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ShoreLake Arts invites applications for the position of
Executive Director
Mission: To cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. 

The Position:  ShoreLake Arts seeks a dynamic and experienced leader with a passion for community arts to serve as Executive Director. Acting with creativity, strategic vision, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a deep commitment to inclusivity, the Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that ShoreLake Arts fulfills its mission of “cultivating creativity and inspiring our community through the arts.” The Executive Director serves as the organization’s chief executive officer, directing and administering all programs, operations, and policies as well as supervising the professional staff. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.


Background:  In 1989, a group of volunteers founded ShoreLake Arts (a dba of Shoreline Lake Forest Park Arts Council) to support, present, and encourage the arts in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. Today, this 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization is still managed by a volunteer board of directors but also has a paid professional staff of 9 (4 full-time, 5 part-time) and an annual budget over $500,000. We present a variety of community arts programs ranging from the Shoreline Short Short Film Festival and the Battle of the Bands to a Dia de Muertos celebration and the annual 6X6NW Art Sale & Show. We operate a retail Gallery featuring the work of over 90 local artists. We also provide art education experiences for youth, including summer camps and, in non-COVID times, an “Artists in Schools” program. We are launching an after-school arts program in 2022. Our offices are located at the Shoreline Center; the ShoreLake Arts Gallery is located at Lake Forest Park Town Center. In the future, ShoreLake Arts seeks to increase its presence in the community by moving to a physical space where current and new programs can flourish -- even as we continue to bring arts events to parks and neighborhoods throughout our two cities. 


Consider applying here if you:   

  • Excel at leading change, leading people, building coalitions; have excellent business acumen, and a passion for the arts,

  • Embrace a spirit of creativity, and

  • Share our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 


And if you want to:

  • Work at a fiscally stable, healthy, happy, community arts organization.

  • Grow ShoreLake Arts within the bounds of our Strategic Framework and our Mission and Values Statement

  • Expand and revitalize existing programs while developing new programs that serve our diverse community. 

  • Maintain and expand collaborative relationships with the local and regional King County arts community, city and county government, and the local business community.

  • Find ShoreLake Arts a new physical space for programs, offices, and our Gallery store.

  • Be joyful, kind, creative, inspirational, nimble, and persistent while leading a 30+ year old organization through an important crossroads. 


The Executive Director’s job encompasses:


Planning and Strategy – Engage with the Board and staff in short and long-term strategic planning that aligns with the organization’s mission.

Financial Management – Oversee the organization’s financial health and sustainability, writing annual budgets and setting financial priorities. Assess existing revenue opportunities and spearhead new ones. Work with the Board Finance Committee to monitor and report on revenues and expenditures. 

Fundraising – Develop and execute a diverse fundraising plan to generate and sustain giving and sponsorships from major donors, businesses, foundations and the community. 

Community relations – Seek out and engage in collaboration with artists, nonprofit arts and culture organizations, the Shoreline School District and Shoreline Community College, the cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, King County, and local businesses. Assume a leadership role in community partnerships that promote arts and culture in our region.

Advocacy – Serve as the chief spokesperson for ShoreLake Arts in the community; represent ShoreLake Arts to government agencies, local businesses, and arts and culture organizations; articulate and communicate the value of the arts in improving our quality of life and the economic viability of our cities; and promote community support of the arts generally and ShoreLake Arts specifically.

Partnership with Board of Directors – Maintain a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors. Communicate effectively with the Board and provide timely and accurate information to assist the Board in making informed decisions. Support standing board committees, including the Executive, Finance, Governance, Resource Development, and Strategic Planning Committees.

Operational and Program management – Effectively administer all operations of ShoreLake Arts. Oversee and support the design, promotion, and delivery of high-quality arts programs and events that reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and support our Mission and Values.

Staff leadership and management – Select and cultivate qualified staff and outside contractors, model effective behaviors, foster teamwork, and sustain morale. Plan strategically to ensure that staff structure and duties fit with the organization’s mission and goals. Ensure that staff participates in regular Justice, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity training.

Integrity – Conduct all business with the highest standard of integrity. Ensure that all activities are legal and ethical. Oversee legal obligations and compliance with all state, federal and local reporting requirements.



Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in arts administration, fine arts, business administration, or a related field.

  • Ten years total experience managing a combination of cultural programming, art programs, and/or grant programs, preferably in the nonprofit sector, with 5 years’ experience at supervisory and/or managerial level.

  • Successful record of accomplishment in fundraising, including cultivating supporters, managing fundraising campaigns and events, and generating revenue through individual donors, foundations and government grants, and corporate sponsorships.

  • Hands-on financial management experience, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.

  • Experience in the work around Justice, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity issues

  • Experience with major capital campaigns or facility initiatives is a plus.


Management Style & Attributes

  • Have a genuine passion for the arts, community building, and community service.

  • Be comfortable leading in a creative, collaborative environment with multiple stakeholders.

  • Have a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in organizational decision-making, strategy, and operations.

  • Be highly organized, decisive, and exhibit grace under pressure.

  • Possess style and flair, practice respect and kindness, and think creatively.


Knowledge, skills, and competencies

  • Effective leadership, management, and people skills.

  • Ability to prioritize issues, initiate action, and timely follow through.

  • Effective and professional oral and written communication skills.

  • Outstanding ability to articulate, inspire, persuade, and communicate with a wide range of diverse stakeholders and audiences.

  • Exceptional partnership and coalition-building skills.

  • Ability to hire and retain quality staff. 

  • Ability to understand and follow the legal, financial, and ethical requirements of leading a nonprofit organization.

  • Ability to understand and produce complex budget spreadsheets.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google Suite & Drive, Adobe Creative Suite, Little Green Light (or other CRM software),, Constant Contact, and other digital tools.

  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Mandarin is a plus.


Salary:  $75,000 - $90,000 annually, commensurate with experience.


Benefits:  Employer-paid Health, Vision, & Dental; paid Sick & Vacation time (accrued separately); 6 paid holidays annually.


Location:  During the pandemic we have a flexible work environment; post-pandemic we expect the majority of work to be on-site with flexibility as scheduling permits. Some evening and weekend work required.


FLSA Status:  Full Time, Exempt

Application Process:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to ShoreLake Arts Executive Search at In the cover letter, please include a brief paragraph telling us how diversity figures into your past and present professional life, community engagement, and your lived experience. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 15, 2021.


EEO Statement

ShoreLake Arts is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, military service, or other nonmerit factors.

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Application Deadline:
October 15, 2021

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to ShoreLake Arts Executive Search at In the cover letter, please include a brief paragraph telling us how diversity figures into your past and present professional life, community engagement, and your lived experience. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 15, 2021.

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Salary Range:
$75,000 - $90,000 annually

Salary:  $75,000 - $90,000 annually, commensurate with experience.


Benefits:  Employer-paid Health, Vision, & Dental; paid Sick & Vacation time (accrued separately); 6 paid holidays annually.

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Mission & Values

The mission of ShoreLake Arts is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts. 

Core values include: Inclusivity, Fiscal Responsibility, Community, Inspiration, and Respect/Kindness. 

Learn more here.