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Associate Director

Position Description

Associate Director of Programs and Development
Reports to Executive Director

Organization Description
Arts Connection is the Arts Council for San Bernardino County. We are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, designated by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to act as the State Local partner to the California Arts Council.

Arts Connection’s mission is to elevate arts and culture in San Bernardino County. We are dedicated to serving artists, arts organizations, and our communities in collaboration with our city, state and county partners. We envision a County that invests in each of its creative communities. Arts Connection was created to share knowledge and resources, supporting initiatives that engage, encourage and advocate community building through the arts, and offering funding solutions for progressive projects, art groups and artists.

Position Summary
Arts Connections is hiring a full-time Associate Director to help build upon current program success and creatively scale and expand the vision for Arts Connection’s work in the County. The Associate Director of Programs and Development will work in close partnership with the Executive Director and Operations Manager to execute the organization’s strategic intentions for inclusive growth and support. He/she/they will lead the organization’s outreach efforts, expanding partnerships locally and regionally. The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial, visionary thinker and self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated understanding of organizational budgets and finances. Experience with non-profit organizations is required. Problem solving skills, successful grant writing, understanding of public relations strategies and the ability to work with diverse communities are essential. Emerging arts leaders from the Inland Empire are strongly encouraged to apply, especially underrepresented voices in the arts and culture field.

This is a 40/hour per week position with some flexibility.

Annual salary of $65,000 plus benefits, with an opportunity for advancement within the organization

Included benefits: some healthcare costs reimbursement, worker’s compensation insurance, paid time off based on accrual of time worked, retirement, mileage for business according to the annual IRS rate, and a flexible work schedule.

Exempt position, averaging 40 hours per week.

Essential Responsibilities:

Be resourceful, take initiative.
Inspire others, creatively problem-solve and work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.
Improve communication of our program goals and mission and work across the organization to clearly achieve those goals.
Identify ways to fund and better serve the arts programs we have in place and develop new initiatives and partnerships as appropriate, with the Executive Director.

Specific Tasks:
Some of the roles of the Associate Director will include the following:

Program Development and Fundraising
Work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other staff and volunteers to meet strategic program development and fundraising goals.
Meet prospective partners, donors, funders,and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them. Initiate partnership programs as identified.
Oversee grant seeking opportunities including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
Direct initial and future crowdfunding campaigns as well as annual fundraising strategies.
Envision and coordinate special events.
Coordinate strategic earned income revenue strategies and manage the revenue and staffing model of the community co-operative store at the Garcia Center for the Arts.
Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems.
Support Operations Managerand gift recognition programs and donor acknowledgements

Strategic Development and Organizational Management
Collaborate with the ED and Board to provide insight into the strategic direction of the organization and related program planning.
Collaborate with the ED to develop and refine budgets for the organization, as well as program-specific budgets.
Collaborate with ED in managing organizational finances and nonprofit administration, as needed to ensure good governance and financial accountability.
Oversee Program Director’s program budgets and work with PDs as necessary to make sure organizational budget goals are met.

Represent Arts Connection in a professional manner through presentations and speaking engagements.
Provide insights and direction to the Communications Director alongside ED.
Desired: Use knowledge of social media to enhance Arts Connection’s fundraising and publicity.

**Take on additional tasks as directed by the Executive Director
College degree in the arts, arts management, business, public administration or other related field, with minimum three years management experience; some nonprofit management experience is essential.
Creative approaches to working with complex issues and an ability to implement self-care when needed.
High level of comfort with all levels of donor outreach and solicitation as well as funder research.
Excellent grant writing experience with a documented track record. Knowledge of the state art agency’s program and application platform is a plus.
Active professional relationships within the San Bernardino County arts community, and the broader region.
Ability to assess the community’s needs and Arts Connection’s effectiveness carrying out its mission and modify existing procedures in response to those needs.
Ability to speak up when a work plan or process is not achieving the intended goals or serving people in the community and agility to suggest and act upon new ideas.
Ability to develop effective work plans, organize details, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
Proficiency with spreadsheets, databases, and word processing. Familiarity with Quickbooks is a plus.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills and excellent phone manner.
Maturity, initiative, resourcefulness and an ability to inspire others, creatively problem-solve and work collaboratively with staff and volunteers.
Ability to thrive in a small nonprofit and ‘wear multiple hats,’ as needed
Strong attention to detail and ability to work as a team player with minimal supervision.

To apply: If interested, please send a one-page cover letter and resume to to begin the conversation. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the desired start date is as soon as possible.

Arts Connection – the Arts Council of San Bernardino County is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly believe that our organization benefits from the perspectives and talents of a diverse staff, and we encourage applicants of all educational, cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Arts Connection’s Accessibility Policy
Arts Connection believes that the arts and access to arts and cultural experiences inspires innovation and expands our curiosity about the world and each other. Moving away from an able-ist lens requires that inclusion of people with disabilities in our work, practice and programming becomes integrated and not an after-thought.
We believe that accessibility is an organizational practice that benefits all artists and audiences. Accessibility approaches encourage learning, listening and growing together in this practice.
Arts Connection provides accommodations for people with disabilities in our employment, programs, and services, including but not limited to accessibility technology, alternative methods of communication, physical accommodations, and flexibility in our planning.
Arts Connection strives to meet all audience needs and inquires about possible accessibility accommodations in our events and program information. We provide, upon request, alternative formats and languages, auxiliary aids, and services necessary for people with disabilities to participate in our programs and services, whether as artists, audience, or employees.
All staff and partners in programs agree to comply with the ADA and 504 regulations as part of their agreement/contract with our organization.
(language included is inspired by and adapted from Arts Midwest’s Accessibility Policy)
Questions? Please contact our accessibility coordinators: Kathryn Ervin, Board Chair

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