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Full-Time Executive Director Job Opportunity


The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead the organization into its next phase by serving as executive director of our new Lost Pines Art Center and Reflective Sculpture Garden. The Executive Director of the Lost Pines Art Center must be a person who has an extensive background in the arts, strong leadership, vision, administrative and management skills and possess the qualities of accessibility, openness, and the personal and professional integrity required to represent this Regional Art Center.

Located in Bastrop, Texas, this new regional art center will be leading the growth of the arts and serve as a distinctive destination for Central Texas tourism and visitors. For more information about the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild and the Lost Pines Art Center, go to:



General –

  • The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities are to provide the Guild with artistic vision, strategic direction, and overall management, including: exhibits and programs, community development, fundraising, grant writing, education, and physical, financial and human resources administration

  • The Executive Director reports to the Board and works in tandem with the Board to define and implement the Center’s strategic direction. She/he will serve ex officio on the Board

  • The Executive Director will be the Center’s public face and ambassador. She/he will build productive, collegial relationships with donors and art patrons, collectors, artists, volunteers, community leaders and other cultural institutions within the wider region and nationally

  • In addition, the Executive Director will, with the Board, staff and outside counsel, plan and implement the organization and successful opening of the new Art Center


Financial and Budgetary -

Work with the Fundraising Committee and the Board to:

  • Prepare and implement Board-approved annual budgets and participate in long-term financial planning

  • Oversee the assets and financial affairs of the organization, ensuring expenditures are in line with approved resources

  • Assist in developing fundraising strategies to cultivate and solicit new funding sources

  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with donors and provide leadership for major gift cultivation and solicitation


Oversight of Exhibition and Education Programs –

Work with the Gallery and Teaching/Workshop Committees to:

  • Build and expand the Center’s exhibition and education programs

  • Cultivate relationships with galleries, museums, and other suitable entities for loans and traveling exhibitions


Communications and Public Relations –

  • Develop and ensure that marketing and communications strategies, including branding initiatives, strengthen the Center’s identity and positioning

  • Maintain frequent communication with Board, staff, and volunteers as well as community and regional organizations

  • Maintain the Center’s productive relationships with regional artists and the press


Governance, Operation and Administration –

  • Foster open and transparent communications with the public, staff, and volunteers

  • Enhance a collaborative culture

  • Ensure that staff/volunteer responsibilities, accountability, and authority are clearly defined and delegated for the Art Center

  • Ensure that the Center is appropriately and effectively managed, structured and staffed

  • Promote and maintain practices that encourage open communication, cooperation, satisfaction, and teamwork among staff and volunteers

  • Manage staff and volunteers to assure optimal performance

  • Conduct staff evaluations annually or more often, as needed

  • Serve as the key contact between the Board and staff

Job Qualifications

  • Preferred 5 years senior level experience within a visual arts organization

  • Preferred 3 years curatorial or program development experience

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field or the equivalent in experience

  • Possess excellent communication skills and strong public speaking ability

  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational and planning skills

  • Demonstrated success in donor cultivation and solicitation experience

  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage budgets; plan and implement major events

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a sustainable multi-year program

  • Experience overseeing the design and production of print and web-based materials and publications

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, artists, collectors, donors, sponsors and community leaders

  • Demonstrated computer skills and the use of standard office software (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite, database entry, etc.)

  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality


Start Date


This is a new position and will be filled by approximately January 1, 2016.


Procedure for Application


An application, cover letter, resume, three (3) references, and letters of recommendation should be sent to

NO phone calls or faxes.

The deadline has been extended until November 6, 2015.

All inquiries should be directed to


The Guild and the Art Center


In the summer of 1998, several local artists came together to form the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild, with the purpose of providing “mutual aid and promotion of local artists in this community, and to encourage cultural interest in and appreciation for fine art.” Since its inception, the Guild has grown and expanded its exhibition space and community outreach programs. The Guild currently operates a gallery with eight Board members and over 120 volunteer members, with approximately 70 of them working as docents in the Gallery.


The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild saw the 100-year old Powell Cotton Seed Mill as an opportunity, a bold transformational project that will serve as a catalyst for future business development and create a distinctive cultural destination for residents and tourists alike, all within walking distance of downtown Bastrop.

The rebirth of this old mill as the Lost Pines Art Center will provide the resources needed to foster economic growth and development, promote tourism and expand educational opportunities. It will become a gathering place for artists, residents, students and tourists, featuring:

  • 4,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space – enough to house major traveling exhibits

  • 1,000 to 2,000 square feet of classroom space, and the opportunity to observe and learn from artists at work

  • Leasable retail space

  • Outdoor sculpture gardens

  • Studio silos – for pottery, sculpture and art glass

  • An artist-in-residence loft and studio


The Lost Pines Art Center is a major investment in the arts for Central Texas – a facility that will serve as the focal point of a vibrant art community, the catalyst for economic development and a distinctive cultural destination unlike any other in Central Texas. The building is in the design phase currently, with ground breaking to happen in the fourth quarter of 2015. The estimated opening date is 2017.




Bastrop, Texas is a unique blend of old and new. Nestled on the banks of the Colorado River, in the heart of the Lost Pines region of Central Texas, the Bastrop historic district offers a delightful selection of shops, restaurants and inns. Nearby neighborhoods contain over 100 historic homes, many beautifully restored. A Texas Main Street City since 2007, Bastrop was also named a Distinctive Destination in 2010 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in recognition of the City's work to preserve its historic character, promote heritage tourism and extend its welcome.

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