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LATITUDE Chicago | Executive Director

LATITUDE is the Midwest's first and only community digital lab, with a special focus on photography, located in Chicago’s West Town neighbourhood, and founded in 2012. The organization’s mission is twofold: first, to provide affordable access to high-end digital printing and scanning equipment and a production space for the creation of artwork, while offering technical assistance and education; and second, to organize a diverse range of social, academic, and educational programming dedicated to the arts, including a fee-free monthly Artist-in-Residence program. The organization aims to act as a hub for Chicago artists, and provide resources usually unavailable outside academic institutions. LATITUDE seeks an enthusiastic and hardworking professional to take on the role of Executive Director, reporting to and collaborating with the board of directors. The position is in charge of overseeing the organization’s daily operations and ensuring the continuous fulfillment of its mission and financial health while playing an active role in shaping its future growth. Executive Director ResponsibilitiesStaff ManagementSupervise staff of two full-time and two part-time employees, 2-3 Fellows, and over 15 volunteers, setting clear goals and directives and mentoring their professional developmentAssist Lab Director withVolunteer hiring and managementManaging communications and billing as needed for large-scale service bureau productions (E.G. museums, galleries, institutions, VIP clients)Mentor and manage LATITUDE FellowsRecruit and hire all non-volunteer staff members Develop HR policies and benefit structures with the guidance of the board of directors FinancialWork closely with the accountant toMaintain monthly bookkeepingCreate the annual budget Refine accounting and other organizational structures to prepare for future growthTrack income and expenses against budgetary goals DevelopmentPursue individual, corporate, and in-kind donorsCompose Grant applications and final reportsPlan and execute LATITUDE’s annual fundraiserDevelop new fundraising initiatives General ProgramOversee LATITUDE’s Residency and programming Work with the programming fellow to plan & execute all eventsOversee LATITUDE’s Education programWork with the Education Fellow to plan & execute all coursesInterview & select OpenEd Programs during the fall Open CallOversee all communications and marketingWork with the Communications Coordinator to strategically plan all communicationsRequest design work and provide feedback on all work created for the organization CommunityDevelop and maintain community connectionsWork with Community Outreach Fellow to define the new position and goalsRepresent LATITUDE through class visits, site visits (labs, vendors, arts organizations), panel discussions and other events AdministrativeDevelop organizational structure and strategy to encourage organizational growth, stability, and community benefitSupport Board communications and development and provide regular updates CultureWork to continually support and improve LATITUDE’s culture of openness, shared knowledge and resources, and generosityComplete all responsibilities with a focus on fostering an inclusive, diverse and philanthropic organization Working EnvironmentOpen workspace within high-energy public lab Typically 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday schedule with occasional nights and weekendsRemote work is acceptable when necessarySalary commensurate with experience. Benefits include unlimited access to all LATITUDE equipment.
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago - City
Tags: photography, non-profit, director, Arts Education, residency, community