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Job Opening: Executive Director Out of Site

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    The Out of Site Youth Arts Center (OoS) is a multi-disciplinary arts education and youth empowerment organization based in San Francisco s OMI/Excelsior
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 21, 2013
      The Out of Site Youth Arts Center (OoS) is a multi-disciplinary arts education and youth empowerment organization based in San Francisco's OMI/Excelsior neighborhood. OoS has been successfully providing free visual and performing arts programming to San Francisco public high school students for 12 years. OoS is unique in that both youth development & community building are at the foundation of the mission. OoS's programs help youth understand how art can be used as a vehicle for both personal transformation and community change. The strength of its work is founded upon the creative, respectful relationships built among faculty, staff, and students. OoS's programs complement the work in local schools, helping to narrow the achievement gap and inspiring underserved youth to transform the landscape of their lives and communities. OoS attracts and retains over 225 low-income/working class students per year.

      Students come to Out of Site looking for the chance to experiment in the arts, and for a place to be themselves. At OoS, they find artistic training, new mediums for self-expression, and a diverse and supportive community. OoS collaborates with SF Jazz, Stern Grove Music Festival, California College of the Art, ODC, RayKo Photo Center, SOMArts, San Francisco Carnaval and others, and is extremely proud of its talented and diverse faculty. Further information about OoS can be found at: www.outofsite-sf.org

      BUDGET & STAFF: OoS operates with 4 full-time staff, 7+ faculty members and 3 interns. The current annual budget is $500,000. Approximately 25% of the budget is from government sources.

      POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of OoS including: setting and leading the strategic direction with Board and staff/faculty; oversight and growth of the budget; management of personnel; fundraising; public relations and networking; oversight of program and fundraising support staff, and board development. The ED provides leadership that upholds the values and mission of OoS, while ensuring the sustainability of the organization.

      REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: The Executive Director reports to the OoS Advisory Board and to the fiscal sponsor, Tides Center. The ED directly supervises 3 staff members (Program Director, Outreach/Communications Director, and Program Associate).

      RESPONSIBILITIES: Specifically, the OoS Executive Director:

      • Provides leadership to the staff, the Board, faculty, volunteers and the community by modeling and upholding OoS's mission and values.

      • Oversees all programs; ensures quality curricula that has deep and long-term impact on youth and their community in conjunction with staff and faculty; participates in program planning, development and evaluation by and with staff, faculty and youth representatives. Ultimately is responsible for OoS's programs.

      • Cultivates, in collaboration with BD and staff, relationships with funders and prospective donors and has major responsibility for helping to enhance, maintain, and develop diverse revenue streams.

      • Plans, leads and executes OoS fundraising efforts: the research, writing and submission of grant proposals and related reporting; manages and pursues individual, corporate, community, government and foundation relationships; develops events; writes and plans direct mail and donor campaigns; oversight of SalesForce donor database.

      • Develops the annual budget and ensures proper controls in accordance with the guidelines of funding sources and with sound accounting practices. Maintains fiscal solvency of agency through direct work with Tides Center.

      • Leads long-range planning and visioning, including assessment of programs in partnership with the BD and staff. Ensures that the OoS strategic plan is fulfilled and updated as necessary.

      • Works closely with the Program Director to develop curriculum and course offerings, and participates and/or teaches workshops; attends youth arts events and program related activities.

      • Maintains collegial relationships with partners, other city-based after school programs, government agencies and elected officials; represents OoS in coalitions and collaborative projects; works to enhance and develop relationships that benefit OoS. Actively engages in policy issues affecting youth development and the arts in San Francisco, and assures that OoS has a voice in said efforts.

      • Engages, develops and encourages a strong, active Board that assists OoS in fulfilling its mission. Ensures that the BD is actively involved in governance, planning, fundraising and outreach activities that help build relationships for OoS. Recruits and retains BD members.

      • Along with staff and BD, serves as an agency spokesperson and is actively engaged in public relations and media communications. Provides strategic oversight in all marketing, branding and communications efforts.

      • Ensures that the personnel policies of Tides/OoS are adhered to in all hiring and employment practices. With the PD, provide staff development activities that upgrade employee skills and motivate performance. Mentor and support staff, while allowing for independence and growth.


      • Demonstrated passion for and commitment to the arts and youth development, particularly in San Francisco. Tell us about this in your cover letter.

      • Minimum of 5 years experience in non-profit management as an executive director, senior manager or equivalent.

      • Verifiable success in fundraising, grant writing and reporting experience.

      • Acumen with budgeting and financial management.

      • Experience working with Boards of Directors.

      • Commitment to and understanding of youth and/or community development. Arts background preferred.

      • Proven ability to build and maintain highly-motivated and diverse staff.

      • Visionary yet grounded.

      • Exemplary communication skills including public speaking and writing, and an ability to network with community partners, government representatives, business executives, foundation officials, donors and the media.

      • Interest in and ability to work with youth, exhibited by work or volunteer background.

      • Possess integrity, a strong work ethic and commitment to upholding the OoS mission, values, philosophy and practice in the areas of youth empowerment, community engagement and the arts.

      • A Master's degree in a related field preferred.

      Physical requirements include: prolonged sitting at a desk, working on a computer keyboard, writing, reading, attending meetings.

      COMPENSATION: Final salary offered will be based on the candidate meeting job qualifications and commensurate relevant experience. Comprehensive benefits package. Annual salary range: $70,000 – $80,000.

      TO APPLY: By March 15, 2013, submit your credentials, and a letter of interest that articulates your understanding of how art can inspire action in youth as a vehicle for community change to:


      Out of Site, a project of Tides Center, is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise Out of Site/Tides in writing of special needs at the time of application.
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