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Executive Director Search


Gordon Square Arts District is accepting applications for Executive Director until May 22.

Gordon Square Arts District is a diverse lakefront neighborhood in Cleveland anchored by the arts.
It houses six theatres, a music venue, an old factory populated with nearly 60 artist studios and
galleries, and more than a dozen outdoor public art installations and murals.

The Gordon Square Arts District was formed in 2007 by Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT), Near West
Theatre (NWT) and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSDCO), owner of the
Capitol Theatre. GSAD board leadership and the partners raised $30 million to build and renovate
three theatres and create an artistic streetscape and parking. The
$30 million capital campaign was completed in 2014.

GSAD now focuses on providing free and inclusive arts programming, such as supporting the artist
workforce through educational and skills-based training as well as financial opportunities, hiring
and training local artists, installing murals and public art, and creating and operating for all artists in the region. GSAD offers an artist-in-residence
program each quarter, exhibits emerging artists, and offers a free outdoor music, dance and
performance series.

Mission: to leverage vibrant arts and culture to foster economic growth in Gordon Square.
Vision: an exciting Gordon Square Arts District with vibrant theatres and enhanced art activity
that is a regional destination for arts and culture.
GSAD Goals:

  1. Create sustainable prosperity through arts and culture initiatives
  2. Build on the arts identity through enhanced placemaking, arts programming and community-wide
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  3. Engage and support artists and creative professionals who live and work in the neighborhood
    and provide tools for economic self-sufficiency
  4. Protect and expand on the physical and institutional assets of the arts district

Job Description: Executive Director

Provide overall leadership and vision for the organization

Engage the board in the vision, governance and fundraising of the organization. Work with board
chair to develop meeting agendas, take minutes, staff their recruitment of new board members, and
staff board committees.

Develop trusting relationships with community partners and serve as a trusted ally Raise all
operating and program funding for the organization
Provide fiscal management, accounting oversight, banking, bill payment and processing and day to
day cash flow management, tax and nonprofit filing compliance, work with accounting contractor and
board finance, audit and governance committees

Oversee all staff functions and responsibilities, human resources management, and payroll functions

Identify funding opportunities, cultivate relationships with funders, write grant proposals and
reports, ensure compliance, and implement grant-funded programs

Host annual fundraiser Hip 2B Square each June, recruit host committee and sponsors with board,
manage special event logistics with staff and conduct all fundraising

Lead media relations and social media with assistance from staff

Conduct government relations, including city council, county council, state budget opportunities,
and government funding opportunities including the Ohio Arts Council and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Set the overall vision for programs, raise funding for programs, and implement programs, including
but not limited to public art, infrastructure and wayfinding, free public performances, exhibits of
work by emerging artists, artist residencies, artist workforce programs,, marketing projects, artist mixers and other projects in alignment
with Gordon Square’s mission and four overarching goals. This also requires a commitment to
building equity among stakeholders and connecting the arts to residents to make it free and

Skills Required:
• Leadership
• Governance and experience engaging a board
• Strong fiscal management and compliance skills

• Successful fundraising track record
• Ability to form relationships and build trust
• Experience with earned media, paid social media and marketing
• Organization skills and the ability to multitask
• Excellent follow-through and ability to work independently
• Staff management skills
• Outgoing personality, comfortable doing outreach and interacting with large groups
• Technology skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database management, website management
platforms and social media platforms
• Excellent writing skills following AP style guidelines
• Creativity and an interest in the arts
• Special event experience including logistics, marketing and outreach
• Strong communication skills and the ability to work with the public
• MUST be available evenings and weekends

GSAD is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an
inclusive environment for all employees.

Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to by May 22.