Kimball Art Center Executive Director Park City Utah

 

 

Kimball Art Center

Executive Director

Organization

Kimball Art Center (KAC) is dedicated to providing arts access, education, engagement, and experience to everyone. Through its exhibitions, educational arts programs, and events, KAC provides a platform and a place for artists and arts enthusiasts to come together to explore, celebrate, develop, and cherish the creative spark that lives within us all.

KAC has been a pillar of the art community in Park City, Utah, since 1976 when Bill Kimball started the center in an old garage. As Park City evolved through the years, KAC has mirrored its change, transforming into a world-class community visual art center and a cultural hub for the community. Consistent with its mission to provide arts access, admission to all KAC exhibitions has remained free since its founding.

KAC exhibitions, educational programs, and events serve more than 85,000 community members annually. KAC produces 10 to 12 exhibitions each year in its two galleries, providing access to nationally-renowned artists as well as regional and local artists and works. With each exhibit, dynamic programming expands access to the art, inspires thoughtful discussion, and further builds community. This programming includes Morning at the Museum for tots (ages three through five), Read and Re(View) book discussions, panel discussions on exhibit-related topics, and other opportunities to appreciate or create art that is themed around the exhibition.

KAC offers nearly 300 on-site classes annually to youth and adults, including clay, welding, encaustic, painting, drawing, photography, glass fusion, and more. The KAC’s Elementary Visual Arts (EVA) partners with K-12 schools in Utah and bridges a critical gap to provide immersive and quality art classes to youth who would otherwise not receive arts education. EVA provides art lessons for more than 1,500 students monthly with KAC-trained and supported teachers using a high-quality visual arts curriculum developed by KAC Educational staff. Students and teachers are also welcome to participate in the KAC’s A.R.T.S. School Field Trip Program with an exhibition tour and project at the KAC. Additional off-site programming serves the community in after-school programs and programming with other nonprofits and community partnerships, including the Park City Latino community and the National Ability Center.

KAC’s largest event of the year is the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival, held during the first weekend in August. The festival attracts more than 225 jury-selected artists from around the country to Park City for approximately 50,000 attendees to enjoy. Taking place on historic Main Street, the festival brings more than $20 million in annual economic impact to the state of Utah. The event also serves as a primary source of revenue for KAC.

Due to programming and parking limitations, KAC moved from its original home in Park City’s “Old Town” to its current location in 2016, which consists of two exhibition spaces, classrooms, offices, a café, and a separate clay studio. The current premises are on the site of a future 5.5-acre Arts and Culture District, which KAC is developing in partnership with the Sundance Institute and the City. The district is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023. KAC plans to build an exciting new 25,000-square-foot facility that will facilitate a large expansion of programming, potentially including wood-working, glass-blowing, textiles/weaving, and a digital classroom for photography, design, screen, and 3D printing. The $20 million capital campaign to fund this project is underway, with a terrific base of support.

KAC is governed by a 13-member board of directors and has an administrative team of 16 full-time and part-time staff members. In the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018, total reported revenues were $2 million, generating an operational surplus—an accomplishment that has been replicated in 10 out of the last 11 years. KAC has approximately $500,000 in cash on its balance sheet and a $2 million endowment.

Community

Located 35 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Park City was named by Forbes among one of the 20 prettiest towns in the United States. It is easily accessible from Salt Lake International Airport and home to a wide range of accommodations that attract vacationers during both the winter and summer seasons. Sandwiched between two premier resorts, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain, this former mining town sits in the shadow of the rugged Wasatch Mountain Range. Both resorts hosted events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Utah Olympic Park, which sits just north of Park City proper, is still a major training facility for winter athletes, including the United States Ski and Snowboard Teams. Park City was awarded a gold-level Ride Center designation from the International Mountain Bicycling Association for its mountain bike trails, amenities, and community. Outdoor enthusiasts can partake in an array of summer activities, including biking, fly-fishing, white-water rafting, and even stand-up paddleboard yoga in a 10,000-year-old crater.

In addition to the beautiful mountain scenery and active lifestyle that abounds in Park City, the sense of community is ever present. The city is conducting a community visioning project, Park City Vision 2020. Through community engagement and dialogue, the city will define the Park City Community Vision and Action Plan. The Park City Community Foundation holds an annual day of giving, Live PC, Give PC, which collectively supports more than 100 local nonprofits, including KAC. In 2019 this collective day of giving raised more than $2.5 million from over 5,100 donors making more than 12,700 donations.

Park City attracts approximately 3 million annual visitors and currently brings in a yearly average of $530 million to the Utah economy as a tourist hot spot. The city also hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the United States. It has many retailers, clubs, bars, and restaurants as well as nearby reservoirs, hot springs, forests, and hiking and biking trails.

Sources: usnews.com

Position Summary

The Executive Director (ED) will, foremost, be passionate about the visual arts. The ideal candidate will be a visionary, strategic, and people-oriented leader who can operationalize plans through strong tactical execution. As the face of the organization, the ED will further elevate KAC as a cultural and diverse visual art education and exhibition resource for the community and a tourist destination as a part of the new Park City Arts and Culture District. Reporting to the board of trustees, the ED will be responsible and accountable for all aspects of KAC’s portfolio, including operational, artistic, exhibition, education, and community programming; financial management; and fundraising and member development. The ED will be an engaged member of the local community and will maximize community partnerships and fundraising opportunities in support of KAC’s capital campaign and ongoing operations. This individual will work in partnership with the board to cultivate relationships and financial resources while educating, engaging, and energizing the board in its role as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors. The ED will build a culture of teamwork, diversity, and open communication.

Roles and Responsibilities

Programming, Community Engagement, and Fundraising

  • Listen to major constituents to ensure KAC offers the best visual art opportunities for the community and visitors alike.
  • Act as the public representative for KAC with the media and community, working in partnership with the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications on all public relations and marketing efforts.
  • Lead staff and board in development activities; maintain strong relationships with the individual, corporate, and foundation donors; and develop effective donor stewardship and cultivation methods with the board and staff.
  • Engage and cultivate appropriate strategic partnerships throughout the community to enhance KAC’s reputation, brand, relevancy, and standing locally and regionally in support of its mission, vision, and strategic goals.
  • Serve as the chief fundraiser for the institution, working collaboratively with the board and staff to achieve operational and strategic revenue goals.
  • Execute a transformational capital campaign to support KAC’s new building and endowment.
  • Manage the events team as it collaboratively plans, supervises, and executes KAC’s major events, including the Arts Festival, Gala, and a variety of donor cultivation and recognition events.

Leadership and Operational Administration

  • Develop and foster an internal culture of respect and continuous learning that models transparency and sets the highest standards for visitor experience and operational excellence.
  • Oversee all day-to-day operations and manage the senior team, setting clear job descriptions and expectations while providing appropriate feedback, instruction, and support.
  • Build a collaborative, positive-thinking team that understands accountabilities and achieves goals.
  • Establish a diverse exhibition and educational program schedule that supports KAC’s vision and revenue and operational goals, under the supervision of the Curator and the Director of Education.
  • Ensure the preparation and monitoring of monthly reporting of the annual budget, expense policies, and cash management; manage cash flow; and regularly present appropriate balance sheets, income statements, and other financial oversight tools for board review.
  • Maintain consistent communication with the board and Finance Chair on all fiscal matters and build multi-year financial planning tools, working in partnership with the Finance Committee and staff.
  • Initiate and maintain effective communication with and between board members, staff, and volunteers.
  • Participate in local, regional, and national industry meetings and organizations to share and implement current best practices and industry standards with staff and encourage professional development.
  • Ensure the necessary organizational structure, policies, compliance systems, and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed for effectiveness.

Governance and Board Relations

  • Provide support to best utilize the board’s talents and resources and work closely with board members to develop a strategy that effectively mobilizes and utilizes volunteers in support of KAC’s vision and programs.
  • Partner with the board in prospect identification, cultivation, recruitment, and orientation of new board members.
  • Maintain clear communication with the Board Chair and Executive Committee.

Traits and Characteristics

The ED will be a dynamic and resourceful leader who values teamwork and collaboration with others. An active member of the community, this individual will be people-oriented and appreciate others’ skills, experience, and input in formulating plans and achieving successful outcomes. The ED will bring a balance of professional expertise, credibility, interpersonal skills, and commitment to internal and external stakeholder satisfaction, along with a strong capacity for self-management and the highest levels of personal accountability and integrity. Versatile and tenacious, this individual will be an intellectually curious, innovative, and harmonious professional with a proven track record of success.

Other key competencies include the following:

  • Leadership – The adeptness to organize and motivate others to accomplish goals while creating a sense of order, direction, and active participation among a variety of stakeholders.
  • Self-Management and Personal Accountability – The capacity to prioritize and complete tasks necessary to meet or exceed the agreed upon expectations of the role and to assume accountability for personal actions.
  • Planning and Organizing – The aptitude to set and prioritize relevant, realistic, and attainable goals and objectives; to anticipate effects, outcomes, and risks; and to manage resources according to set priorities.
  • Interpersonal Skills – The ability to build rapport, demonstrate a sincere interest in others, and effectively communicate and relate well to people.
  • Constituent-Focused – The dexterity to anticipate, meet, or exceed needs, wants, and expectations.

Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree is required (master’s degree preferred. Seven to 10 years of related experience within an art museum or educational organization, including at least five years at a senior leadership level with supervision responsibilities, are necessary. Candidates must possess a passion for visual arts, community outreach, and resource development, as well as knowledge of nonprofit management, best practices, and standards. Capital campaign experience is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

KAC provides competitive compensation for an organization of its size and a standard benefits package, including life insurance, health insurance, dental benefits, generous paid time off, paid holidays, and the quality of life offered by the beautiful Park City community.

Applications and Inquiries

Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:

Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite
Vice President

Arts Consulting Group

292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel       (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225
Email:   KimballArtCenter@ArtsConsulting.com

 

KAC is an equal opportunity employer. As such, KAC will not discriminate in the
hiring, compensation, promotion, discipline, and termination of employees based on their
race, religion, sex, gender identification (an individual’s internal sense of one’s own gender),
sexual orientation, age, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, income, or any other
category or classification protected by applicable federal and local laws.

 

  

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