Creative Strategies for Change (CSC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013, in Denver, Colorado, with a mission to mobilize arts and education for social justice. CSC is rooted in a racial equity imperative – maintaining majority Black, Indigenous, and People of Color through every aspect of the organization. Our offerings include: community and youth programs, interactive performances and workshops, consulting, leadership and professional development. 

The Executive Director (ED) is a member of the collaborative team that stewards CSC mission, vision, and values. This dynamic team and community member will be responsible for the efficient administration of day to day organizational operations, budgetary and fiscal matters, Human Resources, board development and relations, as well as hiring, training, guiding, and evaluating administrative staff. The ED is a member of CSC’s Executive Committee, also including two Co-Directors of Arts and Education, and the Director of Development. This collaborative leadership structure allows each member of the committee to be accountable to one another, and report to the committee as a whole, not solely the ED as in traditional nonprofit models. The ED’s priorities are maintaining a sustainable organization with a focus on administrative, Human Resources, board, and financial leadership and capacity building. In collaboration with the board, staff, and community, the ED will galvanize our internal and external commitment to equity, excellence, and wellness.

Scheduling-wise, you’d be looking at 40 hours a week between 8am – 6pm, M-F. (some evenings and weekends will be required). This position is based in the CSC office space at 2900 N. Downing St. Suite 1B. Typically we have 1-2 flex days / work from home days each month. While covid restrictions are in place, we honor individual needs, have all precautions in place, with most staff continuing to work from the office.

Preferred start date April 2021.

The salary range is $60,000-$80,000 annually (depending on experience). CSC currently offers the following benefits to all employees, this is negotiable as an area we want to improve and may be able to provide supplementary pay to cover a transition period of onboarding a new health insurance / benefits package.

  • Health Care Contributions : $400/month (FTE)
  • Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month

As an ideal candidate, you…

  • Know that social justice is a lifestyle commitment and align with the CSC mission, vision, values, and racial equity imperative.
  • Wield the magical skill of aligning organizational fiscal and operational scope with the goals, mission and vision of a small organization with big ideas.
  • Find joy in managing nonprofit budgets and operations, and have extensive experience and expertise in the field.
  • Have 3-5 years consecutive experience as an executive director or similar administrative leadership role with a nonprofit, arts, or community-based organization. 
  • Have experience with organizational change and growth, and guiding a committed team through the start up to sustainable experience.
  • Are familiar with some or all of the following: community organizing, performing arts and arts education, youth leadership development, restorative /transformative justice.
  • Know and adore the nimble workings of nonprofit boards, including relationships, development, management and fundraising. 
  • Recognize that hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating personnel are relational and not transactional aspects of this work, and have experience navigating the balancing act.
  • Radiate confidence with organizational systems, financial management and database management.
  • Are a collaborative communicator! Practiced in culturally responsive interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Are proactive, self-motivated and able to work independently and interdependently.
  • Enjoy working with diverse teams and communities. 
  • Get down with critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage a variety of projects, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Actively engage in restorative practices and conflict transformation, giving and receiving constructive feedback.
  • Believe in the value of the arts as an expression and foundation to the work at CSC.

The work of the ED includes the following tasks and responsibilities…

ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS

  • Collaborative stewardship of the organizational mission, vision, and values.
  • Leadership in coordinating, executing, and evaluating CSC administrative systems and operations.
  • Build organizational administrative capacity for efficient and effective management. 
  • Collaborate with the programs team and board of directors to develop and implement an annual and 3-5 year strategic plan. 
  • Provide leadership with space and facilities needs, rent, maintenance, relationships, etc.
  • Provide leadership for administrative support staff including hiring, training, orientation, schedules, contracts, evaluation, and paperwork.
  • Provide leadership to develop, refine, and maintain efficient organizational systems and procedures including but not limited to: calendars, documentation, assessment, work plans, handbooks, manuals, database, etc. 

FISCAL MANAGEMENT

  • Improve CSC financial capacity and fiscal solvency to increase organizational capacity.
  • Collaborate with the CSC board, executive committee, and administrative team to develop, review, refine, and implement annual operating budget in alignment with program budgets and needs.
  • Build a lasting relationship with the CSC accountant to assure compliance with all IRS, national, state and local regulations and requirements for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, including up to date files, filing systems, necessary certificates, licenses, etc.
  • Work with the CSC accountant to manage all organizational bookkeeping and finances as required by law and in alignment with CSC mission, vision, and values. 
  • Collaborate with the Development Director to operationalize the CSC fundraising plan, including grants, donors, sponsors, and special events. 

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Navigate, improve and manage all organizational HR needs, including operationalizing the CSC Restorative System through collaboration with the staff and board of directors.
  • Attend regular staff, board, and team meetings.

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

  • Provide leadership for the board of directors, including engagement, development, and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Nurture relationships with the board of directors and recruit new board members, especially to fill current gaps.
  • Plan and budget for annual board and staff retreat as an opportunity for community and culture building as well as strategic planning and other administrative / operational needs. 

COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Nurture new and existing partnerships with cultural, artistic and social justice organizations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Process information requests from current and prospective donors, sponsors, foundations, and board members.
  • Nurture a culture of integrity with internal and external relationships, developing and maintaining open lines of communication. 

ADDITIONAL TASKS AS NEEDED 🙂

This position is not for you if are not willing to disrupt and dismantle the following norms:

  • Perfectionism
  • False Sense of Urgency
  • Value Quantity over Quality 
  • Power Hoarding 
  • Fear of Open Conflict 
  • Defensiveness
  • Paternalism
  • Either / Or Thinking
  • Any other White Supremacy Cultural Norms… 

CSC strongly encourages applications from diverse women and BIPOC leaders for all positions. Creative Strategies for Change is committed to a policy of equitable representation across the organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ability status, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, or other social identities. 

If you’re interested in applying, please submit your application here.

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