In 1985, a passionate group of local residents began raising money for a nonprofit community arts center in the beautiful mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Two years later, they had raised $425,000 and the old county road maintenance garage was renovated into a 6,000 square-foot Center for the Arts facility.
Since those beginnings, the local population has doubled, and there has been tremendous growth in the number of events presented, the size of audiences, and the number and variety of educational programs provided by the Center for the Arts and its partner organizations. After recognizing the need to create a larger and lasting home for the Center, the Board embarked on an ambitious $20 million capital campaign to build a new, stunning 28,000 square foot facility, including a state-of-the-art 350-seat theater, light-filled atrium, professional gallery space, spacious courtyard, workspaces, classrooms, and two lobby and bar spaces.
Shortly after the new facility opened in December 2019, County Health orders related to the global pandemic required the Center to close its doors. Thanks to the leadership of the Executive Director, core staff, and board members, the Center became a community hub cooperating with the County as circumstances allowed, creatively providing services and arts experiences at a time of great need. The finances have been stabilized and enhanced, and the strategic direction strengthened. The Center’s programming has been carefully and capably expanded over the last 18 months, and the organization has demonstrated a clear ability to fulfill its mission of offering engaging opportunities and educational experiences to enrich and expand the life of our community. The Center is in a solid position to move into the next chapter of growth and accomplishment.
The Crested Butte Center for the Arts is the premier arts organization on Colorado's Western Slope. Situated in one of the most spectacular natural environments in North America, and deeply rooted in a community of artistic expression and learning, the Center is quickly becoming recognized as a regional treasure.
As the largest arts facility in the region, with hundreds of annual events, the Center is renowned for its year-round calendar of world class live music; watercolor, culinary, and literary festivals; workshops, classes, and speaker series; artist residencies; and numerous educational and community engagement programs in the performing, visual, literary, and culinary arts.
The Center seeks an exceptional Executive Director to lead staff and stakeholders in building the long-term strategic vision and plan for Center programs to be sustainably funded and effectively run to demonstrate clear impact in our community, and shepherd the organization into the next era of success and recognition.
The Ideal Profile
We are looking for the right person to jump into this opportunity with excitement and energy. The ideal candidate for this role has these qualities and expertise:
Responsibilities & Expectations
The Executive Director reports to the Center for the Arts Board of Directors and is responsible for high-level administration of its programs and strategic initiatives, meeting revenue and expense goals, oversight of about 8 full-time and 20 part-time staff, and representing the Center in the community.
The Executive Director will continue the Center’s transition in organizational growth, from a fast-changing ‘start-up’ that has been through an intense capital campaign and expansion, and then a global pandemic that significantly impacted the entire industry - to an institution that is increasingly streamlined and mature in its operations and focus. Key areas of responsibility include:
Fundraising and Revenue Generation
Strategic Organizational Development
Overall Leadership and Management
In 1985, a passionate group of local residents began raising money for a nonprofit community arts center in the beautiful mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Two years later, they had raised $425,000 and the old county road…
This is a full time, exempt position with benefits including health insurance and retirement contribution. It also offers the opportunity to live and work in a unique mountain town, which offers incredible skiing and snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking - as well as an excellent community school.
This is a full time, exempt position with benefits including health insurance and retirement contribution. It also offers the opportunity to live and work in a unique mountain…
If this profile speaks to you, please submit a tailored, authentic cover letter that explains your interest in the Center for the Arts, and why this particular role is an ideal fit for you, along with your resume, to our executive search partners at Gemm Consulting: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Center, we believe that diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity are fundamental to our organization. We are committed to sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where everyone who walks through our doors – patrons, artists, employees, volunteers, and vendors – feel valued and respected regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or ability. We welcome all candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our organization and to our pledge for workplace diversity, inclusion, and excellence.
If this profile speaks to you, please submit a tailored, authentic cover letter that explains your interest in the Center for the Arts, and why this particular role is an ideal fit for…