Position Description

Executive Director


The Franke Center for the Arts (Franke Center) is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and innovative Executive Director to lead the organization while working collaboratively with a dedicated Board of Directors, an experienced and highly motivated team, volunteers, and the community.


The Franke Center originated in November 2000 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose works to preserve, renovate, and maintain the Center for the cultural, civic and social enrichment of the City of Marshall and surrounding communities.

The Franke center’s mission statement is: To entertain, explore, and enrich through performing arts. As stewards of the arts, the Franke Center presents unique experiences through the performing arts offering a range of genre opportunities.

The Position

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for developing and articulating the vision and strategic direction to fulfill its mission to its visitors and community. The Board of Directors is looking for a leader that is a strategic thinker and possesses strong business acumen and is results driven. The Executive Director must be well versed in financial management and able to problem solve. The Executive Director must be able to build relationships and collaborate well with individuals, groups, nonprofit sectors, etc.

The Executive Director also directly supervises the staff and is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the organization. The Executive Director will be a visionary and collaborative leader who is passionate about the role of arts in a community, while driving an ongoing planned vision of the Franke Center.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Establishing the Franke Center’s Strategic Plan with the Board of Directors, design, develop, and own responsibility for the successful execution of the Plan, regularly monitoring progress and reporting the status of the Plan to the Board
  • Actively leads the major fundraising efforts and serves as the chief spokesperson for the Franke Center. Works with the development committee to secure and expand all fundraising activities and relationships including major gifts, corporate and individual giving, grants, and sponsorships
  • Assures strong attention to the operating and financial performance of the Franke Center that sustains the favorable annual operating performance profile
  • Be the face and visible presence to the Franke Center donors, visitors, business and community leaders
  • Leads collaborations with other community organizations.
  • Manages employees and contracted staff
  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the organization
  • The Executive Director’s responsibilities include: interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
  • Ability to solve complex problems with sensitivity and diplomacy while displaying decisive executive leadership
  • Ability to define problems, evaluate data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to maintain a calm, composed presence in an often fast paced environment where multiple tasks, events and stimulus may occur simultaneously
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram or schedule form
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations
  • Ability to speak in public, both in person and via various media outlets
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ten plus years of progressive leadership experience in organization, ideally at least five years’ experience directing an arts organization or in a leadership position directing a significant function/group in a larger organization.
  • Fundraising experience including the ability to work with major donors, collectors, and grantors. Actively and successfully lead major fundraising activities
  • Demonstrated organization leadership skills, creative and enterprising, detail oriented, confident, collaborative by nature, high energy, sociable, mentoring, hands-on leader, multi tasker, ability to inspire others
  • Established track record of successful financial and operating performance results for an organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with an engaged Board of Directors, volunteers, and the community
  • Experienced at leading change both organizational, facilities, programming, and content.

Personal Skills and Experience Required

  • Position demands an open and honest communication style with a wide range of constituencies that include arts organization’s Board of Directors, nonprofit employees, visitors, business and community leaders, donors, and local government officials
  • Uncompromising personal and professional integrity
  • Ability to effectively interact with the Board Members and maintain active Board and Board Committee meetings
  • Strong drive and work ethic. Dedication and commitment to achieving performance goals
  • Develops and nurtures relationships well and sees the value in doing so. Has the social skills and ability to relate to people in a straightforward and highly credible manner
  • Collaborative leadership style with a record of building proactive, visible, and credible leadership teams
  • Able to develop, convey, and drive a vision and carry it forward, along with the leadership team, throughout the organization
  • Results oriented and well organized with the ability to make things happen and implement key directives; hands on style with the ability to roll up sleeves and dig in
  • A positive and self-motivated attitude; candid approach to taking on challenges, adaptable and flexible
  • Maintains a public presence in the community, networking for the benefit of the Franke Center and strengthens relationships within the community
  • Encourages appropriate partnerships with organizations and community groups that further the Mission
  • Excellent communication skills


The Franke Center is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Directing an arts organization: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Leadership: 10 years (Preferred)
  • Fundraising: 5 years (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • On location

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(Position Open Until Filled)