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Executive Director

I-Park Foundation
Job Title: Executive Director
Job Type:
Executive Director
East Haddam
Job Search Ends:
April 8th, 2018
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The international artists-in-residence program at I-Park was founded in 2001 with the mission of nurturing artists and the creative process, in the fine arts and in nature. I-Park is a truly stimulating environment in which to work and grow. Surrounded by an international mix of highly creative artists working in various disciplines, with all the fascinating daily challenges they serve up, and in the midst of a tranquil, ever changing landscape/artscape, you have the opportunity to fashion a virtuous blend of structure, competence and permissiveness. Creating this vibe is more art than science, but you will figure it out, with as much or as little support as you would like to call upon from the deep well of institutional knowledge and support that’s available to you.

Job Summary

We are seeking an inspirational, highly collaborative leader to succeed the organization’s founders in the Executive Director (ED) role to accelerate organizational development and professionalize operations, while respecting and building upon the structures and values established over the past 17 years. The Executive Director will partner with members of the Board and external resources to execute an effective transition plan to ensure that the position will be empowered with the appropriate level of independent operational oversight. Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, and with both internal- and external-facing responsibilities, the ED will provide the expertise and direction necessary to fulfill the organization’s mission as we continue to grow. 

Reports To

Board of Directors


  • Manage all day-to-day operations including all financial and administrative functions, property and facilities maintenance, residency services and all related systems. Perform sound financial and operational management, monitor results on an ongoing basis and communicate appropriate details to the Board in a timely manner.
  • Provide wise, consistent leadership and supervision of approximately 6 staff members, as well as interns and volunteers, in support of organizational objectives. Recruit and hire high quality permanent and seasonal staff members. Develop and engage the staff and build a highly cohesive team. Proactively address staff concerns. Serve as primary liaison between staff members and the Board.
  • Serve as the primary fundraiser, marketer, communicator and spokesperson for the organization. Expand revenue sources and develop key local, regional, national and international relationships to ensure long-term success. Develop and implement a sound donor relations strategy that yields balanced, sustainable funding. Maintain an accessible, welcoming presence within the community and pursue strategic collaboration opportunities that will help I-Park fulfill its mission while extending its cultural impact.
  • Effectively manage the transition from the current Board-led management structure and devote quality time to strategic planning and implementation as well as Board recruitment and development.
  • Working with the organization’s advisory Inter-Disciplinary Curatorial Panel, provide oversight of all I-Park programs to ensure programmatic excellence. Conduct ongoing program evaluation and implement enhancements. Establish and maintain positive relationships with I-Park fellows. Strive, collaboratively with the Board, staff and our artists-in-residence, to further enhance I-Park’s reputation for exceptional artists’ support, providing clear vision and direction for all programs and initiatives.
  • Oversee the creation and/or modification of all marketing materials, social media sites and the organization’s website. Establish meticulous quality control procedures to assure accuracy, consistency and high stylistic standards that are in harmony with the values of the organization. Identify and pursue new communication platforms.


Ideal candidates will possess the following Skills and Qualifications

  • A four-year college degree is required, preferably in a related field
  • A minimum of 5 years of directly related experience and responsibility, preferably within the non-profit arts sector
  • A fundraising and development record that demonstrates ability to meet increasing goals and demonstrated experience securing funds from foundations, corporations, government sources, individual donors and the general public
  • Proven ability to effectively manage and motivate staff
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven success building effective relationships throughout the community: businesses, civic and educational institutions, community leaders and others
  • Demonstrated financial management expertise
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize among competing deadlines and demands
  • The position requires the ability to regularly navigate semi-rough natural terrain to access studios and installations and to address any issues that may arise on the expansive grounds. 


I-Park offers a highly competitive compensation package and generous benefits, including health insurance and paid time-off. The organization is also prepared to offer relocation assistance, including temporary housing.

How to Apply

Candidates may apply online at: https://i-park.workable.com/jobs/654014

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