￼Sun Valley Center for the Arts
191 Fifth Street East, Ketchum, Idaho
P.O. Box 656, Sun Valley, ID 83353 208-726-9491 • www.sunvalleycenter.org
Job Title: Executive Director
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts seeks an Executive Director who will be an inspirational leader and prominent member of a spectacular mountain resort community, that is recognized nationally as an arts and culture destination. The Executive Director will inspire and energize the staff, board, volunteers, and the community to build on The Center’s 43-year history and help plan and execute a vision for the future.
Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, with a budget of $3.2M is the oldest arts organization in Idaho’s Wood River Valley and the largest in the state. The Center serves more than 40,000 attendees every year (in a valley with a population of 22,000 full-time residents) through programs in the visual arts, theatre, music, film, education and humanities. The SVCA is now recognized in North America for its unique, multidisciplinary approach to programming and presenting, exploring ideas, themes and topics of relevance to its community through events in multiple disciplines. In 2006 The Center received accreditation from the American Association of Museums in recognition of its adherence to the highest standards of operation and programming. Only five percent of America’s arts and cultural institutions share this distinction.
The Center offers a full calendar of exhibitions, lectures, and concerts, engaging fine artists, distinguished speakers, and talented musicians to entertain and enlighten the broad spectrum of residents and visitors in the Wood River Valley.
The Center produces one of the country’s top-ranked summer arts festivals that features 130 artists and attracts more than 10,000 visitors. The Center’s annual fundraiser, the Wine Auction, is consistently ranked among the nation’s Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions by Wine Spectator magazine and funds for our programming.
In 2000 The Center began working with the Blaine County School District to help supplement the curriculum and increase students access to art. Today The Center’s participation with the School District has developed into a robust partnership where The Center helps facilitate learning by regularly bringing musicians, artists and authors into the schools and offering extensive in-gallery and theatre programming for area students. Company of Fools, The Center’s professional theater company, developed a program that serves as the theatre curriculum for elementary schools in the district. In addition to work with students, free professional development workshops are offered to classroom teachers and Center staff work with classes to incorporate art into their everyday learning. Close to 60 percent of all Center programs and 80 percent of children’s programs are offered free of charge.
In January of 2013 The Center’s Board of Directors approved a merger with Company of Fools, a long- standing and well-respected, professional theatre company. COF maintains its name and identity as a prominent Center program and continues to base its operations out of the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
The Center’s main gallery and offices are located in Ketchum. In addition, The Center operates two facilities in Hailey to better serve the needs of the population of southern Blaine County. The Liberty Theatre houses Company of Fools, and an ancillary facility consists of a historic house that was the birthplace of Ezra Pound and a newly built, state of the art freestanding classroom. The Center is in the process of raising money for a new, world-class facility in Ketchum that will include flexible spaces for exhibitions, a theater, and additional classroom space. The new facility is designed to take full advantage of The Center’s multidisciplinary programming and presenting model and promises to be a gathering place for the entire community.
Located in South Central Idaho, the Wood River Valley is in Blaine County, at the edge of the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests. Sun Valley has been referred to as “America’s First Destination Ski Resort,” and offers recreational activities galore. Nestled in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, the Sun Valley Resort is one of the great winter ski destinations. Summer offers a multitude of recreational activities and is the time that many cultural events take place including the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. To the north of Ketchum/Sun Valley is the majestic Sawtooth Wilderness Area that boasts over 200,000 acres of natural splendor, with opportunities for swimming, fishing, mountain biking, white-water rafting and more.
With all of these natural amenities and a terrific climate (an average humidity of only 30%) the community attracts an athletic, active population. They are involved and interested in sustaining a healthy, enriched lifestyle. Bright, accomplished professionals and their families typically spend winters and summers in the Valley and many choose to leave metropolitan areas to make this their year-round home. With excellent public and private schools, an abundance of arts, culture, and recreation, this is an ideal place to raise children. The well-educated, well-traveled population demands diverse and exceptional arts and culture programs. The Center’s programming provides nourishment for the Valley’s mind and soul.
Last year, ArtPlace named Sun Valley one of America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces—vibrant communities identified as being exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle. Also, Smithsonian Magazine recently included Ketchum, Idaho on their third annual list of cultural gems; one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014.
The Executive Director is a dynamic leader who appreciates the past, embraces and evaluates the present and envisions the future of the organization. As The Center’s lead development
professional, reporting to the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the Artistic Director, staff and Board, the ED develops and executes a Strategic Plan and Campaign for the Future that supports The Center’s mission and values. The plan and campaign bring about organizational sustainability, institutional vibrancy and national recognition. The ED’s responsibilities include oversight of development, marketing, finance, human resources and operations to fully realize the potential of the staff and organization, maximize contributed and earned income, and positively impact The Center and the Community.
Strategic Planning & Governance
• Lead the efforts for long-term strategic planning, working in partnership with the Artistic
Director and the Board of Directors
• Develop and oversee institutional budgeting, marketing, development and business
planning that support the mission and strategic vision
• Provide organizational and fiscal leadership to the staff and Board
• Develop and engage the Board of Directors to be ambassadors for the Center and inspire
their contribution to its success and growth
• Work with the Board Governance Committee to identify, cultivate and recruit Board
• Provide written and oral reports for the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee and
the Board including monthly financial reports and cash flow projections,
Institutional Advancement & Campaign for the Future
• As the Organization’s lead development professional, work with the Board and staff to
outline annual, capital and endowment campaign strategies, goals, budgets and timetables
• Engage with potential and established lead and major donors, and solicit and secure five,
six and seven-figure contributions
• Create Development Plans with the staff that support The Center’s financial objectives
relying on major gifts, individual contributions, fundraising events, corporate sponsorships
and foundation support
• Identify campaign leadership and in coordination with the Board and staff, execute the
annual fund campaign and Campaign for the Future (capital & endowment)
• Oversee the Development Director and work of the Development Team and Development
• Guide the development and implementation of The Center’s annual fundraiser
Marketing & Communications
• Craft The Center’s story and messaging
• Develop a strategic institutional marketing plan for the Center
• Present The Center’s “story” by reaching out, along with the Artistic Director, to the local,
regional and national community, conveying the message by clearly articulating the
mission and goals of The Center
• Conceptualize institutional branding efforts
• Oversee the Center’s Marketing Director and Marketing & Communications Team
Administration & Finance
• Recruit, hire and supervise Administrative, Development and Marketing staff
• Partner with the Artistic Director to evaluate and enhance excellence in artistic and
• Develop and monitor organization budgets and make recommendations to the Board
regarding appropriate actions
• Oversee and evaluate human resource policies, practices and procedures, and foster team-
• Oversee The Center’s physical and financial assets, ensuring the maintenance and
enhancement of all Center-owned properties
A Bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is desirable along with a minimum of 10 years of senior management and development experience. Candidates must have a proven track record of success in working with boards, staff, communities and major donors to achieve and exceed annual and other campaign fundraising goals. A passion for and history of working with arts, culture, education, community and/or other not-for-profit organizations is required. Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to craft and share a compelling story to inspire individuals and captivate audiences. Clearly, this position requires a compassionate and gracious collaborator who can enjoy and engage people of all ages and backgrounds, build deep relationships, support and mentor staff, and be a respected leader in the local and national community.
Compensation & Benefits
A significant salary, based on experience & expertise and a comprehensive benefits package will be provided. Relocation assistance, if needed, is available.
Please email a thoughtful cover letter and resume to the attention of Greg Phillips of CSTAR Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.