EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Deadline to apply: September 28

BURNAWAY, founded in 2008, is an Atlanta-based non-profit and digital magazine whose mission is to provide coverage of the visual arts in and from the South in order to support the vibrant creative communities in our region, increase national recognition of our region’s artists and organizations, and foster new voices for the arts. Art enthusiasts turn to us an average of 300,000 times a year for art news, reviews, interviews, features and essays. We publish a weekly To Do List of cultural events and ongoing exhibitions in the region and the free quarterly Atlanta Art Guide, which is distributed to arts venues, hotels, eateries, festivals, and tourist destinations.

COMMUNITY

Our readers are educated, creative, young, and influential. They are involved in the arts and are cultural consumers. They are highly likely to attend museums, exhibitions, concerts, screenings, performances, and lectures. Of our top reader locations, 60% are in the South (Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, and Houston). Other top reader locations include New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. We have 21K social media followers, 277K page views per year.

POSITION

Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors (BOD), the Executive Director (ED) will be responsible for the overall success and creative growth of BURNAWAY, including the vibrancy of its publications, events, and programs. This individual will effectively manage strategic partnerships, administration, marketing, financial management, and operations as well as supervision of a small staff. The ED will also oversee fundraising. The person in this role will be an active community member in Atlanta, and build BURNAWAY’s visibility throughout the South (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Louisiana), working collaboratively with the Board, staff members, arts organizations, and community members to fulfill BURNAWAY’s mission.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategic Planning & Community Enrichment

Develop and execute strategic plan in collaboration with the Board and staff to ensure goals are set and obtained.

Market Insights

• Assess trends in arts activity in Atlanta and nationally to identify future change and growth opportunities

• Assess best practices and new trends for fundraising to identify future change and growth opportunities

Strategies

• Fundraising

• Programming and Development

• Evaluate need and demand for programming annually and adjust as needed

(Budget & Human Resources)

Fundraising

Assess past (yearly and monthly) performance of BA and develop/execute fundraising goals and

objectives for the organization.

• Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing operations and

growth initiatives

• Identify funding resources, including government and foundation grants, establishing

strategies to approach funders (including developing donor campaigns, in-kind donations,

and donor stewardship plans)

• Develop and/or maintain strong relationships with public and private funders

• Build a plan/platform to reach individual donors both online and offline

• Prepare grant applications and administer grantor requests for documentation (progress

and final reports, etc.)

Programming & Development

Manage all promotion for public programs

• Work with staff and partners to arrange all logistics for programs

• Solicit partners and funding for programs as needed

• Work with staff to identify potential new programs and evaluate effectiveness of

programs on an ongoing basis and adjust as needed

• Work with Editor to ensure implementation of mission and strategic plan in programming

and publications

• Work with staff and Board to plan and execute annual fundraising events, primarily Art

Crush

Marketing & Advertising Sales

• Meet and liaise with vendors to discuss and identify advertising requirements and

negotiate details of advertising agreements

• Monitor the effectiveness of campaigns and web metrics

• Identify prospects and solicit advertising sales

Public Relations & Branding

Ensure the organization and its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently

presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.

• Develop strategic partnerships with artists, galleries, and organizations to increase and

maintain BURNAWAY’s role within the communities served

• Refine and maintain BURNAWAY’s brand standards for the colors, photography, graphic

elements, logo specs, fonts and messaging (online and print)

• Serve as a spokesperson and promoter of BURNAWAY

• Respond to inquiries from public about BURNAWAY

• Work with Editor to plan and implement marketing strategies

Board Administration

• Support operations and administration of Board by advising and informing Board

members, mediating between Board and staff, and supporting Board’s evaluation of the

organization

• Work closely with Board to develop and assess strategic and business plans

• Work closely with Board committees to execute organizational evaluation and annual

implementation goals

• Assist in the selection, evaluation, and orientation of Board members

• Provide self-evaluation and reports as requested by Board

Financial Management & Administration

Recommend yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage BURNAWAY’s financial

resources within budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations

• Work with staff to implement project budgets

• Work with the Board Treasurer and Bookkeeper to ensure responsible financial

management and regular reports for monthly Board review

• Manage monthly, quarterly and annual cash flow projections, reconciliations, payroll, tax

forms, and annual audit

• Work with bookkeeper on all invoicing and bill payments to ensure accounts payable and

receivable are completed in a timely fashion

• Ensures annual registrations and paperwork, including D&O and property insurance, are

filed and up-to-date

Human Resources (HR)

• Effectively manage BURNAWAY’s HR according to authorized personnel policies and

procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations

• Oversee and advise staff and contractors (Editor, Program Manager, Outreach

Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Bookkeeping/Accountant) and volunteers to be

more effective

• Identify prospective staff/volunteers

• Complete annual staff/volunteer evaluations

• Oversee and solicit interns and manage internship program

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) plus a minimum of five to seven years of increasing responsibility in a senior management role at an arts or culture organization. Candidates should also possess a solid track record in fundraising, as well as a strong command of running a nonprofit arts organization, including financial management, staff development, and communication skills. Candidates must know how to work effectively with Board members, staff, artists, arts organizations, volunteers, and community leaders and demonstrate a commitment to BURNAWAY’s values of inclusion, creativity, and respect, and a genuine commitment to Atlanta and the South.

This is a full time position. Salary commensurate with experience; benefits offered.

HOW TO APPLY & DEADLINE

Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, including where you saw the job posting, with the subject line “BURNAWAY ED _ FIRST NAME LAST NAME” to Alexandra Siclait, Board Member at alex@burnaway.org. The deadline to apply is September 28, 2018.



Editorial Internships

The Editorial Intern will assist the Executive Editor with content production, research, fact checking, transcribing, and scheduling. The intern should have excellent writing, research, editing, and computer skills. They will do some website management to assist with magazine content. Experience with writing, WordPress or blogging platforms, and demonstrable knowledge of contemporary art history is preferred.

stephanie@burnaway.org
Please send a resume and two writing samples.

Design/Web Internships

The Web and Design Intern will assist the Executive Director and Executive Editor on various projects. This individual will assist with website updates as needed, branding-related projects, creation of marketing materials and photo editing. The Design and Web Intern must be comfortable using WordPress and Photoshop.

stephanie@burnaway.org
Please send a resume and portfolio examples.

Social Media Internships

The Social Media Intern will help maximize the reach of BURNAWAY by posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In addition, the Social Media Intern will gather website analytics data and document our site’s growth, demographics, and reader interaction.

stephanie@burnaway.org
Please send a resume.

CALL FOR PITCHES

BURNAWAY, the Voice of Art in the South, is accepting proposals for long-form articles about contemporary art in and from the South. Essays, profiles, think pieces, issues and commentary, roundtables, and other forms are welcome. Subjects can be historical if presented through a contemporary lens.
Writing fees will range from $250-500, depending on length (2,000-5,000 words) and the writer’s experience.

In the interest of expanding our geographic reach throughout the South, we are also recruiting new writers for reviews of exhibitions and art-related books, films, and performances; news stories, interviews, studio visits, and content that adheres to BURNAWAY’s existing standards. Please become familiar with our content before submitting pitches. The average BURNAWAY post of 600-1,500 words pays $100-125.

Pitches should be no more than one page and should explain the subject, why it’s suitable for BURNAWAY, and include relevant links. Please include your CV and two writing samples.

Please submit to Executive Editor Stephanie Cash at stephanie@burnaway.org.


Submissions

BURNAWAY welcomes all pitches in service of our mission. We receive more pitches than we can publish. Please note that we are a small but dedicated staff. Please review our website to get an idea of previously published content, styles, and themes.

Think broadly. Potential stories could involve Southern artists showing in New York, Los Angeles, or elsewhere; artists from outside the region visiting the South on residencies or teaching stints; and figures having an impact on the South.

BURNAWAY also posts book and film reviews, Q&As with artists and art professionals, previews, opinion pieces, news stories, collector profiles and stories about collecting, and regular columns Artists on Art, Permanent Residents (personal favorite works of art in various cities’ institutions), Theory in Studio (accessible explications of theory as it applies to art), and more.

How to Submit Pitches

Please include dates of exhibition (if time-sensitive) and all applicable links, with a brief explanation of the subject and your approach.

Email pitches to stephanie@burnaway.org.

Our conflict of interest policy

BURNAWAY will not consider contributions regarding: the artwork of someone with whom the writer has a personal relationship; the work of an artist, gallery, or institution with whom the writer has a current or previous financial relationship or current internship; any gallery that represents his/her work; any gallery institutionally related to the organization employing the writer. We also will not accept submissions by a writer whom the gallery or artist has paid or commissioned to write the article in question.

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