Tennessee Valley Art Association Executive Director

 Tennessee Valley Art Association Executive Director
 

Position Description

The Tennessee Valley Art Association seeks an innovative, experienced leader to plan and direct the operations of an established nonprofit arts organization. The TVAA provides art exhibitions, maintenance and enhancement of a permanent art collection, educational opportunities in the visual and performing arts for children, teenagers, and adults in the Tennessee Valley region, and the operation and management of a performing arts center that includes a community theater season and additional performances.
 
The executive director provides vision, leadership, and motivates the organization to adhere to the highest quality standards for the operation of the museum and performing arts center. The executive director is responsible for the overall management of the TVAA, for the achievement of its mission and financial stability. The executive director is a strategic planner who can work collaboratively with the board of directors, foundation board of directors, staff, and the community to advance the organization's efforts in the visual and performing arts, education, programming, development, communication, and community outreach.

 

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree is required and a Master’s Degree is preferred, but not required. A successful candidate will have three to five years of demonstrated leadership experience.
 
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and education.

 

Job type

This is a full-time exempt position. The executive director reports to a Board of Directors. This position will remain open until filled.
 

Job Description Executive Director

 Strategic Planning and Leadership
  • Lead the Board of Directors and staff to create and implement strategic plans.
  • Provide leadership in all areas of programming including exhibitions, acquisitions, performing arts, education, communications, fundraising and grant writing.
  • Provide guidance for and oversee the implementation of adopted plans, policies, and programs.
  • Analyze data and information to assess strengths and to identify areas for improvement with the goal of increasing impact and improving the TVAA brand and reputation.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of all programs. Implement necessary modifications to programs.
  • Provide effective leadership of the organization by active involvement in programs and services.
  • Identify external and internal opportunities with special emphasis on leveraging relationships with community and funding leaders.
  • Establish working relationships and partnerships with community groups and organizations.
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the organization.
 Operation and Finance
  • Develop the annual operating budget, manage and control expenses, and provide accurate reporting of the financial position to the board of directors.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable IRS, state, federal laws, and local rules and regulations.
  • Oversee and evaluate independent contractors.
 Human Resources
  • Hire all paid staff.
  • Lead, coach, and develop staff, emphasizing close collaboration and a cooperative spirit. Engage the team to perform at high levels, with a focus on performance and capacity.
  • Ensure the personnel policy is followed and that staff are appropriately educated on all policies and procedures.
  • Participate in disciplinary proceedings and ensure that policies are followed.
 Board Relations
  • Provide support and guidance through staffing of all board, standing, and ad-hoc committees, and the executive committee.
  • Maintain the official records of board meetings. Ensure the stewardship and maintenance of official documents and records.
  • Continually inform the board of directors of key issues and challenges.
  • Form a positive working relationship with each board member and support the board with new member development.
  • Attend and support the Tennessee Valley Art Association Foundation for Endowment by attending meetings and keeping the official records of Foundation board meeting.
 
Tennessee Valley Art Association Profile 
The Tennessee Valley Art Association incorporated in 1964 for the purpose of constructing a museum and to provide arts programming for the people of northwest Alabama. The  Tennessee Valley Art Center was constructed in 1972 on Tuscumbia’s historic Commons, property provided by the city. The Association added a performance series in 1978 that  included Sunday concerts in local churches and public venues. The Tennessee Valley String School and Suzuki School of Music were created to provide music classes for adults and  children. Arts programming grew significantly over the next few years and included the addition of the Center Stage Community Theatre (1980) and The Shoals Community Orchestra (1982).
 
For five years, music and theatre programs rehearsed and performed at the Art Center in a single gallery amid changing exhibitions. In 1985, the musical programming components incorporated independently as The Shoals Symphony Orchestra and moved to a new home. Center Stage remained a part of TVAA and relocated to the Ritz Theater. In 1998, an Art Center expansion doubled exhibition space enabling the addition of a workshop, art storage, and a permanent display for the prehistoric Martin Petroglyph. A plaza honoring TVAA founder, Ethel Davis, was constructed in 2008 and The Center was re-named The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in 2009.
 
The Ritz Theatre is the only former silent movie house left standing in the Shoals. The theatre was constructed in 1927 and opened July 8, 1928. The Tennessee Valley Art Association purchased the Ritz in 1983 and restored it as a performing arts venue. The historic theatre re- opened in 1985 with the musical Anything Goes, performed by TVAA’s Center Stage Community Theatre players. In 1992 an extended lobby, kitchen, and set shop were added. Two buildings adjacent to the Ritz were acquired to provide space for future expansion. The final construction phase to restore the Ritz was completed in 2009 with the renovation of the Art Deco exterior façade replicating the 1930s-period marquee. The Association conducts four theatre arts programs at the Ritz: Center Stage community theatre, New Stage professional series, Time Out for Theatre for young audiences and SummerStock, an educational theatre program for participants aged 16 - 29. Other educational programs include theatre workshops, pre- performance lectures and curtain talks. In 2012, the Ritz School for the Performing Arts was organized. The school works with regional school districts to provide theatre arts classes for schools that do not have full time theatre arts programs.

Community Profile
The Tennessee Valley Art Association (TVAA) is located on the Tennessee River in the Northwest corner of Alabama in an area known as the Shoals. The art museum is in Tuscumbia across the street from Ivy Green the historic birthplace of Helen Keller. The Ritz Theatre is located three miles away in Sheffield.
 
The TVAA serves a three-county area on the banks and bluffs of the Tennessee River. The population of the three counties is approximately 178,000. The University of North Alabama is across the river in Florence and we also enjoy having Northwest Alabama Community College in Muscle Shoals.
 
The creative spirit has always been alive in our community. The Native Americans called our river the Singing River. W. C. Handy, the father of the Blues, and Sam Phillips, known as the father of Rock and Roll were born and raised here. In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s and 70s our community became well-known in the music industry thanks to the unique sounds created at Fame Studio and Muscle Shoals Sound. The documentary film released in 2013 entitled ‘Muscle Shoals’ pays tribute to that phenomenal story and to our community.
 
An abundance of visual artists representing all mediums have called the Shoals their home for over 200 years. The community boasts two art museums plus the student museum at the University of North Alabama, an art festival, music festivals, multiple public libraries, a museum honoring our Native American history, a model railroad museum, historic home museums including the state’s only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, the log cabin where W. C. Handy was born, and the Jeffersonian styled Belmont Mansion.  Alabama’s Music Hall of Fame is located in our area and the iconic Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is now open to the public as a museum. The Shoals Symphony is an active organization with a full schedule of programming and educational opportunities. In recent years the spirit of creativity has been expanded to include nationally known clothing designer, Billy Reid whose corporate office is located in downtown Florence, and Alabama Chanin which includes Natalie Chanin’s studio, workshop, retail store, and restaurant at the Factory.

 

How to apply
Interested candidates should save a completed application, cover letter, resume, and contact information with three professional references in one PDF document and email to  position.tvaa@comcast.net The cover letter should address comparable work experience, and past successes, leadership experience, and the reason why you are interested and feel qualified to fill this position.

 
Employment Application

Executive Director

The Tennessee Valley Art Association
 
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