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WCDH Seeks Executive Director

Updated: May 17, 2022

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is seeking an Executive Director. Applications are currently being accepted online through Monday, May 16.

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) Executive Director (ED) reports directly to the Board of Directors, planning with and implementing the goals and priorities of the Board. The ED works with the Board to make decisions regarding organizational priorities and ongoing development of new and expanded programs and fundraising/development activities. Responsibilities include:

• Development: Coordinates and implements development direction and fundraising activity, identifying new programs, partnerships, collaborations and opportunities. This includes grant writing, preparing sponsorship proposals, soliciting renewal of gifts from current donors, and identifying new donor prospects and new vehicles for fundraising. The ED is responsible for drafting reports on projects that have been funded, and providing updates to the Board • Operations: Provides oversight of the entire organization, including programming, operations, budget, and personnel • Financials: Creates and oversees the budget and financial goals, including preparation of budget for Board approval and providing regular reviews (monthly financials) with the Board • Board liaison: Provides timely reports and items for decision-making, participates in monthly board meetings, taking detailed notes and preparing minutes for approval • Primary liaison: Builds relationships with funders, foundations, charitable trusts, sponsors, and arts organizations, and oversees maintenance of a donor database • Public relations: Creates and maintains a presence via various media opportunities in Northwest Arkansas and Eureka Springs; acts as the primary spokesperson, advocating for the WCDH and for the arts • Marketing: Develops and oversees a robust marketing strategy and implementation plan Experience: A minimum five years of experience as an executive director or in a responsible leadership position. Masters degree preferred. Candidates should have a record of working on or with not-for-profit boards, have successful people skills, and be a proactive, positive thinker.

Qualities sought: • Passion for and commitment to the work of the WCDH • A self-starter and independent, positive thinker • Good people skills and ability to network • An ability to effectively represent WCDH in both speech and writing • Creative strategic planner • A readiness to handle multiple tasks simultaneously • Promptness and sense of vision • Creative problem-solver • Familiarity with preparing a budget

This is a 30-hours/week position. Salary compensation for this part-time position is $30,000 and the schedule is flexible.

If you have questions about the position or application process, please contact Michelle Hannon at 479-253-7444 or


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