Executive Director

Location
Eudora, Arkansas
Posted
May 03, 2019
Closes
Jun 02, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Bachelors
Willingness to Travel
100%
Experience Level
Management

Organization Background and Information: 

The J. Austin White Cultural Center, Inc. is located in Eudora, Arkansas, a small town in the rural ArkLaMissDelta. The organization owns and operates two facilities located on downtown Eudora's Main Street, the J. Austin White Cultural Center (JAWCC) and the Tommy Marshall Curiosity Center (TMCC). JAWCC's offers music, art, theater, and other activities for children and youth in this culturally isolated area of Southeast Arkansas, and endeavors to assist children in finding their hidden strengths and talents, broadening them to grow into responsible, cultured adults who give back to their community. The TMCC, located right next door to JAWCC's facility, is a science museum project the organization took on in 2014. The TMCC's construction was recently completed, and the organization plans to have it open for business within the next two years. The TMCC will be a field trip destination that fosters the curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving of children through STEAM-learning experiences and enrichment programs to better prepare them to be confident, well-rounded and informed adults. It will provide the children and families of Eudora and the surrounding ArkLaMiss Delta region with easy to access STEAM enrichment and educational opportunities they currently cannot easily access.  

Primary Function and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director's role is to oversee the general functioning and programming of all entities of the J. Austin White Cultural Center, Inc., primarily the arts-centered J. Austin White Cultural Center (JAWCC) and the STEAM-focused Tommy Marshall Curiosity Center (TMCC) and creating a positive and educational environment for youth and adults alike. The Executive Director is responsible for leading the organization by supporting its vision, mission, and values, managing the organization's resources in accordance with the plans and budget set by the Board of Directors, and manage and appropriately develop its resources, as well as develop and maintain strategies for marketing, public relations, strategic planning, and board development. The Executive Director's varying responsibilities include:

  • Planning and implementing exciting and attractive enrichment programs
  • Developing and managing programming staff and volunteers
  • Directing and maintaining annual budgets
  • Creating and developing marketing, outreach, and fundraising campaigns
  • Grant writing
  • Overseeing facility maintenance and upkeep
  • Reporting monthly to the Board of Directors

Skills/Knowledge Required: 

  • A desire to develop youth of all ages (many from disadvantaged backgrounds), especially in the areas of art and science 
  • Prior experience working with children 
  • A passion for rural community development 
  • Strong creativity and leadership skills in developing new programs and classes
  • Leadership skills including team building, delegation and problem solving
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, plan and direct operations
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • A motivated self-starter and demonstrated ability to work independently of regular supervision
  • Experience working with and/or teaching children
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in non-profit management
  • Grant writing experience preferred
  • First AID/CPR certification or willingness to become certified 
  • Ability to pass Arkansas state and FBI criminal background checks as well as Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry check 
  • Valid driver's license 

Must be able to work full time at our Eudora, AR location.

 

Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and at least two references.