Director

The director is the public face of the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, which manages the artwork bequeathed by Ora Lerman at her death in 1998. The trust also owns two sites: Lerman’s home and studio in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, and a nearby early twentieth-century church. These properties and the surrounding gardens and acreage comprise Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat, the trust’s residency program for national and international professional visual artists, writers, and musicians.  

The director is responsible for supporting the trust’s dual mission to promote Ora Lerman’s artwork and to provide artists with time and space to “create in tranquility” at Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat. Additionally, the director facilitates guest lectures, special events, and educational programming. In collaboration with the trust’s board and freelance consultants, the director is responsible for all trust operations, including but not limited to budgets, media relations, artist residencies, fundraising, annual reports, and partnerships with local arts organizations.

 

Contact Name
Rachel Selekman
Contact Email Address
lermantrust.jobs@gmail.com
Type of Employment
Part-time
Type of Role
Administrator
Salary Level or Range
$35/hour, 20 hours/week, maximum $36,400/yr
This is a remote position
yes
Remote Details

The majority of the work can be done remotely at the applicant's home base. However, an occasional visit to our retreat center (Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat) in the countryside (about an hours drive west of Scranton, PA) is necessary.

We do have a Residency manager who handles the majority of details about our program and the site. 

Location

Laceyville, PA
United States

How to Apply

Application                    To be accepted as a candidate for the position, all applicants must submit evidence of the qualifications noted as well as the supporting documents by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Qualifications:              M.A. in Art History or Arts Administration preferred and/or three years of visual arts–related managerial and administrative experience

Supporting documents:

                                           Two personal and two professional letters of recommendation

                                           Statement of interest in the position

Send application to:   lermantrust.jobs@gmail.com

URL to Job Post
Application Closing Date
Description and Qualifications

Position Listing:           Arts Administrator                     

Title of Position:          Director, Ora Lerman Charitable Trust (OLCT)

Reports to:                     Trustees and Board

Collaborates with:       Board committees, grants writer, curator, residency manager

Supervises:                     Freelance personnel and consultants 

Compensation:            $35/hour, 20 hours/week, maximum $36,400/yr

Application deadline: February 29, 2024

Starting date:                Immediately 

Website:                         oralermantrust.com

Application                    To be accepted as a candidate for the position, all applicants must submit evidence of the qualifications noted as well as the supporting documents by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Qualifications:              M.A. in Art History or Arts Administration preferred and/or three years of visual arts–related managerial and administrative experience

Supporting documents:

                                           Two personal and two professional letters of recommendation

                                           Statement of interest in the position

Send application to:   lermantrust.jobs@gmail.com

                              

Summary Job Description

The director is the public face of the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, which manages the artwork bequeathed by Ora Lerman at her death in 1998. The trust also owns two sites: Lerman’s home and studio in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, and a nearby early twentieth-century church. These properties and the surrounding gardens and acreage comprise Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat, the trust’s residency program for national and international professional visual artists, writers, and musicians.  

The director is responsible for supporting the trust’s dual mission to promote Ora Lerman’s artwork and to provide artists with time and space to “create in tranquility” at Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat. Additionally, the director facilitates guest lectures, special events, and educational programming. In collaboration with the trust’s board and freelance consultants, the director is responsible for all trust operations, including but not limited to budgets, media relations, artist residencies, fundraising, annual reports, and partnerships with local arts organizations.

Required skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial, and administrative abilities (three years of experience preferred)
  • Strong organizational skills to manage the diverse operations of the trust
  • Excellent database proficiency and knowledge of new and emerging technologies in arts administration/arts business
  • Familiarity with professional arts platforms, and national and state arts organizations in the northeastern states 
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of personnel 
  • Creative thinking directed to refining and expanding the trust’s mission

Detailed Job Description

Supervising:                          

  • Freelancers and consultants

Collaborating with:            

  • Board committees and consultants to envision projects designed to advance the dual OLCT mission, e.g., preserving the legacy of Ora Lerman’s art and offering artist residencies
  • The residency manager, trustees, board, and board committees to plan professional arts programming at Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat
  • The board in facilitating project-based committee work by board members
  • The grants writer in planning, securing, and administering funding that supports the trust’s dual mission
  • Trustees, board, grants writer, curator, and relevant board committees in organizing and implementing public relations outreach, focusing on east coast cultural organizations 

Planning and administering budgets by:

  • Determining all expenses for the calendar year
  • Securing grants to subsidize all aspects of the trust’s dual mission 
  • Reviewing and assessing utility of the trust’s memberships in professional organizations and digital accounts, and recommending changes as needed
  • Working with the trust’s treasurer, accountant, and financial advisor to steward and grow of the trust’s funds
  • Collaborating with the board to devise a capital plan to maintain and improve the trust’s property sites, gardens, and acreage

Maintaining OLCT records by:

  • Updating and improving the OLCT website
  • Reviewing all digital accounts and operational documents related to the trust and its residency program 
  • Keeping press and media lists up to date
  • Ensuring all documents are current, and implementing changes and improvements as needed

Envisioning the future of OLCT through:

  • Designing proposals and recommendations required to build an increasingly profitable, successful, and thriving arts organization
  • Creating opportunities for board members and trustees to collaborate with freelancers in realizing its dual mission: artistic legacy and artists residencies
  • Reassessing the goals of Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat as needed (for example, through creative structural redesign) 
  • Supporting and furthering opportunities for past residents to contribute as alumni to the growth and development of Soaring Gardens