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The Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) seeks an Executive Director. The ED will provide the leadership and vision necessary to shepherd the organization through a major transition, sustain the organization’s existing programs, enhance its artistic profile, and significantly expand revenue in order to increase services while enhancing financial stability.
In addition to overseeing programs, the ED will continue and deepen BAX’s racial equity work, with a vigilant eye on programmatic priorities and capacity. In partnership with the management team, the ED will provide direction and leadership for all strategic, programmatic and development initiatives, and maintain and develop relationships with all stakeholders from families, to artists, to funders and Board members.
ABOUT BAX/BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE
BAX’s mission is to provide a nurturing, year-round performance, rehearsal and educational venue in Brooklyn that encourages artistic risk-taking and stimulated dialogue among diverse constituencies.
Founded in 1991, BAX is a proud cultural home to thousands of artists, students, families and audience members. Over 25 years later, and currently at a 1.4 million dollar budget, BAX remains committed to its original vision, supporting dance, theater and performance artists of all ages, and throughout all stages of development, and providing shared space in which children study and professional artists create.
BAX is located in a 3,000 square foot home in Park Slope, which was awarded a 1998 Bessie Award for “building a house and home for the arts in Brooklyn.” BAX’s dedicated 12 member Board of Directors, 4 full-time employees, 8-10 part-time staff members, and over 20 teaching artists, have purposefully constructed an environment where professional artists mentor students; artists in residence advance their craft through peer support and coaching; and the citywide performing arts community engages diverse Brooklyn audiences at year-round performances in the Theater at BAX. For over a quarter of a century and counting, BAX’s multi-faceted, inclusive, and intentional slate of programs, curations, and performances have been designed to support the full trajectory of artistic development from young student artist to emerging to mid-career to master.
BAX’s Artist Services Department provides:
- subsidized rehearsal space
- artist residencies
- space grants including the Parent/Artist and Disability grants
- the Upstart Festival for emerging dance, theater and performance artists
- Needing It and other programs which center LGBTQ developing artists
- subsidized theater rentals for self-productions
- a season of cutting-edge performance
- AIR Open Studios
- Additional resources, including the annual Artist Services Weekend and Creating Space workshops and classes.
BAX’s Youth Education Programs encompass five core values — skill-building, creative choice, collaboration, performance, and community – and provide:
- expert instruction in building technical skills in dance, theater, and tumbling with an emphasis on cultivating creative expression.
- over 45 weekly classes serving more than 1000 students, ages 1-18, in the BAX Building as well as school-break programs including a 7 week summer program.
- a broad range of youth classes, performances and festivals, including the YouthWorks Festival and Teen Arts Conference, free annual programs that are structured to treat young artists with the respect given to professionals.
- BAX Teaching Residencies, currently in six Brooklyn public schools.
BAX welcomes students, families, faculty and artists to an organization with a core commitment to social justice. We intentionally and purposefully support the voices of under-represented individuals and groups of all origins, ages, abilities, races, sexual orientations, and genders and varied immigration statuses.
CURRENT STRATEGIC CHALLENGES:
- The departure of BAX’s founding Executive Director represents a major transition, and offers a unique opportunity for the right candidate to lead an established and highly regarded organization into its next phase.
- To thrive, BAX must strengthen its financial position, organizational structure and infrastructure. A key priority for the incoming Executive Director is to lead the organization in crafting a compelling strategic vision that will allow it to galvanize its multiple constituencies and significantly expand its base of financial support from individual and institutional donors. A firm financial footing will in turn allow BAX to build a more effective organizational structure and improve its development and communications capacity.
- This is a pivotal moment not only for BAX, but also for our city and country. BAX is proud of the role it has played in the artistic community, as well as the community at large. It is imperative that BAX continue its artistic, racial and social justice work in the face of cultural and financial challenges.
WHO WE ARE SEEKING
BAX is seeking a dynamic, experienced arts executive with the capacity and willingness to embrace the values that define BAX, while furthering the mission and vision that have marked its first 25 years.
Reporting to a 12 member Board of Directors, the ED will:
- provide a high level of visibility for the organization and be the "face" of BAX, representing its mission and values to internal and external audiences
- lead a bold fund development campaign, working closely with staff, board and other volunteers
- work together with board and staff leadership to develop an optimal organizational structure
- be deeply passionate about NYC dance, theater and performance artists
- be committed to developing artists’ lives & work
- have a deep understanding and respect for BAX’s artistic profile and priorities
- in collaboration with the Board and staff, lead the organization’s anti-racist/racial equity/anti oppression work, in which we are already deeply engaged
- ensure fiscal accountability and stability
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
- ARTIST SERVICES: Provide oversight and leadership to BAX’s Program Director, artistic curators and advisors of each of BAX’s signature programs: the Artist in Residence Program, Space Grant Program, Upstart Program, Needing It, Creating Space, Artist Services Day, as well as adjudication panels. The ED, in consultation with the Program Director and artistic advisors, will set the performance season including schedules and allocation of resources, new and existing programming.
- YOUTH EDUCATION: Provide strategic programmatic direction and mentorship to the Program Director as it pertains to the overall mission and priorities of the organization. The Education Department is headed by a Program Director with an Education Manager, Education Assistant and over 20 teaching artists and seasonal staff. Programming includes in-house education classes, festivals, school breaks programing as well as Public School program residencies.
- OPERATIONS, FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES: Set budgetary priorities and report to the Board and other entities. Manage all financial functions, including budgeting and cash flow forecasting. Oversee the Operations and Finance Manager in their management of the organization’s facilities, procedures and staff, prioritizing participatory decision-making practices. Support the professional development of staff, sustainable and positive staff culture and structure, as well as a culture of feedback and accountability. Oversee the Operations and Finance Manager in their oversight of the production team, including the Technical Director/Resident Lighting Designer, seasonal Stage Managers and Lighting Designers.
- DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS: Development: Set short & long-term fundraising goals and priorities with the support of a Development and Communications Manager (new position, TBH). Expand the organization’s base of support, including public, foundation, private, corporate and individual giving. Provide strategic direction and help develop foundation and corporate funding proposals. Spear-head and participate in organizational wide events and fundraising activities. Develop and maintain relationships with major donors and prospects. Personally, and/or in partnership with board members, senior staff, or volunteer leadership, solicit major gifts. Communications: Provide strategic direction and mentorship to the Marketing and Communications staff, which in addition to the Development and Communications Manager includes a Youth Marketing Manager and an Artists Services Communications Manager. In collaboration with the Marketing and Communications team, prioritize and strategize short and long-term communications efforts.
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Serve as a non-voting Board member, including ex-officio membership on all board committees, currently Finance and Development. In addition, the ED works closely with the Board Chair on board development and stewardship.
A successful candidate must have:
- No less than 8 years managerial, financial and supervisory experience within arts/culture sector
- No less than 8 years proven fundraising experience
- Strong understanding of and commitment to BAX’s mission, vision, and guiding principles.
- Excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills.
A preferred candidate will have
- Experience and familiarity with the NYC arts, culture and funding environments
- Proven ability working with multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-gendered & LGBTQ communities and organizations, and a commitment to cultivating leadership and collaborative decision-making.
- Experience at a senior level in at least one of BAX’s program areas, program development, implementation, and evaluation
- Comfort and experience with public speaking and communicating with community members, community leaders, funders and the media.
Competitive salary and benefits in a positive working environment. Salary is commensurate with experience and in keeping with a non-profit arts pay scale.