founding executive director resume example with 19+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - : - -

Creative visionary with experience in planning, implementation, and oversight of all business operations, presentations, programs, outreach, and marketing. As the primary fundraiser, developed strong relationships to benefit the organization and its continued success. Passionate, driven director with strong written and public speaking skills. Ability to develop and plan operations, events and activities, while being flexible enough to pivot as needed. In depth knowledge of music history and strong relationships with music and museum professionals.

  • Visionary for start-up development
  • Nonprofit direction to support mission
  • Content expert and spokesperson
  • Project planning and management
  • Highly organized with ability to pivot as needed
  • Brand management
  • Operations oversight
  • Planning and coordination
  • Partnership/relationship development
  • Financial leadership
  • Defined and led organization's vision
  • Primary fundraiser
  • Marketing and sales management
04/2013 to Current
Founding Executive Director Calhoun Intermediate School District Marshall, MI,
  • Led all activities directly related to the Woody Guthrie Center collection and exhibitions and assumed the lead role in the carrying out of the organization’s mission, vision, strategic plan, and budget.
  • Created and translated the mission of the Woody Guthrie Center to the organization’s partners and funders as well as the general public.
  • Implemented policies, procedures, and budgets related to the overall administration, governance, and operations of the organization.
  • Directed hiring, training, and oversight of department managers.
  • Promoted company public profile by delivering speeches, writing articles and presenting at conferences and festivals as public face of organization.
  • Cultivated ongoing relationships with Center board, major partners, government agencies, and other stakeholders to secure financial, community, collections, and operations support.
  • Created opportunities to maintain the overall sustainability of the organization including acting as the main fundraiser
  • Produced compelling programs as a way to connect and engage potential partners.
  • Advised on all marketing, sponsorship, development, external business affairs, and promotional programs.
  • Functioned as the chief curator of exhibits, including research, design, layout, writing, artifact loans, and installation.
  • Cultivated relationships with local media including print, radio, and television.
  • Liaised with other museum and music professionals and other connected agencies, through meetings and collaborative projects.
  • Created, maintained and monitored annual budget and ongoing financial status of the organization.
  • Provided regular reporting to Board of Directors to reflect exhibit plans, programming, events, fundraising and over profit and loss statements.
08/2000 to 05/2012
Secondary English Teacher Pryor Public Schools City, STATE,
  • Created and implemented lesson plans, modifying for differences in student learning styles.
  • Achieved National Board Certification status.
  • Functioned as school technology advisor, including presentations of multiple staff development sessions related to technology in education.
  • Attended professional development training to improve knowledge and skills.
  • Customized innovative methods and materials to produce effective learning experiences.
  • Integrated technology into classroom settings to engage students and diversify instruction.
  • Selected and implemented interesting and interactive learning media to increase student understanding of course materials.
  • Selected as Teacher of the Year, 2007.
  • Served as Student Council advisor 2000-2010.
01/2008 to 08/2010
Part-Time Technology Instructor The Eighth Floor City, STATE,
  • Instructed educators about creative technology and uses in the classroom.
  • SMART certified instructor for brand technology.
Education and Training
Expected in 07/2000 to to
Bachelor of Arts: Secondary English Education
Northeastern State University - Tahlequah, OK,
  • Magna cum laude graduate
Expected in 05/2014 to to
Master of Science: Library Media And Informational Technology
Northeastern State University - Tulsa, OK,
Additional Information

1998-2014 - Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Board of Directors

  • Lead concert programming for 17 years of start-up festival. Reviewed artist applicants, selected and scheduled music and programs, negotiated and processed contracts and riders, booked travel and accommodations for 100+ artists each year, coordinated hospitality and sales for artists, confirmed all stage and sound needs for artists.
  • Board president - 2 years, Board secretary - 2 years, Board treasurer - 1 year

2019-present - The Outsiders House Museum Board of Directors

  • Board secretary - 2 years

2018-present - Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice Board of Directors

2017-present - Folk Alliance International Board of Directors

  • Board secretary - 4 years
  • Programming committee lead - 5 years

2017-present - Tulsa Regional Tourism Executive Board

2014-2017 - Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture Charter Board Member

2014-present - Woody Guthrie Folk Festival - Advisory Board

2013-present - Board Member of Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers

2013-present - Advisory Board Member of Woody Guthrie Journal

2013-present - Member of Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce

2013-present - Member of Tulsa Arts District Business Association

2000-2013 - Member of National Education Association/Oklahoma Education Association/Pryor Classroom Teachers Association

1998-2000 - Member of The Orphanage Society, presenting folk concerts in the Northeast Oklahoma region

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School Attended

  • Northeastern State University
  • Northeastern State University

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  • Secondary English Teacher
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