Job Title: Executive Director, Squeaky Wheel | Buffalo Media Resources
Reports to: Board of Directors Supervises: 3 full-time direct employees and 10 part-time and contract employees
Status: Full-Time, Exempt, Salary, Health Insurance Benefits

Squeaky Wheel seeks a dynamic, driven, personable and experienced Executive Director with exceptional writing skills who demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of managing an arts organization. The position is an opportunity for a visionary arts leader to build the programming and profile of this nationally recognized organization. Strengths should include writing grants, overseeing programs and finances, and fostering relationships within a passionate constituency. 

Responsibilities

  • Work with Board of Directors and staff to develop and implement short and long term strategic plans and policies aligned with the organization’s mission.
  • Secure grants from private foundations, government and corporate sources to support general operation, exhibition and educational programs and capital initiatives.
  • Oversee the management of all employees, including hiring and termination, development, evaluation of performance and compensation and benefits.
  • Manage facilities and equipment, including developing organizational efficiencies through technology.
  • Manage and coordinate finances, budgets, fundraising and development plans.
  • Ensure the adequacy and integrity of financial operations including directing financial reporting, analysis, forecasting and budgeting.
  • Foster and maintain relationships with regional, national, and international audiences in the media arts, non-profit, and community development sectors. Develop a clear and concise message to tell the organization’s story.
  • Represent, promote, and advocate on behalf of the organization within larger media art fields.
  • Provide support and reinforcement to Board members to achieve organizational goals and communicate clearly with Board members about organization needs.
  • Oversee the recruitment and training of volunteers to fill specific skills/capacity gaps and the retention of valued volunteers.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years experience in non-profit arts organization or program management, serving in an executive or leadership position.
  • Bachelor degree; advanced degree in Media Arts, Arts Administration or related field preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and web and social media literacy.
  • Successful track record of grant writing and development of fundraising initiatives.
  • Ability to manage and inspire staff, and work with Board of Directors.
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate a broad range of programming activities.
  • Experience working with a variety of organizations, corporations, and community groups in building meaningful partnerships and programs.
  • Enthusiasm interacting with a broad array of people; ability to navigate local, regional, and national art communities.
  • Strong commitment to Squeaky Wheel’s equal access policies.
  • Experience with developing and executing operating budgets.
  • Embrace of experimentation and creativity.

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS
Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.

How to apply
Please send cover letter, résumé, writing sample, list of 3 references, and salary requirements in a single pdf document via email to: edsearch@squeaky.org
Subject: Executive Director Search

Early applications encouraged. No phone calls, please. February 2nd deadline.

Squeaky Wheel is an equal opportunity employer.



Internship Opportunities

Gain skills and experience at a nationally recognized media art organization while working with a fun team in a fast-paced environment!

DESIGN INTERNSHIP

Raise awareness of Squeaky Wheel’s core programs through the following activities:

  •                Draft and design promotional materials for programs and events
  •                Assist with other office administration and related tasks, as needed

Qualified candidates must demonstrate:

  •                Proficiency in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
  •                Attention to detail
  •                Experience working independently
  •                Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  •                Knowledge or interest in contemporary arts and arts administration
  •                Willingness to commit a minimum of 8 hours each week

To apply, send résumé and letter of interest to office@squeaky.org

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PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP

Raise awareness of Squeaky Wheel’s core programs through the following activities:

  •                Live event video documentation
  •                Video interviews with resident and visiting artists
  •                Promotional video production

Qualified candidates must demonstrate:

  •                Proficiency in operating an array of different video cameras and audio recording                devices
  •                Proficiency in Final Cut Pro X and/or Adobe Premiere
  •                Attention to detail
  •                Experience working independently
  •                Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  •                Knowledge or interest in contemporary arts and arts administration
  •                Willingness to commit a minimum of 8 hours each week

To apply, send résumé and letter of interest to office@squeaky.org

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EDITING INTERNSHIP

Raise awareness of Squeaky Wheel’s core programs through the following activities:

  •                Edit together Artgrease episodes for Web and Broadcast TV
  •                Work with production intern to edit together event documentation, video interview                with resident and visiting artists, and promotional videos

Qualified candidates must demonstrate:

  •                Proficiency in Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premier, After Effects, DVD Studio Pro
  •                Attention to detail
  •                Experience working independently
  •                Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  •                Knowledge or interest in contemporary arts and arts administration
  •                Willingness to commit a minimum of 10 hours each week

To apply, send a résumé and letter of interest to office@squeaky.org