April 6, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Zack Wahlquist, Board President


Art Center Searches for Çetin’s Successor


The Galesburg Civic Art Center has announced that Tuesday Çetin is stepping down.  Çetin, who has been Executive Director since June 2014, is leaving to join her husband in Florida, and will resume her work as a nonprofit management consultant.

Under her leadership, the Art Center has forged a new path that reflects the vibrant network of artists in our area and connects our ever-changing community to visual arts through an increase in programming and community outreach.  This expansion and focus on programming led her to hire Lauren Riggs as part time Program Coordinator.  Çetin has also led the Art Center into a period of financial sustainability, establishing an endowment with the Galesburg Community Foundation and cultivating new partnerships to strengthen their foundation of support.

“It was and continues to be an honor to have played a part in Galesburg’s arts community,” says Tuesday Çetin, “I look forward to the Art Center’s future and hearing about their continued success.”

Before joining the Art Center in 2014, Çetin held positions at MOCA Jacksonville, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, and Brown Dog Creative.

The board of directors has formed a search committee and is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the position in the coming months.  During this interim period, Çetin will continue to act as Executive Director, with the support of Riggs and volunteers who will be taking on additional tasks at the Art Center.

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GALESBURG CIVIC ART CENTER

Executive Director

Background

The Galesburg Civic Art Center was founded in 1923, under the leadership of arts patron Mr. George Dole, as the Galesburg Civic Art League, the Galesburg Chapter for the American Federation of the Arts. In 1923, the first piece for the Art Center’s Permanent Collection was acquired. For the next three decades the League promoted the sale of art, presented free exhibitions, and promoted art activities. The Art League used vacant storefronts and buildings until 1946, when the community lounge of the YMCA became its first permanent home. By 1965, the YMCA planned for an expansion, a new home for the Art League was needed. The building at 114 was found, purchased, and remodeled, and the League began operating as the Galesburg Civic Art Center.

Mission

The Galesburg Civic Art Center connects our community to visual arts through exhibitions, arts education programming, and events.

Position Summary

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial goals. The individual selected will be bold and creative in enhancing the Galesburg Civic Art Center’s position as a vibrant arts center through development and administration of programmatic and fundraising activities that reach into our community and surrounding areas.  The ED will lead and perform day-to-day administrative functions, ensuring that volunteers and staff are in place to meet operational needs. The ideal candidate will have nonprofit leadership experience and be passionate about visual arts in our community.

Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership and Vision

–Develop and maintain a long-range strategy, which achieves its mission and makes consistent and timely progress.

–Work closely with the Board of Directors. Provide leadership in the maintenance and development of program, organizational, and financial strategy with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board. Prepare supporting material for monthly meetings.

–Oversee and support key Committees, staffed by Board members and community volunteers.

–Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

Programming and Communication

–Supervise the Program Coordinator

–Serve as the official spokesperson, along with the Board President for the Art Center, communicating policies, programs, and services to the public and other organizational entities. As such, the director may need to attend community and arts-related events, often after hours at the Art Center and elsewhere, representing the Galesburg Civic Art Center.

–Participate in and oversee marketing for exhibitions, programming and events; including, but not limited to – print, bulk mail, radio, television, website, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media.

Development and Fundraising

–Participate in and oversee fundraising activities – including special events, sponsorships, strategic partnerships, grant writing, and membership campaigns. Track memberships, sponsorships, and donors through the use of a database.

–Maintain and develop relationships with strategic and community partners to maximize impact of Art Center exhibitions, programming, and events.

–Coordinate and manage rental contracts and invoicing with individuals or organizations for the use of gallery and classroom space.

–Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound and ethical fundraising practices, adhering to Donor’s Bill of Rights.

–Oversee the management of the gift shop – communicating with artists, exchanging inventory.

Finance

–Work with the Finance Committee and the Board in development of annual budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines so that the adequate funds are available.

–Advise the Board of financial conditions and current/future needs of the organization and be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.

–Work closely with the accountant to maintain accurate general ledger, as well as any tax related forms, such as the Illinois Annual Report and the federal Form 990 each year.

–Perform bookkeeping functions, including A/P, A/R, submitting payroll, and making regular deposits and maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

–Manage gift shop inventory, including the reconciliation and payment of artist commissions.

Administration

–Manage the Art Center’s rental property, retail space, permanent collection, building and property.

–Maintain a clean and functioning space, including cleaning public restroom, clearing sidewalks in the winter, dusting and mopping floors.

–Maintain office; exhibition, event, and financial files; and databases.

–Prepare official correspondence of the organization, and jointly with designated officers, execute legal documents.

 

Desired Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience

* Graduation from an accredited four-year college, preferably with a degree in business, public administration or nonprofit management or a related field.

* A minimum of 2 years of experience in administrative or supervisory work in a nonprofit field, business, government, arts organization or field closely related to the mission of the Galesburg Civic Art Center.


Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Knowledge of nonprofit 501(c)3 laws, rules, and regulations.

· Possess an entrepreneurial ability to advance the Art Center and its programming

· Ability to motivate staff, volunteers, and community leaders to support events and operations of Art Center.

* Possess relationship management skills and an inclusive personal style for working with diverse constituents, including community leadership, Board members, donors, potential donors, volunteers, members, and the public.

· Ability to prioritize multiple tasks/projects.

· Demonstrate skills in project, volunteer, and event management.

· Have had a track record of fundraising and grant writing with positive outcomes.

· Knowledge and command of Quickbooks Online.

· Possess business acumen and the ability to manage revenues and expenses.

· Must have exceptional oral and written communication skills – graphic design background is helpful.

· Knowledge and command of computer and online programs, including Microsoft Office Suite (imperative), Access Database, Paypal, Jotform. knowledge of Dreamweaver is also helpful.

· Strong analytical skills to prepare data summaries and reporting.

Physical Requirements of the Position

This position requires the employee to occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, use a ladder, or stand for long periods of time. The employee must also climb and descend stairs regularly, lift up to 25 pounds regularly, up to 50 pounds occasionally. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

This job description does not constitute a contract of employment, and any employee hired for this position will be subject to the federal and state laws that govern employment-at-will. This position description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis; it is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. This position description does not exclude other duties as assigned.

The Galesburg Civic Art Center's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or sexual orientation.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.



For consideration, please email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to search@galesburgarts.org by May 31, 2017.