Executive Director - Mona New Orleans

Job No: MONA227
Location: New Orleans

Executive Director - Mona New Orleans

New Orleans

Full time

Located in New Orleans’ 9th ward, Mona New Orleans is a progressive arts center providing resources to the next generation of New Orleans culture makers, funded by the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Australia. We provide teachers and facilitators who support both personal creative projects and deliver structured classes. Our pedagogy dissolves the divisions between disciplines. Science and sustainability are woven into every field. All of our programs have or are developing a social enterprise component.

Mona New Orleans operates three programs – The Embassy, a recording studio; Material Institute, a fashion design and manufacturing program; and 24 Carrot Garden, an urban food garden program. 

The Gig:

The Executive Director (ED) will lead Mona New Orleans to its next iteration and beyond, through compassionate and courageous leadership and a focus on strategic planning, fiscal management and expansion. This includes global and local conversations with those working towards a shared vision of excellence in providing accessible and progressive community programs to support equity in the arts.

Mona New Orleans is currently applying for 501c3 status. The Executive Director will work with Mona New Orleans and Tasmania to build the organisational structure and processes, for the non-profit future of the center.

Your key accountability areas are below.

Develop and maintain strong relationships with:

  • The Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) Tasmania
  • Mona New Orleans Board of Directors
  • Advisory board
  • Neighbourhood groups and individuals
  • Visiting artists and educators
  • Partner organizations
  • Local and state government regulatory bodies
  • Funding agencies and individual philanthropists

Demonstrate leadership that will:

  • Create a culture of curiosity and innovation
  • Motivate and support the staff body and program participants to achieve excellence
  • Engage with the day-to-day operations of all programs to integrate the disciplines
  • Develop structure while maintaining the essential creative spirit of the center
  • Be a cultural attaché between Tasmania and New Orleans
  • Advocate program needs
  • Promote community awareness of programming

Provide strategic oversight that:

  • Facilitates work with Mona Tasmania, the Board, and community leaders to deliver the vision and mission guiding the school
  • Enables the community’s passions and interests to guide the development of the school curriculum through the implementation of a community engagement plan
  • Will grow and develop our Board and professional network
  • Realizes new and existing programs with program directors and external partners

Apply management techniques to:

  • Foster cooperative teamwork between the Board, Mona Tasmania and staff
  • Set accurate financial priorities to support resourcing in line with requirements of the future 5013cto realize each department’s highest potential
  • Operate with consistent ethics, method, and data collection
  • Develop oversight systems and provide direction for program directors and staff to encourage autonomy in the work

Lead expansion activities by:

  • Developing a three-year financial plan in collaboration with Mona Tasmania and the Board
  • Leading fundraising efforts
  • Bringing in the talent. Engage visionary artists, scientists and technologists as guest teachers and workshop leaders
  • Working collaboratively with Mona Tasmania and the Facilities Director to design and support facility growth on campus
  • Developing and perpetuating Mona New Orleans’ brand as a channel for community talent
  • Researching and promoting opportunities for international collaboration between Mona Tasmania and Mona New Orleans for the benefit of students (eg. A musical exchange between Mona Tas and Mona New Orleans)

The You:

  • Tertiary qualifications in relevant fields of Education, Community Development, Non-profit management and or Leadership (or be an impressively successful autodidact as demonstrated through employment history
  • Proven success serving as a CEO / Executive Director or in a top leadership role for at least 3 years
  • A passionate and demonstrated interest in education, community development, art and sustainability
  • Strong relationship building skills with proven ability to work in a diverse and deep network across the larger social and professional spheres of education and art
  • A deep understanding and appreciation of the cultural, social, environmental and economic landscape that is New Orleans
  • Creative, spontaneous and highly organized
  • Exceptional communication skills in all forms

If this sounds like you, we'd love to get to know you. Please submit your application below. Click here for more information.

Applications close Monday 16 September.

*Note that applicants must be able to independently relocate and secure work rights to perform this role. 

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