved cultural gem). Located within the recently designated Capital District, the Supreme Court building and Governor's Office have ongoing contemporary art exhibits.

Vermonters love culture, and they love the outdoors. The 185-acre Hubbard Park is a short walk from downtown, offering year-round hiking and an observation tower with views of Montpelier and the surrounding mountains. Morse Farm is a popular hub for cross country skiing (and maple creemees); world-class downhill skiing is less than an hour away. Beyond Montpelier, a short drive can take you to the "big city" bustle of Burlington and the beauty of Lake Champlain or any number of small towns infused with history, culture, and Vermont pride.

Strategic Directions

The essence of the Council’s beliefs and values are captured in its new outcome statement: Everyone in Vermont has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community.

The Council’s new strategic goals are:

  • arts, culture, creativity, and innovation play a significant role in shaping Vermont’s identity
  • arts, culture, creativity, and artistic literacy play a significant role in providing a well-rounded education to Vermont’s youth
  • arts, culture, creativity, and innovation play an important role in shaping Vermont’s communities
  • the ongoing structural and financial sustainability of the Arts Council is assured and strengthened

Position Summary

The executive director is responsible for the overall management of the Council including budgeting, financial planning and asset management, grant compliance, fund development, fiscal management, and program oversight. The executive director reports to the board of directors and supervises the staff.

Essential Functions

leadership and management

  • ensure ongoing service and programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, development and relationship building, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the Council’s strategic plan goals
  • actively engage and energize staff, Trustees, volunteers, partnering organizations, and funders in furthering the work of the Council and its strategic plan
  • in collaboration with the Executive and Governance Committees, develop, maintain, and support a strong and engaged Board of Trustees: serve as ex-officio member of assigned committees, seek and build board involvement with strategic plan implementation, relationship building, and development
  • lead, coach, develop, support, and regularly evaluate the Council’s high-performance staff team. Ensure effective systems are in place and in alignment with successful implementation of the Council’s strategic plan
  • participate in an annual 360 review of own performance and ensure that the board conducts its own annual self-evaluation

communications, outreach, and relationship building

  • establish and maintain partnerships with other organizations throughout the state
  • expand relationship-building, grant-writing, and fund development activities to ensure successful implementation of the strategic plan goals
  • actively engage with arts communities throughout the state, as a key Council representative
  • engage and educate the elected officials, at the state and national levels, as to the importance of funding the arts and the impact of arts and culture on the state, its communities, its identity, its economy, and its people
  • serve as the primary voice for the Council’s messaging
  • use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities for furthering the strategic plan
  • represent the Council through engagement with national and regional organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Association of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

Candidate Profile

required

  • minimum of five years successful experience as nonprofit Executive Director/CEO, with a track record of producing results by building dynamic staff teams, efficient and effective systems, fund development, and organizational capacity
  • visionary thinker who leads with integrity, transparency, and good humor
  • unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • solid, hands-on fiscal management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting
  • demonstrated successful experience building and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, trustees and other volunteers, funders, elected officials, donors, and partners
  • willingness to travel throughout the state
  • ability to interface with and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups.
  • strong working knowledge of and successful experience working in partnership with boards of trustees to strengthen governance practices and focus on the mission
  • participatory style of management; ability to facilitate group effective decision-making processes
  • effective communication skills — ­ written and verbal; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • personal and/or professional connection to the arts
  • action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business oversight and planning
  • passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • respects and embraces efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Bachelor’s degree

desirable

  • history of having led organizational growth, facilitating higher levels of mission achievement
  • advanced degree
  • experience working with Results-Based Accountability models

Compensation

This is a full-time position, with a flexible work schedule. Compensation package is negotiable and will include a competitive salary and benefits as well as professional development opportunities.

Application Process

Applicants should send their resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in this position, as well as salary history, and five references (include a brief description about your relationship to each of these references), to info@vermontartscouncil.org. Please put “ATTN: Search Committee” in the subject line.

The Search Committee will keep all applications confidential. Deadline for applications is June 7, 2017.

Nondiscrimination

The Vermont Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic bias, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or other category protected by applicable state or federal law.

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Vermont Arts Council Director of Finance

Overview

In 2015, the Vermont Arts Council entered its second half century as the only designated state arts agency in the U.S. that is also an independent, nonprofit membership organization. In that fiftieth anniversary year, Council staff and trustees embarked on a process of self-reflection and community outreach, with the goal of laying a foundation for the next half century. Within the past year, the Council has used the valuable insights and information gained through this process to develop a new strategic plan to be implemented in 2017. The Council seeks an experienced director of finance, responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of the organization, working 20-25 hours per week.

About the Vermont Arts Council

Since 1965, the Council has been the state's primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. Funded primarily by the state, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations, the Council awards grants to artists, arts organizations, and communities and supports the creative sector through technical support, learning opportunities, and promotional assistance. The Council also works closely with the Agency of Education and individual schools across the state to support and encourage arts as an integral part of the education of all Vermont children.

Through its programs and services, the Council strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to maximize opportunities for everyone to experience the arts.

In its work and through the strategic plan, the Council is focused on this outcome: We envision a Vermont where everyone in the state has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community. The Council has a staff of 11, a budget of approximately $1.7 million, and occupies an historic building (the boyhood home of Senator Patrick Leahy) less than a block from the Vermont State House.

Position Summary

Reporting to and partnering with the executive director, the director of finance will set the financial policy direction while also being an active participant in, and driver of, the organization’s overall strategy. S/he will lead all financial administration, business planning, and budgeting. The director of finance will work closely with the Finance Committee and is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of the organization, including general accounting, internal and external financial reporting, internal and external audits, account reconciliations, preparation of financial statements, fixed assets, cash management, and implementation and maintenance of accounting systems for the control of Council assets and the preparation of complete and accurate financial information/records.

Essential Functions

financial and operational management

  • work with staff and the Finance Committee on budgeting and the implementation of budgets, so as to monitor progress and present operational metrics both internally and externally
  • ensure the finance and technology associate maintains financial records systems in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and monitor the use of all funds
  • oversee the preparation and approval of all financial reporting materials and metrics for funding organizations (e.g., the NEA and state) and the Council’s board of directors, prepare and communicate monthly and annual financial statements
  • manage cash flow and forecasting; direct all financial, project-based, and departmental accounting
  • coordinate all audit activities
  • evaluate and oversee all benefits negotiations, providing competitive packages for Council employees
  • review all formal finance-, HR-, and IT-related procedures, processes, and administration, recommending improvements to the systems in place and managing the systems going forward

strategy

  • partner with the executive director on all operational and strategic issues as they arise; provide strategic recommendations to the executive director based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis
  • participate in the ongoing strategic planning process as an integral member of the team
  • oversee long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with the Council’s strategic plan
  • engage the staff to align financial management with short- and long-term financial planning and projections
  • engage the Finance Committee around issues, trends, and changes in the field

team management

  • develop, supervise, support, evaluate, and manage the finance and technology associate
  • engage other members of the staff to facilitate cross-department collaboration that ensures all financial, HR, and IT solutions positively support the Council’s evolving strategy, operations, and data collection needs

Candidate Profile

  • minimum of five years successful experience in a professional level administrative position in accounting and financial management including administering federal grants, audit preparation and coordination, and business management or arts administration. Graduate courses in business may substitute for up to one year of business management experience
  • bachelor’s degree in business, public or arts administration, including or supplemented by at least 20 credits of college-level accounting courses
  • in-depth knowledge of and experience with nonprofit financial management and information systems
  • supervisory experience, experience in organizational planning

Compensation

This is a part-time, 20 - 25 hours/week position, with a flexible work schedule. Compensation package is negotiable and will include a competitive salary as well as professional development opportunities.

Application Process

Applicants should send their resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in this position, as well as salary history, and five references (include a brief description about your relationship to each of these references), to info@vermontartscouncil.org. Please put “ATTN: Finance Office” in the subject line.

The Search Committee will keep all applications confidential. Deadline for applications is June 7, 2017.

Nondiscrimination

The Vermont Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic bias, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or other category protected by applicable state or federal law.

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