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Summary Description
The Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for leading Erie Arts & Culture in promoting its mission of “improving the lives of our region’s residents by leveraging the power of the arts and humanities to address the vital needs and interests of Erie and Northwestern Pennsylvania.” These responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Organization and Board Management
Fundraising and Financial Management
Donor and Community Engagement and Relations
Program Management and Evaluation
Communications and Advocacy

Reports to
Board of Trustees

Employment Type
Full-Time, Exempt

$65,000 - $88,000 plus benefits package
based on experience and qualifications

About Erie Arts & Culture
Founded in 1960 as the Arts Council of Erie, Erie Arts & Culture is the regional arts agency for Northwestern Pennsylvania, as appointed by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Our role is to promote, support, and develop culture and creativity at the regional level; ensuring broad opportunities for residents and tourists throughout communities in Erie, Crawford, Venango, Warren, Mercer, and Lawrence counties to engage with the sector educationally, socially, and economically. Our presence ensures that all communities–regardless of their geographic location or economic status–are systematically and equitably served. EAC has recently been recognized with numerous awards for moving DEI forward in the community and has become an established and reputable model for other community organizations.
For more information about Erie Arts & Culture:
Read our 2019 Strategic Plan
Read our Case for Support
Read our Quarterly Impact Reports
Visit our website

The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of Erie Arts & Culture and represents arts and cultural organizations and individuals throughout the Erie region.

Responsibilities include:

Participate with the Board in further developing and continuing to implement the vision and strategic plan in furtherance of its mission.
Foster and expand effective, collaborative relationships among Board members, staff, donors, sponsors, stakeholders, and the community at-large.
Maintain a working knowledge of significant sector developments, trends, and best practices.
Work with the Board of Trustees on a range of areas, including, but not limited to: Board cultivation, training and development, and best practices in Board governance and leadership.

Financial Planning and Management
Lead the agency’s fundraising efforts and work with the Board and appropriate Committees to secure funding for the operations of the organization, including meeting with donors, researching new funding sources, and writing grant proposals to increase revenue.
Oversee the management of the financial planning and forecasting, budgeting, and resource allocation; develop an annual budget and ensure that appropriate internal controls are in place and operating as intended.
Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with all relevant legal and fiscal practices (federal, state and local regulations) of a non-profit corporation.

Operational Planning and Management
Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the agency’s programs and services and monitor their day-to-day delivery to maintain or improve quality, contribute to the agency’s mission and reflect the approved priorities and budget.
Create a positive working environment that motivates and encourages staff and volunteers to participate fully in the mission of the agency, providing opportunities for professional growth and personal enhancement.
Determine staffing and volunteer requirements for organizational management and program delivery and recruit, interview, and select staff and volunteers with the skills and personal attributes to help further the agency’s mission and ensure operational effectiveness.
Assess and refine the agency’s structure and staff to ensure maximum effectiveness, quality, and operational capacity.
Create and maintain job descriptions to include annual goals and performance reviews.

Work to develop and expand the agency’s visibility and brand recognition through public and media relations, print, and internet-based messaging, as well as other marketing activities as called for.
Direct the development and implementation of the agency’s marketing, communications, and fundraising strategies in consultation with the relevant staff, members of the Board, and respective Committees.
Serve as the primary spokesperson for the agency and proactively advocate and promote the value and impact of the agency and sector as a whole by inspiring, educating, and motivating elected officials, civic and business leaders, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and stakeholders.
Establish and maintain good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with both new and existing community groups, the media, funders, elected officials, and other organizations and agencies.
Present timely and accurate reports to the Board about the status of agreed upon objectives, finances, staffing, volunteers, and other relevant issues.

Education & Experience
5+ years of professional experience in not-for-profit management
A degree in business or non-profit administration (preferred)

Dynamic and versatile leader
Strategic thinker
Culturally conscious
Active listener
Credible and convincing communicator
Consensus builder
Reliable and organized
High standard of integrity and ethics

Requirements & Skills
A clear passion for the arts and humanities with an understanding of their roles in advancing personal, community, and economic development. This includes an eagerness to support, embrace, and service the region’s diversity of art forms equally including but not limited to the performing, literary, and visual arts;
Excel in team leadership, organizational management, clear communication, and both short and long-term strategic planning;
The ability to supervise, motivate, and work collaboratively with others as part of a team;
Strong financial management ability or experience, including budget development and fiscal management with a track record of securing sponsorships and grants.
A demonstrated history of advancement, sensitivity, and commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility;
The ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
Demonstrable experience developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth;
Organized, with excellent written and oral communication skills;
Willingness to travel throughout the organization’s six-county service region

Salary Range: $65,000-88,000

Application Deadline: 2/17/2023

Instructions to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit their Letter of Interest, Résumé, and the names and contact info of three professional references at no later than February 17, 2023.

For questions about the position and/or its requirements email
For questions about Submittable or how to submit application materials, email

Erie Arts & Culture is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy and any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, and local laws.

Erie Arts & Culture is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures.

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Phone 814.240.2490