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Executive Director



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June 30, 2020

LexArt aims to hire a proactive, energetic individual to lead a process of modernization and transformation underway at this unique artisans’ collaborative. We seek an organized and resilient change agent who will generate and embrace diverse ideas, while working to ensure responsive service to members, and have broad impact on the community. The successful candidate will possess a track record of working with volunteers and communities to meet organizational objectives and achieve quantitative goals.  We seek an individual who:

Focuses on the accomplishment of goals.

Creates a sense of order, direction, and active participation among a variety of people.

Utilizes logical and systematic procedures to meet objectives.

Welcomes being held accountable for personal and professional actions.

Has the flexibility to be a leader and team member, working within groups and independently.

Possesses a strong affinity for the arts.

LexArt has a rich history, a committed membership and a physical plant in the center of Lexington that houses a gallery and fully equipped ceramics, woodworking, metalworking and weaving studios, along with working space for painting, photography, needle arts, polymer clay and bead work and decorative arts. It aims to evolve into a bustling hive of creative energy: one that brings together young people drawn to the “Maker Movement” with seasoned elders who possess experience and knowledge of their crafts.   The Board, newly-elected in 2019 after a thorough updating of LexArt’s bylaws, includes talented professionals dedicated to the strategic revitalization of the organization.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, LexArt’s facility has been closed since April.  But our organization has been far from dormant. During this time, volunteers and staff have logged countless hours photographing artwork and converting what had been planned as a gallery exhibit of members’ paintings, to an online show and sale; creating our first online classes and event series; finalizing plans for a $300,000 renovation of our gallery, set to begin construction in June; and successfully cultivating donors and raising funds for a variety of projects.

The Executive Director will be expected to support the Board in strategic planning, and execute day-to-day coordination of LexArt, with clear goals of excellence and operational stability, and aggressive growth in membership, educational programming, gallery sales and philanthropic revenues. S/he will work full-time and will serve as the “Advocate-in-Chief” for LexArt, building support for LexArt and its mission both externally and internally. S/he will report directly to the President of LexArt and will supervise another full-time staff member and part-time maintenance staff.

Relevant experience we seek in applicants includes:

Broadly participatory strategic planning

Consensus building

Program planning and oversight

Volunteer management and coordination

Fundraising and financial oversight

Marketing and outreach

A bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of three to five years of progressively responsible experience is required. The salary range for this position is $80-90,000/year, commensurate with experience.  Vacations, holidays and sick leave are included.  At this time, LexArt is not able to offer health insurance coverage. 

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