Executive Director Search

Executive Director Search

Light in Winter, a yearly Festival of Science and the Arts in Ithaca, NY, is searching for an Executive Director to provide experienced leadership in fundraising, event management, marketing, and general administration. We are offering flexible, part-time work and a leadership role in an important annual event that has become an Ithaca winter season institution. Light in Winter is now in its ninth season.

The Executive Director will oversee all administrative functions of the organization and be responsible for developing a fundraising and outreach program. Duties include:

  1. Fundraising (50%): Donor and sponsor recruitment and cultivation, special events development, grant writing, and donor database management.
  2. Event Production (25%): Management of production of yearly festival event and coordination with monthly Science Cabaret productions. Potential for additional events that promote the festival over the course of the year.
  3. Marketing (15%): Supervise website and social media management, brochure development, and creation of fundraising materials.
  4. Financial management and office management (10%): Budget development and oversight, quarterly and annual reports, financial records maintenance, phone, mail, and email communications, maintenance of organizational records.

We are looking for a creative and self-motivated person who supports our mission of producing exceptional festivals that further our community’s appreciation of the connections between science and the arts. Applicants must have fundraising and marketing experience and familiarity with the technical tools needed for database management, budget development, and online marketing. The Executive Director will work closely with the Light in Winter Board of Directors as part of a collaborative management structure.

The position is part-time (20 hrs/wk) and offers a flexible schedule at various times of the year. The Board of Directors expects that the Executive Director will take a leadership role in fundraising with the board’s full participation. Starting salary is negotiable and future salary level will be dependent on fund-raising success.

Please send cover letter and resume, along with three references, at: