Founded over 40 years ago, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is a non-profit school in Portland, Maine offering semester-long intensive programs in documentary radio, photography, shortdocs and writing with a focus on powerful and responsible storytelling. The work of our students lives at the intersection of community engagement and fieldwork in a way that promotes artistry within the medium, sheds light on important social, cultural and economic narratives in our geographic region and gives audience to the diverse and important stories of the people and places of Maine and New England.
Having positioned ourselves as storytellers in this community over the past four decades, Salt is in an exciting state of transition to meet the changing demands of how media is delivered and how students engage in each of the tracks. As we grow and change with the industry around us, we are in a unique position to situate ourselves on the frontier of this evolving landscape. The desire to hire an interim director comes from the need to focus on stabilizing the organization through a period of growth and development, leadership and staff changes. Working in a role that is both creative and administrative, the interim director will be both a forward thinking educator and a savvy businessperson.
This interim director position is year-round and full-time and will be at least a two-year placement (with the possibility of a permanent appointment). Working with board and staff, the interim director will conceive of and plan the school’s ongoing programs and initiatives in keeping with Salt’s mission. The interim director will supervise the maintenance of the physical plant and studio facilities, manage the finances of the institution, and, most importantly, foster the continued development of an intensive creative community throughout this time of transition.
Our ideal candidate will have 5 or more years of experience in managing staff, fundraising and working with a board. They should have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to craft and share a compelling story to inspire individuals and diverse audiences. They must have the ability to connect with the local community. The interim director must be nimble and quick thinking, as Salt is a dynamic and ever-evolving organization. A clear vision and the ability to collaboratively carry out that vision will be critical in this role. In addition to prior executive director (or equivalent) experience a background in strategic branding and marketing is strongly preferred.
Specifically, the director will:
-Provide leadership within the school, including resource development and personnel management
-Supervise student applications, financial aid and admission procedures and policies
-Foster relationships with alumni and other cultural institutions in our community on local, national and international levels
-Promote and publicize the school
-Oversee the annual schedule of gallery exhibitions (including 2 student shows per year)
-Ensure compliance with regulations and laws that pertain to the school and 501c3 status in particular
-Formulate and develop long and short-range goals and strategic plans to ensure continued growth and sustainability
-Maintain instructional standards of quality
-Develop and prepare the annual preliminary budget; monitor and control budget expenditures
-Direct the preparation and maintenance of detailed and comprehensive reports, records and files regarding personnel, facilities, programs, operations and activities
-Manage school facilities, student housing, vendor relationships and insurance requirements for both facilities
-Hire and review staff necessary to assist with all phases of the program and operations
-Report to the Board of trustees on a regular basis
-Serve as ex-officio member of all standing committees of the Board
-Oversee community relations
-Demonstrate literacy and proficiency with Mac computers and Mac related software (knowledgeable enough to oversee the purchase of hardware and software and negotiate vendor contracts)
-Showcase an attention to detail especially in the enforcement of Salt and student policies and procedures (such as: awareness of conflicts of interest, ethical questions and general legal matters)
Salary: $60,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience
Benefits: Health and dental (full coverage), PTO (4weeks)
Application Deadline: Through May 1st **Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis between the posting date and the 5/1/15 deadline
Preferred starting date: July 1st (or earlier)
Submit resume or CV, cover letter, and in one page or less, tell us, “Why Salt and Why Now?”
Email applications only please, to: EDsearch2015@salt.edu; Subject line: ED Search Committee
Format: pdf only; Please label each document: lastnamefirstinitial_resume(or coverletter or Saltquestion)
No phone calls, No walk-ins, No USPS or paper delivery of any kind
*The institution will contact you via email with status updates and requests for further information or to schedule an interview no later than the deadline date of May 1st.
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