CUE Art Foundation seeks an Executive Director

CUE Art Foundation seeks an Executive Director

CUE Art Foundation connects practicing artists and arts workers to essential resources and community. We provide access to mentorship and educational opportunities, platforms to exchange ideas and exhibit new work, and the context to build new relationships. Anchored by our gallery in New York City, CUE creates inclusive, artist-centered, and peer-to-peer pathways that support diverse, contemporary artists around the country. Learn more about CUE at

The Executive Director’s role is to advance the strategy and mission of CUE. They direct and administer all programs, fundraising, operations, and policies and supervise a professional staff of six. The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of CUE, working closely with and reporting to the Board of Directors.

We seek a visionary leader, manager and fundraiser who is passionate about CUE's mission to create essential opportunities and community for emerging and under-recognized artists and arts workers of all ages. Ideal start date is March 2022.

Primary areas of responsibility include:

--Organizational goals: Foster culture of collaboration, communication and purpose consistent with CUE mission. Develop and implement plans for the organization in all key areas, including programming, DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access), finances, fundraising, marketing and publicity, technology, and governance.

--Fiscal management: Develop and implement the approximate annual budget of $950,000 for approval by the Board, and maintain monthly financial reporting. Oversee, with the Board, management of all funds consistent with legal requirements and Board policy, and the organization’s accounting system.

--Development: Develop and implement fundraising strategies for the growth of the organization. Cultivate support from a variety of sources including individuals, membership, events, grants, in-kind support, and earned income.

--Staff and Board leadership and management: Hire, supervise, and evaluate staff of six with focus on attracting and retaining qualified staff that reflects accurately the community CUE serves. Focus on DEI in recruiting staff and board. Coordinate and support the work of the Board consisting presently of 12 members. Help identify and cultivate potential new Board members.
Program development and management: Develop, implement, and supervise artistic and educational programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission.

--Community relations: Develop effective working relationships within the community both in the arts and other sectors, especially those that promote CUE's mission.


We recognize that individuals have diverse life experiences and trajectories that qualify them for this role. The following partial list of qualifications reflects what the search committee believes will be helpful in a successful ED.

--Leadership: Ability to work with, listen to, inspire, and responsibly adapt with a diverse team to fulfill CUE’s mission. Commitment to creating a culture of communication, respect, and care in every sphere, from the office environment to CUE's constituents and communities. Visionary, with the ability to make space for the visions of others. Experience hiring, mentoring, and collaborating with a small, committed team. Experience in a supervisory or management role in a small, nimble arts organization.

--Fiscal management and administration: Extensive experience managing an organization or performing significant administrative functions in an organization, including budget and tax preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting; project management; and strategic planning and development.

--Development: Strong fundraising track record. Experience securing major institutional and governmental grants and individual donations; established relationships with local and national institutional funders; experience with board development and management. Brings exciting, cutting-edge ideas for new funding sources and fundraising opportunities, including corporate giving, individual donors, and earned income.

--Programs: Passionate about and fluent in the world of contemporary visual art with ability to administer CUE's programs. Deeply connected to local, regional, and national networks of artists, arts workers, and peer arts organizations with whom our organization works closely; able to collaborate and build partnerships with other grassroots arts organizations on projects aligned with our values. Experience working with living artists in supportive ways. Experience executing ambitious exhibitions, public programs, and education programs. Strong working and creative relationships in New York City.

--Values: Nuanced understanding of issues relating to labor and equity in the arts. Bold record of advocacy for diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in contemporary art. Active anti-racist with a solid understanding and commitment to DEAI issues; committed to addressing these structural gaps within the organization as well as in the art world.

Annual salary range $105,000-$115,000 depending on experience. We provide health insurance and a generous vacation policy.

Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm with occasional additional evening hours for events and openings.

EOE and How to Apply:
CUE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a more equitable visual arts community. Our values of equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion are integral to our mission to support emerging and under-represented artists. Individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter to Review of applications will begin January 17, 2022. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

Application Deadline:2022-01-31
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