Executive Director - Mackinac Arts Council

Posted on 8/28/23


Reports To: Board President

Direct Reports: Two full-time, year-round direct reports:

    • Development Director
    • Program Director

Pay Type: Full‐time, Year‐round, Salaried Exempt

Salary: $50,000 - $75,000

Organization and Mission


The Mackinac Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designated as Mackinac Island's non-profit arts agency. Located on Mackinac Island, Michigan and now in its 19th year, the Arts Council serves and works in partnership with Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Mackinac Island Community Foundation, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, the City of Mackinac Island, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, and other community groups to meet the arts and cultural needs of the Mackinac Island community through a diversity of initiatives, services and cultural programming.


The Mackinac Arts Council promotes creativity through arts programs and activities to enrich the quality of life for all Mackinac Island residents, students, employees and guests visiting the Island.

Position Summary

The Executive Director directs and administers all programs, operations, and policies, as established by Mackinac Arts Council, in addition to supervising two professional staff positions.

The Executive Director serves in multiple roles of general manager, fundraiser, marketer, organization’s spokesperson, event teammate, and when necessary, administrative office tasks mirroring 70% tactical responsibilities and 30% strategic responsibilities. This position works closely with and reports directly to the Board President and the Board of Trustees.

Duties and Responsibilities

Business Objectives and Financial Planning

  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors and the respective committee chairs to identify, create and implement annual action plans to actualize MAC business objectives.
  • Leads in the management of the financial planning, forecasting, budgeting, and resource allocation as it relates to programming, fundraising, and other board initiatives.
  • Ensures that all programs, events, and activities financials are reported in a timely manner and are within budget.
  • Responsible for researching new funding sources and writing grant proposals.
  • Ensures that all programs, events, and activities financials are reported in a timely manner and are within budget.
  • Works with the Board President and appropriate board committees in developing plans for securing business sponsorships and donations, major gifts, year-end giving, memberships, and planned giving.
  • Ensures adherence of the organization’s processes and bylaws, developing and maintaining records in compliance with all relevant legislation and professional standards.
  • Assists the board in the development and implementation of MAC strategic plans.

Communications and Community Relations

  • Responsible for the development of marketing and public relations initiatives to expand the visibility of MAC and its brand recognition, utilizing web-based/social media platforms.
  • Serves as a spokesperson for Mackinac Arts Council for community relationships.
  • Produces and edits Mackinac Arts Council Annual Report.
  • Directs and produces correspondence through newsletters, annual report, general outreach.
  • Promotes collaborative relationships with all board members, members of the community, and all constituents of the arts council, demonstrating honesty, humility, transparency and respect with all interactions.

Programming and Development

  • Works in collaboration with the Programming Committee, the Development Committee and the Membership Committee on all initiatives related to programming and development.
  • Directs and oversees the Program Director and the Development Director in implementing the delivery of the overall programming, development and related activities in accordance with the mission and goals of MAC.
  • In collaboration with the Program Director, develops new and expanded programming in response to audience and participant requests and needs, in accordance with MAC’s strategic goals.
  • Oversees all contracts with artists, ensuring all legal documentation is included.
  • Ensures billing and payment for all programming and events is completed in a timely manner.
  • In collaboration with the Development Director, establishes and maintains development programs to support and strengthen the funding resources of MAC.
  • Ensures the inputting and updating of all pertinent information in the Network for Good donor software system is correct and completed in a timely manner.
  • Works with MAC’s bookkeeper, the Development Director and the Program Director to reconcile all incoming memberships, donations, monies for events, bills, and payments.
  • Ensures all correspondence related to programming and development initiatives is written in professional form, including membership and donor requests, thank you and acknowledgment letters, and grant research and requests.
  • Designs and implements an effective volunteer program in support of programming and fundraising events by identifying needs, establishing procedures, policies, procedures, and practices in accordance with Mackinac Arts Council.

Staff Leadership and Management

  • Motivates and develops the professional management team in a supervisory role.
  • Responsible for the hiring, training, evaluating, disciplining, and dismissal of staff, subject to board approval.
  • Coordinates work with the Board’s committees, volunteers, and partner organizations.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Conducts all business at the highest standard of integrity ensuring that all activities are legal and ethical. For those requiring special accommodation, a list of marginal job functions is available upon request.


Required Skills

  • Organized and efficient at planning, directing, and controlling the activities of the staff by developing detailed and specific procedures and processes to completion
  • Proven ability to problem-solve and multi‐task with an attention to detail
  • Must be self‐motivated and demonstrate effective time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to train and motivate staff, establish professional working relationships with the board, members, donors, and the community
  • Social Media knowledge in publication using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Strong computer skills including but not limited to:

o Word

o Spreadsheet preparation using Microsoft Excel

o Slide and deck preparation using Microsoft PowerPoint

o Databases

o Simple Accounting Financial Reporting

o Layout and Design using Photoshop or equivalent

o Web Design and Maintenance experience a plus


  • Strategic and innovative thinker
  • A strong passion for the arts
  • College graduate with at least 5 years management experience, preferably in a non-profit organization, with significant experience in the arts or a related area; prior experience as a senior leader or non-profit Executive Director is preferred
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is a plus
  • Knowledge of the greater Mackinac County and Northern Michigan area arts community is a plus
  • Proven experience managing a staff to align organization structure and capabilities to support future organizational growth
  • Proven record in fundraising or revenue enhancement strategies
  • Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to positively motivate and develop staff
  • Ability to build collaboration and consensus with the board and community

Working Conditions

  • Work is generally performed from home or in the office at the Center for the Arts at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Meetings elsewhere may be required.
  • Attendance at most MAC events on Mackinac Island are expected, requiring work outdoors or in public areas.
  • This is a working management position where days/evenings and weekends will be required.
  • Housing is not provided – applicants need to live within a commutable distance to the Island

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to be mobile for extended periods of time, occasionally exceeding 8 hours

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to kathryn@mackinacartscouncil.org.  

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