Current Opportunities at Southern Exposure






Southern Exposure seeks three LEAD TEACHING ARTISTS who will facilitate a four-week intensive summer arts program for Mission Voices Summer (MVS).

Deadline: Tuesday, May 28, 2019


About Mission Voices Summer (MVS):

MVS provides students in the Bay Area ages 14-21 with a visual art space to explore issues relevant to them and their community, exercise leadership skills, and utilize art as a tool for social change. MVS is a Southern Exposure Artist in Education (AIE) program, pairing local artists with teens and young adults from the Bay Area.

About the Job: Three Lead Teaching Artists, along with three Teaching Artist Interns, and Southern Exposure’s Artists in Education Program Coordinator will collaborate with and teach approximately 30-45 youth (divided into three groups of 10-15) to produce visual arts projects based on a socially relevant theme. The program runs for 4 weeks: July 8 – August 1, 2019, Monday through Thursday, 2:00 – 5:00 PM. It culminates in a final exhibition in SoEx’s gallery space, on view to the public from August 1 – 17, 2019.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

·       Collaborate with Teaching Artist Interns, Youth Leaders, and the AIE Program Coordinator to decide upon and select a socially relevant exhibition theme

·       Design workshop curriculum

·       Attend MVS trainings and curriculum planning meetings the week of June 18-22, exact times and dates TBD

·       Attend weekly planning sessions and post-project evaluation meetings

·       Gather materials and resources for projects

·       Lead the daily workshops in collaboration with Teaching Artist Interns

·       Update AIE Program Coordinator about progress, achievements, and challenges

·       Prepare project for final exhibition



·       A practicing visual artist with experience in community-based art projects including but not limited to: installation, site-specific work, social practices, photography, video, and other forms of visual art

·       Teaching experience with diverse community youth ages 14-21

·       Experience developing arts-based curriculum with an emphasis on collaboration

·       Good communication skills and experience working collaboratively

·       Spanish and/or Chinese language proficiency a plus


Curriculum: Teaching Artists collaboratively propose a socially relevant theme, develop workshops that address that theme, and produce an exhibition at Southern Exposure. Each lead Teaching Artist is responsible for writing a curriculum for their workshops, including goals and objectives of the lessons, proposed outcomes, skills learned, activities, materials needed, themes covered, field trips, etc.


How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit work samples and a single PDF attachment that includes the following:

·       Cover letter

·       Resume

·       Curriculum Proposal: Please submit a 1-page proposal that outlines a possible project for Mission Voices Summer with a specific medium focus (photography, videography, sculpture, installation, painting, sound, digital media, printmaking, etc). Include an outline of possible curriculum structure, thematic ideas explored and how the project is to be displayed at Southern Exposure. Please consider past projects at Southern Exposure as examples (through both the Artists in Education and Projects & Exhibitions programs).

·       Links to work samples:

  • 5-15 digital images hosted online
  • No more than five minutes of video hosted online
  • Projects and work developed with youth are highly encouraged!
  • Descriptive list explaining each sample


Please submit applications to Kim Acebo Arteche at [email protected]. The subject line of your email should be: MVS Teaching Artist, your name.

Position Posting Date: May 3, 2019

Deadline to submit application: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Projected work dates: June 17-22 (Dates/Times TBD), July 8 - August 1 (M-Th 2:00-5:00 PM, with up to 1.5 hours per workshop date for prep)

Compensation: The Lead Teaching Artists will receive $35/hour, 16-18 hours per week. This is a contract position, and is not eligible for benefits.


POSITION AVAILABLE: Executive Director

Southern Exposure seeks an accomplished arts administrator to lead the organization in partnership with our Artistic Director. As co-directors, the Executive Director and Artistic Director are responsible for providing vision and direction for the organization, managing resources for financial stability, and advancing SoEx’s artistic mission. Both leaders will report directly to the Board of Directors. While the Executive Director and Artistic Director each have their own distinct areas of responsibility, SoEx is committed to a highly collaborative management culture in which most thinking, communication and decision making are open and transparent between all staff and board.

Executive Director Focus: The Executive Director drives all fundraising, actively soliciting sources of income for a yearly operating budget of $750,000. In addition, the Executive Director oversees all finance, operations, and marketing efforts.

Artistic Director Focus: The Artistic Director leads the planning and implementation of all Southern Exposure’s artist–centered programming, including exhibitions, public projects, re-granting efforts, and youth education programs. The Artistic Director also oversees SoEx’s Curatorial Council.

Schedule: 40+ hours/week (1 FTE), Monday - Friday, frequent evenings and weekends
Status: Salaried, Exempt
Benefits: Full Health and Vacation Benefits, Shared Vision and Dental
Reporting Structure: Reports to Board of Directors 

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:


Individual Giving

  • Develop donor pipeline and individual donor cultivation plans. Ensure that donor interactions are tracked in donor database. 
  • Cultivate relationships with donors. Schedule and conduct individual donor meetings, and make donor-specific funding requests. 
  • With Engagement Coordinator, plan donor cultivation events. Work to convert fundraising event attendees into long-term, high-level donors.
  • Develop and enact donor engagement and retention plans.

Foundation and Corporate Giving

  • Manage grant-writing to foundations and corporations.
  • Expand pipeline, develop Moves Management Plans for, and cultivate relationships with, institutional funders. 
  • Hire and manage part-time grant writers as needed. Collaborate with staff to produce grant applications and develop relationships with funders.
  • With Southern Exposure staff, write grant final reports.
  • Develop grant application schedule and ensure that grant deadlines are met. 

Fundraising Events

  • Set fundraising targets for fundraising events including the annual benefit Auction and Monster Drawing Rally, and ensure that event planning supports fundraising goals to the greatest extent possible.  
  • Oversee event production in collaboration with staff.

Other Earned Income

  • With Engagement Coordinator, set targets for facility rentals, and ensure that the rental program is promoted widely and effectively.
  • Cultivate and expand strategic corporate partnerships and alliances. 
  • Manage earned income initiatives.

General Fundraising

  • Create comprehensive fundraising plan with individual, foundation, corporate and earned income targets, including probability estimates. 
  • Update plan on monthly basis and report to Board fundraising progress on a monthly basis. 
  • Manage Fundraising Committee.


  • In consultation with staff, develop an annual operating plan and balanced budget for review and approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Provide prudent financial management and productive, efficient use of Southern Exposure’s resources.
  • Manage cash flow and budget forecasting.
  • With Accountant, undergo Monthly Financial Review.
  • Ensure that permits, licenses, and insurance are current.
  • Communicate with City agents and landlord. 


  • In conjunction with the Artistic Director, develop, mentor, and retain a highly qualified, diverse and committed staff, fostering opportunities for professional growth, collaboration, and meaningful engagement.
  • Create and implement an annual performance review plan and lead staff in the process, ensuring that individual staff goals are being met.
  • Meet with direct reports on a weekly basis.


  • Oversee the development of comprehensive communications plans and strategies to promote awareness, appreciation, and support for Southern Exposure locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Oversee the development of all institutional branding efforts, including the website, social media and printed materials.


  • With the Artistic Director, ensure sound planning and support for program integrity and excellence, evaluate program impact, and clarify priorities for new areas of development.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES shared with the Artistic Director include


  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Foster and strengthen a sustainable work environment and welcoming community space.


  • Evaluate the impact, efficacy, and sustainability of current programs; and to establish priorities, processes, and resources for new program development.
  • Lead strategic planning efforts and effective, progressive plan implementation.


  • Serve as an advocate of Southern Exposure’s mission and act as a spokesperson to the public and media, and work to enhance the reputation, role and recognition of Southern Exposure in the broader community.
  • Build and enhance relationships with artists, neighbors, members, donors and business sponsors by attending and organizing events, speaking to gallery visitors, and meeting with tour groups and students.
  • Enhance and expand meaningful connections, partnerships, and strategic alliances to advance Southern Exposure’s vision, impact, and resources.


  • Collaborate with the Board on strategic planning and lead implementation and evaluation.
  • Create Board agendas and attend full Board and Board committee meetings.
  • Participate in the recruitment and onboarding of new Board members.
  • Keep Board apprised of changes in organization’s financial, staff, and programming health in a timely manner. 


Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree plus a minimum of five years experience in non-profit arts administration. The applicant is a strategic and savvy manager with a passion and commitment for the visual arts. The position requires strong fundraising chops and prudent financial management. The ED must be an inspiring leader of both SoEx staff and community. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are a must, and an ability to lead and collaborate in an open, dynamic and continually shifting environment. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite preferred, experience with CiviCRM or other database programs, HTML, Drupal or simple email services (SES) a plus. The position will support the mission of Southern Exposure and maintain its diversity of experiences, cultures, professions, ages, genders and ideas and commitment to equity.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a single PDF attachment that includes a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and three professional references to [email protected]. The subject line of your email should be: “Executive Director, YOUR NAME.”

Projected start date: September 1, 2019 or sooner if possible

Southern Exposure is an equal opportunity employer committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants. SoEx does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Southern Exposure is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.