Richmond Art Center

Executive Director

Job Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Organization: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
Salary Range: $100,000 – $120,000
Status: Exempt, full-time
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Position overview: We are looking for a dynamic and experienced leader to steward the Art Center as a participatory space that equitably grows and sustains innovative art practices in Richmond. Fundraising and organizational leadership skills are fundamental to the position.

About the Richmond Art Center: For over 80 years, the Richmond Art Center has served residents of Richmond and surrounding communities through studio programs, exhibitions, off-site classes, and special initiatives for community-wide impact. The Richmond Art Center’s mission is to be a catalyst in Richmond for learning and living through art. Our organizational values – relevance, equity and creativity – guide our programming. The strategic priorities outlined in the Art Center’s current Strategic Plan are:

  1. Be leaders in contemporary and intersectional thinking about art, artistic expression and arts education
  2. Attract, develop, support and retain leadership, staff, community partnerships and audiences who embody the diversity of the Richmond Bay Area
  3. Ensure that highly effective and cohesive communication, collaboration and internal operations systems are in place
  4. Generate resources to support organizational capacity, facilities improvement and programmatic growth

Position details:
Advance arts learning and practice in Richmond

  • Implement the Art Center’s Strategic Plan with the board, staff and community stakeholders
  • Ensure that program development, implementation and evaluation are consistent with the Art Center’s mission
  • Identify, engage and collaborate with mission aligned organizations

Organizational Management

  • Maintain an inclusive, positive, cooperative, healthy and safe environment at the Art Center for all who work, volunteer or visit there in accordance with legal requirements, good employment practices and the Art Center’s mission, vision and values; cultivate respect for relationships with staff and community
  • Lead and manage a team of 15 administrative staff; oversee management of teaching artists and volunteers
  • Oversee administrative and technical support for all Art Center operations and events and ensure the Art Center meets all applicable legal and record-keeping requirements
  • Develop and manage annual budgets; oversee financial controls, practices and reporting
  • Direct the overall development of public relations and oversee marketing initiatives; act as the conduit of communication between staff and the board; identify, assess, and inform the board of internal and external issues that affect the Art Center

Develop Financial Resources

  • Develop annual, major gifts and special fundraising plans to maintain and increase the Art Center’s funding and fundraising capacity, and oversee implementation of these plans
  • Cultivate and meet with new and existing donors to solicit donations and steward donors
  • Work with the Development Director to identify and secure grants and sponsorships
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with the City of Richmond, the West Contra Costa County Unified School District and other actual and potential Art Center funders
  • Work with Board President to build board involvement in and capacity for fundraising
  • A majority of the ED’s time will be devoted to activities related to the development of financial resources

Experience and Attributes:

  • Strong commitment to equity and diversity in determining the arts’ role in the community
  • Passion to serve Richmond and a knowledge of issues relevant to this community
  • Strong facilitation, presentation and public speaking skills
  • A leader and collaborator with experience working with multiple diverse stakeholders (staff, community, partners, board, volunteers, etc.)
  • MA degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5 years minimum experience in an executive director or senior leadership role
  • Success in grant writing and annual and major gift fundraising efforts, preferably for organizations with budgets exceeding $500,000
  • Experience in public events planning, art education and cultural, social and fine arts programming
  • Experience managing staff
  • Able to travel locally, sometimes work evenings and weekends
  • Spanish language proficiency a plus

To apply:
Email PDF cover letter and resume to, with “ED application” in the subject line

The Richmond Art Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities.

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