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Co-Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Finance
Art Omi, a not-for-profit arts center with a 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and gallery, residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects, dancers, and a robust educational program for children, is seeking an Executive Director with primary responsibilities for Institutional Advancement, Finance, and HR.
In partnership with the Co-Executive Director for Arts and Administration, this role will oversee finance, fundraising, technology, marketing, and human resources, providing the financial and budgetary expertise, administrative leadership, and strategic business analysis necessary to further the mission of a complex and entrepreneurial organization.
This position will engage with the board of trustees, co-lead and manage its staff, foster a culture of innovation and inclusion, oversee fundraising and community engagement, oversee risk, and manage all aspects of community and public relations for the organization.
This role will be the chief finance, fundraising, HR, marketing, and communications strategist, working closely with all facets of Art Omi to raise the funding necessary to support the organization’s mission, to develop effective messages and multimedia content, to increase its outreach and impact, raise visibility and awareness, and build on 30 years of success.
This co-executive director will put special emphasis on increasing the agency’s funding streams as well as its funding goals. With creativity, flexibility, and responsiveness to the founder, board of trustees, senior management team, and staff, this person will manage a business framework for Art Omi that facilitates organizational growth and expansion, elicits the support of outside funders, and maximizes funding opportunities.
The Co-Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Finance will learn Art Omi’s history, mission, values, legacy, and culture; understand its current organizational structure, finances, and fundraising needs, programming, and services; and help chart the organization’s course for the future.
Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Institutional Advancement/ Development
- Develop and foster synergies and collaborative working relationships with the senior program staff to bring forth their best ideas and efforts. Lead by example and embody the organization’s code of conduct and commitment to diversity, equity, belonging, and accessibility.
- Design and lead annual and long-term development plan goals, including strategy around individual donors and other private sources; cultivate, strengthen, and steward relationships with major donors, including board members.
- Partner with the Executive Director for Arts and Administration to develop, diversify, increase, and implement public funding goals; investigate international funding, including through corporations and U.S.-based “friends of” organizations.
- Provide oversight of the grant identification and application processes.
- Grow institutional giving, especially from private sources (individual donors, private foundations, corporate philanthropy, the local community); spur local community giving.
- Cultivate and steward relationships with community and cultural partners to support organization-wide external relations efforts.
- Think broadly about mission-aligned commercial opportunities and revenue models; increase earned income from current sources; seek opportunities for new revenue.
- With the Executive Director for Arts and Administration and Communications Director, enhance Omi’s visibility and brand power; raise awareness of the organization and its programs through traditional and digital platforms; develop an understanding of and appreciation for what the community values in Omi’s programming and engagement; ensure that the visitor experience continues to evolve.
- Develop and manage the organization’s annual operating and capital budgets and day-to-day financial activities.
- Monitor and analyze results throughout the year to identify potential issues and manage risk.
- Oversee the development and implementation of annual and long-term fiscal and operational plans to meet organizational goals, budgets, and long-term plans.
- Oversee the day-to-day financial function, including accounting, payroll, investment management, audit, financial reporting and control, cash flow management, forecasting, and short- and long-term financial planning; ensure that reports are accurate and completed in a timely manner and that procedures are adhered to and costs are controlled;
- Set organization-wide financial policies and procedures ensuring they are applied equitably, objectively, and consistently.
- Develop and oversee earned income strategy and implementation at the Sculpture Park, Benenson Center, and Newmark Gallery, including event space rental and café operations.
- Manage annual audit and 990 processes with Art Omi’s independent auditors. Work closely with the bookkeeping and accounting teams to prepare financial statements and conduct operational analyses.
- Supervise HR, IT, and finance operations and administration to assure effectiveness and efficiencies in accordance with the organization’s mission, budget, and strategic plan.
- Oversee relevant contracts and contractors (outsourced or retained legal, finance, etc.) With appropriate board leadership direction and approval, generate independent contractor agreements as needed.
- Enhance, implement, and maintain organization-wide management systems, including financial controls, operating procedures, and file management.
- Continually monitor and evaluate the operational effectiveness of infrastructure.
- Oversee management and maintenance of Art Omi’s staff spaces, computer network, and equipment.
- Ensure that all insurance policies are current and properly maintained; oversee all certificates of insurance and/or additional insurance requests.
- Develop and implement a technology plan to ensure Art Omi’s information technology infrastructure and equipment systems can support operations and programming.
- Manage, motivate, empower, and evaluate relevant staff and maintain clear lines of authority and responsibility, establishing annual goals and benchmarks, and ensuring a productive, supportive, and collaborative working environment.
- Develop and oversee Art Omi’s human resource policies and procedures; ensure legal compliance.
- Oversee, manage, and supervise direct reports, including assessment, and professional development. Monitor their workloads regularly and reassign tasks as needed.
- Working with program directors and Executive Director of Arts and Administration, recommend staffing additions, changes, or eliminations to support program departmental goals and objectives.
- Manage the entire employee lifecycle from the hiring process, through employee development and performance as well as terminations ensuring compliance with Federal, State, and local laws including appropriate documentation and contracts.
Shared Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Represent Art Omi, its work, and programs to the board, patrons and donors, fellow institutions, community and government stakeholders, and public audiences; act as a spokesperson articulating Art Omi's philosophy, vision, and strategy.
- Shape the Art Omi narrative; enhance Art Omi’s visibility and brand power; raise awareness of the organization and its programs through traditional and digital platforms; develop an understanding of and appreciation for what the community values in Art Omi’s programming and engagement; ensure that the visitor experience continues to evolve; develop communications, marketing and promotional strategies to build an increasingly diverse and engaged audience for Art Omi and its programs and artists.
- Promote employee satisfaction and take necessary action to maintain a productive and motivated staff. Create and manage regular staff meetings to ensure regular and practice communication and collaboration between key staff and teams.
- Grow existing and secure new sources of financial support to meet the evolving needs of the organization and its programs, especially from individuals and other private sources.
- Support board governance and other corporate matters.
- Master’s Degree in a related field preferred.
- 10 years of experience in nonprofit management is required.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience creating and leading operations within an annual budget of $1,000,000+.
- Strong knowledge of budget planning and forecasting accepted accounting practices.
- Minimum of 5 years in fundraising, including developing sophisticated, multi-faceted development and grant strategies, and engaging individual donors. A successful candidate will be able to quantify the annual funds raised due to their efforts at prior organizations.
- Minimum of 5 years of managerial experience.
- Knowledge of human resource laws, requirements, and best practices.
- A basic understanding of IT systems and management.
- Excellent organizational, written, verbal, and analytical skills; an articulate spokesperson as well as an effective writer, able to communicate convincingly, knowledgeably, and passionately about Art Omi both privately and publicly, demonstrating a persuasive, appealing, and sincere personality.
- Demonstrated collaborative management style.
- Minimum three days per week on-site, two days work from home (plus a presence at on-site events)
About Art Omi
Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts center with a 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and gallery, residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects, dancers, and a robust educational program for children. Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. By forming a community with creative expression as its common denominator, Art Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of the art.
Since its founding, Art Omi has been guided by the principle that artistic expression transcends economic, political, and cultural boundaries. To date, Art Omi has hosted more than 2,000 artists from over 100 countries. By inviting a unique and varied mix of artists, writers, musicians, and dancers from all over the world to create a diverse, positive working community, Art Omi transforms this guiding vision into an exciting reality.
With an annual budget of $3M+, a full-time staff of 12, 11 part-time permanent staff, and a seasonal staff of 16 to 20 people, Art Omi is open daily, welcoming the public to its grounds and events free of charge. Located in a scenic location in Columbia County, New York, Art Omi has served as a refuge and respite to visitors from around New York State during the pandemic.
Art Omi is committed to maintaining an equitable, healthy work environment and upholds a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability, or disability. Art Omi is committed to the practice of antiracism at all levels of our organization, and we enthusiastically encourage people of color to apply.
Art Omi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, and age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, Art Omi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training
How to Apply
All applications must be submitted through Time Equities.
Freelance Sculpture and Architecture Park Assistants (1099)
Art Omi is seeking motivated team members to work as freelance/independent contractor park assistants, occasionally assisting with a broad range of exhibition and maintenance work including painting, surface treatments, carpentry, and landscaping.
Prior experience is not necessary but eagerness to learn and strong work ethic is a must. Applicants should be team players with a can do attitude who are willing to help at all levels of a task. Experience in handling fine art objects or experience working outdoors is beneficial. Flexibility in schedule is essential.
Art Omi is committed to maintaining an equitable, healthy work environment and upholds a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability. People from historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.
About Art Omi
Situated on 120 acres in the Hudson Valley, Art Omi presents the works of contemporary artists and architects, and offers a range of large-scale works in nature, plus a 1,500 square foot gallery. The Sculpture & Architecture Park currently offers more than 60 works by artists and architects on view. Additionally, Art Omi has five distinct residency programs (Art Omi: Architecture, Art Omi: Artists; Art Omi: Dance; Art Omi: Music; and Art Omi: Writers), and a thriving education program, serving people of all ages with contemporary art and ideas in a stimulating and dynamic community.
Major Areas of Responsibility
Freelance park assistants will work directly with the Preparator to maintain outdoor artworks in the Sculpture and Architecture Park. A large portion of work will be assisting in daily park tasks and projects including cleaning and painting artworks, small landscaping tasks, and help maintaining trails with a careful eye to park ecology.
Candidates will also work directly with the Preparator to install and deinstall art and architecture exhibitions in the gallery that occur 3-4 times a year which includes painting the gallery, handling and installing artwork, and packing works.
Qualified candidates will possess:
- A willingness to work in an outdoor environment in a variety of weather conditions.
- A friendly and professional demeanor.
- Proficiency in operating hand tools, power tools, and other machinery.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
This work environment includes working outdoors in various weather conditions including heat and sun in the summer, cooler temperatures in the fall, and occasionally indoors in air conditioning during gallery installations throughout the year. The position will use a variety of tools and equipment, including power tools, and may entail driving a golf cart to installation sites. The position requires close attention to detail, and may require lifting of various materials (50lbs and under). The noise level in the work environment is moderate, and occasionally noisy.
Art Omi is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our campers, staff, and the community at large. Therefore, we require all employees to provide proof of full vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19 at the time of hiring. Full vaccination is defined as:
- Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech - a 2-shot vaccination series PLUS a booster 180 days (6 months) after completing the primary vaccination series; or
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen - a J & J/Janssen vaccination PLUS a Moderna or Pfizer booster 60 days (2 months) after completing the primary vaccination.
Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered and decided on a case-by-case basis according to New York State and Federal Law. For information on finding a COVID-19 vaccine near you, please visit vaccines.gov.
Art Omi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, Art Omi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Submit a resume and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Freelance Park Assistant).
Schedule & Compensation
- Schedule variable based on project needs
- Compensation: $22-25 per hour
Art Omi: Education has a variety of volunteer opportunities coming up in 2022 for students ages 13+.
These are not paid positions.
- Join us as a helper during our Saturday Kids' Workshops. Students must commit to a minimum of four consecutive Saturdays. Hours are 9:30AM - 12:15PM.
- Become a helper during Winter or Spring Art Camp. Winter Art Camp runs February 21-25 and Spring Art Camp runs April 18-21. Hours are 8:30AM - 3:30PM.
- Help out during Education events. Dates/times vary.
Become a beloved Camp Omi volunteer! Students must commit to a minimum of 2 consecutive weeks. Hours are 8:30AM - 3:30PM.
- Volunteer Session 1: June 27-July 8 (no camp July 4)
- Volunteer Session 2: July 11-22
- Volunteer Session 3: July 25-August 5.
To apply to volunteer for any of the above programs, please email a letter of interest to Sasha Sicurella, Art Omi: Education Director, email@example.com. In your email, include the following:
- Your name and birthdate.
- Why you would like to volunteer with us.
- Any experience you have had with children.
- Your interests and hobbies, especially those related to the arts.