The Mechanics’ Institute seeks an Executive Director to lead the 160-year-old Institute in continuing to fulfill its mission of providing education and service to the San Francisco Bay Area community.
Founded in 1854 to provide educational opportunities to working people, the Institute has evolved into a vibrant membership organization offering a diverse range of lectures, classes, and programming to the community at large. The Institute’s Library has 165,000 volumes in general and special collections, periodicals, and AV materials, as well as a recently created tech-friendly classroom. The Institute’s historic and world-renowned Chess Room, in addition to hosting year-round tournaments, classes, and lectures, celebrates in 2014 the second year of its Youth Outreach Chess Program in 20 local schools. Events at the Institute include author talks/discussions, an ongoing film series, and musical and cultural offerings.
Located in downtown San Francisco in a landmark historical structure, the Institute provides a gathering place and haven for its 4,500 members, guests, and building tenants. The Institute funds its operations from building rents, annual membership dues, donations, and income from its endowment.
For more information on the Institute, please visit our website: www.milibrary.org.
The Position: Executive Director (ED)
- Is responsible for the overall management of the Institute’s eight departments (Library, Chess Room, Events, Personnel, Technology, Membership, Building, and Accounting), with each department head reporting to the ED.
- Reports directly to the Board of Trustees in monthly meetings and through the work of eight board committees on which the ED sits as an ex officio member: Development and Nominating, Finance, James Lick Legacy Society, Programming, Marketing, Chess, Library, and Building.
- Plans and creates the annual capital and operating budgets in consultation with the Board, the Board’s Finance Committee, the Accounting Manager, and the other department heads. The ED is responsible for managing the Institute’s finances, including the Accounting Manager’s annual audited Financial Statements, and for implementing the approved budgets.
- Supports the Finance Committee’s investment policies.
- Supports the Institute’s financial goals through fundraising, outreach to the Bay Area’s philanthropic community, and grant-writing. In addition, the ED oversees two annual appeals and the Institute’s planned-giving (James Lick Legacy Society) program.
- Actively works with the Building Manager in managing the building’s 30,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space to optimize rental income in support of the Institute.
- Manages insurance for the Institute.
- Shares with the Library Director the oversight of the Institute’s technology staff.
- Represents the Institute to the San Francisco Bay Area community and works with the staff to publicize the Institute’s programs and services.
- Responds to member concerns, questions, and suggestions. Presides at the biannual members’ meetings. Communicates regularly with members and staff.
The Ideal Candidate:
- Gets along well with people
- Loves libraries and has some interest in chess
- Communicates well and is comfortable speaking in public
- Demonstrates success at fundraising and is comfortable in soliciting donations
- Understands and respects the function of a board of trustees or board of directors in a nonprofit organization
- Has solid grasp of basic financial skills, e.g., budget preparation, financial management, working with investment advisors
- Pays attention to details
- Excels at staff management
- Does not mind pitching in and handling whatever tasks need to be done, whether they are high-level or clerical
Compensation and Benefits:
- The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience.
- Benefits include generous health-dental-vision insurance, paid vacation, holidays and a 403b pension plan.
The Hiring Process:
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The anticipated start date for this position is early June 2014.
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