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The Arts Council of Greater Lansing exists to support, strengthen and promote arts, culture and creativity in the Capital region.


The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, (ACGL) has been a leading voice for arts and culture in the Greater Lansing region since 1965 providing direct support to hundreds of artists and 140 arts and cultural organizations located in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The role of the ACGL is not to conduct programming that would compete with its members, but rather to support and promote the work of its constituents by assisting them in the growth and development of their artistic practice, financial stability, and accessibility.

In addition to the support the ACGL provides its constituents, the agency also provides community arts leadership by actively engaging with area business and civic leaders to ensure that the arts play a vital role in economic development, placemaking, community revitalization, and quality of life issues.


With the general supervision of the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for maintaining the Arts Council’s artistic vision and business mission, both of which rely on financial accountability including management of a non-profit organization, operating budgets, and the development of a philanthropic base to support long term projects, programs and goals. Additionally, the Executive Director directs the implementation of the strategic goals and objectives for Arts Council and serves as a spokesperson for ACGL on arts and cultural issues in Greater Lansing.



Develop fundraising opportunities and events and seek sponsorship opportunities along with the board to help sustain the work of the Council.

- Develop donor base for the financial stability of the organization

- Develop opportunities to enhance and increase membership numbers.

- Oversee, along with the board, best practices to sustain and increase investment and endowment.

Grant Proposal Writing, and Grantsmanship:

- Seek and submit application(s) for grants and in-kind resources to sustain the work of the ACGL.

- Administer local, county and state grant funding.

Administrative and Financial Leadership:

- Administer and/or coordinate all daily management functions of the Arts Council.

• Report to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee monthly.

• Implement details, particulars, etc., of contracts and agreements in the name of the ACGL.

• Serve as primary contact for ACGL.

- Implement the policies developed by the Board of Directors, in accordance with the Constitution and By-laws of the Association.

- Work with the Officers of the Board to provide staff support and guidance on ACGL business.

- Oversee the implementation of the ACGL strategic plan and maintain continuous quality to facilitate the efficiency and integrity of ACGL.

- Work collaboratively with the Board, bookkeeper, ACGL Treasurer, Finance committee, contract accountant and others to provide financial oversight, including development and management of budgets, tracking of project expenses, and obtaining funding to ensure sound fiscal responsibility of the Arts Council. Maintain a balance between ACGL income and expenses.

- Develop and oversee the ACGL budget in collaboration with the ACGL Treasurer and Finance committee, co-sign all ACGL checks.

- Meet regularly with staff to identify issues of concern and to assist in the development and implementation of programs.

- Represent the ACGL in a variety of venues, articulating the mission, vision and values of the ACGL and its constituents clearly and accurately.

- Develop programs, when necessary, to meet the needs of the constituency and the community.

Relationship Building:

- Develop strategic and collaborative relationships with other arts organizations, businesses and community groups that have interests in economic development, placemaking, community revitalization, and quality of life issues.

- Work to increase the visibility of the ACGL with all levels of policy-makers and the general public.

- Engage constituents, donors and others and keep them informed of the work of the organization

- Provide technical assistance, guidance and regular support to those in the field in order to support capacity building needs and to help grow skills in the arts.

Advocacy and Communications:

- Provide leadership on strategies to increase the awareness of the arts in our region.

- Coordinate arts advocacy events and opportunities for constituents and policy-makers to meet.

- Serve as a primary spokesperson with media, business, and policy-making bodies regarding arts and cultural issues in our region.



- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred.


- Minimum of 3-5 years experience in a leadership capacity demonstrating strong organizational skills.

- Experience in managing complex issues, multiple deadlines, and a variety of needs.

- A passion for the arts and a vision for the arts in Greater Lansing.

- Experience in the arts and work with non-profit arts organizations preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

- Strong leadership and creative problem solving skills.

- Sensitivity to highly political issues.

- Expertise and proven record of successful fund development, grant proposal development, and writing.

- Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written formats.

- Strong interpersonal and small group interaction capabilities; ability to work effectively in team situations.

- Ability to plan, organize and effectively present ideas and concepts to a wide variety of groups.

- Knowledge of effective management principles and non-profit organization best practices.

- Experience in seeking funds, developing fundraising events, and in organizing advocacy efforts.

- Ability to plan, direct and coordinate programming and administrative functions.

- Ability to build consensus and to foster fruitful partnerships between the arts and business communities, local, regional and statewide government.

- Skill in effective decision-making and ability to manage change.


Salary range $48,000-55,000, commensurate with experience plus benefits.


Send cover letter and resume to Stephen Serkaian at:


Friday, December 20, 2019 by 5 p.m.