Davis Arts Center seeking Deputy Director to manage daily operations

Davis Arts Center is a private, not-for-profit community arts center, founded in 1960 and serving Davis and the counties of Yolo, Solano and Sacramento.  It fosters community engagement in the arts through multidisciplinary classes, gallery exhibits, performances and other special programs for children, teens, adults and families. Over the past five years, the organization has seen a sustained period of growth and is currently undergoing a strategic re-organization of staff to effectively manage the development of new programs, increased participation and greater visibility in the community.

The Deputy Director position is a full-time exempt position that includes benefits and  reports to the Executive Director.  Salary range is $43,000-$48,000 per year, depending upon experience.

Experience and Qualifications

A combination of experience and education is required, providing the knowledge and skill sets to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university with emphasis in the area of not-for-profit management, arts administration, business administration, or a related field is preferred, but not required; AND
  • Three to five years full-time, successful, paid work experience in not-for-profit management, preferably in an arts environment – with major experience in office administration, budgeting, employee supervision, database system management, event-planning and marketing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with colleagues, volunteers and community entities at every level.

Job Description

The Deputy Director reports directly to the Executive Director and assists with the management and administration of the organization in the following areas:

  • Manages daily operations of Davis Arts Center, including  financial and administrative procedures and reports and use of Altru constituent/ticketing database; provides support for customers, staff and instructors in managing conflicts as they arise; oversees facility use and maintenance.
  • Manages all aspects of annual Holiday Sale fundraiser and all other events; oversees class, gallery and outreach programming to ensure diverse programs that meet needs of target audiences.
  • Oversees production of all marketing and promotional materials, including catalog of classes, gallery/event postcards and flyers, e-newsletter and social media platforms.
  • Hires, supervises and evaluates Arts Center staff and instructors; processes timesheets, payroll and employee documentation; oversees volunteer program for effective use of volunteers.

Other Requirements of Position

All candidates will have proven administrative and relationship management experience.  Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and evaluate results.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with proficiency in social media and the web.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to work under general direction and be self-motivated.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people/community entities.

Open Application Period

To apply, email your résumé, cover letter highlighting relevant experience, and salary history to erie@davisartscenter.org. No phone queries or walk-ins, please. Closing date for submitting an application is August 1, 2014.