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Houston Center for Photography
Executive Director: OPEN

JOB DESCRIPTION—MAJOR DUTIES

Reports to: Board of Directors

Full-time position

Houston Center for Photography (HCP) seeks a proven leader to serve as Executive Director. HCP is located in the heart of Houston’s museum district within walking distance of The Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel. Our mission is to increase society’s understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education programs, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaborations. We create meaningful photography experiences.

Houston Center for Photography enjoys a long-standing reputation for presenting exhibitions and educational programs that are of the highest cultural and artistic merit. As one of the only organizations in Houston focusing on the presentation of contemporary photography, HCP fills a particular niche within the city’s vibrant and diverse visual arts landscape. Our exhibitions are regularly reviewed by both local and national media and we have enjoyed opportunities for program collaboration with many local organizations. HCP is dedicated to exhibiting important work that is not being shown elsewhere in Houston.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the organization’s professional leadership and management, should have a background in arts administration and experience with fundraising, financial management, strategic planning, supervisory experience, the ability to work well with a diverse population of individuals and have a healthy sense of humor. Reporting to the Board of Directors, he/she will advance the values of the organization and its mission.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Manage budget and investment, through Finance Director
Establish fundraising goals and direct process to achieve them
Cultivate new donors in varied contacts, including face-to-face meetings, written solicitations, and event participation
Direct and participate in donor requests with foundations, government agencies, individual donors, and provide stewardship for funds raised
Provide leadership to the annual Fine Print Auction, HCP’s major fundraising event
Direct and provide guidance to increase the annual fund
Direct and provide guidance to increase the membership and dues revenue
Direct and provide guidance to maintaining or increase the contributions from Foundations and Government agencies
GOVERNANCE AND BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary interface with 22-member Board and 36-member Advisory Council
Lead staff participation in involvement with Board committees
Provide leadership vision on strategic direction for HCP, in collaboration with Board
Execute Board’s strategy to expand and sustain organization’s growth
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

Manage full-time and part-time staff, as well as consultants and contractors
Direct policies and procedures for compensation/benefits and all staff activities
Oversee building management and lease with Menil Foundation
EDUCATION RESPONSIBILITIES

Guide education program, in collaboration with Director of Education and staff
Assure high quality class opportunities are delivered to community, in collaboration with Creative Director
EXHIBITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Guide exhibitions at HCP, in collaboration with Curator
Assure that HCP maintains its leadership influence in the photography community, in collaboration with Creative Director
KEY SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

5+ years in senior management of arts non-profit; advanced degree preferred
Strong financial and management skills
Excellent communications skills to promote HCP’s vision
Ability to interact diplomatically with all constituencies
Commitment to cultivating the next generation of photography enthusiasts through education, exhibitions and publications
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three references to: search@hcponline.org, or mail to: Houston Center for Photography, Attn: Search Committee, 1441 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77006
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