The Executive Director for Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) is responsible for the overall organizational management and financial operations of its artist residency program, exhibitions, public programs and fundraising activities. The position reports to the Board of Directors. Using exceptional leadership and communication skills, as well as mastery of grant writing and development protocols, the Executive Director shapes the goals and success of the organization and its mission. The Executive Director will continually strive to reach new audiences through the dynamic programming that provides deeper public involvement. The Executive Director will develop and implement fundraising strategies to meet the budgeted goals of the organization. Through engagement with corporate, planned-giving, foundations, governmental support and private individuals, the Executive Director will lead AIRIE in its mission to support contemporary artists of all disciplines as they cultivate an appreciation of the Everglades, and apply that inspiration in their artistic practice.


• Oversee and manage the annual operating budget and provide monthly reports to the Board.
• Spearhead and manage all fundraising activities, grant identification, writing, and reporting, manage annual giving program and corporate sponsorship.
• Manage the artist residency and the application process, work with the residents to maximize their stay in the residency, arrange for scientific and other professional support for each resident, oversee and maintain the AIRIE Lab apartment.
• Act as liaison with the Everglades National Park. Assure that communications are clear, cordial and up-to-date. Make sure all AIRIE programs, residents and artwork meet Park guidelines.
• Oversee the planning and execution of all programming including exhibitions in the AIRIE Nest Gallery, Sundays in the Park public programs and outreach programs in the community.
• Manage all organizational communications and marketing including website, monthly newsletters, social media posts and communications with AIRIE members and audiences.
• Maintain current local, state and federal compliance standards.
• Manage support staff


• Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least 5 years of non-profit experience
• Proven track record of developing and implementing successful fundraising events and grants.
• Strong arts background with record of exhibitions and programs organized.
• Knowledge of and strong interest in environmental issues.
• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and organization.
• Ability to work independently but also in collaborative team environment.
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and work on firm/tight deadlines.
• Strong follow-through capabilities.
• Strong computer skills including QuickBooks online, Gmail, Excel, and email marketing providers.
• Basic graphic design skills a plus.
• Knowledge of and interest in social media platforms


This is a salaried position without benefits.


Submit resume, cover letter and work samples by April 8, 2019 to [email protected]

Sample may include writing, installation images and/or past project reports.


July 1, 2019

About Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE)

Since its inception in 2001, Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) has made it possible for over 185 visual artists, composers, choreographers, and writers to spend a month in the Everglades National Park. AIRIE Fellows explore this subtropical wilderness experiencing the River of Grass, the mangrove forests, the Florida Bay and the hardwood hammock first hand. AIRIE pair the Fellows with scientists, rangers and other professionals to enhance their experience and deepen their understanding of the complex ecosystem of the Everglades, its cultural legacy and the critical conservation issues it faces. The work of AIRIE Fellows form the basis for exhibitions in the AIRIE Nest, the only contemporary art gallery in a National Park. It also inspires the programs AIRIE presents, both in the Everglades National Park, and in the community. AIRIE gained its 501 (c) 3 status in 2009 and in 2018, it received funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.