Executive Director

Ohio Citizens for the Arts

The Executive Director is the principal authority for day-to-day management of Ohio Citizens for the Arts, a 501(c)(4) corporation, and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation. He/she works with the volunteer Board of Directors and others to initiate and evaluate activities of OCA and supervises the work of a full-time staffer and other contracted staff.


  • Defines, with the Board of Directors, long-range vision, objectives, and strategies for ongoing organizational development of Ohio Citizens for the Arts and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation
  • Manages the overall strategy for funding operational needs of OCA/OCAF
  • Works with the Board of Directors to increase membership and encourage renewals
  • Assists members of the Board of Directors in researching and identifying potential funding sources
  • Writes, assists with, or supervises grant proposal development


  • Grows statewide programming and outreach with support and input from board
  • Oversees and facilitates all aspects of event and meeting planning
  • Develops and coordinate new events and programs
  • Actively participates in implementing programs and events, including Arts Day
  • Evaluates program and event activities in keeping with the mission of OCA
  • Supervises scheduling and physical arrangements for OCA functions and board meetings


  • Implements policies set by the Board of Directors and attends all Executive Committee and Board meetings
  • Maintains and is accountable for appropriate standard office operations including business, personnel, and financial management
  • Oversees the work done by the contracted staff and other independent contractors
  • Determines, assigns and oversees work of the full-time staffer in areas of communications, event coordination, database maintenance, membership services and other areas as assigned
  • Works with the Treasurer in preparing the annual budget; submits Treasurer-reviewed financial statements and reports to the Board
  • Serves as signatory for contracts and on bank accounts, signs checks


  • Regularly visits arts administrators and organizations around the state
  • Fosters and facilitates communications with organizations, artists, and other arts advocates about issues affecting the arts and public arts funding
  • Strengthens and develops the grassroots arts advocacy network
  • Plans and implements successful arts advocacy strategies and programs
  • Represents OCA at the arts advocacy meetings statewide
  • Promotes the value of the arts to public and private decision-makers
  • Serves as liaison between the Board of Directors and contracted staff, and/or other arts organizations, including the Ohio Arts Council and the statewide arts service organizations
  • Speaks and generates opportunities to speak for the organization at a variety of meetings, and engages members of the Board of Directors when appropriate
  • Oversees and participates in the production of OCA publications
  • Supervises the generation of media information concerning the arts

To be considered, please send a cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, compensation history and requirements, and three professional references (including email addresses and phone numbers) by August 31st to:

Search Committee Chair
Ohio Citizens for the Arts
77 S. High St. Floor 2
Columbus, OH 43215

or email to .

Candidates will be subject to a background check. Deadline for submissions is 8/31/2019

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