The Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth Street
Detroit, MI 48202
The Scarab Club of Detroit has an immediate opening for an Executive Director of one of Michigan’s oldest and most storied arts institutions.
About the Scarab Club
The Scarab Club is a non‐profit organization of and for artists, arts lovers and art supporters, housed in a nationally preserved historic building built in 1928 in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Arts Center. Since its founding in 1907, the Scarab Club has been a driving force in the region’s arts and cultural community and is proud to serve as a cultural stimulant for artistic diversity in the 21st century. Past members, associates, and beam signatories have included (among many other leading 20th century figures in the arts) Diego Rivera, John Sloan, Marcel Duchamp, George Grosz, Gilda Snowden and Henry Ewald. The Club offers a vast array of arts and cultural events, programming, and experiences; including exhibitions, lectures, sketch sessions, festivals and parties, chamber and blues music concerts, poetry readings and a broad range of social events. The building is a premier venue in Detroit for private parties and weddings, and the Club has also for decades managed working artist studios that endure to this day.
The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Bloomberg Philanthropies—in addition to the long-standing support of the Detroit arts community and Club Members and Individual Donors.
About the Position
The Scarab Club is seeking a visionary new Executive Director (ED) to work with the Board of Directors and Club staff to lead the storied 109 year-old institution into a dynamic future at a critical moment in Detroit’s arts and cultural history.
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Scarab Club’s staff, programs, events, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans. The ideal candidate for the position should be passionate about the arts and the Scarab Club’s mission; a tireless and enthusiastic leader and manager; and a highly effective communicator and ambassador for the Club to its members and the broader Detroit arts and cultural community. S/he will build on deep knowledge of the field and community to manage the Club’s core programs and operations, build and shepherd its membership base, and design and implement its business plans.
Success for the position will require:
• A deep ability to engage with tradition but also build on it in creative and powerful ways;
• Expert management and strategic direction for Club staff, community stakeholders, and the Club’s Board of Directors;
• A “startup” mindset to re-invigorate and boost the Club’s membership base and reposition its brand in a fast-evolving Detroit arts ecosystem;
• Be an energizing leader to build and manage the Club’s finances and secure its future through ongoing strategic development and fundraising, as well as management and upgrades to its 90-year-old clubhouse.
Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Management
• Work with the Board of Directors and staff to implement the Club’s strategic vision, including identifying and driving timelines and resources to achieve the Club’s strategic goals;
• Serve as the Club’s chief representative to the local, state, and national arts and culture communities;
• Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors, ensuring ongoing and proactive communication about all organizational issues and priorities, as well as Board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing activities and special initiatives;
• Provide active, engaged, and effective leadership to Club staff to ensure that all organizational goals are successfully met;
• Ensure programmatic excellence and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems;
• Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents.
Fundraising and Finance
• Work with the Board and staff to develop and monitor the organization’s annual budget;
• Extend and develop the Club’s revenue streams, working with the Board and staff to identify, cultivate and solicit new donors, build the Club’s membership base, and expand local revenue and fundraising activities;
• Actively solicit major grants, gifts, and sponsorships for the organization from both current and new donors;
• Provide overall oversight and administration of all financial processes and functions in partnership with the Board, staff, the external auditor/accountants, and others as appropriate;
• Define and drive a vision for the Clubhouse that identifies priorities for its ongoing maintenance and enhances its use and relevance for members and the broader community;
• Exercise final spending authority over all budget items approved by the Board.
Event Planning and Execution
• Visualize, plan and execute Club social events for members and their guests;
• Manage marketing and sales of Club rental events like weddings, corporate retreats and dinners;
Communications and Advocacy
• Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web and social media presence to external relations, with the goal of building on the Club’s newly updated brand;
• Serve as the Club’s chief representative in the funding community, with the media, and with other important constituencies;
• Promote support for and visibility of the Scarab Club through ongoing outreach to key stakeholders in the arts and cultural community, Club members, the general public, and others;
• Develop strong working relationships with the Club’s members, resident artists, and the broader arts and culture communities, to steward the Club’s reputation, ensure its ongoing impact and relevance, and situate it at the center of Detroit’s arts ecosystem;
The ED will be thoroughly committed to the Scarab Club’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, fundraising, and relationship management experience. Other qualifications include:
• Undergraduate degree with at least 5 years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization – an advanced degree in a related field and an aesthetic / cultural orientation is a plus;
• Demonstrated excellence in organizational management, including the ability to coach and manage staff, develop high-performing teams, and set and achieve strategic objectives;
• Strong budget management skills, including demonstrated business planning and financial management experience;
• Past success working with a Board of Directors, with a proven ability to build strong relationships with Board Members and Club Members alike;
• Experience and expertise in event planning, pricing and management;
• Proven track record as a successful fundraiser, with strong grant writing capabilities;
• Marketing, public relations, and event planning experience;
• Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communications skills, including significant social media savvy;
• Visionary perspective married to an orientation that is action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative;
• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people;
• Ideally, a strong knowledge of and networks within the Detroit regional arts community.
Salary Range: $40,000-48,000 depending on experience
Please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMER
The Scarab Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.