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JOB DESCRIPTION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – 701 Center for Contemporary Art 

(Posted 7/20/12.  Applications accepted until position is filled.  This job description will be removed once the position is filled)

701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) in Columbia, SC is seeking its first Executive Director!

701 CCA is an all-volunteer, 3.5-year-old visual art center at 701 Whaley in downtown Columbia, SC that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms.

701 CCA offers:

  • Exhibitions with a regional, national or international scope in the center’s 2,500 square-foot gallery.
  • An artist-in-residence program in a 1,200-square-foot live/work unit, where artists can concentrate fully on creating art during six, ten or twelve-week residencies.
  • The 701 CCA Plus program for performing, literary and media arts.
  • Educational programs for adults and children, including workshops, lectures, open studios, panel discussions, group tours, school presentations, etc.


The job of the Executive Director will require balancing responsibilities in four areas:

  • management
  • administration
  • marketing & public relations
  • resource development

The ED will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of 701 CCA; will in cooperation with board committee chairs take the lead in the areas of resource development and marketing; will provide logistical and other practical assistance to projects of the volunteer leadership, board members and (board) committees, including the programming, education and membership committees; will be the organization’s point person with respect to outside contractors; and will take a leadership role in special projects.

In his or her tasks, the ED will be supported by board and volunteers with experience in these areas at 701 CCA, including resource development, marketing and public relations, financial administration, volunteer coordination and programming.

The Executive Director must be self-motivated and able and willing to work well with diverse groups of people, including the board, key volunteers, artists, contractors, patrons, donors, media representatives, public and private funders, and local, state and national government officials and organizations. She or he should have experience in working with non-profit and volunteer-based organizations and work well in an environment that requires a flexible attitude, improvisation skills, irregular schedule, including weekend and evening hours, a hands-on approach and the ability to do physically demanding work.


Management functions:

  • Oversee and organize the operation of the physical plant, i.e. the gallery, artist loft and office.
  • Assure the public’s access to exhibitions and other programming.
  • Recruit volunteers.
  • Manage, supervise and assist volunteers, including education, hospitality, administrative and possibly other task-specific coordinators, gallery monitors, volunteer office staff, event volunteers, etc.
  • Serve as the primary staff communication leader and strategist and the liaison between and facilitator for the individuals, committees and other entities operating within the organization.
  • Serve as the primary staff communication leader and strategist working directly with community organizations, leaders, patrons, artists, public officials and the media.
  • Oversee and coordinate exhibition and event booking and logistics, which may include managing ticketsales, arranging artist travel, securing venues, venue security and catering,
  • Assist in all programming, including exhibitions, 701 CCA Plus and educational programming and be responsible for special programming, such as Columbia Open Studios, including supervision of and coordination with outside contractors enlisted to help with such projects.
  • Insure that the gallery is up to fire and safety codes at all times.

Administrative functions:

  • Be responsible for day-to-day administrative tasks.
  • Assist and supervise volunteers involved with administrative tasks.
  • Assist the board treasurer in all matters regarding finances, preparing monthly and annual budgets, monitoring budgets, preparing financial reports, tracking and executing accounts receivable and payable, filing required reports, preparing audit statements as necessary.
  • Assist the board in the developing long-term fiscal plans, financial resources and prioritization of expenditures based on fund sources/levels.
  • Assist board treasurer and membership coordinator in renewing memberships, mailing membership cards, recruiting members, etc.
  • Prepare exhibition, artists and Artist-in-Residence contracts, etc.
  • Assist the registrar in preparing loan agreements.
  • Insure that all legal responsibilities of 701 CCA are met.
  • Process incoming and outgoing mail.

Marketing & Public Relations Functions:

  • Serve as the person primarily responsible for marketing & public relations.
  • Serve as chief media contact and ambassador and, in conjunction with the Board Chair, act as a primary spokesperson for 701 CCA.
  • Build a marketing/communications system that effectively interprets the mission of 701 CCA to the community through direct involvement and contact with the media, community, academic/educational community and relevant local, state and national contacts.
  • Supervise, coordinate and assist all volunteers involved with the organization’s marketing & public relations efforts.
  • Ensure the production and distribution of press releases, managing all publicity, including social media marketing, and securing advertising in art and general media outlets.
  • Manage social media and online marketing, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the website and blog.
  • Develop and supervise marketing & public relations budgets.

Resource Development Functions

  • In cooperation with the resource committee, develop and execute strategies to increase and diversify revenue streams.
  • In cooperation with the resource committee, identify grant and other financial support opportunities and take a leading role in developing and writing grant proposals and such.
  • In cooperation with the resource committee, identify potential sources for private and corporate sponsorship, including in-kind sponsorship, and take a leading role in generating such sponsorship.
  • Be responsible for special fundraising projects, including supervision and coordination with outside contractors enlisted to help with such projects.
  • Assist in maintaining collaborative relationships at all levels for the purpose of increasing funding streams.

General Functions:

  • Advances the collective vision and strategy of 701 CCA by facilitating the development of a broad-based strategy, including an annual strategic plan, and by clear communications.
  • Manages 701 CCA in a manner geared toward the fulfillment of its vision and mission.
  • Implements policies adopted by the Board of Directors.
  • Attends conferences, workshops and other training opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
  • Three years experience in marketing and fundraising.
  • Strong interest in arts and arts programming.
  • Knowledge in non-profit governance desired.
  • A wide range of computer skills.
  • Ability to do physically demanding work, including lifting.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Flexible schedule.

Salary Range: $30,000 – $35,000 with no benefits.  To apply for the position, please send your resume and cover letter to ceoapplications@701cca.org


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