Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum seeks a dynamic and experienced Executive Director to drive its mission of engaging diverse audiences in the critically important dialogue between art and nature. The Executive Director must advance the Park’s position as a leading cultural institution within the tri-state region and its reputation nationally among outdoor sculpture parks. This will include vision building for the organization’s art collection, exhibitions, educational programs and collaborative partnerships. The Executive Director will be the lead fundraiser responsible for cultivating donor relationships, securing financial grants and seeking other revenue streams to strengthen its financial position for future investments and long-term sustainability.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is a unique institution comprising three extraordinary resources: its outdoor sculpture, its Ancient Sculpture Museum, and its forested Ohio valley landscape. Established in 1998 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Park’s mission is to bring people to art in nature. Since its founding 20 years ago, Pyramid Hill has grown into a picturesque venue of over 300 acres and more than 60 outdoor sculptures. The Park offers visitors the ability to experience its monumental outdoor sculpture collection in an inspiring landscape of rolling hills, meadows, lakes, and hiking trails. The Ancient Sculpture Museum, featuring Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Syrian, and Egyptian objects dating to 1550 B.C., provides visitors with an opportunity to examine three-dimensional art from its origins to the most contemporary examples. In addition to ancient sculpture, the Museum exhibits contemporary work by local, regional, and national artists. Through the generosity of founder Harry Wilks, who passed away in 2014, the Park has become a draw for visitors and residents alike. For more information about Pyramid Hill, visit www.pyramidhill.org.
MISSION & STRATEGIC PLAN
Pyramid Hill inspires and educates its diverse visitors in a world-renowned setting of art and nature. With its landscape and collection as catalyst for dialog, collaboration and contemplation, Pyramid Hill presents a broad variety of programs for audiences of all ages including tours, lectures, concerts, summer camps, and an annual holiday lights installation. The Pyramid Hill Board has articulated the following strategic goals to support the Park’s continued growth and success:
Park and Collections Maintenance
The new Executive Director will build on these core initiatives to fulfill Pyramid Hill’s mission. The best candidates will combine the skills, experience, and vision to achieve the issues articulated below.
The Executive Director (ED) is the leader and primary representative of Pyramid Hill (PH), directing all activities required to fulfill its mission of collecting and conserving outdoor works of art and engaging the community in art and nature. The ED is responsible for overseeing the Park’s cultural mission of collecting, exhibiting and preserving outdoor works of art and engaging audiences through educational activities and programs; stewarding the Park’s facilities, sculpture grounds, and other resources to maintain a strong and healthy organization; and building strong partnerships to advance programs and foster a vibrant and inspiring place to visit and learn. In addition, the ED will help forge a new vision of how PH can play a significant role locally and nationally in advancing public debate and providing meaningful learning experiences and encounters in the complex and crucial area of the human culture-nature relationship. The ED will undertake, as a primary task, strengthening PH’s financial position, which includes serving as the primary fundraiser for the organization; forging key regional partnerships; and working closely with the Board to build an expanding network of supporters.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
As the Pyramid Hill celebrates its 20th anniversary and looks ahead, the ED must develop a long-term vision and plan to advance the Park’s future and sustainability. A priority will be to build collaborative partnerships with the local nature and plant sciences organizations to improve the experience and quality of the PH campus. The ED must devise a thoughtful and inspirational path ahead for the Park to capitalize on increasing awareness of and interest in the linkage between contemporary art and the environment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
I. Leadership and Strategy
Strong communicator who can articulate a shared future for PH that fulfills its mission and provides clear institutional goals and who can speak with passion and work to grow visibility, enthusiasm and support for the organization.
Be an energetic, engaged and visible leader locally, regionally and nationally to connect the mission of PH to other organizations, building effective and collaborative partnerships.
Work with the Board to ensure strong governance; establish clear, active, and goal-oriented lines of communication; support generative, informed discussion and organizational transparency; provide well-defined opportunities for committee engagement; assist the Board in the strategic recruitment, selection and evaluation of its members.
Be a strong manager who can empower, lead, and collaborate with staff to achieve mission and organizational goals.
Engage stakeholders, local educators, students, artists and both the immediate and the broader residential, business and cultural communities to enhance and develop the vibrancy of PH and build support for the mission.
Continue to build open and inclusive relationships that honor and enhance PH’s commitment to serving diverse, multi-cultural neighborhoods.
II. Fundraising and Advocacy
Be the chief fundraiser and advocate for PH; represent the organization effectively increasing its visibility; grow support for its operations and capital needs, as well as its collection, conservation, and exhibition programs.
Actively expand the level of philanthropic support through major individual and corporate donors; develop and maintain key foundation relationships and critical contacts in city and regional government; and foster opportunities to engage the business community around corporate sponsorships and partnerships.
Work in collaboration with the PH Board members to ensure goals are met and donor relationships are maximized.
Manage the marketing effort and staff to establish successful communications that enhance PH’s visibility and reputation.
Oversee PH’s operations and programs ensuring progress toward overarching strategic goals and drawing upon staff strengths to enrich decision-making and foster open communications.
Recruit, nurture and challenge a highly-qualified and motivated professional staff; delegate specific responsibilities; establish accountability.
Lead ongoing development and improvement of organizational policies and practices—including assessment of the use of technology in order to effectively plan and manage registration and budgeting, as well as tracking and measuring demographics and outcomes.
Work with the Controller to present financial plans and annual budgets to the Board for approval; regularly monitor and report financial status to the Board; engage their collective knowledge and resources in achieving financial sustainability.
A successful Executive Director candidate will likely have:
Knowledge in visual art, with a deep appreciation for sculpture and public art as well as for the relationship between art and nature.
Experience in effectively leading an organization of similar size and complexity, ideally an arts or education nonprofit.
Past success in growing support, particularly with major individual donors.
Experience in arts management and change management, including building commitment internally and externally for key initiatives.
Experience fostering strong Board relationships and supporting Board development.
Demonstrated leadership and management skills; experience in team building and professional development with the ability and appetite to mentor staff and the discipline to delegate and honor team contributions.
A record of strong collaboration; someone who actively seeks strategic partnerships and develops effective relationships.
Experience as the face of an organization; well-developed interpersonal skills; superb oral and written communication skills; ability to present ideas clearly and persuasively.
Strong financial, organizational and project management skills; a track record of managing complex projects; engaging in shared decision-making based on data and realistic expectations.
A visionary leader with success in aligning operations to mission and deepening engagement across the organization and its constituents.
A team builder with strong management skills; one who can motivate and inspire diverse partners.
The Pyramid Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
HOW TO APPLY
Bill Appleton and Linda Sweet are the MCA consultants leading this search. To be considered for this position, you must submit pertinent information and attach a current résumé, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and three professional references utilizing our online application system. Once all your materials have been submitted online, you will receive a confirmation of your submission via the email address you have provided in the application. For clarification on any of this information, please contact Christy Wall at email@example.com.