Job Description: Executive Director

Title: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors

Summary: The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the organization in accordance with its vision and mission. The Executive Director works under the oversight of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the League‘s fiscally responsible operations, growth and development as approved by the Board.

Overview: The Executive Director shall work with and support the Board of Directors and League committees including, but not limited to the following areas: implementation of programs, finances, member services, communications, and collaboration with others. The Executive Director assumes a leadership role in collaborating with businesses, foundations, government officials, other nonprofits, and supporters. Plans, assists, and leads art education, fundraising initiatives including various special events, major gifts, planned giving, sponsorships, donor cultivation and grant writing.

The Sonoran Arts League maintains two facilities, the HQ location which also serves as the Gallery and The Arts Learning Studio, both located in Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek, Arizona.


  1. Supports and works with the Board of Directors

  • Provides leadership in developing the League as an effective, high quality nonprofit organization. The Executive Director works collaboratively with Board members to strengthen the organization‘s capacity to provide resources, programs and benefits to members and to represent the members in the community. The Executive Director keeps the Board informed about issues and events that impact the League as an organization.
  • Keeps the Board of Directors fully informed on conditions, opportunities, issues, and challenges of the League, its members, facilities, and the environment in which it operates so that the Board can carry out its governance, financial oversight and leadership role.
  • Reviews, implements, and follows, along with the Board on a continuous basis, the Strategic Plan for the organization.
  • Provides for the coordination of Board meetings and member communications.
  • Serves as staff support to the Board of Directors and to committees, as needed.
  • Adheres to employee Personnel Handbook.

  1. Fund Development

  • Identifies, organizes, and performs fundraising activities with a focus on new opportunities to obtain ongoing and increased support from corporations, public and private organizations, volunteers, and individuals.
  • Creates and implements strategies for donor development and cultivation which will provide a diverse and sustainable funding base.
  • Identifies grant opportunities, develops proposals, and required reports to secure funding sources. Oversees implementation of grants and reporting on a timely and accurate basis.
  • Provides timely reporting and ensures compliance as required by grant award documentation.
  • Keeps up to date on current fundraising programs, practices and procedures used in the nonprofit sector and informs the Board of items that would benefit the League.
  • Manages, coordinates, and oversees all League events.
  • Works with appropriate staff and supports volunteers to ensure that all aspects of a successful event are coordinated.
  • Oversees creation of publications to support events and fund-raising activities.
  • Creates and updates collateral materials to support gift cultivation.
  • Maintains gift recognition programs.
  • Works to train and communicate with the board and staff as needed regarding fund development plans; along with instituting the right software and tools to succeed for fund development success.

  1. Manages Finance
  • Collaborates with and support the Board by providing insight to the creation of an annual budget.
  • Monitors expenditures and income and plans for a balanced budget.
  • Works with the facilities committee to oversee capital assets and expenditures.

  1. Manages Office and Facilities

  • Provides overall staff direction and supervision, communicates the yearly work plan with staff, as indicated in the Strategic Plan, which includes annual goals, objectives, inputs and outcomes, and timeline for the programs and services to be carried out.
  • Insures implementation of the Personnel Handbook.
  • Provides ongoing management to assure the organization and its committees stays within approved plans and budgets.
  • Develops contracts with outside vendors and community organization, and institutes strategies to assure effective performance.
  • Maintains physical facilities, including interior and exterior spaces, hardware, and software.
  • Represents the organization in negations with businesses, contractors and the site HOA.
  • Effectively manages the staff and volunteers, respectful of personal well-being and cultural diversity.
  • Manages hiring, firing, and resolution of grievances.

  1. Public Relations and Marketing

  • Develops and maintains media contacts with area media outlets.
  • Supports Mar-Com in development of media contacts, contracts, and relations.
  • Builds and sustains working relationships and communication with community associations.

6.  Manages Programs and Member Opportunities

  • Ensures program quality and alignment in support of the Strategic Plan through ongoing evaluation of all programs and services to determine effectiveness and participant, member satisfaction.
  • Works with the Board to develop policies for all programs and processes, such as presenter or instructor contracts, registration policies, cancellation policy etc.
  • Works with committees to develop and manage the budget for all events and activities.
  • Oversees the development and coordination of events and new programs, conferences, workshops, publications, website, and Board-approved service provider relationships.
  • Communicates pertinent information on an on-going basis to members and community partners.
  • Develops a plan to recruit, retain and grow membership.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Experience in non-profit management
  • Fundraising, leadership, marketing and communication skills
  • Supervisory and personnel experience
  • Background in financial management and proficiency with QuickBooks
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors
  • Commitment to the mission of the organization
  • Fingerprint clearance card (or ability to obtain one)
  • Can multi-task, work independently, enthusiastic, dynamic, flexible, organized, collaborative, creative problem-solving skills and takes initiative

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor‘s Degree preferred
  • 10 or more years of non-profit management experience in an operational environment
  • 5 or more years management or supervisory experience

References required prior to offer.

This is a full-time exempt position.

No relocation expenses covered.

Salary Range: $60,000-$80,000 annually depending upon experience.

To Apply:

If you feel you are a great fit for our organization, please submit your resume and cover letter to Linda Lindus -  lllindus@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Arts and the Sonoran Arts League.