El Museo is seeking an Executive Director to lead our organization at a time of renewal. This position offers the opportunity for a creative, dynamic individual to refine El Museo’s unique role in Western New York’s arts community. A successful candidate will lead the organization into the future, serve as the organization’s public face, grow our membership, showcase the value and impact of El Museo, and help create a lasting legacy, presenting and supporting historically marginalized artists. El Museo’s home is in a storefront gallery in Buffalo’s historic Allentown neighborhood. Our programs serve a wide cross-section of the general public in Buffalo and Western New York, and we provide a safe space for open dialogue and critical reflection on issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, urban life experience, and culture.
El Museo is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, visual arts organization dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work by diverse artists and cultures.
El Museo provides programming and supports Western New York in cultivating a future where our communities are stronger because of the presentation and support of diverse artists and cultures.
El Museo believes that:
• People of color and historically marginalized artists provide critical access to the unique heritage in Western New York and provide exposure to worlds that communicate the depths of human experience.
• Art that is theoretically independent exemplifies creativity.
• Experiencing and making art is an opportunity to encounter the ideas and experiences of those who are different from ourselves, to better understand our diverse community, heal, and challenge us to widen our horizons.
Key responsibilities include:
Lead El Museo in implementation for future success, building a long term plan for organizational effectiveness.
• Maintain stabilization and build strategy for current priorities and future growth.
• Execute on key decisions for the overall organization to ensure long-term sustainability.
• Cultivating the culture and structure of the organization, including forthright definition and implementation of organization-wide values based programming and administration.
• Lead artistic programming, working with consulting artists, teaching artists, and curators to provide exhibitions, engagement, education, and connection in the community.
• Engage the Board in strategic leadership and update them regularly, ensuring the status of current activities is understood, matters requiring action are addressed, and Board members understand how they can help ensure success.
Provide financial management and enhance the financial stability of the organization:
• Manage spending across the organization and manage all financial considerations in collaboration with the Board.
• Work with the Board to increase contributed and earned income, identify, and pursue funding opportunities from government and foundations, grow individual giving, and membership.
• Secure and steward grant income from private, corporate, and government sources.
• Evaluate and improve the effectiveness of marketing and giving programs.
• Provide support to the Board, including cultivation and recruiting, direction on good governance practices, support in fundraising, and ongoing education and engagement.
Represent El Museo with the broader community of peer organizations, artists, funders, elected officials, and educators:
• Build and maintain relationships with donors, elected officials, community leaders.
• Represent the organization in social media and forthcoming platforms.
• Continue El Museo’s leadership in the Frontline Arts Buffalo community.
• Make contacts and build donor, audience, presented artists, and community engagement by attending community events as an El Museo ambassador, including weekends and evenings.
• Showcase the value and impact of El Museo in Buffalo, Erie County, and beyond.
• Attract the appropriate staff, supporters, artists, board members for this important, diverse, and inclusive organization.
• Provide leadership and development of the year-round staff and volunteers in the organization.
As its name suggests, El Museo began in 1981 as a not for profit visual arts organization dedicated to the exploration of fine art by Latino and Caribbean artists, maintaining long term residencies with institutions such as the Puerto Rican and Chicano Cultural Association, Polish Community Center, Buffalo Museum of Science, and CEPA Gallery. In 1990, El Museo broadened its mission to be inclusive of all artists of color. In 1997 El Museo moved into our current space on Allen Street and have since presented many exhibitions and public programs promoting diversity and inclusion, dialogue, and excellence in the arts and humanities. Prioritizing those who have often been excluded from more academic visual arts centers, we included immigrants, refugees, LGBTQIA+, and women to our artistic mission. El Museo is the region’s only visual arts organization with a truly inclusive mission.
El Museo provides programming that will contribute to a truly equitable future. These include:
• Targeting the presentation of outstanding artists who are people of color, and from historically marginalized communities through exhibitions, education partnerships and workshops, and community arts experiences.
• Contextualization of cultural identities with the presentation of all programs, including heritage, strengths, and contemporary influences.
• Internships and apprenticeships for young and emerging artists, to cultivate future leaders. Collaboration with Western New York peers in prioritizing and showcasing the experiences of people of color and those from historically marginalized communities and supporting the robust future of these people in Western New York’s cultural community.
• Excellent communications skills both oral and written, and financial management skills.
• Demonstrated success in leading collaboration, team-building, internal and external communications.
• Startup mentality, entrepreneurial spirit, and growth mindset
• Successful track record of relationship building
• Solid leadership competencies to develop, lead, support, and inspire volunteers, members, and staff
• Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and anti-racism
• Experience working with not for profit organizations
• Solid knowledge, interest in or, experience in the visual arts
• BA degree preferred in visual arts, humanities, business, or communications
• Previous experience in managing staff
• Experience managing physical facilities and operations
• This position is located in a small gallery in the active Allentown neighborhood in Buffalo, NY. There is one other part time employee, and it is anticipated the Executive Director will work in both the gallery and from home.
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate effectively through oral and written methods; have the mobility to move between office settings, office, and event locations; have manual dexterity; use a computer as an essential work and communications tool. The office in the gallery requires five stair steps. Installation of exhibitions requires movement of ladders, use of a hammer, drill, and level. The position also requires the following mental abilities: cognitive complexity; verbal comprehension; word fluency; number aptitude; inductive reasoning; memory; spatial aptitude; perceptual speed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
We believe in an equitable hiring process. The following is additional information about the position and benefits.
• Salary range is $30,000 – $45,000, dependent on experience
• The position is a 40 weeks per year position, at 32 hours per week; scheduling of time off will be sensitive to the calendar of the organization
• No benefits are provided at this time
• In addition to the 40 week year, we offer nine paid holidays, sick and personal days, and comp time
• The hiring process will include at least two interviews, and we plan to have the position filled by January 1, 2023
How to apply
• Provide a cover letter stating why you’re interested in El Museo and experience that will qualify you to be successful in the role.
• Attach your resume detailing all relevant professional experience to the role.
• Please send cover letter and resume in a single PDF document via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Subject: Executive Director Search
• Early applications encouraged. No phone calls, please.
• Deadline: September 15, 2022
• All responses are confidential
• El Museo welcomes candidates from all walks of life and values diverse perspectives. We believe diversity makes us better as an organization and enables us to serve our community better. We encourage qualified candidates to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family, or marital status. El Museo provides equal employment opportunity and complies with federal, state, and local laws.