Executive Director

East Haddam, Connecticut, United States

Description

The international artists-in-residence program at I-Park was founded in 2001 with the mission of nurturing artists and the creative process, in the fine arts and in nature.

Position Summary

We are seeking an inspirational, highly collaborative leader who will commit their skills and energies to the important work of nurturing the creative practices of highly talented artists who are powering the cultural vanguard. With generous, reliable operational and financial support from the board, the Executive Director (ED) will continue to professionalize and streamline operations without losing sight of the daily mission: helping to remove obstacles to the artists’ productivity, encouraging a healthy balance between solitary studio time and time for collegial exchanges – and safeguarding the artists’ privacy and tranquility, while providing for their physical comfort and safety.

The ED will commit to accelerating organizational development and to a smooth, respectful transition from a founder led culture, seventeen years in the making, that has facilitated almost 900 fully funded residencies, innovative programming and growing recognition within the field. In this transition, the board and ED will be aided by external resources to ensure that the ED position is empowered with an appropriate level of operational autonomy in the context of strategic board oversight. During, and beyond, this most exciting moment in the organization’s evolution, the ED will agree to sustain the values upon which I-Park was founded: kindness, attentiveness and authenticity.

Primary Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, and with both internal- and external-facing responsibilities, the ED will provide the expertise and direction necessary to fulfill the organization’s mission as we continue to grow. In this full-time position, the ED will:

About I-Park

Set within a 450-acre nature preserve, our program has sponsored almost 900 fully funded artists’ residencies since 2001 and built an outstanding reputation within the field. I-Park’s quiet, retreat-type environment allows artists to experiment with new ideas, do research and undertake aesthetic investigations while developing existing projects and starting new ones. I-Park’s rich, varied landscape has also inspired a special interest in site-responsive, environmental art, to which many of our artists have been drawn.

I-Park is both an open-air and a closed-studio laboratory for individual creative pursuits in the fields of music composition/sound art, the visual arts, creative writing, moving image and architecture/landscape design. From insights developed in the laboratory setting, it also develops and sponsors specially-themed cross-disciplinary projects of cultural significance, and brings these discoveries to light in the public domain.

I-Park is a truly stimulating environment in which to work and grow. Surrounded by an international mix of highly creative artists working in various disciplines, with all the fascinating daily challenges they serve up, and in the midst of a peaceful, though dynamic, landscape/artscape – you have the opportunity to fashion a virtuous blend of structure/competence and permissiveness. Creating this vibe is more art than science, but you will figure it out, with as much or as little support as you would like to call upon from the deep well of institutional knowledge and support that’s available to you. Visit http://www.i-park.org/careers for more information.

Requirements

Benefits

I-Park offers highly competitive compensation commensurate with experience, and generous benefits including health insurance and paid time-off. The organization is also prepared to offer relocation assistance, including temporary housing.

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