The Griot Arts Executive Director will oversee the programming, fundraising, finances, development, and sustainability of the growing organization. The ED will prayerfully work to keep Christ at the center of the organization and the other 3 C’s (community, creativity, and compassion). The ED will manage the senior program directors of each sub-program at Griot, including management of the Meraki Roasting Company. He or she will work with the finance and fundraising committees to ensure the long-term stability of the program through fundraising and revenue growth. The ED will manage teams, direct fundraising initiatives, in addition to writing and managing grants for the organization.
The Executive Director should be great at relationship management with team members as well as developing new relationships with donors, foundations, churches, and volunteers. He or she will be the face of the organization to the community and must be comfortable speaking in front of people. The ED will report to and answer to the board of directors.
We value passion, community dedication, and people who identify with the experience of our students. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- A born again, Bible believing Christian
- An appreciation and knowledge of the arts and arts education
- A Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience (5+ years), in nonprofit administration, related field, or comparable experience
- Knowledge and understanding of budgets and financial reporting
- A successful track record in fundraising
- Project management skills with the ability to delegate effectively
- Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills with a high degree of tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Drive, and social media. A laptop, preferably
- Vehicle and a current driver’s license
- Self-motivated, creative, and flexible with the ability to multi-task and take initiative.
- Positive attitude, team player and contributor
Griot Arts Youth Program
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Griot Arts fosters creativity and lifelong learning through the arts and employment opportunities, empowering young people to create positive change in their lives and in their community.
The Griot Youth Program and the Mint Griot Program, Griot Art’s after-school arts programs, offer support through the arts to young people in Clarksdale, MS. We have over 50 students attending art classes, spiritual development and academic coaching each week. With over 40% of our community living under the poverty level, poor public education, and an unemployment rate of 9.2%, the program’s main goal is to offer HOPE, rooted in Christ, through using creativity through the arts as a healing and empowering agent in our community. We know that Jesus is the source, and the arts are a vehicle, and we believe that involvement in visual art, performing art, literary art and other types of artistic expression offers valuable interactive learning that teaches critical thinking.
In August 2014 Griot Arts began a new program to complement Griot Youth Program, the Meraki Job Training Program, in order to provide opportunities for young people to gain the skills needed to be able to sustain themselves and their families through meaningful, life-giving work. In 2016, board members and staff produced an intensive business plan to open Meraki Roasting Company and Market, a coffee roastery and community space in downtown Clarksdale. The main goal of the space is to provide a training ground for our opportunity youth who desperately need intentional support and training in their job-skill development.
The space also serves as a performance space, youth hang out, and a retail store for local artisans to sell their goods to the public. The program employs over 20 students each year and is working towards self- sustainability through revenue growth of coffee sales.