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Job Opening: Executive Director of IAO

In nonprofits, OKC, oklahoma, Visual Art on June 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

Individual Artists of Oklahoma

Executive Director


Under the direction of the Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) Board of Directors, the IAO Executive Director leads the organization in financial growth, long-range planning, community relations and the overall administration of the organization in accordance with the IAO mission.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Understands and embraces the IAO mission;
  • Ensures the consistent achievement of the organization’s mission and financial objectives;
  • Works in conjunction with the finance committee and outside financial professionals to manage the organization’s finances, including the maintenance of an accounting system, daily bookkeeping and other financial accounting activities, ie, ledger posting, income statements, payroll, taxes and bank deposits;
  • Effectively and efficiently directs the organization, including the management of the organization’s day-to-day operations;
  • Provides professional support to assigned committees, to include meeting attendance and input;
  • Develops and supervises a strong volunteer workforce;
  • Fulfills all Board directives in a timely manner;
  • Hours are adjusted to accommodate gallery hours, public relations, community outreach and evening events.
  • Focuses on fundraising, community relations and strong leadership to the organization’s Board and volunteer base;
  • Is instrumental in working with the Board to identify and pursue the organization’s short-term and long-term goals;


a)      Four year Bachelor degree from an accredited university.  Equivalent experience considered;

b)    A minimum of 3 years experience in nonprofit management or related field;

c)    Ability to fundraise successfully;

d)    A solid background in administrative management, including staff and volunteer management;

e)    A strong understanding of the organization’s mission

f)       A strong appreciation for experimental and thought-provoking art;

g)    Computer proficiency to include membership and financial databases, websites, social networking and MS Office;

h)    The ability to fulfill the organization’s mission with open, cooperative communication with IAO members, volunteers, the Board of Directors, prospective and current donors, artists and the community;

i)        Capacity to work with senior level corporate, civic, small businesses, philanthropic and public sector officials;

j)        Excellent writing skills;

k)     Excellent group presentation skills;

l)        Ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines and demands effectively.

Starting Salary

  • $38,000/Year

Applications will be accepted until position is filled and must include a cover letter, resume and two references.  Please email to  For more details on the position, please visit


NewView Oklahoma

In nonprofits on August 31, 2011 at 5:36 am

From their website: NewView is the leading employer of the blind and vision impaired in Oklahoma, and the only private agency offering specialized services for people living with vision loss.

I had the pleasure of working with NewView while working as education director at City Arts Center. Each summer they hold a week long camp for blind and visually impaired youth. That summer children had the opportunity to experience dance, drama and tactile arts. It was touching to see young people enjoy arts that the sighted often take for granted.

NewView helps blind and visually impaired people of all ages to live fuller and more independent lives through their specialized education programs.

As a manufacturer NewView is a leading supplier of hoses to the U.S. forestry service and airplane chock blocks to the U.S. military. In addition they provide business services to Oklahoma companies.

NewView often gives tours of their huge facility located in a former brewery.

Calm Waters

In nonprofits on August 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

I appreciate organizations such as Calm Waters and CASA who trust volunteers to accomplish important tasks. This confidence in the abilities of “non-professionals” builds a large base of people who have practical skills while keeping the organizations costs remarkably low.

Calm Waters helps children and families in their grief journey caused by death, divorce or significant loss.

All  group sessions at Calm Waters are facilitated by trained volunteers guided by a licensed professional staff. These services are free of charge. When I visited with program director, Meribeth Govin, earlier this year I was struck by her warmth and passion for the work.

Parents going through divorce are increasingly court order to attend classes on parenting during divorce. Calm Waters provides these classes for a fee and have a difficult time keeping up with demand.

Find out how to contribute to the fine work of Calm Waters here.

What OKC Needs

In nonprofits on August 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

In an earlier post I wrote about the effort to bring Breakthrough to Oklahoma City. These are some other types of nonprofits that OKC could benefit from.

Job training programs like these in Austin:

Artist collectives like these in Philadelphia:

Free “Schools” like these:
Whole Neighborhood Initiatives like these:
Artist Residencies like these:
In the future I will write about other types of organizations that I would like to see in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma A+ Schools

In nonprofits on August 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

For almost a year I have been a faculty member with Oklahoma A+ Schools. It has truly been one of the best experiences of my life. OK A+ is a nonprofit organization based at the University of Central Oklahoma with a vision to foster:

Education that expands the imagination and stimulates creative living, so that
individuals are increasingly self-aware, self-motivated, and able to be successful along the continuum of lifelong learning.

To do this OK A+ trains a group of educators called fellows to facilitate institutes for k-12 teachers and administrators across the state of Oklahoma and, starting this year, in Arkansas. A+ fellows are the finest group of teachers I have ever been around. With the constant talk of failing schools it is refreshing to know that there is such a large group of people in Oklahoma who are fighting the good fight for excellence.

I was fortunate to travel with a team to Helena, Arkansas this summer to work with the fantastic faculty and administration of KIPP Delta. It was inspiring to see two groups of exceptional educators come together with the common goal of seeing students thrive in school and life.

Every school and student could benefit from the A+ Eight Essentials. Jean Hendrickson and Rosalynn Wade are always excited to speak with schools interested in joining the A+ network.

CASA of Oklahoma County

In nonprofits on August 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

Serving as a CASA for children who are in DHS custody due to caretaker abuse or neglect is difficult and frustrating. In many cases there are few good options for stability during children’s time with DHS. I have been on my first case for only 45 days and because of these challenges I am sure that this will be a defining role in my life. It is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children and I am thankful to be involved.

As a CASA I meet with everyone involved in the case including children, parents, social workers, therapists, foster parents, shelter workers, teachers, attorneys and other family members. I keep track of how the children are doing and advocate for their well being. This might mean making recommendations about their placement, schooling, therapy or parent’s treatment. The ultimate responsibility is helping the court to decide if and when they will be returned to their home of origin.

These children need more foster parents and they need more people to serve as CASA. To find out more about volunteering please visit the CASA of Oklahoma County website.

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