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DCAC Is Seeking An Executive Director


Dare County Arts Council is seeking an Executive Director. Information about the organization and the position are listed below.


Organization Overview Located in Manteo, on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the performing (music, theater and dance) and literary arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

DCAC operates a Gallery, which is located in the historic courthouse in downtown Manteo. The Gallery features paintings, pottery, sculptures, jewelry, printmaking, wood design, fiber, metal work, glass, as well as a selection of fine prints by emerging and established artists.

Outside of the Gallery, Dare County Arts Council also hosts several community events, including Rock The Cape, the Artrageous Kids Art Festival, Outer Banks Veterans Week, and New World Festival of the Arts throughout the year.

The organization’s annual budget exceeds $285.000. The budget is supported by gallery sales, contracts, grants as well as donations. Dare County Arts Council also has a growing endowment. Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall administration and day-to-day management of DCAC including overseeing fundraising and business operations with the goal of fulfilling the organization’s mission.

Champion of the Arts The Executive Director is the spokesperson for the organization, and works with the President and the marketing committee to ensure positive public relations, and to educate and advocate for the arts to the public, policy makers, funders, and community groups. The Executive Director is a champion for visual, performing, and literary arts, and ensures that DCAC represents artistic diversity in all its aspects of our community.

Board Relations Works with the President, the Executive Committee and Governance Committee Chair to support a well-run Board of Directors that is representative of the community. Helps prepare materials for quarterly board meetings.

Finances Works with the Treasurer and Finance Committee to develop and monitor budgets. Approves budgeted expenses. Submits monthly financial statements to the Board and ensures that local, state, and federal taxes are filed appropriately.

Development (Fundraising) Works with the Development Committee to ensure adequate funding. Cultivates business partners and other supporters. Facilitates capital campaigns for improvements to the grounds and facility. Grows the Council’s Endowment Fund.

Personnel Works with the Personnel Committee on all matters associated with the Executive Director’s position. Consults with the Personnel Committee on policies related to hiring staff and is then responsible for hiring, training, and overseeing staff. Works to create an environment that attracts and retains staff.

Programs Works with the Program Director and Exhibits Committee Chair to prepare the annual calendar of on-site and off-site events and other programing that reflects a balance of visual (two and multidimensional), performing (music, dance, theater), and literary arts. Partners with local schools and colleges to support the next generation of artists and works to encourage diversity in all its aspects.

Facilities (Maintenance of a Historic Building) Works with the Facilities Committee to maintain and continue the restoration of the historic building that houses the Council’s Gallery and offices. Responsible for ensuring up-to-date records of leases, maintenance agreements, professional service contracts, insurance policies, asset improvements and acquisitions.

Position Summary

Responsibilities include operation of the DCAC Gallery, organization of on-site and off-site events, policy recommendations and implementation, facility upkeep, marketing, data capture, legal compliance and public relations. The Executive Director manages the DCAC staff. The successful candidate must be professional, approachable, energetic, an enthusiastic leader, and supporter of the arts.

Applicants must be action-oriented, able to respond in a fast-paced environment, and skilled at prioritizing. Written and oral communication skills, time management skills, an in-depth knowledge of planning and budgeting, and delegation skills are also required. Must be able to work with diverse constituencies.

Compensation: Full-time salaried position. $55,000 to $65,000 per year dependent on qualifications and experience. Some benefits are also provided.

Application: E-mail cover letter, resume, references (name, title, phone number, and e-mail address for a minimum of 3 nonfamily members), and history to DCACSearch@gmail.com with the subject line “Executive Director Application”.

Classification Status: Exempt-Management.

Desired Training and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with verifiable documentation. At least three years’ leadership experience in arts’ administration, supervision and/or fundraising with nonprofits. Experience working with an Arts Council is preferred, including knowledge of the North Carolina Arts Council. Equivalent experience and education will be considered.

Applications will be accepted for this position through July 15, 2021.

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