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Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Executive Director

Location: Denver, CO
Posted: June 18, 2015
Application Deadline: July 15, 2015


Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Taylor Balkissoon
1513 Boulder St.
Denver, CO, 80211

Organization Description

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) is Denver's only nonprofit organization that is solely dedicated to contemporary photography and lens-based media in all forms and concepts. With a legacy of promoting photography within the state for fifty years, CPAC is an important cultural resource to the community, fostering the understanding and appreciation of photography through exhibitions, education and outreach to people of all skill levels, ages, and interests.

While CPAC is several decades old, with a history as a volunteer-led organization, it is now in a sustained capacity building and growth stage as a professionally staffed nonprofit organization, fulfilling its vision of being the premiere destination in the Rocky Mountain Region for the photographic arts community.

CPAC Executive Director Job Description


The Executive Director ensures continued support for the organization's vision by growing CPAC's earned and contributed income base; developing programs, events, and membership; and working with the board of directors to develop plans for a permanent facility in Denver dedicated to the promotion of contemporary photography. The Executive Director oversees and directs the organization in its day-to-day activities, and manages staff and volunteers to further the organization's mission and goals. S/he reports to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director serves as the principle spokesperson for CPAC, articulates the organization's vision and develops and maintains partnerships and collaborations with individuals and organizations. The Executive Director must be dedicated to fostering the growth and spirit of CPAC and ensuring the consistent high quality of all CPAC efforts including, but not limited to, the duties and responsibilites outlined below.

Duties and Responsibilities

Administration and Communication: Manages and oversees daily operations, including facility and program management, and staffing; and ensures the growth and success of CPAC in collaboration with the board of directors, staff, volunteers, committee chairs, CPAC stakeholders and community partners. Leads team of staff/volunteers to cultivate and track member base, and perform outreach across media platforms and publicity outlets.
Education Program: Oversees the education program; with the Education Coordinator, develops program calendar, recruits instructors, and ensures an active schedule that meets targeted revenue projections.
Financial Operations: Oversees daily financial activities; with volunteer accountant, the Board and Board Treasurer, develops budgets and tracks financial activities, implements and manages approved budget and provides monthly reports to the Board. The Executive Director must be able to lead efforts to develop sustainable revenue streams to increase the operating budget, including institutional support, corporate sponsorship, individual giving, and diversified earned income.
Exhibitions and Events Programming: With the Exhibitions Committee Chair, oversees the exhibition program, develops schedule of exhibitions and related events. The Executive Director is expected to be a creative and contemporary thinker, able to initiate relevant and and leading edge programming such as exhibitions, lectures and workshops. With the Exhibitions Committee and volunteers, the Executive Director ensures high standards of installation and presentation, develops publicity materials, and oversees design and marketing.


Passion and dedication for CPAC's mission and programming, and, in general, the commitment to expanding audiences and exploring innovative approaches to education/presentation of contemporary photographic arts.
Bachelor's degree in related fields (Arts Management, Marketing, Business Administration, Arts Education); advanced degree highly preferred.
Minimum of two (2) years combined work experience in a senior or leadership position, preferably in the arts and/or nonprofit organizations.
Proven fundraising ability. Experience in a not‐for‐profit environment preferred.
Knowledge of photography, contemporary movements in photography, and Mountain West regional photographic practice preferred.

Personal Characteristics

Creative thinking and problem solving; entrepreneurial spirit; strong determination; quick responsiveness to shifts in opportunities and issues; confident attitude towards fundraising and donor cultivation.
Excellence in spoken and written communication.
Sense of diplomacy and ability to work successfully with highly diverse constituency.
Excellence in public speaking
A decisive yet highly collaborative style of leadership.

Compensation, Timeline, and Application Instructions

CPAC is an equal opportunity employer offering partial benefits. Compensation will be commensurate with experience, with a starting salary range of $30,000$33,000. The Executive Director position is slated to commence in the fall of 2015. To apply for the position of CPAC Executive Director please submit your resum, cover letter, as well as three professional references to , with "Executive Director" in the subject. Applications and recommendations are encouraged by July 15, 2015, when application review will commence.

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