It started with six actors, a 1931 Model A truck with a fold-down stage, a few basic props and costumes, and a passion for transforming public spaces into extraordinary events. For over four decades, One Reel has produced a wide array of educational, cultural and artistic events. Founded in 1972, One Reel is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization striving to inspire audiences to become year round arts patrons; challenging artists to create and explore; and training the next generation of arts and events industry professionals. Current One Reel projects include City of Music Career Day, essential character programming of Bumbershoot, Mayors Arts Awards and Pianos in the Park. New events planned for 2018 include Literary Career Day and Visual Arts Career Day. For more information, visit onereel.org
This outstanding and talented individual will lead the organization with passion, invention and dedication to new levels of achievement. They will have the courage and originality to lead and grow One Reel in their own distinctive way while remaining true to its mission and history. The Executive Director will be a confident leader, and will inspire and collaborate with staff, artists, audience, donors and other stakeholders. With the assistance of the Board, they will also lead One Reel’s strategic thinking and planning.
The Executive Director is responsible for the creative vision, entrepreneurial and strategic leadership of One Reel. The Executive Director reports to the Trustees, and is responsible for ensuring One Reel achieves its artistic, audience and financial objectives while upholding the organizations mission.
Programming and Partnerships
Overseeing all aspects of event creation and implementation.
Provide a creative vision for the organization’s year round activities in keeping with the organization’s mission.
To provide strong, inspirational and high-profile leadership to achieve artistic and strategic objectives within a changing cultural landscape.
To initiate and develop artistic and educational collaborations and creative partnerships that will support the artistic and business objectives of One Reel and help it achieve its goals.
Fundraising and Public Relations
In close collaboration with the Director of External Affairs, to lead, direct and oversee One Reel’s fundraising strategy and foster strong relationships with existing and potential funders.
Work with the Director of External Affairs, to create a development plan with goals, strategies, and measurements that support the organization’s sustainability.
Serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization for media, events, and other public forums.
Guide the maintenance and development of effective communications, public relations, and fund development strategies with staff and other stakeholders.
Oversee the preparation and monitoring of annual budgets, working with the Director of External Affairs, Part-Time Accountant and Finance Committee and Board, to ensure the organization remains financially viable and all events are delivered within budget.
To oversee and ensure the effective, responsible and solvent financial management of One Reel including the creation and implementation of business plans, the presentation of comprehensive management accounts and standard financial reporting.
Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors.
With the board and staff, develop and implement long-term strategic plan.
Evaluate and communicate the impact of One Reel’s work in relation to specified goals, objectives, and the organizations mission.
Support board professional development within and outside the organization.
Serve as the chief executive, overseeing all day-to-day administration of the organization.
Hire, orient, supervise, and train staff. Evaluate staff at least annually in the performance of their duties.
Maintain human resource practices that promote a productive workplace.
Negotiate and sign contracts on behalf of the organization.
Provide financial oversight and ensure the implementation and development of strong internal overseeing and supporting the efforts of all staff.
Monitor maintenance of official records and documents in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
Review and approve all staff expenses, reimbursements and human resource requests.
Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent prior experience.
5+ years of related experience
Clarity of vision and ambition, with a passion for multi-disciplinary arts and education.
Strong artistic, strategic planning and resource management skills.
An entrepreneurial spirit, commercial acumen and ability to lead One Reel’s fund-raising initiatives
Demonstrable knowledge of audience development
Good knowledge and understanding of the arts industry and arts funding
Proven ability to work in partnership, connect and collaborate with others both internally and externally
Ability to inspire and motivate others
Ability to delegate, negotiate, resolve conflict, be responsive to others and manage performance
Outstanding analytical, communication, advocacy and presentation skills
A genuine commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, cultural diversity and broadening access to the arts
Resilience and responsiveness to the changing external environment
A supportive and empowering management style
Breadth of artistic knowledge, with high-level awareness of current developments in all arts disciplines
An understanding of the importance of artistic innovation and risk-taking, with the ability to communicate this to stakeholders.
Commitment to audience development and extending engagement and learning in the arts.
Proven track record of achieving programming goals within a specified budget
High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly
Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
Enthusiastic, energetic, has drive
Sense of humor
Integrity and good judgment
This is a full-time position, located in Seattle, WA.
Salary range: $55,000-$65,000. One Reel is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse staff.
Please email a letter of interest and resume as file attachments to
Subject line: Executive Director: YOUR NAME
Review of applications will begin February 7, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.