Community Arts Partnership (CAP) has served as the arts council for Tompkins County for twenty-eight years. Tompkins County hosts 83 arts and cultural organizations that are either community-based or are part of our local higher education institutions. There are over 1,000 artists who call Tompkins County home.

CAP us the heard of the County’s arts and cultural offerings. Administering annual grant funding from the New York Council for the Arts (NYSCA) and for the County’s room tax and Tompkins County Tourism Program in support of the arts and artists, CAP contributes to the quantity, quality, and diversity of the arts in every corner of the County.

CAP is currently seeking an Executive Director to work closely with its Board of Directors and Director of Programs and Grants to implement and oversee its current policies and programs, to be the organization’s public face and ambassador, and to bring energy, creativity, and innovation to shaping CAP’s future.

The desired candidate will have a passion for the arts, be a facilitator, a collaborator, an active listener, a clear communicator, and a creative source of positive inspiration. This person will also be a team player, able to embrace the mechanics of meetings with the Board, committees, council, and donors.

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors. Supervision is provided primarily by the President of the Board and the Chairs of the standing committees. Supervision is largely collegial rather than hierarchical. This position has one direct report, the Director of Programs and Grants.

Requirements/Qualifications – Education & Experience:

  • BA/BS in an arts-related field or significant not-for-profit management, with a strong arts background.
  • Significant experience in upper management of arts organization or not-for-profit agency with equivalent education in the arts
  • Experience in the various elements of Development/Fundraising/Grant Writing
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Ability to lead group dynamics, lead and facilitate arts constituent relations
  • Experience in community-based planning and implementation, board relations, personnel supervision, and relations
  • A history of executing policies and programs from conception
  • Financial management experience
  • Database management experience preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (this position is self-supporting)

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