Executive Director

Digest topic: Jobs & Internships


organization:Literary Arts
position summary:

Mission: To enrich the lives of Oregonians through language and literature.


Position Profile Literary Arts, Inc, a nonprofit literary arts organization based in Portland, Oregon, celebrates the art of writing and love of reading through public and in-school programs featuring established and emerging writers and cultural thinkers of our time. As we enter our 25th year of providing a rich array of literary programs and support to Oregonian readers, writers, and students, we seek an individual with the passion, vision, energy and experience to work with the Board of Directors to lead and shape this organization.

• The Executive Director is responsible for both the management and artistic direction of the organization, reporting to the Board of Directors and working with staff to administer diverse and unique literary programming within a mid-sized budget.

• The Executive Director, working with the Board of Directors, is responsible for developing and implementing a creative and sustainable strategy for funding current and future programs in Portland and throughout the state of Oregon.

• The Executive Director serves as the primary spokesperson for Literary Arts, representing and advocating for the organization to its audiences, writers, funders, arts organizations and other constituents.

Candidate Profile The successful candidate will have a genuine passion for literature combined with a proven record in creating and building organizations and programs that bring arts and culture to the community. This individual must be a skilled leader with the ability to develop and implement a strategic vision for the organization and to maintain and build programs that support the interests of diverse stakeholders in the Portland region and throughout Oregon.

Qualified candidates will have:

• Proven skills and experience in nonprofit management and in developing and running arts and cultural programs

• Demonstrated ability to lead, support, and motivate staff in a collaborative fashion

• Demonstrated track record for strategic thinking and the leadership skills necessary for translating strategic plans into action

• Demonstrated success in sponsor development and fundraising

• Knowledge of contemporary literature and cultural trends

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking

• An understanding of media and technology trends affecting the arts and the ability to incorporate those trends into program development

For more information about Literary Arts and for the full job description, please go to: www.literary-arts.org.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references by November 14, 2008 to [email protected] with “Executive Director Search” in subject line. References will not be contacted unless you are selected for an interview. If you wish to submit by mail, send to the following address:

Executive Director Search Committee

4455 N.E. Alameda St.

Portland, OR 97213

Salary / Pay Rate: $75,000 - $85,000, depending on experience
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
website link:www.literary-arts.org