The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts (MCA), a vibrant multidisciplinary arts center, seeks a dynamic, energetic Executive Director to be responsible for leading a skilled staff to support and enhance the center’s growth and maturation as a significant cultural force in the greater Boston area.
The Mosesian Center for the Arts and its Surroundings
Since its opening in 2005, the MCA has inspired artists, students, and audiences to create, appreciate, participate in, and grow through the arts. The MCA cultivates the closer engagement of diverse communities in the performing, visual, and literary arts.
From entry-level educational programs for children, adults, and families, to advanced classes working with resident professional artists, the MCA supports active learning in a multidisciplinary environment. The MCA offers visual and studio art classes and private lessons for children and adults; Watertown Children’s Theatre programming including classes and performances; art exhibits in the MCA’s gallery space; and a variety of live performances. The MCA also hosts a resident professional theater company, the New Repertory Theatre.
Located on the booming Arsenal Street corridor in Watertown, the MCA is part of a historic campus including brick buildings, green space, restaurants, a health club, a parking garage, and a variety of businesses. The 32-acre campus is 8 miles from Boston and is adjacent to the Charles River and the Arsenal Yards development which is currently being updated to include restaurants, shops, condominiums, a movie theater, and other amenities.
The MCA’s unique architectural design occupies 30,000 square feet of space on three floors. The centerpiece is the Charles Mosesian Theater, a 380 seat proscenium theater with a removable thrust stage. The building also contains a black box theater, classrooms, artists’ studios, and gallery space.
The MCA is a fiscally solvent organization with a dedicated, talented staff and an engaged community.
Key Opportunities and Challenges
Implement strategic plan: The MCA has recently completed a five-year strategic plan that aims to position the center as one of the leading arts centers regionally. Key objectives of the plan are to increase fundraising and contributed income; conduct a $2 million capital campaign to maintain and improve the MCA’s physical and technology infrastructure; renovate and upgrade the MCA’s facilities; strengthen the brand of the MCA through expanded marketing initiatives; improve diversity and inclusion; and continue the high quality and breadth of the MCA’s programming. The Executive Director will develop a strategy to meet the goals outlined in the strategic plan, and will lead the organization in executing this vision.
Lead multifaceted organization: The MCA has many disciplines and types of programming for people of all ages: performing, visual, and literary arts; exhibitions and performances; adult and youth programming; and resident theater companies. Each of these components has its own community that may include staff, volunteers, donors, participants, alumni, audiences, families. In the past year, the MCA had 300 exhibiting artists, over 500 volunteers, and nearly 2,500 students. Getting to know each component of the MCA and its community, leveraging the strength of all the components and forging one organization is an important part of the work of the Executive Director.
Conduct fundraising and development campaign: The Executive Director is responsible for leading annual fundraising efforts and events with the support of the staff and Board of Directors. As noted above, the MCA will also look to the Executive Director to execute and complete a $2M capital campaign and increase contributed income to ensure the long term success and viability of the center.
Expand audience reach: The Executive Director should grow and diversify the MCA’s audience, including by cultivating programs that draw on artistic traditions and interests from all sections of the community, and supporting the MCA’s participation in community and region-wide arts networks.
Cultivate strategic relationships: The Executive Director is responsible for identifying and developing relationships with strategic partners in line with the mission of the MCA. As the Arsenal Corridor expands, the MCA needs to continue to build relationships and be aware of developments in the geographical area. The Executive Director should reach out to local businesses, new residences, and other neighbors, and should stay connected to the Town of Watertown, from which the MCA has a sub-lease for its building.
Use metrics for progress and success: The Executive Director will oversee data collection and evaluation of programs, market, customers, and opportunities to support programming decisions and strategies. The Executive Director is responsible for reporting performance monthly to the Board of Directors, using effective systems to track both quantitative and qualitative progress towards strategic plan goals and any goals defined by the Executive Director in consultation with the Board and staff.
Work closely with Board and staff: The Executive Director reports to the 15-person Board of Directors and manages 12 core staff and a larger number of contract workers. The Executive Director will develop the talent and capabilities of the multidisciplinary MCA staff, providing support and resources as needed and ensuring that the staff collaborates and coordinates to provide a unified experience for the Center.
Provide fiscally responsible management: The Executive Director manages all aspects of the MCA’s $1.4M+ annual budget, including earned and contributed income. A key responsibility is to own the P&L statement and effectively communicate to the staff to make sure they understand the finances of the organization and are invested in positively influencing the financial situation of the organization.
Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will possess many of these professional and personal qualities, experiences, and skills:
– Passion for the arts with a demonstrated ability to lead a multi-disciplinary organization
– Minimum 10 years management experience; 5+ in a leadership role within the nonprofit sector
– Advanced degree preferred
– Proven track record in fundraising
– Established professional and development networks
– Past ownership of budget and P&L statement
– Excellent organizational skills
– Exemplary interpersonal skills; articulate and at ease with others
– Strong written communication skills
– Commitment to group process and transparency with board and staff
– Ability to inspire and lead while entrusting staff to manage day-to-day responsibilities
– Vision and desire to bring innovative programming to the center
Please send a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
While we request that applications be sent by January 15, 2020, we may continue to consider applications after this date.
Salary is $100,000 per year plus benefits.
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts encourages applications from diverse candidates. The MCA is an equal employment opportunities (EEO) employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.
The internship is an opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to grow as artists, educators, and leaders. Students will gain real-world experience in the arts and mentorship to best facilitate their growth. The internship program is tiered with junior and senior levels. Applications for Summer 2020 will open later this winter. Interested students should complete an Internship Application Form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
The apprenticeship program provides mentorship in developing professional skills relating to various aspects of arts education and administration specific to each person’s interests. This is a pre-professional or early-career opportunity. Applications for the Summer Stages and Studios Program 2020 will open later this winter and will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Interested applicants should send a completed resumé, cover letter, and completed application to email@example.com. Please note that experience working with children is required for this position.
The Mosesian Volunteer Program (MVP) connects community members to volunteer opportunities within the organization. Our volunteers contribute significantly to many areas of the MCA including event staffing, teaching assistance, welcoming committee, and ushering. It is a great way to give back to your community! To become a volunteer, please fill out the form below to join our list. If you've already done so and would like to sign up for an ushering shift, please fill out our shift sign up form here. Contact our Community Engagement Coordinator, Karissa Coady, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions about our volunteer program.