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Position Announcement

Quinlan Visual Arts Center

Executive Director


The Quinlan Visual Arts Center seeks an Executive Director. The Quinlan Visual Arts Center (QVAC) is Northeast Georgia's premier visual arts organization. Located in the charming Historic Green Street District of Gainesville, Georgia, the QVAC has served the area for nearly seven decades. Founded in 1946 as the Gainesville Arts Association, the QVAC evolved into an organization with a commitment to working artists combined with exceptional visual arts programming and educational opportunities for the entire family.

The Executive Director is a strategic planner who can envision the QVAC at the next level and has the skills to take it there. The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising initiatives and strategies, including major gift fundraising and grant writing. The Executive Director also manages the QVAC staff and volunteers to ensure that the exhibitions and art classes the QVAC is valued for maintain their current level of excellence while growing in scope.

The Executive Director oversees day-to-day operations of the QVAC, including budget creation and adherence to, and handles a wide range of responsibilities contributing to the overall administration of the organization. The Executive Director is an excellent communicator and is the face of the organization to the Northeast Georgia region, the community, the membership, and to the artists who both exhibit and teach at the QVAC. A collaborative relationship-builder, the Executive Director will expand the influence of the QVAC and its value to the region.

Effectively lead and manage QVAC; cultivate and secure financial donations; utilize sound, independent judgment; prepare and present clear and comprehensive written reports; demonstrate creative leadership skills dealing with QVAC volunteers and interns; effectively supervise and develop QVAC staff; regularly attend evening and weekend meetings and/or engagements; establish and maintain good internal and external working relationships; follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; deal effectively and courteously with a wide variety of individuals and groups including QVAC Board of Trustees, community leaders, artists, and other department staff, government agencies, and the general public; present an overall professional image; model and facilitate a working environment that encourages awareness and respect for differences among employees and citizens. Perform effectively as a member of the team in carrying out the QVAC's stated mission and philosophy. Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Bachelor's degree is required with a Master's preferred, but not required. Area of study may range from public relations/communications, non-profit management, art history, MBA, or MFA. Five or more years of experience as a senior manager at a non-profit organization required with corresponding experience as a professional fundraiser with a working knowledge of planned giving, endowments, and IRS rules governing charitable giving.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits package includes salary, health insurance, and PTO.

Interested candidates should submit a current resume, cover letter, and three professional references by mail by July 15, 2019 to:

Quinlan Search
PO Box 266 Gainesville, GA 30503

The cover letter should address four major areas of information, including: comparable work experience and past successes, leadership experience and qualifications, fundraising capacity, and a statement to convey their vision for the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. The approved candidate should be able to assume the Executive Director position by September 2019.

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