OVERVIEW OF POSITION:
The Executive Director is the chief operating officer for The New Harmony Project (“NHP”), a national 501(c)(3) organization which serves writers for stage, film and new media, with responsibility for all financial, development, marketing and legal aspects of the operations of NHP. The Executive Director serves as the spokesperson of the organization (along with the Artistic Director), promoting the mission and vision of NHP while spearheading and executing its strategic plan.
The Executive Director takes a leadership role in fundraising and actively identifies, cultivates, and solicits gifts from all sources. S/he provides guidance and support to the fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to the mission of NHP and will have executive leadership experience with a not-for-profit organization.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, DONOR RELATIONS, FUNDRAISING & GRANTS:
• Responsible for the design and proactive implementation of fundraising strategies, participating in the building of productive relationships between NHP and it writers, actors, alumni and supporters.
• Design and implement a comprehensive multi-year fundraising plan that will generate short-term results + sustainable long-term growth to ensure an additional operating support is generated annually.
• Steward and grow existing donors and grantees while proactively identifying and securing new funding sources; and seek new relationships in the philanthropic community; manage all aspects of the gift cycle.
• Research, identify, draft, and submit written grant proposals and reports and ensure deadlines and compliance requirements are met.
STRATEGIC PLANNING & OPERATIONAL:
• Develop clear long-range operational strategy with the Board of Directors, and ensure consistent and timely progress for implementation.
• Assist Board to grow organization’s national and regional presence.
• Provide strategic direction and work collaboratively with Artistic Director on all programmatic activities.
• Direct all marketing and communications with supporters and the public.
• Contract for the services of all writers, directors, dramaturgs, actors, interns and other paid artistic personnel.
• Coordinate with the Artistic Director the logistics of all programming including the annual conference.
• Provide leadership in managing all administrative aspects of the organization.
BOARD GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT:
• Reports to the Chair of Board of Directors on all matters relevant to his or her activities on a periodic basis.
• Assists Board Chair to select and engage Directors actively in NHP fundraising, advocacy, and board development.
• Help prepare for, record minutes of, and attend all board of directors’ meetings.
FINANCIAL AND BUDGET:
• Responsible for managing the creation of budgets and implementing financial plans working collaboratively with Artistic Director to monitor budget.
• Draft realistic revenue forecasts, in-depth analytical reports and measure progress on
• Strong planning, strategy and analytical skills with ability to effectively communicate and implement those ideas.
• Demonstrated ability to meet with potential donors, make presentations, and articulate organizational needs and mission.
• Proven experience in successfully identifying, soliciting and cultivating individual, foundation and corporate donors.
• Grant writing experience and quantifiable success is a must.
• Entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
• Ability to prioritize, communicate, follow-up and meet deadlines.
• Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed to accommodate activities such as board meetings, fundraising and other organizational and public events.
• Bachelors or higher degree from an accredited university or college.
• Minimum of 3 years arts management experience.
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, salaried position.
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit the following materials in MS Word or PDF electronic format to Jane Herndon, Chair, NHP Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not mail hard copies. All materials must be received by August 1, 2017.
1. Cover letter with salary requirements;
3. Sample development plan and other writing sample;
4. Three (3) professional references, who will not be contacted without the approval of the candidate.