RCAC Executive Director posting

Executive Director, Rapid City Arts Council (RCAC)

The Executive Director reports to the Board of the Rapid City Arts Council. The Director is responsible for supervising a professional staff of 15 to engage and inspire an annual audience of approximately 36,000 visitors; oversee an annual budget of $500K including staff salaries; maintain four professional galleries, presenting from 15–20 exhibitions each year; and promote and preserve a permanent collection of 190 artworks.

The Director is responsible for significant grant writing to support essential arts council activities and is expected to fundraise and cultivate relationships with both current and prospective donors on behalf of the institution. Providing artistic and executive leadership, the Director works with an active RCAC Boardas well as community leaders to advance the RCAC’s reputation for excellencein western South Dakota, across the state, and throughout the country.


Strong, positive interpersonal and leadership skills.

Excellent writing and communication skills.

Established grant writing and fundraising capability.

Demonstrated experience with budget development and oversight.

Experience supervising professional staff.

Experience in art museum/gallery operations.

Ability to engage and inspire others in the successful implementation of business decisions approved by the Board of Directors (Article 6, section 3 of the RCAC bylaws).

Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups, including museum staff, museum patrons, guest artists, guest curators, and volunteers / community members, to craft annual programming that is inclusive of all populations and varied in topic and point of view.

Terminal degree such as an MFA or a doctorate.


Experience fundraising and cultivating relationships with donors. Understanding of and enthusiasm for the educational role of museums. Ability to attract, motivate, and manage a talented staff.
Ability to be effective under pressure and handle constant multitasking.

Contact Info

Gabrielle Seeley, President of RCAC Board of Directors: Gabrielle.Seeley@k12.sd.us.

Pay Plan

This is a salaried position with benefits starting at $50,000. The average income for a Rapid City resident is $25,983 a year.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and CV, including all educational and work history for the past ten years, via email.

Request Letters of Reference

This position requires that you have three confidential professional letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf.

Applications Accepted Until September 24, 2018

Review of applications will begin in late September 2018. Position is to start early November, 2018.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.