Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

The West Kortright Centre (westkc.org) seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization, a well established, well regarded, vibrant performing arts center.

The West Kortright Centre has successfully presented exciting seasons of contemporary and traditional music, featuring new and world-renowned performers encompassing a myriad of genres, for 44 years. Additionally, we offer workshops in applied and fine arts, writing, youth theater workshops, and a musical series for children. The Board seeks a director to steer our programming while focusing on our future growth for a new and diverse audience. We want an energetic and forward-thinking candidate with excellent personal and communication skills, a proven track record in managing performing arts events and non-profit fundraising, evidence of successful grant writing and administrative experience. The right person for this position will relish the challenge of engaging with community stakeholders. For the right person, this position will be more than just a job, but the opportunity to lead and shape an energetic and truly unique arts organization, and guide its direction for the future.

Housed in an historically recognized 19th century church, the West Kortright Centre is situated in a stunning, rural valley in the western Catskill Mountains, Delaware County, NY, 150 miles northwest of New York City.

Job Description

Working in partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and administration of The West Kortright Centre. The position requires accountability for all aspects of The Centre’s operations. 

Overall responsibilities include acting as manager for and advisor to the Board of Directors and committees; chief fiscal officer; artistic director of the performance series and overall program coordinator; and director of personnel, facilities, and fund development.

The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors through the President for all work undertaken or delegated.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

ADMINISTRATION

  • Works with Board and staff to realize the organization’s strategic plan
  • Attends board meetings and reports monthly to Board of Directors on all activities
  • Assists President with preparation of agenda, emails minutes to Board members one     week ahead of meetings
  • Assists President with plans for annual meeting and works with Marketing & Development Director to assemble annual report
  • Refers all legal matters to President
  • Works with Board to establish and implement short and long-range goals and work plans
  • Is familiar with by-laws and other policies of the corporation

FISCAL MANAGEMENT

  • Works with committee to establish annual plan
  • Works closely with staff, treasurer, bookkeeper, and accountant to ensure accurate and timely accounting and filing of federal and state forms
  • Approves all income records and payment vouchers, exerting budgetary controls
  • Signs all checks as authorized by corporate resolutions
  • Prepares monthly treasurer’s report with bookkeeper and treasurer

DEVELOPMENT

  • Writes foundation requests, acknowledges support, and reports to funding sources as needed to maintain foundations’ records and overall good will
  • Maintains contact with government funding agencies; writes applications and reports
  • Develops private donorship
  • Coordinates major fund drives
  • Devises and implements ways to thank large donors

PROGRAM

  • Works with Program Committee to establish budget
  • Works in cooperation with the Program Committee and the Board, and considering the specific recommendations of both, is responsible for monitoring the quality of all programs sponsored by The Centre
  • Maintains active participation in the artistic arena through attendance at performing arts events, communication with artists, agents, other presenters and others familiar with performers of various disciplines
  • Co-ordinates with the talent buyer, selects, negotiates and finalizes contracts with performing artists
  • Sets budget for technical requirements, payment schedules, housing, food and travel responsibilities
  • Sets workshop programming season budgets, record keeping, and reporting for all WKC-sponsored workshops and workshop services contracted to The Centre by other institutions and groups
  • Maintains organized method of paying and reporting commissions and consignments.

FACILITIES

  • Works with Facilities Committee to establish annual plan and budget
  • Oversees and works with committee on all building and capital improvement projects

PUBLIC RELATIONS

  • Actively assumes the role of spokesperson for the organization, both informally and in presentations to business and civic groups

PERSONNEL

  • Hires, trains, oversees, and evaluates staff
  • Works with steering committee to update personnel policies; Oversees adherence to policies

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in experience and non-profit management and administrative experience.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required (or proof of medical/religious exemption). Employees will also be required to disclose COVID 19 test results for testing that is provided by the employer or other test suppliers. All employees must adhere to safe and sanitary working conditions.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time exempt position. Salary will be determined commensurate with experience. Range: $51,500-$55,000. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, flex time for major holidays, health benefits and participation in the organization’s retirement plan after three years. Weekend work is required during the performance season. Salary is reviewed annually by the Board.

HOW TO APPLY

The West Kortright Centre strives to become a fully Anti-Racist organization. We value an inclusive and equitable organizational culture. We strongly encourage applicants from historically marginalized communities to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: hiring@westkc.org.