Associate Director position at Disjecta

Disjecta seeks an experienced Associate Director who maintains a high professional profile to lead and advocate for the organization in its next phase of growth.

The Associate Director reports directly to the Executive Director and may represent the organization when the ED is unavailable. The AD oversees daily management and organization of facilities, programming, marketing, organization-wide budgets and more with contract workers and volunteers reporting directly to the AD. Additional responsibilities of managing donor database, organizing fundraising events, and writing and reporting for grants, are required as needed for the organization. The AD will also perform other duties as apparent or assigned by the Executive Director.

The Associate Director is the lead manager of Disjecta’s facilities including overseeing maintenance of the building and coordination with tenants, scheduling events and planning for outside event needs with the Event Consultant, and organizing gallery installations and weekly open hours.

The Associate Director may often be the primary full time staff lead on a project, requiring leadership capacity and ability to create organizational management systems to ensure productive and efficient work across the organization. An ability to individually problem-solve as well as to recognize when issues must be alerted to the Executive Director, is key to this position.

The Associate Director hires and directly supervises paid and unpaid support as approved by the Executive Director and within the current budget, including temporary contract workers, interns, and volunteers. An ability to juggle multiple things in an event-driven, and at points high stress, environment is needed. They must maintain a work climate that attracts, retains, and motivates highly qualified workers by encouraging collaboration, creativity, and accountability in a fluid and dynamic atmosphere.

The Associate Director, as all staff and volunteers, will represent and publicize the mission, goals, and programs of Disjecta to stakeholders and the general public in all communications.They will cultivate and maintain strong relationships with art organizations, artists, donors, businesses, and government agencies to enhance Disjecta’s value to the community. The AD will also develop and maintain effective communications and clarity of expectations with staff, volunteers, curators, and artists. Ability to remain positive and professional for internal and external participants during busy events and seasons is important to the success of the Associate Director.

Public Programs and Marketing
The Associate Director will work with the Executive Director and curators, leading the installation, execution, and promotion of Disjecta’s programs, including the Curator in Residence, the Portland Biennial, regional exhibitions and screenings/performances, partnered-organization exhibitions, and new programs as determined by the Executive Director.

There are many opportunities created by Disjecta’s varied roles in multiple cultural activities – programming art exhibitions and performances; presenting music, theater, etc. with partners; and renting affordable space for educational or local/regional needs. The Associate Director will work to thoughtfully use these opportunities to broaden audiences and expand engagement with new and existing partners to ensure the largest impact of Disjecta’s art programs. The AD will also develop policies and procedures to staff the gallery, enhance the visitor experience and gallery accessibility for all, develop systems to track attendance accurately with volunteer staff, and work to increase existing audiences by leading tours and reaching out to art, education, and other relevant groups.

The Associate Director will manage day-to-day marketing duties- including social media, e-blasts, press releases, and website updates, as well as coordinating with Disjecta’s Marketing and Design Consultant and contract workers to ensure deadlines are met and information and photography is shared promptly. The AD will update practices and systems as needed for the implementation of new marketing and design as determined by the Executive Director and Marketing Coordinator.

Fiscal Responsibilities and Development
The Associate Director will oversee purchasing and hiring of temporary contract workers as needed for the organization, with an ability to minimize unnecessary costs, execute sound financial practices, and stay within the parameters of the budget. They will report unforeseen needs and potential savings to the Executive Director to ensure the most effective use of human, financial, and technological resources. They will promote revenue generating rental opportunities and work to create systems that ensure smooth coordination and collaboration with the Event Consultant, outside partners, and Disjecta’s own art programming.

The Associate Director will manage the donor database and membership benefits, including organizing implementation of systems for fundraising events and marketing requirements. They will assist the Executive Director with grant reports/writing and event planning, appeals, and fundraisers as needed.

The Associate Director will help the Executive Director to cultivate new and diversified fundraising opportunities. They will also assist the Executive Director in the development of an annual fundraising plan to diversify the organization’s sources of income, generate unrestricted discretionary income, and increase earned revenues. They will maintain strong relationships with foundations and other funders, and assist the ED in cultivating existing private donors for ongoing support and seeking new prospects to assure the funding base is robust and diverse.

Required Skills and Experience
3-5 years of non-profit arts management.
Project management, preferably experience in at least 2-3 areas – large-scale art installations, arts programs including a robust calendar of supportive programming (talks, panels, performances, etc.) , fundraising campaigns, and marketing.
Experience leading teams of staff and volunteers in a busy environment (supervising at least 3 workers/volunteers at one time)
Experience managing a budget for a mid to large size organization (over $100,000 annual budget).
Marketing, photography, and design skills.
Ability to lift 50 lbs and be on a cherry-picker lift or ladder.

Preferred Skills and Experience
Experience with design and social-media programs, including Photoshop and other Adobe programs, Mailchimp, Square, Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook.
Experience with Slack, Trello, Quickbooks, or Neon.
Experience with art-related technologies- lighting systems, speaker systems, projectors and monitors, VR equipment, etc.
Experience with fundraising campaigns or grant writing.

Application, Compensation and Benefits
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to: No phone inquiries. Priority consideration given to applications received by January 5, 2018.

Salary DOE. Compensation includes paid vacation and healthcare. Disjecta is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes any qualified applicant and values diversity of all kinds.

About Disjecta
For 16 years Disjecta Contemporary Art Center has produced innovative and critically acclaimed art exhibitions and programming in Portland, Oregon. Located in North Portland’s historic Kenton district, Disjecta’s facility includes a soaring 5,000 square foot exhibition space; an expansive outdoor performance and community space; rental studios; and Flock, a nonprofit dance center.

Disjecta provides emerging and established artists, curators, and performers a platform from which they can experiment and push the boundaries of their practice. Disjecta hosts local, national and international artists such as Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Wendy Red Star, Tori Wrånes, Peter Halley, Andy Coolquitt, and Vlatka Horvat; the performance of The Shins, Marina Rosenfeld, Japanther, Beach House, Byron Westbrook, Aki Onda and Akio Suzuki, as well as Johanson’s annual Quiet Music Festival. Disjecta’s Curator-in-Residence program and four state-wide Biennials have brought international and local curators, including Amanda Hunt, Michelle Grabner and Michele Fiedler, fueling collaborations between artists and viewers to impact and intervene in the larger contemporary arts dialogue.