North Central Louisiana Arts Council

Executive Director Job Description

Salary range: 28-36,000, negotiable, commensurate with experience.  Some flex-time is possible.

Qualifications:  Degree(s) in the Arts, Arts Administration, Business, related field, or equivalent experience; business, public relations, grant writing, computer skills, board development, volunteer/staff supervision and fundraising experience preferred.

Application deadline:  We will begin interviewing May 6.                           

Start date:  June, 2019

The Executive Director works under the supervision of the board of directors of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council to oversee operations of the council and its programs, to increase artistic awareness and opportunities, and to provide technical assistance to arts and humanities organizations in Lincoln Parish. The Council’s offices are housed in the Dixie Center for the Arts.  Duties include administering the following:

Summer Arts Camp for Kids:  The director oversees the operations of two sessions of Summer Arts Camp, including setting up locations, scholarship sponsors, grants, instructors, volunteers, registration, publicity, etc.

Holiday Arts Market: The director oversees an artist market occurring the first Friday in December, including calling for artists, securing the location and layout, creating and managing schedule, overseeing promotion, contracting with musicians for the event, etc. A Holiday Arts Market Committee helps with planning this event, which is newly evolved from the longstanding Holiday Arts Tour.

Exhibition Opportunities: The director oversees calling for artists for exhibition opportunities including a semi-annual billboard art contest and an annual small works show each February.  An Exhibition Committee assists with jurying works online when necessary, as well as orchestrating new exhibition opportunities as they arise.

Peach Art Exhibition:  The director oversees the production of an art exhibition held in conjunction with the Peach Festival in Ruston each June. The exhibition includes juried awards with sponsored cash prizes and a public reception. A Peach Art Exhibition Committee assists with planning and implementing the annual program.

NCLAC Performances:  The director oversees the presenting of any NCLAC performance approved by the board, including selection and booking of artists, and publicizing and managing the performances.

These performances primarily fall into two categories:

1) A “School Show” held each fall, where 6th grade/middle school students from Lincoln Parish are invited into the Dixie Center for an exclusive matinee performance.

2) Film screenings.

Membership: The director oversees a membership database. This includes recording members and their payments, an annual membership drive, and observance of membership benefits.

Staff: The director is responsible for hiring a staff, currently consisting of two part-time assistants, as well as student interns.  NCLAC is close to Louisiana Tech and Grambling State Universities, and has been able to hire excellent interns from a variety of programs.  

Fundraising for Programs:  The director works with the board members (1) to supervise fundraising events, (2) to identify private individuals and foundations and regional and national corporate funding sources, (3) to write grant applications and ensure proper follow-through on grants that are awarded, including the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and Decentralized Arts Funding Grants, and develop presentations about programs and projects for potential donors, and (4) to make presentations to solicit funds, set up endowments, seek sponsorships, etc.

Fundraising Events: A silent auction and craft beer-tasting event are the two current fundraising events for NCLAC.

1) Silent Auction: The director works with a committee to oversee a silent auction that is held in conjunction with a partner organization’s Mardi Gras Ball.

2) ARToberfest: The director works with a committee to plan, prepare, implement, and work a large beer-tasting event, including recruiting volunteers, securing sponsors, and selling tickets.

Bookkeeping: The director uses QuickBooks Online to manage the financial affairs of NCLAC, overseeing all monies going in and out of the NCLAC office. The director writes checks to vendors for services, artist commissions and awards, performances, etc. The director records and deposits ticket sales, sponsorships, memberships, donations and grants.

Publicity:  The director provides publicity on arts events through an arts column and press releases to area newspapers, and to members. Online promotion and marketing through the NCLAC web site, email blasts to the mailing list, and social media marketing are also overseen by the director.

Umbrella for Arts Organizations:  The director provides assistance to Lincoln Parish arts organizations including publicity and networking.

Networking with Arts Agencies, Civic Organizations, Government Agencies, local businesses, and regional nonprofits:  The director networks with state and regional arts agencies including the Louisiana Division of the Arts. The director represents the north central Louisiana region at meetings and acts as a liaison between those arts agencies, our area arts organizations, and regional civic organizations, and serves on boards and committees, such as the Cultural District and Federal Building Committee.

To Apply: Send a letter of application including salary history, and resume with names, email address, and telephone numbers of three current references, and a 200-word statement on the importance of non-profit arts organizations to:

Peter Jones, President
North Central Louisiana Arts Council

For additional information:  Call Peter Jones, President, (318) 548-9468