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Job Details

Full Time
Binghamton, NY
3 Years
Bachelor's Degree
October 27, 2017


The Executive Director reports to and is accountable to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has adopted a comprehensive set of governing policies for BCAC and UCF. The Board of Directors, in consultation with the Executive Director, determines policies regarding the ‘ends’ to be achieved and defining the latitude of authority the Executive Director has in achieving them. Within those defined boundaries, the Executive Director is empowered to make decisions and establish organizational practices and activities on a continual basis.

Key areas of the role of Executive Director:

  • Board of Directors: Reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Board, its officers and committees.
  • Policy: The Board holds the Executive Director responsible for the continuing strategic direction of the agency. The Board seeks an Executive Director who aids in the implementation of the 2017-2019 BCAC Strategic Plan and who will stimulate and inspire the Board’s thinking and understanding about the ways the BCAC can benefit and be of value to the local community.
  • Fundraising and Development: Seeks additional opportunities to secure funds critical to the budget including, but not limited to, revenue generating activities in support of the UCF and General Operating Support.
  • Operations: Conducts the operations of the organization in direct support of the mission of the organization, within the parameters set by the Board.
  • Staff and Volunteers: Leads the Staff and volunteers in setting integrated goals in support of the Board’s direction. Directs Staff and volunteers, ensuring that competent and motivated individuals are in place to execute the mission of the BCAC.
  • Finance: Supervises the management of the budget and actual financial conditions. Reporting according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Marketing/Sponsorships: Oversees the marketing and sponsorships of the BCAC, promoting the organization (and its programs and activities) to position the BCAC as the source for information on arts and cultural/educational activities and opportunities within the Southern Tier.
  • Programs: Oversees programming provided by, sponsored by and/or hosted by BCAC, with support from Board Committees. See above for list of programs.
  • Membership: Oversees membership development and current member benefits.

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will have the following combination of skill, experience and attributes:
Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership in directing an organization, proven team-building skills and the ability to work collaboratively.
  • Experience working with nonprofit boards, an appreciation of the role of the Executive Director relationship that exists between a governing board, the directors, the staff and the members.
  • Demonstrated results in fundraising activities.
  • Develop and manage operational budgets, excellent fiscal management skills.
  • Outstanding management skills, experience in nonprofit management is crucial, arts preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Connections to or demonstrated interest in local arts community.
  • Experience managing a membership, volunteer, community or trade association is preferred.
  • Administrative and database management skills, statistical analysis.
  • Experience in program/project development and management.
  • Grant writing and management experience.
  • Experience promoting and marketing the arts (including use of social media).
  • Demonstrated awareness of issues and laws that apply to the nonprofit arts sector (locally, regionally, statewide and nationally).

Personal Qualities and Attributes:

  • Passion for the arts
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire and lead the organization with integrity.
  • A visionary, eager to take the organization to the next step in its development.
  • Ability to communicate in a warm and engaging manner with a variety of audiences.
  • A creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Highly energetic and disciplined to multi-task, adapt to change and strategically prioritize.
  • Creative problem-solver; effective at group facilitation and dispute resolution.
  • Politically savvy.
  • Advocacy experience.


  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of three to five years directing a successful organization.
  • Proven experience with strategic and operational planning.
  • Proven experience with reputation management, public, constituent and donor relations.
  • Proven experience working with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Proven abilities to solicit major gifts from varied groups of prospects.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team setting.
  • Ability to build new programs while working cooperatively with diverse groups.
  • A team-centered collaborative management style.

Initial Priorities for the Executive Director will be to:

  • Implement, with Board and Staff, the 2017-2019 BCAC Strategic Plan.
  • Seek opportunities to identify, cultivate and further expand the donors of the UCF.
  • Develop additional revenue streams for the General Operating Support. Currently, revenues are generated from the following sources: UCF, membership fees, grants and board support.
  • Continue to expand the benefits for BCAC members.
  • Sustain programs of the BCAC and incorporate fundraising opportunities where possible.
  • Position the organization to the media (broadcast, print and radio) as the leading authority for information on arts and cultural issues for the Southern Tier.

Compensation and Benefits
The Executive Director has a salary of $42,000 with a $5,000 stipend for health insurance.

The Process
The BCAC is actively pursuing candidates who consider this both as an excellent career opportunity as well as a chance to work with a local dynamic organization. Qualified candidates will be screened through a series of interviews. Final interviews with the Search Committee and Full Board are scheduled for November 2017.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references as attachments to the e-mail address: The deadline for submissions is November 3, 2017.




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