Union Hall is a non-profit arts exhibition space located at The Coloradan in Downtown Denver. Union Hall is an emerging and established artist platform, giving Denver’s vibrant arts community a dedicated position in the Union Station neighborhood, the hub of the city. Union Hall represents a new model in Colorado for arts and culture spaces being integrated into mixed-use development projects. It is the first dedicated, non-commercial, non-collecting exhibition space integrated into a private real estate development in Denver.
Union Hall’s multipurpose exhibition space and associated programming provides a platform for Denver locals and visitors to engage in enriching and educational creative experiences. It also serves the Union Station neighborhood and Denver at large as a community-focused arts space and culture concierge, while providing opportunities for both emerging and well-known artists alike. Our exhibitions focus on experimental, engaging, and ground-breaking exhibitions utilizing new mediums and technologies, equitable exhibition demographics, young artists and curators, and impactful lectures, events, performances and experiences. In addition to art exhibitions, ongoing programming includes lecture series, film screenings, live music, educational series and more. As a culture concierge, Union Hall provides locals and visitors information and recommendations on creative and cultural events around the city, fostering engagement in the robust cultural ecosystem in both Denver and Colorado and aiming to be a true partner to all venues for arts and culture throughout the city.
The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are the management of Union Hall in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee. The Executive Director undertakes long- and short-range strategic and operational planning, financial management, monitoring, and development of Union Hall programs. The Executive Director is Union Hall’s leader on all artistic, education and organizational vision representing Union Hall as chief spokesperson to its internal and external constituencies. The Executive Director participates in events, which increase awareness, and expands community outreach locally and in the State of Colorado.
The following roles each comprise roughly a third of the responsibilities of the candidate.
Strategic and Operational Planning:
- In partnership with the Board and the Executive Committee, the ED develops Union Hall’s strategic plan and goals. The ED is responsible for the strategic alignment, implementation and management of this plan. Works in conjunction with the Board to develop the strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of Union Hall to increase local, statewide, national and international awareness and prominence. Directs Union Hall’s operations, including development, education and public programming, finance, external communications, and staffing.
- Leads and participates in all fundraising and development activities, including grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, government, corporations, and individual donors. The ED secures financial and human resources to implement Union Hall’s mission. In partnership with the Board and the Development Committee, the ED oversees a comprehensive fundraising plan that supports Union Hall’s ongoing expenses and the growth of its capacity and impact. The ED serves as spokesperson for Union Hall establishing strong partnerships in the community and enhancing the public image to expand interest and support.
- The ED cultivates and develops new concepts in all exhibition and programming areas, positioning Union Hall as a thought leader in art and culture in Denver and the State of Colorado assuring that Union Hall has maximum visibility and artistic standing with an impact that reaches deeply into the local community.
- The ED assures that Union Hall’s financial resources are used appropriately and effectively. The ED assumes fiscal responsibility for the overall budget and monitors the financial situation of Union Hall and its programs. The ED assures appropriate and necessary cash flow and the most effective use of fiscal resources. The ED oversees the development of necessary monitoring to assure that all funds are properly used and accounted for and that reports to funding agencies are prompt and correct.
- The ED supports the Board and its committees as Union Hall’s strategic governing body and works with the Board President to support its operational work. The ED supports the Board’s development through new board member onboarding, board trainings and performance self-evaluation. The ED is responsible for arranging timely and accurate monthly financial reports to the Board. The ED participates on the annual Board Retreat in which presents the annual projected budget for approval.
- The ED identifies key stakeholders (individuals, agencies, organizations, and institutions); promotes Union Hall; develops strategies to deliver those messages to stakeholders; and leads Union Hall’s public relations to plan to maximize the visibility and brand image of Union Hall. The ED is expected to establish and maintain a high level of interaction and relationships with external constituents including other major institutions in the Denver Metro Area. The ED directs the overall development of public relations and marketing initiatives. The ED also develops an effective communications plan to raise Union Hall’s profile.
Minimum education of a Bachelors’ degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
Five years of experience in a gallery or nonprofit organization.
At least 2 years at a senior managerial level preferred.
Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction.
Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for galleries, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
Experience in development and fundraising, including foundation and government grants as well as corporate and private donations.
Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities.
Competence in managing gallery operations, including personnel matters.
Demonstrated ability to supervise as well as to work successfully with gallery staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget.
Strong business management skills.
Financial record-keeping expertise.
Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills.
Ensures the operations and administration are in compliance with City policies, City ordinances, and local, State and Federal regulations.
Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.