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Executive Director

Virginians for the Arts

Title:                                   Executive Director

Reports to:                      Board of Directors

Supervises:                     VFTA Administrative Staff and Oversees the work of all Contractors

Employment Status:   Annual Contract

Hours:                               Full-time, average of 40 hours per week

Virginians for the Arts (VFTA): VFTA is the statewide non-profit organization dedicated to adequate funding for the arts and broad education of Virginia‚Äôs citizens about the importance of arts and culture in our communities.  We engage Virginians in a united advocacy effort to increase public funding for the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and to pursue legislative actions that will improve the conditions for the arts and artists. VFTA increases the public value of, and appreciation for, the arts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Position Description: The executive director of Virginians for the Arts (VFTA) is the chief executive of the organization based in Richmond and serves as an ex officio member of the board, the executive committee, and all other board committees. The executive director represents the organization for functions both internally and externally and is the professional face and voice of VFTA. He/ she supervises the staff and subcontractors and manages the daily functions of the organization, collaborating with the board to set the strategic direction. Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Partner with the Legislative team including the professional lobbyists and Legislative Committee of the board to develop and communicate the advocacy / education strategy with local, state, and federal government officials and legislators including coordination of Arts Advocacy Day;
  • Collaborate with the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) staff to ensure that VFTA activities effectively respond to the needs of the VCA;
  • Maintain financial sustainability by collaborating with the board to identify and implement effective strategies to grow and develop the organization;
  • Increase statewide awareness and importance of membership in VFTA by collaborating with the board to develop and implement marketing plans and recruit new members and donors;
  • Design and manage timelines to ensure implementation of the organization's strategic plan;
  • Oversee communication of action items and advocacy strategy to VFTA members including printed materials, website, and social media;
  • Manage staff, subcontracted services, volunteers, and interns; and
  • Manage daily finances and work with the Treasurer, Finance Committee, and subcontracted bookkeeper to develop an annual budget using generally accepting accounting principles.
Position Qualifications:

  • Ability to organize and coordinate statewide constituents, including communication effectively with  diverse groups;
  • Experience with non-profit or membership organization, political campaign, or community organizing project;
  • Management experience (preferred);
  • Public speaking experience (preferred);
  • Grant writing and / or fundraising experience (preferred);
  • College degree (preferred);
  • Ability and willingness to occasionally travel throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia (preferred);
  • Knowledge of Virginia's arts organizations and creative industries (preferred); and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including but not limited to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
How to Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Patricia Rublein, VFTA Vice President and Executive Search Committee Chair at 


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