Position Summary – Executive Director
The Executive Director is the key management leader of CHAC. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
The Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, Inc. (CHAC) is a consortium of artists, cultural workers, individuals and organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Chicano/Latino culture through arts and education.
Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.
- Responsible for leading CHAC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
- Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficiently to ensure the financial health of the organization.
- Responsible for the fiscal integrity of CHAC, to include submission to the Board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
- Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
- Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support CHAC’s mission.
- Responsible for retail operations of the gallery and the store within the gallery.
Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
- Responsible for implementation of CHAC’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
- Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that CHAC can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
- Responsible for the enhancement of CHAC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other arts, professional, civic and private organizations.
Operations. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
- Responsible for effective administration of CHAC’s operations, including the art gallery and the retail spaces within as well as event planning and coordination of key annual events and exhibits.
- Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
- Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
- A bachelor’s degree or applicable professional experience
- Transparent and high integrity leadership
- Two or more years nonprofit management experience
- Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
- Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
- Ability to convey a vision of CHAC’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
- Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector, specific knowledge in the Arts is a plus
- Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including email and social media
- Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
- Strong public speaking ability
- Planning and operation of annual budget.
- Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
- Serving as CHAC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
- Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the city and state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance CHAC’s Mission.
- Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
- Supervise, collaborate with organization staff.
- Strategic planning and implementation.
- Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
- Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
- Review and approve contracts for services.
- Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
More about CHAC
The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, DBA CHAC Gallery & Cultural Center features the art and culture of the vibrant Chicano/Latino community of Denver and the surrounding areas. The organization was founded in 1978 by a group of visual and performing artists and was established as a place where Chicano/Latino artists were provided with a venue to explore visual and performance art and promote and preserve the Chicano/Latino culture through the expression of the arts. The two pillars that CHAC is based on include the art gallery and our community outreach programs. The gallery generally offers two shows each month via local visual art exhibits and performances by area musicians, actors, dancers, writers and poets. Popular annual events include the bi-annual Month of Photography in March, Santos & Crosses in April, El Dia De Los Muertos in November and our Luminarias de la Guadalupe & Christmas Mercado in December. Through our community outreach programs, CHAC works with teachers in Denver public schools to provide gallery space for cultural art projects and provides informative guided tours of our major events such as ‘El Dia de Los Muertos’ for school or Senior groups. In addition we collaborate