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Executive Director - Nickel Plate Arts, Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jun. 15, 2012 - Jul. 06, 2012
Location:Noblesville, IN
Type:Full Time
Organization:Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Description:The mission of the Nickel Plate Arts is to create and coordinate arts and cultural experiences across communities to improve the quality of life for residents, strengthen local economies and enrich experiences for visitors. The Executive Director of the Nickel Plate Arts initiative initially will work for the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau as a direct report to the HCCVB's executive director, but is charged with growing the program to independence by calendar year 2016. This position begins with the Bureau on or around September 1, 2012 and will include the same health care, paid time off and retirement benefits as is offered by the HCCVB.

The office of the executive director of the Nickel Plate Arts will be housed in the Judge Stone House on 8th Street in historic downtown Noblesville, but the facilities and copying/facsimile and other equipment at the HCCVB's offices in Carmel also are available to the director and staff for use as needed during the transition period, and beyond.

 The director of the Nickel Plate Arts initiative will manage the following components of the program:

• By year-end 2013, finalize successful application of the Nickel Plate as an independent 501(c)3 organization.
• Be responsible for development and oversight of an annual business plan to ensure the viability and success of the initiative and with a balanced budget.
• Manage, with staff, the internal programming, special events and public engagement components of the Nickel Plate Arts initiative, while also ensuring the partner programming, special events and public engagement activities are also supported and promoted.
• Create and manage an annual fundraising program to include individual, corporate and foundation gifts, and work with a contract grant writer to submit proposals when appropriate. Approximate initial fundraising goal: $40,000.
• Work with the Steering Committee and the transition to a Board of Directors, with its appropriate governance and oversight requirements.
• Work with a financial services company and oversee the finances and operations of the organization.
• Network and connect with the artists, leadership, attractions, related businesses and educational outlets that comprise the Nickel Plate footprint.
• Work closely with the marketing staff of the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (years 1 and 2 especially) to deliver a comprehensive awareness program to include development of collateral materials and limited advertising, plus earned media.
• Work with Nickel Plate staff to communicate the programming through its web site as well as through social media outlets.
• Manage the rental of the artist studios at the 8th Street Nickel Plate property.


• A minimum of a bachelor's degree in arts administration, non-profit management or public relations/communications. A degree in a related field, along with adequate experience in the above fields, will suffice.
• A minimum of five years experience in a senior management level position.
• Demonstrated excellence in project management, an understanding of fundraising in both the individual and corporate sectors, experience with planning and adequate knowledge of public programming. 

You are requested to submit a brief letter of interest, a one-page written statement of qualifications and salary requirements plus a resume addressed to: Tina Rodgers, Human Resources Manager.

BE PREPARED - When you click "Apply Now" to submit the information requested above, you will also be asked to provide answers to the four questions. You may prepare the answers in advance and cut and paste your responses.

1. Briefly tell us about your path to entering the non-profit cultural/arts administration sector.
2. Briefly describe your experience in working with a board of trustees.
3. Provide an example of a community partnership you developed and nurtured at a non-profit organization.
4. Give an overview of a single fundraising success, be it an individual solicitation or a specific event, of which you are most proud.
5. What experience or qualities do you feel make you a uniquely qualified match for this position?


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