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Shunpike is Hiring – Executive Director position

Posted on: Thursday, June 13th, 2013

About Shunpike

Shunpike is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to fuel innovation in the arts by building productive partnerships, cultivating leadership and providing direct services to arts groups of all kinds. We provide arts groups with back-office services that strengthen their day-to-day operations, while also offering strategic guidance that leads them toward their long-term goals. Shunpike serves more than 300 arts groups throughout Washington – representing more than 5,000 artists and more than 100,000 public participants annually. Our annual operating budget is approximately $500,000, and we manage over $1,500,000 for our fiscally sponsored organizations.

About the Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, Shunpike’s Executive Director manages the organization, supports its growth and development, and works to continually improve the services we offer to our member arts organizations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as primary liaison to the board of directors, supporting and partnering with the board to develop and maintain governance policies, strategic direction, and community relations that advance and sustain Shunpike’s core mission and activities.
  • Continue and advance the impact of the organization upon its members and the community through effective management and evaluation of current program services, regularly assessing opportunity for program improvement and development.
  • Serve as the key fundraiser for the organization, partnering with board and staff to maintain and develop relationships with donors, funders, and friends.
  • Ensure the overall financial health of the organization by maintaining and improving financial policies and procedures, creating annual operating budgets, and monitoring and reporting on financial performance and position.
  • Lead communications and marketing efforts, serving as lead spokesperson for the organization, and working to build and maintain awareness and recognition both locally and nationally.
  • Define and enable success for the staff through effective human resource management and policy-making; directly supervise director- and manager-level staff.
  • Lead staff and board through the annual budgeting and planning process, as well as regular long-term strategic planning.

The Executive Director is a full-time salaried position, plus full health benefits and paid vacation. Work schedule is based on client availability and need; some evening and weekend work will be necessary.


Successful candidates will have a majority of the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in an executive leadership role, including board, staff, and financial management
  • Experience evaluating programs and using data to drive decision-making
  • Extensive knowledge of nonprofit operations
  • Experience building relationships and negotiating partnerships
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising
  • Understanding of marketing and communications strategies and tools
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; experienced public speaker
  • Passion for helping arts groups succeed and an understanding of the arts communities in Puget Sound

To Apply

Shunpike’s Board of Directors invites qualified candidates to submit a resume and cover letter outlining their interest in, and qualifications for, the position to ShunpikeED[at] Cover letters should not exceed one page in length and must include salary requirements. Both documents should be submitted in .doc or .pdf format. Priority consideration will be given to applications received before July 6, 2013.

We anticipate that in-person interviews will be held in Seattle in late July. Candidates from outside the Seattle area will be responsible for any personal travel arrangements related to an interview.

No phone calls, please.

Shunpike is an equal employment opportunity employer and encourages all applicants.