Apply for Executive Director Position

About the Hermitage Artist Retreat

The trustees of the Hermitage Artist Retreat seek an executive director to lead the organization into its future. The Hermitage consists of five restored and adapted historic buildings and one contemporary building on approximately eight acres on the barrier island of Manasota Key, Englewood, Florida. Founded in 2002 as a project of the Sarasota County Arts Council, the Hermitage has grown to become a significant national artist community serving mid-career artists in all disciplines. 

The mission of the Hermitage Artist Retreat is to “inspire the artists of today” and it expresses its values of excellence, access, and exemplary service to both artists and community at every opportunity. The Hermitage provides a “boutique” experience for some of today’s most significant creators. All residencies in our core program are curated by our National Curatorial Council and work created at the Hermitage has been produced and exhibited at major venues throughout the nation and the world. Other Hermitage programs serve artists with families, Florida public school arts teachers, and Sarasota County artists. The Hermitage hosts residencies 11 months of the year, with one month off (September) for facility maintenance and repairs. 

The Hermitage created and administers “The Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.” This $30,000 national prize is awarded annually and rotates among the disciplines of drama, music, and visual art. It is awarded in the form of a commission for a new work that sees its first public audience in Sarasota two years after its formal award during the annual Greenfield Prize Weekend. The executive director oversees this year-round, jury-driven process and is responsible for fulfilling the contract with the Greenfield Foundation.

The successful candidate will have a significant and effective history of broad engagement in the arts community, a passion for the arts and artists, and a proven track record of inspiring philanthropy with superior interpersonal and speaking skills. Work experience in an artist community is a plus but not a necessity. As a visionary leader of a small staff, he or she should enthusiastically enjoy “doing what it takes” to reinforce the Hermitage brand and experience on an everyday basis.

Excellent references as a confident professional leader will be presented to the trustees, staff and the Sarasota community.

Executive Director

The executive director fulfills all the responsibilities of a CEO in a way that serves and advances the mission and programs of the organization and its stakeholders. The position fills the role of the organizational leader, articulating a compelling vision and, working in partnership with the board of trustees, develops the strategies and tactics to achieve it. The executive director is the public face of the organization and takes every opportunity to express the organization’s values and aspirations to the outside community. The executive director, in collaboration with the board of trustees, develops policy decisions and strategic plans, puts them into operation and executes them, overseeing all day-to-day operations as well as the overall annual plan set forth in advance. Specifically, the executive director:


  • Recruits, facilitates, and oversees the activities of the National Curatorial Council.
  • Is responsible for ensuring the best possible residency experience for resident artists by working with staff to create the formal and informal working atmosphere.
  • Seeks and envisions new program opportunities and collaborations which are in keeping with and enhance the organization and its mission.
  • Leads all activities associated with the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
  • Seeks and develops new partnership opportunities with local, national, and international organizations to bring artists to complement the core residency program.

Board of Trustees:

  • Works closely with the board in the cultivation and recruitment of potential new board members.
  • With the governance committee, sees to the orientation and training of new board members and ongoing education of the board of trustees.
  • Oversees all communications with the board of trustees, including monthly reports from various staff.
  • Develops materials for board meetings such as the agenda in collaboration with board leadership.
  • Collaborates with the board leadership in the assignment of board committees and the execution of board business as necessary.
  • Works with the board to establish and approve comprehensive short- and long-term plans and implements these plans with staff support.


  • Partners with the board to raise funds to support the organization.
  • Works consistently with the development committee and staff to identify, initiate and maintain fundraising activities on all fronts.
  • Oversees the writing of grant applications for the organization.
  • Raises funds personally by soliciting donations.
  • Oversees the development materials to aid the fundraising effort.
  • Attends community events that might advance fundraising efforts by meeting and establishing connections to new donors and/or relationships with partner organizations.


  • Promotes effective and positive connections to the community through both individuals and organizations.
  • Takes responsibility for the public image of the organization.
  • Represents the Hermitage at community functions.
  • Promotes local and national media coverage for Hermitage activities, always acting as the main spokesperson for the organization.
  • Promotes the Hermitage “brand.”


  • Collaborates with the board of trustees and staff to develop the annual operating budget consistent with current planning, goals and priorities of the organization.
  • Monitors income and expenses against budget.
  • Oversees day-to-day financial decisions, maintaining and ensuring the fiscal integrity of the organization at all times.

Human Resources:

  • Responsible for hiring, supervising, and evaluating all staff.
  • Develops human resource needs and presents to the board for approval, as needed.
  • Effectively manages the organization, including contracted services.
  • Leads, coaches, develops, and retains a high-performance team in the implementation of the mission, vision, and organizational goals.
  • Provides board with meaningful recommendatons regarding staff performance, training, compensation, and benefits.
  • Develops and implements compensation and benefit plans, based upon the board’s direction.


  • Collaborates with the facilities committee to plan, repair, maintain, and improve all Hermitage facilities necessary for the organization to meet its mission.
  • Oversees the work of the facilities manager in executing all related facilities work.

The executive director exercises all of these duties and responsibilities in a way that reflects and contributes to the organization’s commitment to excellence and integrity throughout all aspects of its operation.

Required Skills/Experience/Training:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus the successful completion of various professional development courses.
  • Advanced degrees preferred.
  • Proven track record of success in a leadership position overseeing operations of an organization or program with exposure to arts organizations, while maintaining solid relationships with staff, board, donors and community.
  • A minimum of five years of senior-level non-profit arts organization experience is preferred.
  • Successful resource development, fundraising and philanthropy experience.
  • Significant experience as a paid or volunteer leader at a not-for-profit organization.
  • A solid knowledge of accounting, budgeting, financial management and marketing.
  • Experience in leading the process of ongoing strategic planning.
  • Extensive experience in public speaking/public relations.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, preferably including experience developing and implementing public, private and non-profit partnerships to achieve national and community-wide cultural goals to enhance the positive effects that the arts and art culture have on our society.
  • Displays leadership characteristics of authenticity, integrity and visionary strength.
  • Combines the best qualities of a business and a creative mindset.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

To apply please submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Three references
  • Writing sample

Submit applications to:

Application deadlines: The position will remain open until filled. We expect to be accepting resumes and cover letters from candidates through the early summer months. We intend to interview as qualified candidates are available. Our goal is to have a new executive director acceptance in hand by no later than October 1, 2019, to allow for transition time.

DISCLAIMER: Job descriptions are not meant to be all-inclusive and the job itself is subject to change. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. Position description created and approved by board of directors on 3.25.19.