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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

Application Instructions
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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