New Spire Arts (NSA) is a new performing arts education and performance center in Frederick, the second largest city in Maryland and about an hour’s drive northwest of Washington, DC. Two downtown properties are being renovated into New Spire Stages and New Spire Spaces, performance and education venues, respectively. New Spire Stages, the city’s former Cultural Arts Center, will be an arts performance and information focal point for the community and will include a 250-seat black box theatre and small amphitheater/gathering space. New Spire Spaces, a former Department of Education facility, will be an education and creative hub, with classrooms and suites designed to serve current and future forms of performing arts presentation and instruction. New Spire Arts is expected to launch progressively, with initial programing as early as summer 2017.
Working in collaboration with AMS Planning and Research, New Spire Arts recently completed a strategic plan to guide its evolution and prioritize program initiatives. NSA adopted the following mission: New Spire Arts inspires creative engagement from all facets of the community by providing programming and education in, about, and through the performing arts. The goals underpinning this vision and mission are:
Cultivate a vibrant arts community
Provide a diverse array of experiences
Activate the buildings and downtown
Develop a sustainable operating model
Engage and entangle all residents of Frederick County in the arts
New Spire Arts is being developed with catalytic support from the Ausherman Family Foundation with strategic guidance from AMS on all aspects of its development. That development is grounded in a belief in partnerships as a source of strength and a desire to foster a welcoming, accessible environment for creative engagement.
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The New Spire Arts Executive Director has overall accountability and responsibility for the management of New Spire Arts. Reporting initially to the Chairman of Ausherman Family Foundation, this individual will be instrumental in guiding the formation of New Spire Arts’ Board of Directors; setting policies and procedures for the new organization; engaging and managing staff; and serving as the visible representative of NSA to the broader community. The Executive Director serves as the chief fundraising officer of the organization and will build on the momentum provided by the initial support from the Ausherman Family Foundation.
Following the governance evolution to a Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will report to the Board of Trustees, through its Chairman. All senior staff members report to the Executive Director. The Executive Director directs senior staff in major strategies and relationships with patrons, donors, sponsors, arts partners and licensees, local, state, and federal governments, the general public, and national arts organizations. The Executive Director will lead a staff of three, cultivating additional personnel as the organization grows. The Executive Director will act in accordance with the recently adopted strategic plan and ensure that NSA’s activities, including financial, operational, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programs are effectively implemented across all facets of the organization.
With an area population of more than 65,000, Frederick, Maryland, is the second largest city in the state. This charming, history-filled locale is located less than an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The city has developed a reputation as an arts center with more than ten art galleries within the downtown area and many small music venues within both the downtown historic district and the greater Frederick area. In 2005, downtown Frederick became the first city in Maryland to receive the Great American Main Street Award.
Downtown Frederick mixes workplaces, homes, shops, theaters, museums, and restaurants. Home to many outdoor murals, there is a designated Arts and Entertainment District that includes the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, The Weinberg Center for the Arts, the Frederick Arts Council and the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET), a professional theater company.
Musical organizations include the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, the Frederick Chorale, the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, the Frederick Symphonic Band and the Frederick Children's Chorus. The city is home to the Frederick School of Classical Ballet, the official school for Maryland Regional Ballet. Approximately 30 dance studios are located throughout the city.
In addition to the lively downtown, Frederick County offers outdoor recreation at Catoctin Mountain Park, many festivals and wine tastings, the Great Frederick Fair and minor league baseball games played by the Frederick Keys.
Frederick County is home to a nationally recognized public school system and the site of the state's first charter school. Frederick also is a college town, supporting three institutions of higher learning – Hood College, Frederick Community College, and Mount St. Mary’s University.
The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking, energetic, and visionary leader with a minimum of ten years’ non-profit arts management experience. S/he will have:
Detailed knowledge of presenting and performing arts organizations and centers
A track record of success achieving and exceeding annual fundraising goals
Strong experience building and leading a team of senior staff
Extensive skills in the development of budgets and financial management
Superb oral and written communications skills
Demonstrated skill in motivating staff to achieve long-term and short-term priorities
Ability to create and sustain a team-oriented environment
Ability to maintain effective and respected relationships with trustees, appointed and elected officials, donors, audience members, other arts organizations, and the general public
Experience with the physical and logistical requirements of performing arts, visual arts, and education facilities
An MBA, while not required, will be considered an asset
Fundraising is a major responsibility of the Executive Director. S/he ensures that New Spire Arts has a dynamic fundraising program that allows the organization to achieve and exceed goals for contributed income. S/he takes an active role in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors from all sources, including individuals, foundations, corporations, and government.
The successful candidate will have the ability to make independent judgments with highly significant public and fiscal impact. S/he will be a collaborator and team builder with excellent organizational, supervisory, and human relations skills. S/he will have a strong patron service focus.
The successful candidate will have a high level of initiative, creativity, and energy. S/he will have the ability to work independently and the self-direction to initiate, coordinate, and complete tasks. The successful candidate will be willing to relocate to Frederick and commit fully to the community for at least five years.
Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please send a cover letter outlining interest and qualifications with resume, salary history or requirements, and contact information for at least three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.
Please send materials to:
New Spire Arts – Executive Director Search
c/o Catherine French Group
2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623
Washington, DC 20007
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Additional Salary Information: Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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