Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 09-Jul-2018 to 26-Jul-2018
  • - Athenaeum Foundation/Charitable Advisors
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • health insurance plus retirement match

The Athenaeum Foundation has played a key role in preserving and reinvigorating the most elaborate architectural building associated with the German American community of Indianapolis. A gem of Mass Avenue, the Athenaeum encompasses its own "four Cs," that define its downtown allure - Conversation, Culture, Celebration, and Community - and is known to host some of the best events in its cultural corridor from GermanFest with live Wiener Dog Races, the Strong Man Competition to classical concerts showcased in the Basile Theatre. Built in 1894 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Athenaeum serves as a community center to many long-standing clubs and organizations that share the core values of a "sound mind in a sound body."  The YMCA, Indiana German Heritage Society, Young Actors Theatre, and the Rathskeller, Indy's oldest restaurant, are among the many businesses and nonprofits that share space at the Athenaeum.
 
The Athenaeum Foundation is searching for an individual to serve as President who will continue to promote and preserve its rich and storied background while leveraging the expanding energy of the Mass Ave corridor. The President will provide a balance between community engagement, artistic/theatric visioning, intellectual enrichment, and financial stability and growth. This individual will serve as the senior administrator of the Foundation, responsible for overseeing the facility while planning, supervising and administering all operational functions and leading all dimensions of fundraising programs. The President is charged with personnel management, managing finances and budgeting, developing and maintaining tenant relationships and facilitating innovative building uses, communications and marketing, and strategic project management. This individual has direct oversight of 4 full-time and 2-3 part-time staff members.
 
This is a high profile, community leadership position. The successful candidate must exhibit a high degree of understanding and performance in areas that include cultural programming, oversight of community shared spaces and tenant occupancy, personnel management, innovative leadership, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external partners. He/she must have effective outward facing communication skills with the ability to purport an element of hospitality that draws people into the living room of Mass Ave and engage with the community beyond the walls of the Athenaeum.
This individual will foster external partnerships by attending donor and foundation meetings, assume leadership roles on other community boards and work collaboratively with cultural organization partners and the Mayor's Office. Internally, the Foundation President will lead weekly management team meetings with staff and build strong tenant relations as well as oversee daily operations including facility and property management and development of the parking lot property and other improvements.  
 
Key Responsibilities
 
Staff Management/Operations
• Directs program operations and day-to-day staff management, including oversight of contracts and venue responsibilities
 o Recruit, train and manage a high performing staff that is aligned with the Foundation's mission and goals. Current staff positions include: Administrative Asst/Office Manager, Event/Logistics Coordinator, Building Manager, Controller, 2-3 part-time janitorial staff.
 o Introduce multiple, innovative uses of the building and cultivate and solicit new tenant prospects
 o Oversee administration, operations and facilities

Financial Management
• Provides financial oversight
 o Develop and maintain operational budgets
 o Prepare multi-year financial strategies
 o Oversee preparation of financial reports for the Board of Directors, annual audits and as required for grant/foundation submissions, annual financial reviews and timely filing of tax documents and reports
• Manages grant procurement and fundraising strategies
 o Build relationships with corporate partners and funders
 o Cultivate and maintain relationships with government partners
 o Develop and implements fundraising strategies
 
Fulfills Board of Directors Obligations
• Work in collaboration with Board and Board Committees on vision statements, program evaluations, progress planning, personnel reviews and board development
• Ensure all necessary reports and program updates are presented to the Board in a timely manner
 
Communications/Marketing
• Manage the overall plan for internal tenant and personnel communication and external marketing strategy and execution. This includes relationships with program -specific events, building and maintaining relationships with media outlets, promoting events and programs, and overseeing brand management
• Serve as the primary public relationships representative for the Athenaeum Foundation 

Key Competencies
• Actively engaged in the community and helping to make Indianapolis, or their current community, a better place to live, work, and play
• Strategic thinker and planner, problem solver, with ability to lead the board and staff in ongoing strategic planning and implementation efforts
• A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders including government officials, staff, and business owners
• Must be self-confident and professionally assertive, self-motivated, and able to work with a high degree of autonomy while also actively collaborating with a board of directors
• Skilled fund raiser with the ability to secure sufficient financial resources to achieve the mission, execute operations and advance organizational long-term sustainability
• Demonstrated success in directing and supporting donor cultivation through development of strong, long-term relationships with key donor segments as well as through regular and ongoing outreach and communication to current and potential donors
• Ability to oversee the Foundation's financial activities to ensure appropriate and compliant uses of funds, alignment with mission and fiscal sustainability
• Ability to implement strategic planning processes
• Excellent interpersonal skills, specifically including the ability to identify new and build on existing relationships
• Strong management/supervision skills 
• Ability to cultivate and solicit tenant prospects
• Proficient with Microsoft Office products: Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, and familiar with CRM and donor management systems
• Possess strong public communication skills and represent the Foundation at community functions
• Ability to perform operational tasks to include preparing the annual budget and periodic reports
• Excellent writing and verbal communications skills (including interpersonal communication).
• Communicates well with a wide variety of stakeholders, including staff, tenants, patrons, board members, funders and community partners.

Candidates for this position must possess a bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) from an accredited four-year college or university and have five or more years of progressive leadership/management experience.

ATTENTION: Be Prepared - To assist you and the search committee in discerning your match for the position, we suggest you prepare your responses to these questions prior to hitting "APPLY" to complete your application. Applications will not be considered without question responses.
1. Why would leading the Athenaeum Foundation be a great match for you? Briefly share your community engagement/leadership experience.
2. Provide an example of how you have taken on a leadership role in attracting corporate and philanthropic support for an organization
3. Briefly share your experience/exposure with the challenges of maintaining an older building and/or a facility that serves the broader community.
4. Share your experience developing and implementing marketing strategies that would apply to raising the visibility and promoting the successes of the Athenaeum Foundation
5. Briefly overview your experience developing engaging cultural programming
and/or leveraging community spaces
6. Share your experience running the day-to-day operations of an organization.
 
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