Main Idea

We’re Hiring!


About Main IDEA:

Main IDEA began in 2011 as a volunteer project led by local artists and community members as a response to the need for more accessible arts programs for the Main South neighborhood youth. The agency became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2015. Main IDEA has since made significant achievements throughout the decade; it has transformed from a 1-week summer project serving 50 youth ages 8-12, into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with nine programs and dozens of events throughout the year, annually serving over 1,500 people. The organization has also transformed from a small, grassroots organization with a beginning budget of $2,500 to a budget of $100,000.

See website for more in depth overview of Mission and Program Descriptions:


Position: Executive Director

Supervision: Position reports to the Board of Directors

Start Date: by end of Summer 2024

Roles and responsibilities:

Strategic Growth and Operational Capacity Building:

  • Work with the Board to craft and implement a strategic fundraising and development campaign with the goal of expanding the organization for greater sustainability and so that there may be more than one full-time employee
  • Craft and implement a strategic plan with support from the Board of Directors
  • Research and apply for grants related to the strengths and goals of Main IDEA
  • Maintain and improve organization’s administrative and operational processes
  • Manage all financial functions including: accounting, billing, reconciling, budget development and tracking, financial operations, finance personnel management, insurance coverage, management of legal requirements and develops projections on individual project budgets, grant budgets, and capital improvement budget.


  • Maintain existing and develop, coordinate and oversee new arts programming in collaboration with community partners and institutions
  • Recruit and engage participants
  • Engage in program evaluation and adjustment based on outcomes

Volunteer and Staff Development:

  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers to facilitate programming
  • Build leadership capacity of engaged volunteers to further the goals of the programming
  • As organization grows, responsible for creation of job descriptions, hiring and training of new staff

Communications and Marketing

  • Serve as a the “face” of Main IDEA and represent the organization at key events and programs, build and sustain partnerships
  • Conduct marketing and publicity, media and communications to build community awareness and support
  • Build relationships with community partners to amplify programming and organization’s reach

Who we are looking for

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Commitment to vision and mission of the organization
  • Proven track record in youth programming, community work and/or organizational leadership
  • Experience working with children, teens of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities
  • Experience in supervisory and leadership roles
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) to collaborate, network and build relationships with community partners, families, students, colleagues, and community members
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience with grant-writing, fundraising and organizational growth or development
  • Proficient with technology needed to draft reports and budgets and effectively market the organization via social and other media outlets
  • Criminal Background check (CORI) is required
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is a plus as this role operates in service to Spanish-speaking communities

Education and Experience:

  • A degree in arts, education, social services, business, or equivalent is preferred
  • Three or more years of program management experience, preferably in a nonprofit or service organization
  • At least one to two years of supervisory experience is required
  • Experience directing and developing programs
  • Experience with creating and overseeing budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations
  • Knowledge of and previous experience with diverse populations
  • Proven track record of developing authentic and deepened relationships with others

Physical Requirements:

  • May entail prolonged work at a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds at a time.
  • Bending, kneeling, reaching is expected

This is an exempt full-time position with flexible schedule options. Work will be a combination of in-person and remote.

The salary range is 55-65K commensurate with experience. Currently, this position does not have benefits.


To apply, please send your Cover Letter and Resume to, and complete the online application on our LinkedIn Page.