OVAC Executive Director Position

OVAC Executive Director Position

ovacJob Title: Executive Director

Organization: Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Salary Range:  $45-55k depending on experience
Application Due: July 15, 2014
Full Time/Permanent

The position and ideal candidate:
OVAC seeks an inspiring leader who understands the value of relationships in building and maintaining a self-sustaining statewide organization.  An ideal candidate is a strong strategic thinker with excellent non-profit management skills. The Executive Director must be flexible and adaptive, resourceful and values-driven (and will also have a good sense of humor). S/he fosters a rewarding workplace that is stimulating, respectful, collaborative, relationship-driven, and results-oriented, and where OVAC’s mission will thrive. The best candidates will have experience in the non-profit sector, particularly with the arts and artists in community based settings; a record of success partnering with, developing, and engaging nonprofit boards; knowledge of fundraising and non-profit financial management; proven ability to work collaboratively; and leadership skills.

Job responsibilities:

  • Ensure OVAC’s ongoing growth, vitality and success while keeping the organization’s work consistent with its mission, values, and strategic plan and relevant to the needs of the statewide community.
  • Administer and support Board of Directors in fulfilling its legal and fiduciary responsibilities, coordinate and lead strategic planning efforts, and develop annual budget.
  • Maintain OVAC’s financial viability by conceiving and carrying out fundraising activities at the corporate, foundation, government and individual levels, through grant writing, donor cultivation and stewardship, and working to increase the amount and diversity of revenue streams
  • Supervise and support staff in their programmatic and administrative duties, ensure their leadership development, promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.
  • Serve as the public face of OVAC, by telling its story, establishing relationships with and collaborating with community groups and organizations, including current and potential partners, both locally and nationally.
  • Act as key team member for all OVAC’s programs, in accordance with the organization’s mission and in collaboration with staff, interns and volunteers.

 Required skills:

  • Master’s degree or commensurate leadership experience in art, art history or related field
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including significant public speaking and grant writing experience.
  • Proficiency in desktop publishing, word processing, email, social media and database programs.
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers.
  • Experience in group facilitation.
  • Collaborative disposition skilled in working as part of productive teams.
  • Proven fundraising ability.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant trends & developments in the contemporary art & artist support field.
  • Acute detail orientation and excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and problem-solve.
  • Aptitude in learning new technology quickly.
  • Extensive travel to locations across Oklahoma is required. Regular national travel is required.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • Ability to drive.


To apply please email cover letter and resume by July 15 to: ovacboard@ovac-ok.org.
Alternatively, please mail to: Search Committee Co-Chairs, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, 730 W. Wilshire, Ste 104, Oklahoma City, OK  73116.

No telephone calls please.