Executive Director, Tri-County Arts Council

110 W. State Street Olean, NY 14760 • 716-372-7455 •


The Tri-County Arts Council promotes creation and experience of arts and culture in the Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties region.


The Tri-County Arts Council is poised for growth. With a beautiful new location in downtown Olean, NY, our facilities include a gallery, artisan market, offices, studio space and ceramic studio. The Tri-County Arts Council is committed to providing access to the arts in our region through education, service, and community outreach. For more than twenty years, the Tri-County Arts Council has provided direct support to artists and arts organizations in the Cattaraugus County region; in recent years, the council expanded its support for the arts to include Allegany and Chautauqua Counties. The Tri-County Arts Council seeks a dynamic leader who can guide the organization through its next phase of development.


With the supervision and support of the board, the Executive Director leads the organization to achieve its mission in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties. The Executive Director’s responsibilities include oversight of the organization’s financial management; developing and implementing a strategy to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization, especially fundraising and securing grants; implementing Board directives and recommending strategic directions and actions to the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for strategic leadership, direct supervision of all staff and volunteers, and active management of the day-to-day operations of the Tri-County Arts Council.



  • Develop a funding strategy and search for sponsorship opportunities.
  • Develop donor base and opportunities to enhance and increase membership numbers.
  • Oversee, along with the board, best practices to increase investment and endowment.
  • Maintain knowledge of arts and non-profit management trends and use this insight to position the organization for greater community impact.

Grant Writing and Administration:

  • Seek and secure grants from local, regional, and national government as well as corporate, foundation, and individual sources.
  • Ensure the timely filing of required state and federal forms, reports, and applications.
  • Prepare annual reports for the organization.

Administrative and Financial Leadership:

  • Provide leadership and guidance to the board in developing, articulating, and achieving a vision for the organization and ensuring that the organization makes progress toward its strategic goals.
  • Act as custodian of the organization’s corporate records and documents, execute and implement contracts authorized by the Board, and ensure that the organization complies with its responsibilities.
  • Coordinate meetings of the Board and its committees and provide reports as needed.
  • Serve as an ex-officio non-voting member on all committees of the organization.
  • Manage recruitment, supervision, and development of all staff and volunteer personnel.

Relationship Building:

  • —Develop and promote inclusive arts programs, resources, and services to regional residents, artists, and arts organizations.
  • —Serve as principal liaison to county legislatures, New York State Council on the Arts, municipal governments, and other entities that impact the organization’s interests.
  • —Serve as primary spokesperson and liaison to members, artists, nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools, regional media outlets, government officials, and the community.
  • —Work in partnership with the Board to recruit candidates for Board membership.
  • Advocacy and Communications:
  • —Educate the public, policymakers, funders, and community leaders about the value of the arts and advocate ways to strengthen these important community and regional resources.
  • —Implement ongoing strategies to position the organization as tools for economic development and support related community revitalization initiatives.
  • —Work with staff to maintain an effective website, newsletter, and publications.
  • —Keep the Board informed about organization operations, programs, and critical issues.

The Tri-County Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TCAC’s next Executive Director will be actively committed to creating an environment welcoming and including all.

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Passion for the arts and the Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Chautauqua County region.
  • Professional experience with an arts or non-profit organization, including fundraising, grant writing, marketing, staff supervision, program management, etc.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and to both advise and take direction from a supervising Board of Directors.
  • Excellent interpersonal, public speaking, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work standard office hours plus evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to utilize Microsoft and Google applications, point-of-sale systems, accounting software, and web maintenance software.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel locally and throughout the state and region.
  • Ability to work in an office environment and lift 25 pounds on an infrequent basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Administrative experience managing a non-profit organization with a proven track record of grant writing, fundraising, and financial management ability.
  • Experience managing programs, staff, and volunteers.
  • Strategic planning and implementation experience.


Submit the following materials to 

  • Resume or CV with a minimum of three professional references
  • Cover letter including a vision statement for the Tri-County Arts Council’s next 3 years

Contact TCAC Board President Corey Fecteau with questions about this position at Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. An appointment to this position is anticipated by May 1, 2022.  



More than 30 years ago, a group of like-minded creatives regularly gathered in the cramped apartment of a budding young local artist, working together to promote each other’s work and bring artistic vibrancy to our community. Looking back, the Tri-County Arts Council has moved from a 400 square-foot apartment to a 3,300 square-foot storefront as a proud participant in the revitalization efforts of downtown Olean. We have exciting plans for the future and are committed to propelling this legacy forward.


Formally founded in 1997, after receiving grant funds from New York State Council on the Arts, the Cattaraugus County Arts Council established itself at a space in the former Allegany High School building. At the time, our founders were interested in providing the region with access to arts funding through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization program, and bringing quality arts programming to the residents of Cattaraugus county. Administration for the NYSCA Decentralization Programs in Allegany and Chautauqua counties were added in 2003 and 2009. This program administered by us on behalf of New York State, brings thousands of dollars of funding to small arts and cultural organizations throughout our region every year and is one of the cornerstones of our organization.

In the years to follow, our mission grew, striving to improve the quality of life across the region by elevating the place of arts and culture in our area through education, advocacy and events. However, lacking a street presence was a hindrance to the further growth of the organization, and a move to a new location on Main Street in Allegany was initiated in 2011. At that new location a retail space was launched for artists to sell their work and allowed for an expanded pottery and studio space. Classes for both adults and students, professional development for artists, and partnerships made with the Olean Area Chamber of Commerce helped to provide us with increased visibility and recognition.

In 2018, after 20 years of service to the region, we officially changed our name to the Tri-County Arts Council, to better reflect the three county (Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua) communities we serve. 

In 2019, we underwent another exciting milestone, moving to our new home in a restored 1920s building at 110 W State St in Olean. A building, which was previously set for demolition. This move reinforced our desire to showcase the important impact that the creative economy can have on economic development and community revitalization. 

​We hope you’ll join us in taking a class, shopping in our Artisan Market, or becoming a member in support of our local arts and culture!


The Tri-County Arts Council advocates the creation and appreciation of arts and culture in the region.

We’re open: Tuesday – Friday 12-6 & Saturday 12-5 at 110 West State St in Olean, NY 14706