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Arvada Center is seeking an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

UPDATED April, 23, 2012


The Arvada Center is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director, an energetic, entrepreneurial and people-centered leader, provides overall vision, leadership and strategic direction to the Arvada Center’s artistic, cultural and educational programs. This position reports directly to the City of Arvada’s City Manager and serves as an essential member of the City’s Executive Management Team. The Executive Director, a recognized leader in the
Denver regional arts and cultural community, manages an annual budget of $10.8 million and has considerable latitude and discretion in advancing and advocating for the Arvada Center. The Executive Director leads a dedicated 40-member team, including 350 passionate volunteers and arts patrons. The Executive Director advises and informs the City of Arvada, the City Council of Arvada and the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities on strategic issues affecting the Center and works closely with the Arvada Council to ensure the Arvada Center’s sustainability and success.

The Executive Director will have the following primary responsibilities:
• Lead, communicate and inspire a compelling and integrated arts vision to the Arvada Center’s staff, civic leaders, regional stakeholders and local citizenry.
• Serve as chief external relations officer of the Arvada Center by building regional and community awareness to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with commercial, civic and cultural organizations.
• Develop and oversee a longterm strategic revenue plan to ensure the soundness of the organization’s financial structure as well as accumulating an annual surplus.
• Continue to develop the Center’s fundraising capacity with individual donors, sponsors, corporations and other partners, assuring the growth and sustainability of its revenue base.
• Lead the development of strategies for increasing performance subscriptions, target audiences and overall attendance.
• Provide advice and guidance to the Arts Council on how to continue its effectiveness in elevating fundraising capacity through strategic Board development and building a culture of philanthropy.
• Provide appropriate leadership and build effective partnerships to the Arvada Center’s collaborations with state and regional organizations and venues, including raising its stature and profile within the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
• Communicate and interact effectively with leaders from government, quasi-government, news media and civic and community groups, including artists, vendors and citizens.
• Present information and participate in discussions with the City Council, the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities, businesses, cultural organizations, community partners, citizen groups and other individuals on city-wide issues.
• Maintain enriching and productive relationships with the Arvada Center, the City of Arvada, and the surrounding arts community and make efforts to understand changing trends and demographics within the region.
• Lead and help establish a key position as a respected member of the greater Denver cultural and arts community.
• Work collaboratively with key city and civic leaders to ensure that their educational programs are well-integrated among the organization’s original mission and strategic efforts.
• Support the City’s strategic planning, business strategy and economic development with expert knowledge and counsel in arts management practices, planning and procedures, including various city committees as needed.
• Act on behalf of the City Manager in absence, including assuming the duties of the City Manager, and represent the City Manager at meetings of professional organizations, public agencies, civic organizations and other official functions when directed.
• Keep abreast of trends and activities in the local, regional and national arts communities and maintain a thorough knowledge of available regional and community arts resources.

The ideal candidate will possess most of the following professional and personal qualifications:
• A strong commitment to advancing the Arvada Center’s vision, mission, core values and goals.
• A minimum of seven to ten years of senior level experience in leading successful arts and cultural institutions, including experience with contributed revenue, strategic planning, nonprofit management, performance management, board relations, fundraising, marketing and communications.
• An MBA, MPA or master’s degree in arts management or nonprofit management would be advantageous.
• Ability to interact effectively with citizens, municipal leaders and government personnel in a positive and cooperative manner.
• Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking and leadership in understanding fundraising potential and program dynamics to support a cause or mission.
• Proven success in leading, managing, motivating and inspiring high performing teams with an open, approachable leadership style.
• Excellent budgetary and financial forecasting and analytical and management skills, including an ability to manage and interpret contracts and legal documents.
• Strong interpersonal, listening and motivational skills with an ability to generate enthusiasm among all major community and regional stakeholders.
• Possess experience in marketing, advertising and public relations activities, including driving growth in ticket sales, audience participation and associated revenues.
• Excellent communication skills with an ability to inspire, including strong written, verbal and presentation skills.
• Ability to travel as necessary and support Center program and activities; the incumbent is required to obtain or hold a valid Colorado driver’s license.

The City of Arvada has engaged Campbell & Company to conduct a national search for their Executive Director. The City of Arvada offers a highly competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. To be considered for this opportunity, please send resume to:

Dan Nevez
Consultant, Executive Search
(P) (312) 896-8901
One East Wacker Drive, Suite 3350
Chicago, IL 60601

The City of Arvada is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

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