Executive Director

Arcata Press | Saint Paul Almanac 
275 East Street, Suite 701, Saint Paul, MN 55101

POSITION: Executive Director 

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND: Arcata Press | Saint Paul Almanac (SPA) is a literary-centered arts organization whose mission is to share stories across cultures and cultivate dialogue to promote understanding, relationships, and collaborative action. Inclusive and equitable leadership and participation is a guiding principle we put into daily practice. The stories we share are created through writing, spoken word, film, podcasts, visual art, readings, and many other activities that honor the flourishing of local voice and thought. Some of our signature programs and projects are Storymobile, a moveable art space that brings people-powered storytelling to the streets, communities, and events of Saint Paul; the annual Saint Paul Almanac book, a collection of stories, poems, and artwork by and about the people of Saint Paul, created via our unique community editor mentorship process; the IMPRESSIONS project, which places local poetry and art in public transit spaces; the Lowertown Reading Jam; the documentary film and podcast RONDO: Beyond the Pavement; Poetry in the Park in the Dark; and our collaborative fiscal sponsorship program, where we sponsor and build mutually supportive relationships with other community organizations.

JOB SUMMARY: The Executive Director (ED) functions as the primary collaborative leader of SPA. A collaborative leader invests time to build relationships, handles conflicts in a constructive manner, and shares leadership. The ED has the passion to energize communities around the vision of enhancing quality of life and building capacity through the arts and to infuse that vision into all activities: strategic direction, programs, services, and relationship building. That vision includes providing new opportunities for artists to publish their work, learn new skills, and find new audiences; intergenerational and intercultural mentoring and learning in the arts; and promoting equity through opportunities for the voices of people from many cultural identities and other identities who have historically not been represented in places of power to be heard and to shape and lead the community in which we live. The ED position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Demonstrated collaborative leadership ability, particularly in working with local government, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, artists, editors, and the people of Saint Paul. Ability to enhance SPA’s image by being active and visible in the community. Experience in organizational operations, fundraising and development, fiscal management, and communications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/life experience; solid budget management skills; the ability to convey a vision of SPA’s future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors; knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations relevant to the nonprofit sector; effective written and oral communication skills; the ability to recruit and motivate board members, volunteers, and other invested individuals; intercultural competence and sensitivity to a multiplicity of experiences; the ability to engage volunteer and donor groups; demonstrated ability to manage and collaborate with staff, volunteers, and other invested individuals.

COMPENSATION: Low to mid 50s. Competitive benefits including four weeks paid for vacation/sick time/family leave.

HOW TO APPLY: To be considered for this opening, please email the following documents to nhall@grayhall.com (consultant for Saint Paul Almanac):

  • Résumé
  • List of two professional and one personal reference
  • A 500-word (or less) narrative on: (1) why you are interested in the SPA Executive Director position and (2) a description of your leadership style and how it developed.

The full job description is available on the Arcata Press | Saint Paul Almanac website at https://saintpaulalmanac.org/executive-director/

If you have questions, please call 651-222-8333.

Applications will be accepted until June 14, 2019.

A background check will be completed for all finalists for this position.

Arcata Press | Saint Paul Almanac is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Persons of color, indigenous individuals, and LGBTQ identified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.