EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Job Description

Background: The Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council was founded in 1971 with the mission “To foster and promote the artistic and cultural vitality of Sussex County.” We receive annual grants from the NJ Historical Commission and the NJ State Council on the Arts to help support the local visual as well as performing arts and historical groups in Sussex County. The SCA&HC also operates a gallery for 200+ artists to display their works and sponsors a juried photography exhibit and a juried art exhibit open to all local artists. The Council’s office/gallery is located on Spring Street in Newton, the County seat of Sussex County.

Position Available: The SCA&HC seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director to advance the mission and agenda of the organization. The Council provides innovative programs as well as financial support to both visual and performing arts organizations and historical organizations through our re-grant programs in Sussex County.

Responsibilities: The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of the Arts & Heritage Council, working closely with and reporting to the President and the Board of Trustees. The Executive Director administers and directs all programs, operations and policies in addition to supervising staff.


Primary areas of responsibility include:

*Program Development and Management – develops, implements and supervises programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission.

*Fund Development/Grant Oversight and Fiscal Management – together with the Board, develops and manages the fundraising and financial strategies of the organization; develops an annual budget for approval by the Board; oversees the management of all funds and grants consistent with the organization’s accounting system.

*Staff Leadership and Management – hires, supervises and evaluates staff; coordinates work with the Board’s committees, volunteers and partner organizations.

*Community Relations – develops effective working relationships within the community (both within the arts and history communities) to ensure that the arts and history are represented in the community-at-large.

*Advocacy – serves as the chief spokesperson for the Council in the community; communicates the value of culture in improving our quality of life, and promotes community support.

*Strategic Planning – develops and implements the organization’s Strategic Plan and annual action plans in conjunction with the Board.

*Conducts all business at the highest standard of integrity ensuring that all activities are legal and ethical.


Experience/Qualifications:

* College graduate with experience in a non-profit organization, with significant experience in the arts, history, or a related area; prior experience as Executive Director is preferred.

*Master’s Degree in a relevant field is a plus.

*Knowledge of the Sussex County arts and heritage community is a plus

*Proven record as a successful fundraiser.

*Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

*Strong planning, organizational and time management skills.

*Ability to positively motivate and develop staff, board, and volunteers and build consensus.

*Creativity in solving problems and crafting solutions.

*Ability to work collaboratively with all sectors of the community, the Board of Trustees and staff.

*Knowledge of the SAGE system for State of NJ Grant reporting and applications a plus.

*Exhibits strong personal integrity.


Compensation: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Starting Date: Immediate

Procedure for Applying: Qualified candidates should e-mail a current resume, together with a cover letter indicating interest in the position and salary requirements to: joannescheidt@gmail.com. Please put “Search Committee” in the Subject line. Deadline for applications is January 14, 2022.

For more information about the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, visit www.scahc.org. The Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Primary areas of responsibility include:

*Program Development and Management – develops, implements and supervises programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission.

*Fund Development/Grant Oversight and Fiscal Management – together with the Board, develops and manages the fundraising and financial strategies of the organization; develops an annual budget for approval by the Board; oversees the management of all funds and grants consistent with the organization’s accounting system.

*Staff Leadership and Management – hires, supervises and evaluates staff; coordinates work with the Board’s committees, volunteers and partner organizations.

*Community Relations – develops effective working relationships within the community (both within the arts and history communities) to ensure that the arts and history are represented in the community-at-large.

*Advocacy – serves as the chief spokesperson for the Council in the community; communicates the value of culture in improving our quality of life, and promotes community support.

*Strategic Planning – develops and implements the organization’s Strategic Plan and annual action plans in conjunction with the Board.

                                                                                                                      © Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council

scahc@scahc.org     phone: 973 383 0027    133 Spring Street,Newton NJ 07860

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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