Executive Director - The Luminary

The Luminary


The Executive Director will bring strong organizational, project development, and team management skills to The Luminary, a leading independent space based in St. Louis, MO and with a global reach. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and maintaining the operational, development, and administrative procedures for this 15 year old organization.

As the artistic and administrative leader for The Luminary, the Executive Director will work closely with the Board and staff to oversee artistic and educational programs, develop and manage budgets, oversee fundraising and development efforts, marketing and communications, and lead strategic orientation related to the organization’s operations. The position will be supported by a full-time Gallery Director, a full-time Manager, and a part-time Programs Coordinator.

This full-time role will oversee the implementation and vision of the organization’s core programs including exhibitions, residencies, studios, art book shop, and other initiatives.

About The Luminary

The Luminary is an expansive platform for art, thought and action based in St. Louis, MO.

Since its inception The Luminary has been a home for exceptional art that engages the pressing issues of the present. Through an active roster of exhibitions, residencies, performances, publications and gatherings, we act as a point of convergence for diverse publics. We cultivate thoughtful platforms for exchange, support forward-moving art and ideas, and attempt to model a more equitable and interconnected art world as an institution of our time.

The Luminary operates an exhibition program, residency program, educational and outreach programs, public commissions, studio and event rentals, an art bookshop and other activities that rotate on a seasonal basis.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Supervises: Gallery Director, Manager, Program Coordinator, Contractors, Interns

Liaison Roles: Artist Advisory Board

Compensation: $65,000 salaried, health insurance stipend and three weeks PTO per year

Location: Must be based in St. Louis or willing to relocate

Hours: Typical 40 hour work week, though additional events and engagements may be required


Executive Director Responsibilities

Fundraising and Partnerships

Oversees fundraising efforts, with particular emphasis on management and cultivation of donor relationships, leading 1-2 fundraising events per year, and working with staff on grant management and reporting

Oversees the team (volunteers and staff) in managing fundraising goals, including corporate, foundation, and government support; events; individual, major donor, and board giving, and in-kind contributions.

Board of Directors

Works with and works to grow a small working Board of Directors.

See that official records and documents are maintained, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Personnel Management/HR

Ensures that HR policies are updated, reviewed, and followed as appropriate. Ensures that legal HR requirements are followed including compliance and compensation, benefits administration.

Develops and reviews staffing plan. Builds strong, collaborative relationships with staff and develops staff, ensures that talent is identified, coached, and made ready for leadership and opportunities.

Hires, supervises, and mentors direct reports, prepares evaluations, conducts necessary disciplinary, terminations, and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies.

Conducts staff meetings to enhance internal communication, leveraging collaborations among staff, and staff development.

Oversees benefits.

Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff.

Financial Management

Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.

Ensures expenses are in line with revenue and reports regularly to the Board on the budget and cash flow.

Manage all vendor and contractor payments.


Oversees all external relations, including communications, website, newsletters, exhibition catalog, annual appeals, and PR with support staff and contractors.


Works with Board and Gallery Director to set programmatic priorities, including 3+ exhibitions per year, international residencies, educational programs, and more.

Oversees program and community engagement staff to create responsive public programming.

Manage and oversee contracts and agreements with all consultants, curators, artists, partners, and sites.

Ensure proper insurance coverage for artists, artwork and venues.


Qualifications and Skills

This position will necessitate flexible hours and it is understood that it may evolve as the organization evolves and depending on the Executives Director’s skills and abilities. If additional roles outside of the understood scope of the position are requested by the organization, they must be agreed upon in writing by both parties.

Minimum three years’ professional work experience in nonprofit administration (contemporary visual art preferred).

Previous experience supervising and managing staff.

Prior experience managing committees and/or volunteers.

Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.

Strong fundraising experience, including individual donor cultivation and grant management.

Strong interpersonal skills and proven capability of working effectively with staff, committees, artists, community stakeholders and supporters, particularly in a non-profit organization.

Proven leadership, organizational skills, attention to detail, and management capabilities, that should include budget experience and experience managing direct reports.

An ability to extend the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, consistent with its determination to reflect and program for the diverse audience and stakeholder populations that we serve.

The ability to confidently represent the organization and communicate its vision. This must include excellent oral and written communication skills.

All employees are expected to remain aware of the local, national, and global context for contemporary art and to represent the organization at national and community events on a regular basis.

How to Apply

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and letter of interest addressed to the Board of Directors to career@theluminaryarts.com. First round interviews will be conducted virtually. Inquiries can be sent to career@theluminaryarts.com; we aim to respond to questions within 3 business days. Applications due by Friday, September 16, 2022.

The Luminary is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to create an equitable environment for all members of its community. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The Luminary is committed to providing employees, volunteers and participants with an environment free of discrimination and harassment. The Luminary employs individuals based on individual qualifications and job requirements without regard to that individual’s race, sex, age, religion or belief, color, national origin, ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, past or present military status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, HIV status, housing status, or any other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. The Luminary is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.

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Posted on July 15