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Job Description for the Executive Director of the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts       10/12/15

Job Title:      Executive Director

Reports to:   LVAC Board

Job Purpose:  The Executive Director shall provide innovative, visionary, responsible leadership to continuously and steadily move the Turner Center for the Arts toward its short-term and long-term goals. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Turner Center’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission. S/he will develop deep knowledge of core programs, operations and business plans.

Duties and Responsibilities:

According to LVAC Bylaws, adopted 4/22/13, the Executive Director shall have duties and responsibilities associated with the position, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Be responsible for the management and administration of the day-to-day business operations of LVAC in accordance with policies established by the Board.
  2. Serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member on the Board, the Executive Committee and all committees, and report to the President, and as appropriate, to the Executive Committee. The Executive Director shall attend Executive Committee, Board and committee meetings whenever possible.
  3. Serve as the primary representative and spokesperson to the general public, the news media, and to city, county, state and federal agencies.
  4. Employ, terminate and supervise staff in accordance with Center policy, establish job descriptions and performance standards and conduct annual staff evaluations.
  5. Maintain an open and productive communication with the LVAC Board of Directors, the Center for the Arts Guild and the community at large.
  6. Promote a visionary and strategic direction for LVAC, its Board of Directors and the Center.

Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize Turner Center volunteers, Board members, committees, partnering organizations, funders and patrons
  • Guide the development, maintenance and support of a strong Board of Directors; seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations as well as for regional outreach
  • Lead, coach, develop and retain the Turner Center’s high-performance team
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders and other constituents

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion while simultaneously monitoring the Center’s fiscal needs
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities

Planning & New Business:

  • Design the expansion and complete the strategic business planning process for program expansion into new markets
  • Work toward building partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with funders and political and community leaders in each potential new market


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to the LVAC/Turner Center mission. The holder of this office should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Other qualifications include:

  • Education: Preferably an advanced degree with at least 10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and accomplished strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate positive Board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills. Ability to address a wide variety of audiences with comfort and ease
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, vision, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-direction are all desirable attributes

Working conditions: The Executive Director holds an exempt position, and while eligible for all personnel benefits offered by the Turner Center, must have the ability and flexibility to put in as many hours as necessary to accomplish the organizational mission. Delegation of duties is essential in order to control the number of workhours necessary to achieve execution of duties.

Physical Requirements: With a small staff, it is sometimes necessary for all personnel to pitch in to accomplish tasks, including set-up and take-down of equipment. Late hours and weekend work are sometimes required due to the Center’s event schedule.
Other tasks:  As assigned.

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Cheryl G. Oliver                                                                                                        Date