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MANHATTAN GRAPHICS CENTER

250 WEST 40 STREET, 5TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10018
212-219-8783

THANKS TO FRIENDS OF MGC: 

The Jockey Hollow Foundation  |  The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation | New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION 

 

The Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC) is seeking its first Executive Director (ED) to put the organization on a secure footing for the next phase of its development. Manhattan Graphics Center is a fully-equipped, fine-art printmaking studio that welcomes artists of all levels of experience, providing an accessible environment for the learning and practice of printmaking. 

MGC has been sustained and flourished over the course of its 33-year history through the efforts of its volunteer membership of approximately 200 artists, including a core of twenty-five key holders who provide day-to-day staffing, as well as through the hard work of its one and one-half permanent employees, a part-time bookkeeper and a part-time grant writer. As we approach the end of our current ten-year lease at our midtown location in July 2021, MGC faces the challenge of securing the funding and operational foundation to sign a new lease while continuing its mission to nurture an egalitarian and communitarian culture where artists of all levels, ages and backgrounds work together.

The ED will report to the Board and its Executive Committee and work in close collaboration with our volunteers and staff to implement strategies that strengthen the organization.  MGC has secured a two-year grant to fund this position.  It is our expectation that the successful candidate will use these years to work with the Board, the membership, volunteers and staff to build upon existing financial resources and programs and develop new ones, to lead the organization into the future.

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

FUNDRAISING AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Grow revenue-generating activities to support MGC’s mission, including through grants, donations and fundraising events and by building strong relationships with existing and potential donors.

  • Enhance MGC’s presence and reputation in the arts community by partnering with other professional, civic and private organizations to secure new resources and opportunities.

  • Support and expand MGC’s communication efforts, through one-on-one, print and electronic methods, to create a stronger organizational presence locally, nationally and internationally.

 

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE AND VIABILITY

  • Assume responsibility for the fiscal management of MGC, including submission to the Board of an annual budget, quarterly financial statements and annual financial reviews or audits that accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

  • Oversee day-to-day fiscal management within the approved budget to ensure maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

 

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

  • Oversee, develop and provide support to MGC’s staff.

  • Develop a keen understanding of the roles and responsibilities of MGC’s volunteers, members and affiliated supporters so as to offer informed leadership and support.

  • Ensure effective systems to track, evaluate and communicate programmatic success.

 

BOARD GOVERNANCE

  • Communicate effectively with the Board, providing timely and accurate information as required for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions.

  • Administer and support Board decisions and policies.

  • Submit annual self-evaluation.

 

PLANNING

  • Explore and identify strategic options for future direction consistent with the mission.  These may include

    • Lease extension

    • Alternative sites

    • Program diversification

    • Cooperation and/or merger with other organizations

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree from an accredited college or university, with a preference for education in the fields of art management, business or nonprofit management or visual arts.

  • Five years of relevant work experience at an arts organization, nonprofit corporation or other nonprofit entity, which may include such areas as personnel management, grant writing, marketing and program development.

  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, development and outreach.

  • Ability and demonstrated experience working collaboratively with others, including volunteers.

  • Love and knowledge of printmaking.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Flexibility with regard to work hours and office arrangements.

SALARY RANGE

  • Starting salary:  $50,000-$60,000 depending on experience. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Submit resume and cover letter with the names of three professional references (including names, position, addresses and telephone numbers) to: execd@manhattangraphicscenter.org  

  • We will start reviewing applications on June 15, 2019.  The position will remain open until it is filled.

MGC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.