Co-Executive Director of Development and Operations


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Job Summary

The Co-Executive Director of Development and Operations is one-half of a dynamic executive leadership team; they will collaborate continuously with the Co-Executive Director of Education and Advocacy, dividing the responsibilities traditionally held by a single Executive Director. Together they will support staff and faculty, provide necessary oversight and support, and collaborate with the Board of Directors to safeguard the success of Arts Corps. The Co-Executive Director of Development and Operations will serve as the steward of our mission and vision in all of our fiscal, operational, and development functions.


Arts Corps is currently hiring for both Co-Executive Directors. These open positions come at an exciting time for the organization, as it embarks on a new shared leadership structure, replacing the single executive director structure with Co-Executive Directors. As the organization transitions to this new paradigm and these new roles are established, we are seeking candidates who are skilled and passionate about building new systems, can collaborate closely to improve outcomes, communicate effectively and consistently, and think strategically and critically to refine and evolve these roles and the new structure. 


Key Responsibilities


Leadership, Vision, and Management

  • Collaborate with the Co-ED of Education and Advocacy to:

  • Maintain a positive and strong organizational culture that ensures employees are valued; attract and retain competent and caring staff

  • Maintain strong relationships with staff and teaching artists; inspire, support, motivate, and mentor staff

  • Build and maintain a strong and effective leadership team through clear expectations, coaching, and support

  • Ensure the healthy functioning of an inclusive and vibrant learning and creating community among staff and teaching artists that uplifts Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian (BBIA), Disabled, Queer, and other voices not historically centered

  • Effectively lead strategic planning and maintain vision-alignment



  • Oversee daily operations and compliance requirements of the organization including Finance, IT, HR, administration, legal and other regulatory activities, and other operations needs as they arise. Implement practices and procedures that ensure proactive operational strategies and process improvement, where possible.

  • Lead, supervise, and manage all HR responsibilities and manage HR risk including development and implementation of policies that promote Arts Corps vision, mission, and values.

  • Lead and support development of strategic operational and organizational performance metrics and guide development of a data-informed organizational culture and fundraising strategy.

  • Serve as direct supervisor to the Development and Communications Director and the Finance and Operations Director; oversee administrative and financial processes including strategically managing resources and investments, and developing and managing successful short- and long-term financial strategies.

  • Hold final responsibility for decisions made regarding operations, finance, and fundraising; provide guidance and support for decision making

  • Collaborate with the Development and Communications Director and the Finance and Operations Director to build an accurate and functional budget, as well as long-term financial planning; maintain functional knowledge of funding streams and restricted funding sources and projects

  • Maintain working knowledge of significant trends in the nonprofit sector and beyond, and respond proactively and appropriately, including legal and compliance requirement developments/changes.



  • Collaborate with the Development and Communications Director to design an effective development plan that engages diverse fundraising strategies and is guided by community-centric fundraising principles 

  • Provide strategic leadership for cultivation and stewardship efforts with major donors, grant makers, and corporate partners

  • Fully and effectively utilize public speaking engagements and other opportunities to create new partnerships and donor relationships

  • Collaborate with the Co-ED of Education and Advocacy and the Festa Planning Committee to lead Arts Corps’ annual fundraising gala, Festa



  • Collaborate with the Development and Communications Director to design and implement internal and external communications strategies to support the overall needs of staff, youth, teaching artists, and Arts Corps community

  • Communicate Arts Corps’ vision effectively and motivate board, staff, and volunteers to achieve goals; customize language and approach to the intended audience

  • Regularly communicate externally via blogs, emails, panels, and other opportunities

  • Ensure Arts Corps effectively markets its programs to prospective donors and other stakeholders, such as volunteers and partner organizations


Board of Directors

  • Collaborate with Co-ED of Education and Advocacy to serve as primary contact and coordinator for the Board of Directors, ensuring that the Board has the resources and support necessary to fulfill their governance duties

  • Facilitate effective communication among the board, staff, faculty, and partners

  • Establish and promote proactive communications with and among the board regarding administrative functions; keep the board well informed regarding the fiscal and operational status of the organization


Desired Skills and Attributes

  • Passion for arts education and creative youth development

  • Experience, passion, and alignment with community-focused, intersectional equity work

  • Ability and willingness to lead with an anti-racist lens

  • Experience in nonprofit operations, especially Human Resources and other regulatory and compliance needs

  • Demonstrated leadership and supervising experience and knowledge

  • Commitment to building and maintaining strong relationships with current and prospective program partners, donors, and grantors

  • Working knowledge of nonprofit accounting and fiscal management

  • Experience managing successful fundraising events at a wide range of levels for a non-profit

  • Experience soliciting large/multi-year gifts from individual donors 

  • Collaborative work and leadership style

  • Strong communication and facilitation skills

  • Active, effective listener

  • Ability to innovate and think creatively, critically, and strategically

  • Demonstrated ability to empower and mentor staff

  • Willingness and ability to hold oneself accountable and be held accountable by team

  • Firm understanding of and commitment to equity; ability to center marginalized voices


Desired Experience

  • Five years leadership experience in nonprofit operations

  • Five years fundraising experience

  • Experience in arts education, youth development or education a plus

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience


We’re more interested in working with phenomenal people than in lists of qualifications. If you don’t tick all the boxes, but you believe you’re the right fit for our team, that’s okay. We still want to hear from you.



35 hours/week; salary range: $80-90K. Generous benefits package including: medical, dental, vision insurance coverage or the choice of a pro-rated stipend; 13 paid holidays and 20 days of PTO annually, and a personal professional development allotment including an ED coach, and other leadership development opportunities.


To Apply: Send resume to by end of day October 25, 2022, and include Co-Executive Director of Development and Operations in the subject line.


Co-applications are welcomed.


Hiring Timeline:

We honor your time and labor in applying for this position. Here is our anticipated timeline for hiring. Timeline is subject to change and we will communicate with candidates should this occur.


Job Announcement - September 29th 

1st Round Interviews (zoom, 30-45 mins)- rolling 

Job Closing Date - October 25th 

2nd Round Interviews (zoom, 60 mins) - week of November 7th 

Final Interviews (in person at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in pairs) - November 18th*

*This day may involve multiple pairings of candidates to determine the best combination of Co-Executive Directors.

Reference Checks - week of November 21st 

Offers made - December 2nd

Desired Start Date - early January (negotiable)

Vice President & Chief Development Officer


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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Gateways Music Festival in the search for a Vice President & Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the President & Artistic Director, the Vice President & Chief Development Officer will plan, organize, and direct all of Gateways Music Festival’s fundraising activities, including the major gifts program, annual fund, institutional giving, special events, planned giving, and capital and endowment campaigns. The Vice President & Chief Development Officer will prepare the annual fundraising goals and budget for review and approval by the President & Artistic Director and the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.

Gateways Music Festival’s mission is to connect and support professional classical musicians of African descent and enlighten and inspire communities through the power of performance. The Festival aspires to 1) raise the visibility of classical musicians of African descent and heighten public awareness of their contributions to classical music; 2) bring musicians of African descent together to perform, exchange ideas, and revitalize their musical energy; and 3) engage audiences in meaningful ways and establish role models for young musicians. Gateways is proud to be the only organization in the United States devoted primarily to strengthening the community of professional classical musicians of African descent. Since its founding, Gateways Music Festival has had more than 500 musicians participate in its programs–since many return year after year–and has a growing database of nearly 1,000 professional classical musicians of African descent.

At the most recent Festival in April 2022, the Gateways Orchestra performed before a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall, preceded by six days of chamber music performances and public programs in preeminent venues in Rochester, New York and New York City.  The Gateways Orchestra was the first all-Black classical symphony orchestra presented by Carnegie Hall in its 130-year history.  A combined live audience of more than 8,000 and a live broadcast audience of more than 100,000 enjoyed 2022 Gateways Music Festival events.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least four years of fundraising experience in a leadership capacity or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A music-related degree is desirable, but not required. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Gateways Music Festival as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

The offices of the Gateways Music Festival are located in Rochester, New York. Gateways Music Festival is open to a flexible work environment and will consider a remote arrangement.

The Gateways Music Festival and the University of Rochester are equal opportunity employers. All candidates are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Arts Practitioner (Havering Local Curriculum)

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This role is intended to support the development of a new Havering Local Curriculum which aims to engage a wide range of children and young people with a curriculum that is meaningful and challenging; that recognises the value of neighbourhoods, communities, families, cultures and wider locality; and equips them to shape their own futures and that of their local area for the better.

The Curriculum is one strand of the newly established Havering Local Cultural Education Partnership’s (LCEP) Action Plan for 2022/2023 which focuses on the opportunities education and cultural partners can develop together to transform the lives of Havering’s children and young people and better promote the value of culture in education.

The Arts Practitioner will work alongside Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 Education Professionals, and a Local Historian to develop, plan, write and pilot the first phase of this new locally linked curriculum which will be released to all schools in the borough.

The Arts Practitioner should have experience in delivering creative and inspiring community and place based cultural activity for Key Stage 2 and 3 age groups. We are particularly interested in practitioners who work across a range of arts disciplines and demonstrate non-traditional delivery styles. Knowledge of formal education settings and previous experience developing education resources is desirable but not essential.

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