Creative Sonoma

Executive Director

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Executive Director


Executive Director Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Full Time, Exempt
Annual Salary: $50,000


This vibrant organization exists with a team of dedicated volunteers who staff the gallery, coordinate and assist at events, hang exhibits, and serve in an advisory role to the Board. Completing the team is a contract Creative Education Coordinator who facilitates the many youth and adult education opportunities. A very involved Board of Directors oversees and guides the organization. Incorporated in 2003 as a non-profit, Healdsburg Center for the Arts has enjoyed steady evolution, and the Executive Director will lead HCA’s strong team into a future of sustainable growth.

HCA is committed to:

  • Producing quality education programming for youth and adults;
  • Producing quality exhibitions and programs that are artistically diverse and culturally relevant;
  • Creating inclusive and accessible programs by partnering with organizations that serve the community and expand our reach to diverse constituents;
  • Promoting and providing opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators, academics, and others in related fields.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee the general management of the organization in accordance with the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors with a focus on community outreach, development, and operations. This position will work in a leadership role in a team environment along with key members of the Board of Directors, the Creative Education Coordinator, and key volunteers/artists.

This position calls for an effective leader and relationship builder, with existing networks to a broad and diverse range of communities. The Executive Director needs to communicate effectively with multiple constituents including those working in the arts, city government, area non-profits and art supporters. We are seeking an entrepreneurial, flexible, and a creative problem solver with the ability to work collaboratively with others.



  • Act as a spokesperson who represents HCA at community events and activities to enhance the organization’s community profile.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with organizations, funders, community groups and partners to help achieve HCA’s mission.
  • Oversee general management of the organization in accordance with the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.
  • Participate with the Board of Directors in creating and updating HCA’s strategic plan.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board of Directors and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, monthly reports for the Board to make informed and strategic decisions on development, financial planning, and management.
  • Work with Board of Directors to create and implement a fund development plan, research funding sources, and prepare and submit grant applications to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with funders and donors.

Organizational Operations:

  • Oversee the organization’s operations, including
    • Gallery and Exhibitions
    • Education
    • Events
  • Work with Board of Directors to obtain and retain competent, responsible, and qualified staff, volunteers, and interns.
  • Supervise the staff, volunteers, interns and contractors.
  • Prepare and implement a marketing plan that expands the Healdsburg Center for the Arts reach into the community.
  • Sign artist agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
  • Manage bookkeeping and ensure that operations and programs are within approved budgets.
  • Prepare annual budget and submit monthly reports to the Board of Directors that accurately reflect the organization’s financial condition


  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Prefer 3+ years experience in mid­level or senior arts administration, development, and/or nonprofit management.
  • Ability to interface and engage with diverse populations.
  • Commitment to racial and cultural equity.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Ability to convey a vision of HCA’s strategic future to staff, artists, volunteers, donors and constituents.
  • Solid, hands ­on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision ­making, and reporting.
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector.
  • Knowledge/experience in marketing, including print, web, press releases and social media.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, with emphasis in strong public speaking ability.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and task facilitation with an eye for detail.
  • Proficiency with computers and online productivity tools (such as Google Drive and scheduling)
  • Skills to lead and collaborate creatively and enthusiastically with Board of Directors, staff, artists and volunteers.
  • Resident of Sonoma County.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Search Committee at  Apply by January 8, 2018. Our expectation is to identify our Executive Director by the end of February, 2018.