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General Manager job at Hermitage Artist Retreat


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The Hermitage Artist Retreat is a multi-disciplinary artist retreat uniquely serving artists, the creative process and the community. The mission of the Hermitage is to inspire and foster the most influential and culturally consequential art and artists of our time. Located on a nine-acre beachfront campus in Manasota Key, at the southern tip of Sarasota County, Florida, we offer diverse and accomplished artists multi-week residencies to create new art, theatre, music, literature, etc. Hermitage Scholars have frequently described their experiences as “life-changing” and “transformative”, regularly noting that they accomplish more in two weeks at the Hermitage than they otherwise would in two years. The award-winning original works created at the Hermitage are presented in renowned concert halls, theatres, museums and galleries in our region and around the world. In addition to the unique and invaluable experience we provide to artists, we pride ourselves on our complementary missions of historic preservation, ecological restoration and vibrant community engagement.

Artistic Director and CEO: Andy Sandberg


The Hermitage Artist Retreat seeks a Chief Executive Officer (MD) with demonstrated executive leadership skills, in-depth knowledge of nonprofit management and governance, and a passion for the arts and their impact. Over the past two years, the Hermitage has nearly tripled its revenue, staff, and programming; introduced dozens of new partnerships throughout Sarasota County and across the United States; and launched a new annual theater commission. The future is bright and this growth is expected to continue.
The successful candidate must be passionate about playing a role in a vibrant, dynamic and rapidly growing arts organization that seeks to make a significant and lasting impact in both our community and the national arts landscape. With respect to our complementary missions of preservation and community engagement, MD will play a pivotal role working with multiple local organizations to bring our missions to life and manage critical partnerships and relationships.
This newly created MD role will be practical, operational and strategic.

The Hermitage is the only major arts organization in the Gulf Coast region exclusively engaged in the development and creation of new work in all artistic disciplines. Sarasota County is one of the fastest growing economies in the country, with the arts playing a central role in the region’s culture, community and prosperity.


Reporting to the Artistic Director/CEO, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will implement and oversee the infrastructure and systems necessary to support the day-to-day operations of the organization and the advancement of the strategic plan, serving as the CEO’s right-hand man. The Managing Director is responsible for translating the Artistic Director/CEO’s vision into actionable, financially sound and supported initiatives that will inspire the Board, staff, artists and the wider community. The MD will be responsible for overseeing administrative and financial systems, including accounting, information technology, risk management, government and community relations, human resources, databases, hospitality, marketing and communications, facilities, policies and practices, and oversight of all contractors. and sellers. As a member of the leadership team, the CEO will participate in a range of strategic planning and internal initiatives. The MD will act as the primary liaison with standing and ad hoc committees of the board. The ideal candidate will continually assess company policies and practices to ensure maximum operational efficiency. Additionally, in support of our underlying missions of historic and environmental preservation, MD will function as a direct conduit to various foundations, cities, counties, states, and federal organizations in fulfilling our purposes and responsibilities.


Under the direction of the Artistic Director/CEO and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will update, maintain and execute the organization’s strategic plan with a focus on non-profit operations and management; financial results and revenue streams; marketing, communication and branding; and facility/property management.

The MD will work collaboratively with all parts of the organization to ensure that all departments are fully integrated and aligned with the organization’s mission, vision and values, while maintaining and cultivating deep relationships with community partners, locally, nationally and internationally.

The Executive Director will work with the Artistic Director/CEO to support the development and effective functioning of the Board of Directors. This includes working with Board leadership to optimize the effective operations of the Board and its committees; provide regular written reports to the board; grow the board through active culture and recruitment; and serve as a liaison for standing committees of the Board.

The MD will serve as the “boots in the field” to ensure the smooth running and success of the day-to-day operations of the business.

Overall financial management responsibility includes reviewing and preparing monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting documents and metrics for the Artistic Director/CEO and Board of Directors. The CEO will oversee the successful implementation of the budget, financial forecasting, cash flow and coordination of audit activities as well as accounts payable and receivable.

The MD will develop relationships, maintain and grow partnerships and collaborative ventures, while engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders, including business owners, donors, partner arts organizations, schools and colleges and elected officials, thereby enhancing the organization’s brand and reputation. Continue to cultivate and deepen relationships with foundations to increase contribution revenue.

The CEO will have overall responsibility for HR policies and practices, including staff recruitment and onboarding. The DM will foster a culture of teamwork, generous collaboration, clear communication, effective delegation and mutual support.

Overseeing the company’s marketing, branding and communications efforts, the MD will help coordinate, develop and implement marketing and public relations initiatives, sponsorship agreements, timelines and campaigns. Additionally, this position will help promote the company’s mission and identity by managing the thoughtful and meticulous creation and placement of print materials, news stories, website reviews, social media, press releases and other assets.

In the absence of the Artistic Director/CEO (who maintains an active freelance career as a director, writer, and producer), the General Manager will serve as the company’s representative to all staff, board, artists and other constituents. This may include donor and fundraising events; event programming; or other similar occasions to represent the Hermitage outdoors.

The MD will lead relationships with external government, municipal and state agencies, as well as local foundations and community organizations; all have an interest in historical and environmental preservation, civic responsibility and community engagement.

The MD will oversee the general operations of the organization and its facilities. The MD will also be responsible for overseeing contingency planning and contingencies to ensure the safety and security of all employees, artists in residence and property.


  • A passion for the Hermitage’s mission and the organization’s commitment to supporting artists, the creative process and the community.
  • Ambitious, enterprising and goal-oriented – a sense of restlessness with a penchant for action; the ideal candidate works harder, longer and smarter than most.
  • A creative problem solver and dream enabler who finds enthusiasm in pursuing ambitious goals and realizing the highest possibilities; an optimistic leader who looks for ways to execute all possibilities rather than explaining why something isn’t possible.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills; strong writing, editing and proofreading skills are
  • Significant leadership experience with several years managing the finances and administration of a large non-profit organization or similar business unit. Additional experience in a fast-growing non-profit arts organization with a comparable growth trajectory is an asset.
  • Experience in “crisis management” and finding effective and timely solutions to escalating issues.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with diplomacy and discretion.
  • The ability to take accurate notes, summarize and retain information and translate it seamlessly into future communications.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and urgent deadlines. Organizational and project planning skills are paramount, as is the management of multiple institutional partnerships.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends to support artist programs and donor events on campus and throughout our region.
  • Proficiency in management software, databases, Microsoft Office, Google G-Suite, Zoom and other relevant applications; knowledge of Salesforce an asset.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent, or higher.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, artists, guests and members of our community.

Position location: The Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key (Englewood, FL/Sarasota County)

Please note that this is a full-time position and non-local candidates will need to relocate.

Salary and benefits: Salary according to experience. The comprehensive benefits plan includes medical, dental, and vision care, plus an IRA match. A resettlement allowance may be granted, if applicable.

To apply, please submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three references

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Application Deadlines: We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Interested candidates are requested to submit their documents promptly.

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