Highland Center Seeking New Executive Director

The Highland Center in Monterey is looking for a new Executive Director.  Carol Armstrong, a member of the Highland Center’s Board of Directors, has information about the position.

“As a member of the Highland Center Board, our most important job is to hire the best person who can serve as that Executive Director,” says Armstrong.  “Someone who’s approachable, who enjoys people, who can greet the public and collaborate well.  Someone who will foster support for our ongoing youth programs and adult programs and be a community contact for building use as well.  The Executive Director will be the key person to develop the strategic plan working with the Highland Center Board and further the Director serves as the base for the Highland Center and representing our programs for adult and youth and for building use.  This person is key in the Highland Center being an integral part of our community.  The essential functions and tasks for the Executive Director at the Highland Center will include Board support, strategic planning, they will work with grants, getting grants, they will work with the finance staff that we have.  They will oversee our operations and programs there at the center and they are integral in community development and public relations.”

“Primarily our programs right now include small businesses in start up pursuits, we have the annual Taste of Highland and Farmers Market, this person will have oversight for those annual events,” says Armstrong.  “They will coordinate building rental use.  They will host the Highland Center Board meetings as the Executive Director.  We also have a strong Children’s House program that is doing well and we want to continue that.  The Executive Director will lead fundraising efforts, including supporting the Board’s involvement in the fundraising.  They will communicate with the press in our community.  They will represent the center at public events and host and monitor events at the Highland Center.  The collaborations that the Executive Director will need to have will include collaborating with the Board, with the staff and the volunteers, who participate at the Highland Center.  A Bachelor’s Degree is required for this position.  It’s a pretty 24/7 kind of responsibility, although we believe that with the staff and with the hiring of some new staff, along with the Executive Director, the team can coordinate responsibilities and be an even stronger and better center serving our community.”

“It’s amazing how the Highland Center is truly one of the centers of our county and we want it to serve our cultural, our artists, and our business folks, as well as our children, youth programs,” says Armstrong.  “It is important for this person to have a connection, and/or live here, and/or be close at hand to be an active and integral part of the happenings at the Highland Center.”

For more information, visit the website www.thehighlandcenter.org

To submit a resume, email highlandcenter@yahoo.com

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