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*Arts Council to Transition to New Executive Director*


Kai Degner, current executive director of the Arts Council of the Valley,
has announced he will be stepping away from his role at the organization no
later than January 1, 2009.  Both Degner and Arts Council are committed to a
smooth transition, and Degner will stay on board until the new director is
in place.

"We are very appreciative of the work Kai has accomplished for the Arts
Council of the Valley, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,"
says Board President Ann Menefee. "We will work together to make the
transition process for a new director as seamless as possible."

"I made this decision while being fully supportive of - and feeling
supported by - the Arts Council's Board of Directors, staff, and the arts
community," says Degner.  "I feel the organization is more relevant and
accessible than ever, and am excited about the organization's future.  While
I have not yet committed to anything specific, I feel the pull of
opportunities to serve this community in a new role, pursue other
long-standing interests, and grow as an individual."

The Arts Council has begun a hiring process to fill the position.

*Executive Director Job Posting*

Executive Director, Arts Council: The Arts Council of the Valley, based in
Harrisonburg, VA, seeks a full-time Executive Director. The Council is a
501(c)3 organization established in 2001 to promote arts and culture in
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, home to 115,000 residents and the
locations for two universities and one private college.

The director is responsible for building community and arts alliances,
administering a re-granting program, developing the council's donor base,
overseeing publicity and planning for special events, fostering arts
education initiatives, and managing the operation of the council and its
facilities. The director will also supervise a part-time manager of a small
theater run by the arts council; a part-time assistant director of the arts
council; and a part-time administrative assistant. The executive director
reports to the arts council's board of directors.

The successful candidate must possess strong office administration,
financial management and reporting skills. Experience in public relations,
basic website management and technology, an a proven track record of
successful grant writing and fundraising is expected.

A master's degree in the arts and/or business management or equilvalent
experience is desired. Send cover letter with resume, salary history and
references to: Search Committee, Attn: Debby York, ARts Council of the
Valley, P.O. Box 1051, Harrisonburg, VA, 22803 or by email to Applications received by November 15, 2008 will
receive fullest consideration.

-- Kai Degner Executive Director Arts Council of the Valley - Court Square Theater - 540-801-8779

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