Seeking Executive Director

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, is currently seeking an Executive Director to provide oversight of the programs and facilities of the Center, a non-profit institution whose primary mission is originating and presenting museum-quality contemporary art to a diverse audience.

The position of Executive Director supports the mission of the Center through: organizing the day-to-day operation and accessibility of the Center and its programs, overseeing the development of programs and services, building visibility and knowledge of 701 CCA’s mission and activities, and partnering in securing and diversifying financial support. The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors, a team of committed individuals from different segments of the community.

Successful candidates need to demonstrate strong time management and priority setting abilities. They need to be self-motivated and able to devise as well as follow work plans and schedules. They must be able and enthusiastic about working with diverse individuals and groups of people and comfortable working in an environment that requires a flexible attitude and improvisational skills. They should have a hands-on approach and an enthusiasm for the role of the arts in a thriving environment. Strong writing and speaking skills and an ability to convey the importance of the role of 701 CCA in the community is important.

701 CCA is a volunteer based organization that strives to not only promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art but also advocate for the importance of the creative process and the role of art and artists in daily life. The Center offers thought provoking exhibitions, an Artist in Residency Program, educational programs for adults and youth including workshops, artist-lead gallery tours, open studio events, and exhibition openings, and a series of  701 CCA Plus programs presenting diverse performing, literary and music events. Essential to the Center’s vision is the creation of opportunities where artists and the public can interact in an intimate space, and exchange information and ideas about the art of today.

The job of Executive Director is a permanent salary-exempt position. Annual and sick leave is provided and national holidays are observed. The Executive Director is provided with a stipend to assist with health insurance coverage after a probationary period as well as memberships to relevant arts and cultural organizations as determined by the Board of Directors.

A full position description is accessible through e-mail request to Interested individuals need to submit a full resume, names of four references, and a cover letter demonstrating both why they think they are qualified for the position and what particular skills they can bring to the job. These need to be mailed to 701 CCA, P. O. Box 12822, Columbia, SC 29211. Please make the envelope attention to the Search Committee. 701 CCA is an equal opportunity employer.

The deadline for applying is June 15, 2016. We expect to interview candidates in mid-summer and fill the position to start in September 2016.

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