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Executive Director

Norman Firehouse Art Center                                                                              June 2, 2022
Request for Qualifications
The Norman Firehouse Arts Center, a 501 C3 nonprofit arts organization, is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. The Firehouse enriches our community by offering the highest quality visual arts education, experiences, and exhibits. The Firehouse is located in the community of Norman, Oklahoma which is a thriving business center, a city of festivals that focus on the arts, the home of the University of Oklahoma, and several vibrant nonprofits including arts organizations.
Firehouse Information:
City of Norman Information:

Position: Executive Director
Salary: $55,000-$75,000 based on experience and skill sets
Benefits: Competitive with the market
Experience desired in order of importance: educational programming, grant applications, nonprofit arts organizations, and retail operations. 
Minimum of 3 years of experience with organizational budgets over $375,000.
Relevant College Degree; bachelor minimum
Refer to the attached Executive Director Job Description and Responsibilities for additional information.

Firehouse Mission: The Norman Firehouse Art Center enriches our community by offering the highest quality visual arts education, experiences, and exhibits.
Firehouse Vision: Enhancing our community through the visual arts.

Job Description

The Executive Director is accountable for the day-to-day operations of the Firehouse Art Center (Firehouse), for supporting and guiding the mission and purpose of Firehouse as set by the Board of Directors, overseeing the fiscal integrity of Firehouseand for representing the Firehouse to the Norman community.

  • Reports to the Board of Directors
  • Manage and direct the employees and artistic consultants in pursuit of the Firehouse missionand goals, including hiring, recognition, and dismissal.
  • Establish job descriptions and goals for all employees and consultants.
  • Conduct annual performance evaluations and reviews with each employee (salaried and hourly) to determine areas of achievement and for improvement. Use reviews as opportunities to receive feedback on Firehouse operations, administration, programs, and supervision. 
  • Document all employee personnel performance issues and meetings including exit reviews.
  • Manage the safety and security of the Firehouse facility, records, and resources.
  • Oversee compliance by all employees, consultants, students, and visitors with the policies ofthe Firehouse Art Center, as well as any applicable local, state, or federal laws.
  • Plan and supervise the scheduling and execution of all classes, programs, exhibits, and events, and the gift shop. 
  • Establish a calendar for all classes, programs, and events of the Firehouse.
  • Coordinate the production of publications and promotion for the Firehouse and its programs and events.
  • Coordinate all membership relations. 
  • Oversee the fiscal integrity of the Firehouse Art Center, to include the preparation and submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements prepared by the accountant in conjunction with the Finance Committee and Treasurer.
  • Monitor annual budgets and cash flow projections.
  • Direct the accountant in the maintenance and reporting of budgets and accounting reports.
  • Participate and collaborate with the Board of Directors in identifying and cultivating corporate, individual, and foundation sponsors.
  • Participate and collaborate with the Board of Directors in fundraising, including administration of database to keep track of gifts, membership, and fundraising activities.
  • Identify and pursue other revenues necessary to support the Firehouse mission.
  • Initiate and supervise grant applications to local, state, and national funding agencies.
  • Provide donors of any kind with written expectations of how gifts, grants and other donations will be used by Firehouse
Board Relations
  • Coordinate with the Board of Directors in order to fulfill the Firehouse Art Center’s mission.
  • Coordinate meetings and other activities of the Board of Directors.
  • Bring new opportunities for programs and events to the Board of Directors to further strengthenawareness of the Firehouse and enhance the mission and purpose in the community.
  • Coordinate with the Board on the annual strategic planning process.
  • Coordinate partnerships with other organizations with a community arts mission. 
  • Engage in community organizations and/or civic service organizations in order to foster a wide range of relationships with the Firehouse Art Center image.
  • Oversee all communications for Firehouse, including the website, social media, membership email, class schedules, and reports to Firehouse grantees and benefactors, such as the City of Norman. 
  • Serve as spokesperson for Firehouse with the media and in community settings.
The following items are required:
Letter of Interest
Personal Bio, Vitae or equivalent
References: minimum of 3 with contact information
Address submissions to:
Fred Schmidt, FAIA
Chair/Firehouse Search Committee
444 South Flood
Norman, Oklahoma 73069
Submissions shall be sent in hard copy via mail courier or submitted electronically.
Hard Copy Submission: mail one copy and provide one electronic copy on flash drive(maximum file size 8MB) to the address above.
Electronic Submission: email submission documents in a “pdf” format to Maximum file size 8MB.

Request for Qualifications whether hard copy or electronic are due by the end of day on July 19, 2022.
Finalists Selection on July 26, 2022
Candidate Interviews the week of August 8, 2022
Candidate Notification on August 16, 2022 

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $50,000 - 74,999