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Operations Director




Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts seeks an experienced, detail-oriented, and collaborative Operations Director to elevate the daily and long-term operations of the organization’s two-building campus to the next level of excellence. As a key member of the leadership team and reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Operations Director serves as the organization’s administrative leader, overseeing and coordinating operations, financial management, business and strategy planning, facilities, IT and security infrastructure, and human resources and organizational culture. The Operations Director acts as the primary finance and accounting leader and works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors’ Treasurer and Finance Committee to ensure strong financial oversight and compliance for the organization’s long-term fiscal health. In addition, the Operations Director supervises a full-time Building and Safety Manager and a full-time Administrator, and works closely with an external contracted human resources firm to provide consistent support, care, and development of Bemis’s dedicated employees.


Partner with the Executive Director on strategic and operational issues; make recommendations based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification, and allocation of revenue/expense analysis.

Provide leadership and expertise in the ongoing strategic planning process; collaborate with the leadership team to advance Bemis’s strategic vision and goals in areas of programming, development, and operations

Manage and actively participate in the organization’s current facility master planning project with the Executive Director and dedicated members of the volunteer Task Force consisting of current and former Board members with expertise in construction, engineering, and building management

Manage long-term budgetary planning and cost management

Partner with the Development Director to align revenue goals and financial reporting and management with the organization’s short and long-term goals

Work closely with the Executive Director and the Board’s Finance Committee and participate in Executive Committee and Board meetings; ensure alignment with and understanding of best practices of nonprofit fiscal policies, procedures, and compliance

Manage all weekly accounting procedures, including payables, profit and loss statements, and balance sheets, and produce monthly financial reports for review and consideration by the Board’s Finance Committee and Executive Director; Ensure all accounting procedures and financial records are in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Oversee organizational cash flow and forecasting

Lead organization-wide annual budgeting process and oversee implementation of budgets

Communicate finances through reports, dashboards, analytics, and metrics to Board Treasurer, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors, regularly keeping the staff and Board apprised of Bemis’s financial status

Serve as primary point of contact and work cooperatively with external accounting firm on annual Financial Reviews and Audits

Stay abreast of new regulations and trends, ensuring best practices in nonprofit financial management

As part of the leadership team, drive strategic and tactical planning efforts that strengthen the organization’s human and physical infrastructure to ensure professional satisfaction, development, and long-term sustainability

Collect and manage exhibiting artist records, including bios, W9’s, and contact information.

Assist in the preparation for and execution of major capital projects, renovations, and building repairs/maintenance

Ensure the functional efficiency, integrity, and security of the organization’s two buildings, including its security systems, building maintenance, and IT infrastructure

Oversee and manage all technology needs across the organization to increase organizational efficiency, improve information accessibility, and ensure data security

Supervise the Building and Safety Manager and oversee in-house maintenance, service contracts, independent contractors, and annual preventive maintenance

Supervise and work closely with a full-time Administrator to ensure daily operations of the organization run professionally and efficiently

Working closely with the Executive Director and serving as the key staff liaison to an external human resources firm, oversee human resources management, including recruiting and retention, compensation and benefits, payroll and workers comp, and employee relations, training, and professional development

Promote a culture of respect that rewards collaboration, learning, accountability, and initiative

Ensure compliance with all reporting regulations, including tax reporting and benefit renewals, and adherence to all organizational personnel policies and updates to employee handbook as needed

Coordinate the organization-wide performance review process for all employees annually


  • Exceptional interpersonal, leadership, supervisory, and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities simultaneously and navigate complex situations, helping to resolve ambiguity
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organization, including Board Members, strategic partners, vendors, and the public
  • Creative and strategic thinker with the capacity to take initiative and to work independently and as a team player in a fun, yet demanding arts organization
  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and accounting software. Proficiency in Quickbooks and eTapestry is a plus.
  • Ability to have a flexible work schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Minimum 5 years experience as an Operations or Accounting professional, preferably in an arts organization or other nonprofit organization
  • Bachelor's degree in business/museum management, accounting, or a related field
  • A successful reference check


This is a salaried position, based on knowledge, skills, and experience. The salary range is $70,000–$80,000 and includes our standard benefit package, including medical, dental, 12 paid holidays, and paid vacation.

How to apply

If interested, please submit a one-page cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample, and three references to with Operations Director in the subject line.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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Bemis Center for
Contemporary Arts

724 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102


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