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Employment & Internships2018-09-14T14:17:17+00:00

Employment

The Durango Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws in the administration of its employment policy.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

DAC always welcome volunteers to support events, general operations and programs. Contact us to learn more at info@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606, Ext 13.

Executive Director

The Executive Director functions as the chief executive officer of the Durango Arts Center (DAC). Appointed by the Board of Directors, the Executive Director exerts the will of the Board in projecting the face of the DAC, providing visionary and strategic leadership, ensuring financial sustainability, serving collaborative needs within the community, managing all operations and staff and upholding DAC policies. The Executive Director is responsible for driving the DAC in the strategic directions set by the Board as well as achieving the DAC’s strategic plan and meeting the goals and objectives therein.

• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college, preferably with a focus in the arts. Preference will be given to candidates with an earned graduate degree from an accredited or certification in nonprofit management or business.

• Minimum of four years of progressively responsible professional experience, including supervision, in a related non-profit field, business, educational entity or governmental agency. It is preferred that candidates have previous experience in fundraising, financial management, grant writing, public relations and/or marketing.

• Proficiency with technology and computers applications, email platforms and intermediate abilities with Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint.

• Effective oral and written communication skills.

• Excellent interpersonal skills that are reflected in an ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff, DAC members, executives from professional organizations, and people in the community.

• An attitude of sensitivity and inclusion for visual artists, actors/actresses, performers, theater professionals, musicians, authors, poets and other creatives individuals upon whom the DAC depends.

  • Fundraising and Sponsorships: Supervise and collaborate with Director of Development to design and execute an effective fundraising plan. Enable and support efforts and events to establish relationships with prospective donors and event sponsors and efforts to sustain and strengthen relationships with current donors and event sponsors.
  • Resource Development – Grants: Guide efforts to research, write proposals and submit applications and attain grants that are consistent with the DAC mission, vision and plans. Manage any and all grants awarded to DAC.
  • Financial Management: Develop and manage the DAC budget. Control and account for all funds and resources used by the DAC. Ensure compliance with DAC’s fiscal policies, including support of annual financial review, IRS-990 filing and all relevant reporting to Colorado Secretary of State.
  • External Affairs: Plan and deliver effective public relations, public outreach and marketing functions. Collaborate with community groups, public agencies, committees and other external entities as needed to advance the DAC mission and maintain a high profile in, and partnership with the communities served by the DAC.
  • Staff Operations: Hire, train, manage, develop and evaluate DAC staff. Instill a culture of teamwork and creativity within the organizational climate. Ensure compliance to prevailing federal, state and local employment laws.
  • Programming: Plan, deliver and evaluate programs and services that contribute to the DAC’s mission, vision and sustainability.
  • Technology: Plan for the DAC’s Information Technology needs as well as appropriate technologies and equipment to support innovative exhibitions of visual arts and theater arts. Thank you in advance for your interest in the Durango Arts Center. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted.
  • Facilities: Provide compliant, safe, and efficient use of the DAC’s facilities.
  • Support of Board Activities: In collaboration with Board President, draft agenda and supporting materials. Assist the Board President in planning monthly meetings; attend and participate in meetings; and serve on Board committees as assigned. Assist the Board with board development activities including board recruitment, orientation (create, update and disseminate new board member notebooks) and board training sessions.

This job summary is not to be interpreted as all-inclusive; rather it aims to identify essential functions and qualifications of the Interim Executive Director position. Applicants may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated above; certain functions not explicitly mentioned in this description are nevertheless understood to be essential to the position.

Full-time/Exempt—40 hours per week.

The Durango Arts Center will provide the Executive Director with an appropriate office and office equipment. DAC is a fast-paced, convivial work environment and this position will interact with fellow program and leadership staff, artists and the general public. DAC is physically located in downtown Durango, within a historical 14,000 sq. foot facility that was once a car dealership.

The Durango Arts Center is a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization located in Southwest Colorado that serves the region by fostering creative expression through gallery exhibits, live theatre, artist services, the Durango Autumn Arts Festival and educational programs for all ages. DAC strives to support a creative dialogue among community members, ensuring that culture informs local decision-making and enriches our lives. Please visit our website, www.DurangoArts.org, for more information.

Interested candidates should submit the following via email (preferably in a single document) to president@durangoarts.org with the subject line Executive Director / Your Name

  • Cover letter (1 page max)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (2 pages max)
  • Writing sample of a grant narrative requesting support for an arts program (download pdf for more information)
  • Up to three professional references

Technical Director

The Durango Arts Center (DAC) seeks a qualified Technical Director (TD) to provide direct technical oversight of the theater space and for DAC events that need technical resources outside of the Theater. DAC executes a number of productions as part of its season, and accommodates 60+ film/performance rentals of various complexities each year. The TD may be called upon to deal with a wide range of technical issues, therefore, he or she must have a strong working knowledge of the creative process of theatre, dance, music productions and presentations including, but not limited to, set, sound and lighting design and implementation. He or she must be able to operate, maintain, and safeguard all technical assets of the theater for any user of the space, including both DAC events and rentals. He or she must create a positive working environment, serve as a role model for all employees and volunteers, communicate kindly, directly, and efficiently, and represent the DAC in a positive light to the community.

The successful candidate will have 3+ years’ experience working in the technical theatre realm and/or the nonprofit sector. The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

  1. Supervise and assist all users of the space (including event coordinators, renters, designers, technicians, etc.) with the use and implementation of all technical supports including set/props, lighting, sound and communications equipment, among others.
  2. Supervise and assist all users of the space with proper use and maintenance of theater facilities and resources.
  3. Supervise and enforce all schedules for load-ins, builds, techs, strikes, and load-outs of each event.
  4. Troubleshoot any technical problems or challenges and implement a solution efficiently and in a timely manner.
  5. Supervise and implement all technical and event needs for renters of the space, being available for the duration of the event.
  6. Help build and implement set, props, lighting and sound for DAC productions.
  7. Create, implement, and train all users of space on the DAC Rules and Procedures for the DAC Theater Space.
  8. Help recruit, train, supervise, maintain and grow a robust paid and volunteer workforce to support DAC’s technical theater needs.
  9. Maintain an organized and clean work and storage environment on stage, side stage areas, dressing rooms, scene shop, lighting booth, and any other storage facilities in the theater.
  10. Ensure the proper functioning and safety of all technical equipment.
  11. Maintain inventory, implement equipment maintenance including repair and replacement, make recommendations regarding upgrades and purchases of technical equipment, and purchase upgrades or new technical equipment with approval from Executive Director and Theatre team.

24 hours per week, frequent evenings weekends

The Durango Arts Center will provide the Technical Director with an appropriate desk, shared office space and office equipment. DAC is a fast-paced, convivial work environment and this position will interact with fellow program and leadership staff, artists and the general public. DAC is physically located in downtown Durango, within a historical 14,000 sq. foot facility that was once a car dealership.

The Durango Arts Center is a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization located in Southwest Colorado that serves the region by fostering creative expression through gallery exhibits, live theatre, artist services, the Durango Autumn Arts Festival and educational programs for all ages. DAC strives to support a creative dialogue among community members, ensuring that culture informs local decision-making and enriches our lives. Please visit our website, www.DurangoArts.org, for more information.

Interested candidates should submit 1-page cover letter, resume/CV and the names and contact information of up to three professional references who can attest to your experience to jamie@DurangoArts.org. The subject line of your email should be: Tech Director / your name.