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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Search for Executive Director for Art Buddies

Art Buddies seeks a dynamic and effective leader for the full-time position of Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have a passion for helping low-income kids discover their creative potential and a talent for the fundraising necessary to run and expand the program. The Executive Director must be a leader, fundraiser, creative problem- solver, persuasive communicator and public speaker. He or she must be able to manage a small staff, understand nonprofits, and oversee legal, accounting and governance matters. A familiarity with the commercial art world—including advertising, design, and marketing—is a plus.

$40,000 - $60,000 with benefits and the potential to increase compensation by successful fundraising and program expansion.

- At least 5 years professional experience
- Passion for the organization's mission
- Proven sales or fundraising skills
- Strong writing and communication ability
- Public speaking skill with a talent for engaging and inspiring an audience
- Fiscal management strengths
- Strong leader, planner and manager

Art Buddies is a joyful, inspiring after-school mentoring program that helps low-income children discover their creative potential, build confidence, and envision a positive future. Grade-school students receive one-on-one mentoring from professionals in all sorts of creative fields, including advertising, marketing, graphic design, interior design, and architecture. In workshops of seven to ten weeks, each child creates with his or her own Art Buddy. Kids may build a costume of their future self, a model of their dream city, or an image of themselves as “ruler of the world.” Art Buddies ends with the kids becoming stars, posing for professional photographers and showing off their creations in an exciting parade and performance.

Creatives for Causes (doing business as Art Buddies) is a small, charitable organization founded in 1994 by former art director/designer Sue Crolick. After a 30-year career in advertising and design, Sue dreamed of empowering inner- city kids by pairing them with creative mentors from her field. Art Buddies has two full-time employees, one part- time contractor, a seven-member Board of Directors and a 20-member Advisory Board. Its sole program is Art Buddies; its annual budget is around $150,000. Art Buddies runs two fall programs and two spring programs at two different locations in south Minneapolis. Each year, it recruits 160 creative mentors and serves an equal number of children. It has recently expanded, with ambitions to expand further. Learn more at

- Application web page: 
- Fill out our 
(REQUIRED), attached here and 
- Email your responses with your cover letter and resume to: 
Search Committee of the Art Buddies Board 
c/o Rosanne Monten

Application deadline is Friday, July 20. Review of applications will begin shortly following this deadline.