Executive Director:

The Riverside Arts Center seeks an  Executive Director to lead our organization into the next chapter of its long history. The Arts center recently purchased the building it has been operating out of for the last 25 years and wants to expand its operations, facilities, and impact on the community. The executive director’s role is pivotal in leading the organization’s mission to provide the arts and cultural programs through education, performing arts, and visual and fine arts activities that serve and engage the community in Ypsilanti and surrounding areas.

The Executive Director shall lead the day-to-day operations and supervise and manage the small staff, including the Manager of Operations and the Administrative & Marketing Assistant. The Director shall collaborate with the Board, volunteer committees, and staff in implementing the arts center’s vision and strategies. The arts center’s passionate Board of Directors is  a volunteer board mixed with governance and oversight, and collaboration is the key to success in this role. The Executive Director is a thoughtful leader who can guide the organization through continuous change and growth to new heights.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Execution:

  • Provides leadership by developing strategic plans and a vision for the art center’s future.
  • Help advise and plan the third-floor expansion designed to provide new education and community offerings not currently offered.
  • Ensure successful execution of programming and operations of the Center’s day-to-day operations while improving the future capacity of the Center’s impact on the community.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the arts.
  • Adopt creative and innovative approaches and practices for running an organization through change.

Resource Development/Fundraising and Community Partnerships:

  • Work closely with the Advancement Committee and the Board of Directors on stewardship efforts while cultivating relationships with partners and key community partners.
  • Maintains active membership and participation in the community
  • Maintains and enhances fundraising success in partnership with the staff and the Board
  • Actively engages with a prioritized  portfolio of potential funders, with monthly goals/progress for all fundraising activities.
  • Strategically diversifies the funding base and revenue streams to maintain and enhance organizational sustainability.
  • Maintains an annual calendar of grant application deadlines
  • Identify and write grants to increase the programming and funding resources of the arts center.

Team Relations/Supervision:

  • Leads an impactful, passionate team; responsible for all team members’ recruitment, mentoring, and performance management.
  • Maintains a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of peak-performing professionals.
  • Establishes trust and rapport with the team through authentic relationships and empowers the staff to excel at their roles.
  • Instills recognition systems for staff and adopts regular venues for listening and responding to staff ideas and needs.
  • Encourages an active volunteer committee to aid staff and facilitates community involvement

Internal and External Communications:

  • Represents the organization in various community forums and funding agencies to advocate for Riverside’s mission and vision.
  • Communicates regularly with the Board on all activities and matters of importance.
  • Reports metrics against goals that will be developed with input from Board members and committees.
  • Oversees the dissemination of information regarding Riverside’s activities to increase community awareness of the progress made toward our goals.
  • Establishes sound working relationships with community partners and the community.
  • Writes or approves all relevant collateral and communication (Annual Report, website, social media)

Finance and Business Plans:

  • Oversees sound financial practices, including close coordination with the Board Treasurer on our planning and performance towards annual financial and fundraising goals.
  • Partners with staff and Board in preparing a budget; ensures that the organization operates within budget guidelines and follows accurate accounting practices.
  • Ensures that program and operational expenditures are accurately balanced with fundraising/revenue.
  • Partners with staff and Board in preparing budgets for educational and cultural activities.

Programming Oversight:

  • Directs the development and maintenance of existing and new programming, including summer camps, artist residency programs, exhibition series, classes, and community events.
  • Works closely with the volunteer committees to craft relevant, educational programming for the community.
  • Partners with other community organizations to provide new and original arts and culture programming for the art center.

Education and Experience

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least five years of experience in a leadership/supervisory role with a proven track record in establishing relationships with staff, Board, and volunteers
  • Experience working in a nonprofit, economic development, governmental, or public sector setting with proven expertise in responding to the needs of various team members.
  • Experience raising funds, including success in the grant lifecycle, fundraising event planning, donor solicitation and stewardship, and corporate and civic engagement

Competencies and Attributes

  • Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment and tact as well as maintain the highest integrity and ethics.
  • A drive towards collaboration, innovation, and pursuit of new opportunities, along with change management.
  • Strong social skills with the philanthropic community and major donors
  • Solid, persuasive verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to deliver inspiring and succinct presentations and conduct productive meetings
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as a consistent track record of working collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead a team with varied strengths and effectively manage, motivate, and mentor staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop organizational strategic plans.

  • A strong passion for the arts and education
  • A connection and/or familiarity with the Ypsilanti community

This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including simple IRA match, paid vacation, and sick leave. This role is a full-time and on-site job based in Ypsilanti, Michigan and reports to the Board of Directors.

To apply, candidates should submit their cover letter (including salary history and current requirements) and resume by using the following form:

Executive Director Job Application:

Riverside Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to request accommodation.



Administrative and Marketing Assistant

Job Search Ends:  Applications being accepted immediately and until the position is filled.  


  • Accounting
    • Record all expenditures and revenue into Quickbooks 
  • Pay Bills – this tends to happen automatically, but attention is still necessary.
  • Rentals
    • Respond to inquiries
    • Reminders having to do with Payments/Security Deposits
  • Update and maintain website
  • Assist with designing digital and print media
  • Post digital and print media
  • Newsletter
    • Create content and design
    • Send via email campaign
    • Post to social media and website
  • Answer messages on all media platforms
  • Create calls for art/jury applications
  • Market show and solicit for works
    • Communicate with participating artists
    • Create loan agreements/drop off and pick up
    • Create Labels


  • Little Green Light
    • Enter donations
    • Update donor information



Bachelor’s degree and experience, preferably with administrative duties, including website editing, scheduling and communications.

–     Excellent writing and editing skills

  •      Strong interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills, capable of effectively working with colleagues, board members, and donors

–      Ability to meet deadlines

–      Proven track record of success

–      Motivated, well organized, and a creative problem solving

–      Basic graphic design and / or web design experience is preferred. 

Candidates must have an appreciation and understanding of RAC’s mission, as well as the role of performing arts programs for children, young adults, and adults in the Ypsilanti area. Connections in the local arts community are a plus.

Candidates must be creative and energetic and be team-oriented.


Full-time: 40 hours per week.

The Administrative and Marketing Assistant will report to the Manager of Operations until a new Executive Director is hired, at which time the Administrative and Marketing Assistant will then report to the Executive Director. 

All are encouraged to apply.  Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals are highly encouraged to apply.  


Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to Maggie Spencer, the Manager of Operations at maggie@riversidearts.org

*Camp Counselor

Job Title: Camp Counselor

Reports to: Operations Manager

Employment Status: Temporary/part time

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Compensation: $18/hour

Riverside is offering summer camp for children ages 7-12, June – August, 2022.  There are five, one week long sessions. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in theater, dance, and art classes. Each session will have a theme derived from the idea of “production.” Production is at the heart of making art. Artists and theorists have long acknowledged its importance as both an artistic action and an idea to be explored. 


  • Lead campers in daily schedule.
  • Help maintain daily classroom routines including: food prep, clean up, schedules, cleaning toys.
  • Communicate, maintain & model independent behaviors & offer guidance.
  • Model positive adult-child & adult-adult interactions & foster atmosphere of respect.



  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience working with children and families. 
  • Physical exam including TB test
  • CPR/First Aid strongly preferred.
  • Vaccinated for COVID-19


Volunteer Assistant Counselor:

Ages 16+ 

Be an assistant counselor for an arts centered summer camp offered by Riverside Arts Center. Assistant counselors will work directly with camp counselors to run camp programming, monitor children, and help maintain a safe environment. Volunteers can sign up for one or more sessions and must commit to a minimum of 2 shifts per session Applicants must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Those needing volunteer hours for school may submit forms and letters of recommendation can be provided. 


*All staff and volunteers are subject to a background check upon hiring and will receive staff training.

Please send a cover letter and resume to maggie@riversidearts.org


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