Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Finance

Art Omi

In response to and planning for organizational growth and expansion, Art Omi seeks an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT AND FINANCE. In this newly created position, this individual has shared responsibility with the Executive Director for Arts and Administration to formulate the vision of the organization, engage with the board of trustees, lead and manage its staff, foster a culture of innovation and inclusion, oversee fundraising and community engagement, oversee risk, and manage all aspects of community and public relations for the organization. This individual will live in commuting distance of Ghent and become part of the community.

The Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Finance is the chief fundraising, marketing, and communications strategist, working closely with all facets of Art Omi to raise the funding necessary to support the organization’s mission, to develop effective messages and multimedia content, to increase its outreach and impact, raise visibility and awareness, and build on 29 years of success. This co-executive director will put special emphasis on increasing the agency’s funding streams as well as its funding goals.

The Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Finance is also the chief finance officer for Art Omi. With creativity, flexibility, and responsiveness to the founder, board of trustees, senior management team and staff, this person will manage a business framework for Art Omi that facilitates organizational growth and expansion, elicits the support of outside funders, and maximizes funding opportunities. The Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Finance has individual responsibility to oversee finance, technology, and human resources day to day, and to deliver the financial and budgetary expertise, administrative leadership, and strategic business analysis necessary to further the mission of a highly complex and entrepreneurial organization.


$90000.00 (Annual)


The Organization

  • The Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Finance will learn Art Omi’s history, mission, values, legacy, and culture; understand its current organizational structure, finances and fundraising needs, programming, and services; and help chart the organization’s course for the future

  • The Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and Finance will form strong working relationships with the founder, board, staff, and other stakeholders.

Institutional Advancement

  • Develop and foster synergies and collaborative working relationships with the senior program staff to bring forth their best ideas and efforts. Lead by example and embody the organization’s code of conduct and commitment to diversity, equity, belonging, and accessibility.

  • Manage, motivate, empower, and evaluate relevant staff and maintain clear lines of authority and responsibility, establishing annual goals and benchmarks, and ensuring a productive, supportive, and collaborative working environment.

  • Lead and drive Omi’s fundraising from individual donors and other private sources; develop annual and long-term fundraising plans, lead their implementation, and partner with other staff and board as appropriate to increase this income stream.

  • Partner with the Executive Director for Arts and Administration to develop, diversify, increase, and implement public funding goals; investigate international funding, including through corporations and U.S.-based “friends of” organizations.

  • Provide oversight of the grants application process.

  • Think broadly about mission-aligned commercial opportunities and revenue models; increase earned income from current sources; seek opportunities for new revenue.

  • With the Executive Director for Arts and Administration and Communications Director, enhance Omi’s visibility and brand power; raise awareness of the organization and its programs through traditional and digital platforms; develop an understanding of and appreciation for what the community values in Omi’s programming and engagement; ensure that the visitor experience continues to evolve.

Finance and Human Resources

  • In partnership with the board and Executive Director for Arts and Administration, direct long-term strategic planning and coordinate the strategic elements of the budget process; provide timely financial reports and analysis that help to inform programmatic decision-making as well as institutional growth and expansion; monitor and review the budget throughout the year, advising on expenditures and making appropriate corrections; and be the “go-to” person to provide helpful solutions to underlying business, financial, and administrative issues.

  • Work with appropriate staff and board to plan expenses and budgets with an eye toward achieving a balanced annual budget and an organization that remains on stable financial footing from an operational perspective.

  • Oversee the day-to-day financial function, including accounting, investment management, audit, financial reporting and control, cash flow management, forecasting, short- and long-term financial planning; ensure that reports are accurate and completed in a timely manner, and that procedures are adhered to and costs are controlled.

  • Provide oversight of the financial pieces of grants administration; ensure that financial statements and reports are organized and accurate and that Art Omi remains in compliance with all grants/funding requirements.

  • Oversee and manage human resources, including general personnel policies and practices; clearly communicate benefits information and organizational policies.



Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts center with a 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and gallery, residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers. Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. By forming community with creative expression as its common denominator, Art Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of art.

Since its founding, Art Omi has been guided by the principle that artistic expression transcends economic, political, and cultural boundaries. To date, Art Omi has hosted more than 2,000 artists from over 100 countries. By inviting a unique and varied mix of artists, writers, musicians and dancers from all over the world to create a diverse, positive working community, Art Omi transforms this guiding vision into an exciting reality.

This individual will live in commuting distance of Ghent and become part of the community.

With an annual budget of $2.4m, a full-time staff of 12, 11 part-time permanent staff, and a seasonal staff of 16 to 20 people, Art Omi is open daily, welcoming the public to its grounds and events free of charge. Located in a scenic location in Columbia County, New York and operating

within COVID-19 protocols, Art Omi has served as a refuge and respite to visitors from around New York State during the pandemic.

How to Apply

Nominations and applications can be sent in strictest confidence to G Angela Henry, Search Consultant, Co.ED4ArtOmi@gmail.com

Art Omi is committed to maintaining an equitable, healthy work environment and upholds a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability. Art Omi is committed to the practice of antiracism at all levels of our organization, and we enthusiastically encourage individuals who identify as BIPOC race/ethnicity and/or other underrepresented identities to apply.

Art Omi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, Art Omi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Posted on March 31