Executive Director


Posted by OMA on 02/20/2019

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Oklahomans for the Arts

About OFTA
Established in 2011, Oklahomans for the Arts (OFTA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to enrich our state, our economy and individual Oklahomans through access to the arts and arts education. OFTA is part of a nationwide network that includes more than 40 state arts advocacy organizations.

What You’ll Do
OFTA seeks a full-time Executive Director who will provide leadership, strategic direction and vision for the development and achievement of the organization’s mission in partnership with the Board of Directors. The position is in Oklahoma City.

As executive director, you’ll be responsible for all aspects of leading this growing non-profit, advocacy organization including, but not limited to:

Advocacy & Awareness

  • Maintain the organization’s positive image and expand awareness by:
    • Serving as chief spokesperson and advocate.
    • Communicating and promoting OFTA’s legislative and issues agenda through a variety of channels and to targeted audiences.
    • Developing and maintaining community awareness with other organizations in the state, through education and presentations.
    • Articulating and initiating the development, implementation and communication of effective growth strategies and processes.
    • Coordinate annual Arts Day at the Capitol and other local, community events to increase individual engagement and advocacy.
    • Collaborate with and serve as a resource for partner organizations such as local arts organizations; the Oklahoma Arts Council; the Alliance for Arts Education; State Department of Education; National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts; National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; Mid-America Arts Alliance; and other local, state, regional or national arts service organizations and their constituencies.

Financial Management

  • Maintain strong relationships with existing funding sources and generate new and diversified funding sources.
  • Work with the finance committee and board to develop and monitor the annual budget and effectively communicate variances in actuals versus the budget.
  • Ensure the financial health of the organization by employing sound fiscal management and providing strategic financial input and leadership on key decisions.

Board of Directors Relations

  • Collaborate with the Board to generate funds to meet the organization’s budgetary goals and needs.
  • Collaborate with the Board to develop short-term and long-term priorities, goals and tactical plans to ultimately promote the growth of OFTA.
  • Keep the Board informed of trends or legislative activities that affect the work of the OFTA.

What You’ll Bring to the Table

  • Passion for and appreciation of the arts and arts education
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable with public speaking and acting as a spokesperson
  • Experience building coalitions and partnerships
  • A self-directed, entrepreneurial and innovative approach
  • Financial acumen and analytical skills
  • Understanding or experience with the Oklahoma state legislative process and ability to develop legislative relationships

Your Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of management experience and a track record of effective leadership in an outcomes-based organization/program
  • Fundraising experience
  • Proficient in software/platforms including: Microsoft Office Suite, Access database, QuickBooks, website content management, social media tools, etc.

Interested Candidates:
To apply, please submit a resume and adequate contact information of five (5) professional references no later than February 28th to:

Danielle Ezell, Interim Executive Director
Oklahomans for the Arts
Email: [email protected]