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Executive Director

Job Posting— January 9, 2023

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. For information about SEMAC:

Organization Overview

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) is one of eleven Regional Arts Councils designated by the State of Minnesota to make final decisions on the use of appropriations for local/regional arts development. SEMAC has served Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties since 1977 and is charged with assessing regional needs and planning and administering programs and services using its legislative allocation. The combined counties of the SEMAC region have a population of 519,045, ranging from Minnesota’s third-most populous city to industrial hubs to farming communities. In FY2022, SEMAC disbursed $1,094,400 through 189 grants in the region.

SEMAC Mission

SEMAC exists to encourage, promote, and assist regional arts development by providing leadership, outreach, advocacy, mentorship, grants, and services.

SEMAC Vision

  • All community members are inspired to take part in the arts and build partnerships that promote the arts and artists.
  • New culturally rich artistic opportunities are incorporated into our communities while preserving our existing artistic heritages.
  • Community members, leaders, and policy-makers foster a climate that celebrates imagination, creativity, innovation, and excellence that encourages life-long participation in the arts.

Position Purpose

The Executive Director will be a visionary and community-oriented leader to steward the next chapter of SEMAC’s work. The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization, and working with the Board of Directors, staff, arts community of the SEMAC region, and other community stakeholders to implement an inspiring vision and strategic direction for SEMAC. The Executive Director will be responsible for partnership and community­ building, outreach across the SEMAC region with a focus on racial, cultural, and geographic equity, and advocacy for artists and the arts sector in the region.

The Executive Director oversees a staff of one, plus a communications contractor, and other staff and contractors as needed, and works with grant review panelists and stakeholders to deliver on SEMAC’s mission and vision. This position is full-time, exempt, with an excellent benefits package. Position’s starting salary is $100,000, salary will be commensurate with experience.

View Application Details


Please use the following link to upload a cover letter of interest for the position, and a resume listing your qualifications for the role. Submit your application here: Please label your submission materials as follows: “Lastname_Firstname_Cover.PDF” and “Lastname_Firstname_Resume.PDF.” The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity employer. We actively welcome and encourage people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Native and/or People of Color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities to apply.

If you have questions about the role, please send them to Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with a deadline of February 24, 2023. We anticipate conducting two stages of interviews; the first stage of interviews will begin in mid-March.