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We’re Hiring an Executive Director

Position: Executive Director FLSA Status: Full-time, exempt

Think 360 Arts for Learning is seeking a new Executive Director to take the organization’s nationally recognized mission and programming to the next level. Think 360 Arts is the Colorado affiliate of Young Audiences and the Greater Denver affiliate of Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a history of serving K-12 schools and communities through direct services and creative experiences since 1963.

Mission: To engage Coloradans of all ages in innovative arts programming that inspires creativity, builds community, & advances equity.

Vision: All communities can experience the transformative benefits of arts education. 

Values:

  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility
  • Creativity & Delight
  • Learning & Curiosity

Job Description

The executive director is responsible for equitably delivering Think 360 Arts’ mission, vision and values in partnership with the community, staff and board of directors. This will be accomplished through the following responsibilities, duties, qualifications, experience and competencies:

Responsibilities and Duties

Leadership:

  • Supervise, train, and motivate a staff of diverse professionals, who work a hybrid schedule (remote and on-site); providing guidance, resources, and professional development to enhance and support the organization’s culture.
  • Foster and expand the organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.
  • Develop and execute the organization’s next strategic plan, in partnership with the board of directors and staff.
  • Increase the visibility, financial resources, relevance, and community impact of Think 360 Arts.
  • Act as the primary ambassador of Think 360 Arts within the community at large.
  • Serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of Think 360’s board of directors, guiding the governing body in partnership with the board’s executive committee.

Fundraising & Engagement:

  • As the primary fundraiser for the organization, actively cultivate and steward revenues of $900,000+ annually.
  • Serve as the primary relationship manager with all grant funders, reviewing and/or collaboratively writing grant applications and reports in collaboration with the organization’s contract grant writer.
  • Steward and cultivate Think 360’s “family,” which includes funders, supporters, partners, board of directors, volunteers, and most importantly the youth, schools, artists, and communities we serve.
  • Together with appropriate staff and board members, develop and execute a robust funding plan that increases revenue diversity and stability.
  • Oversee the development and staff execution of a robust marketing and communications plan that is tied to the organization’s strategic and fundraising plans.

Programming & Partnerships:

  • Manage a long-standing partnership with Colorado Creative industries (CCI) and Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), providing leadership development, resources, networking, and communications aimed at Colorado educators and arts education.
  • As part of the CCI and CBCA partnership, attend state and national conferences to enhance Colorado’s profile as an innovator in arts education, collecting perspectives from other state/national leaders, then disseminating findings from national organizations and networks.
  • Oversee the development and staff execution of robust programming plans that provide the necessary resources to increase positive impact to our community.
  • Review and provide oversight to the selection of new artists and school partners to ensure that all selection processes meet DEIA and legal standards.

Operational Management:

  • Oversee staff and contractors managing the organization’s financial, payroll and benefit processes, ensuring that records and transactions are accurate and are compliant with local, state, and federal law.
  • In partnership with the board’s executive committee, ensure all legal contracts and partnership agreements protect the organization and are in accordance with local, started, and federal law.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Experience

  • While experience in executive leadership is preferred, it is not required, making this an outstanding opportunity for an emerging leader who is prepared to move to the next level in their career.
  • Three to five years working in the nonprofit sector is required and experience in arts administration is preferred.
  • Proven experience equitably working with diverse populations is required, including but not limited to, individuals who identify as BIPoC, LGBTQIA+, low-income, youth, older adults, and/or individuals living with a disability.
  • Proven success in fundraising and development is required, as is grant writing experience.
  • Proven experience with local and state funders is required and experience with national funders is a bonus.
  • Proven experience with developing and managing an annual organizational budget is required.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, are required.
  • Proven, prior staff supervision is required.
  • This position is required to travel up to six times per year for national and state conferences.
  • A basic understanding of employment law and experience managing HR practices is preferred but not required.
  • Experience leading organization-wide DEIA initiatives is preferred.
  • Experience working with youth programing and/or K-12 public education is preferred.
  • Experience working with professional artists is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience working with rural communities is a bonus.
  • Experience with developing and executing strategic plans is preferred but not required.
  • Past work with board development, board governance, and board fundraising are preferred.
  • Experience in marketing and public relations is preferred but not required.
  • Proficiency with a second language, preferably Spanish, is preferred.
  • Three to five years of relevant experience in a related field will be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.

Desired Competencies

Leadership:

  • Demonstrates a capacity for servant leadership; placing the needs of others and the organization first, while helping individuals develop and grow.
  • Earns the trust of stakeholders by stewarding the organization through values, integrity, transparency, and consistency.
  • Ability to develop good working relationships to build a cohesive and engaged community, in a positive and equitable environment.
  • Ability to gain others’ support for ideas, proposals, and solutions and actively engages others to take action to advance organizational objectives.
  • Takes responsibility for own actions, as well as the actions of others in the organization.
  • Actively communicates the purpose of the organization and a compelling future vision, while placing it ahead of any self-interests.

Team Management:

  • Empathizes and listens to the concerns of team members and understands how best to handle situations professionally.
  • Delegates effectively by building the knowledge and leadership skills of team members through mentoring and coaching.
  • Understands a team’s emotional and power dynamics and predicts how new situations will affect individuals and the organization.
  • Sets clear expectations, provides constructive and timely feedback/guidance, and holds individuals accountable.
  • Ability to unlock the creative potential of the team and organization.

Planning & Organization:

  • Ability to plan and execute goals/processes, then review outcomes for progress, areas of improvement, and revising when necessary.
  • Allocates resources, including personnel, property, and money to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Accountable for measurable, high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.

Managing Change:

  • Ability to successfully navigate change through agility and adaptability.
  • Works to identify, mitigate and resolve conflicts.
  • Balances and addresses competing priorities without becoming overwhelmed.
  • Remains focused, composed and optimistic when faced with adversity, disappointment or opposition.

Decision Making:

  • Makes sound, independent decisions, while understanding when consensus and collaborative decision making are necessary.
  • Utilizes critical thinking to strategically make decisions using objectivity, analysis, collaboration and due diligence.
  • Generates and evaluates alternative solutions.

DEIA:

  • Embraces cultural intelligence, demonstrating a capability to work effectively across cultures.
  • Seeks to understand and value individual differences.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to examine one’s own biases, assumptions and attitudes and takes steps to mitigate personal biases which negatively impact others and the organization.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of one’s own social identities (race, gender, privilege, disability status, etc.), as well as the social identities of others’ and understands their relevance in the organization’s culture.
  • Demonstrates that all individuals are valued as members of the community by promoting a respectful and inclusive environment in which concerns are addressed effectively.
  • Identifies and addresses inequities and chooses appropriate interventions to create policies and practices that ensure equity and inclusion.

Communication:

  • Conveys information clearly and effectively and keeps stakeholders well informed.
  • Balances listening and talking, using active listening techniques.

Additional Position Details and Application Directions 

Salary: $85,000 to $105,000 per year, commensurate with qualifications, experience and competencies.

Benefits: Includes health and dental insurance with 100% individual premiums covered by the organization and options to include family at an additional cost, Simple IRA with a match, and paid professional development opportunities. Time off includes three holiday weeks (Thanksgiving & Winter Breaks, aligned with Denver Public Schools Calendar) plus 6 paid holidays yearly. Think 360 Arts has a self-managed time off policy to allow for healthy work-life balance; each employee is encouraged to take at least 1 week off quarterly.

Starting date: mid-to late-November

How to apply: Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to careers@think360arts.org with the subject line: Executive Director Applicant. No phone calls or mailed copies, please.

Deadline to apply: The organization’s interview and selection process will begin September 30, although the job posting will remain active and applications will continue to be accepted until the new Executive Director is hired.

Think 360 Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Should an offer of employment be extended to an applicant, employment with Think 360 Arts is at-will and is subject to all Denver City & County, Colorado and Federal laws.