Now Hiring: Executive Director


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Opening date: 8/31/2016
Closing date: 9/11/2016
Desired start date: 10/24/2016


ArtForceIowa seeks an Executive Director (ED) that passionately believes in the power of the arts to make an impact on the lives of struggling young people. As leader of this organization, the ED must be ready to give her or his all to ensure the ongoing success of the organization.



Founded in 2012, ArtForceIowa has grown to serve various populations of youth in need through diverse programming. Currently the three principal programs at ArtForceIowa include:

  • Creative Pathways - a supportive arts-based community for juvenile court involved youth.

  • DSM Heroes - a supportive arts-based community for immigrant and refugee youth.

  • StreetCred Studios - a social enterprise that puts young people with criminal backgrounds to work doing screen-printing, videography and photography


The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing ArtForceIowa’s administration, programs and strategic plan, within the mission of the organization, including:



  • Manage organizational finances and reporting requirements, including, but not limited to, payroll administration, accounts payables and receivables, and all expenses

  • Develop and manage employee training and development program, including human resource and program training, to ensure effective performance and employee value,

  • Manage relationships with organization’s Board of Directors, including planning, preparing for and attending regular board and board committee meetings



  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of program finance, administration, timelines and resources needed to achieve the program goals.

  • Oversee program staff and contractors, participate in program staff meetings.

  • Actively recruit and engage individual volunteers and organizational partners in program activities.

  • Seek opportunities with staff and community partners to develop sustainable new programs.

  • Actively engage in program services, which may include teaching or assisting in workshops.



  • Develop and manage comprehensive funding and donor relations strategy.

  • Develop and manage communications strategy to raise organizational and program brand awareness among key constituents.

  • Develop and manage strategic business plan to sustainably support the organization’s mission, values and goals.



  • Master’s degree or above in business, public administration, fine arts, social work, or related field and 3 years of leadership experience, or Bachelor’s degree in similar fields and 5 years of leadership experience.

  • Demonstrated success working with youth and/or the juvenile justice system.

  • Demonstrated success working with refugee and immigrant populations, people of color and/or low-to-moderate income populations.

  • Demonstrated success working in individual development programs.

  • Demonstrated success in financial management, donor development and grant writing.



  • Hours: 40 weekly, exempt

  • Salary: COE, and comparable to other small non-profits.

  • Benefits: Health, dental, and vision paid for by employer.

  • PTO: 15 days off annually



Please submit a resumé and cover letter to HR@ARTFORCEIOWA.ORG.  Questions may also be directed to HR@ARTFORCEIOWA.ORG.