GLAF Executive Director

Employment Status: Full-Time/Flex

FLSA Status: Exempt

Experience Required: 3-5 years’ experience working full-time in administrative capacity, with experience working with educational institutions and the arts preferred.

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field, or equivalent experience

Direct Supervisor: GLAF Board of Directors

Supervisory Responsibility: May have indirect supervision of audio visual tech support

Primary Work Location: Hybrid

Job Summary: This position serves as the “face” of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization. This position assists in the vision, leadership, administration, budget development, marketing and revenue generation for GLAF.  The Executive Director must be able to work effectively with a non-profit board, be actively engaged in relationship building critical to GLAF’s success and be actively involved in the arts community. 

This position is estimated to be 25-30 hrs/week (varies by week). The Executive Director is expected to be on-site for all scheduled performances, Board meetings, fundraisers and other relevant committee/donor/partner meetings. This self-starter individual will be responsible for successfully completing all duties but has flexibility on office location (other than mentioned above) and daily hours as approved by the Board.

Essential Job Functions – The Executive Director may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:

  • Provide leadership to Board of Directors, cultivate new Board members and serve on committees in an advisory capacity.
  • Manage budget of $200k+, assisting in forecasting, budgeting and auditing.
  • Develop and execute an annual fundraising plan (including donor strategies and fulfilling relevant grant submissions) to provide operating, arts education and program-specific revenue for GLAF.
  • Responsible for all artistic and venue management, including but not limited to contract negotiation, hospitality arrangements, and on-site presence for all educational and general public performances.
  • Identify markets, develop and execute marketing campaign.
  • Provide leadership in the development, execution and assessment of a Strategic Plan, including development and monitoring of Key Performing Indicators (KPIs) by which to evaluate success.
  • Lead, supervise, and facilitate the work of GLAF to ensure successful administration.
  • Manage effective and productive relationships between Garrett College and PAC partners, including Garrett County Public Schools, the Garrett County arts communities, and government agencies.
  • Develop relationships with educators who are dedicated to providing expertise for arts education.
  • Provide leadership in the creation, implementation and regular review of policies and procedures to support the effective operation of the GLAF.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of budget development and management that includes public funding, grant and donor funding, and performance/activities funding.
  • Knowledge and experience interacting with a volunteer board.
  • Strong written and oral communications and relational skills, including public speaking, and grant writing.
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse populations.
  • Skills in developing and successfully executing fundraising plans.
  • Knowledge of software including but not limited to QuickBooks, Microsoft Word, and Excel.
  • Ability to mentally analyze a situation, solve problems, and make decisions under pressure in areas of responsibility.

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Interested individuals can apply by sending a letter of interest, along with a resume or curriculum vitae and 3 professional references to or you can submit the form below with the required documentation.

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