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The Ora Lerman Charitable Trust

Job Description, Director


Position Listing:  Arts Administrator                    

Title of Position:  Director, Ora Lerman Charitable Trust (OLCT)

Reports to:  Trustees and Board

Collaborates with:  Board committees, grants writer, curator, residency manager

Supervises:  Freelance personnel and consultants 

Compensation:  $35/hour, 20 hours/week, maximum $36,400

                                    This is a primarily remote position.

Application deadline:  March 15, 2024

Starting date:  Immediately 



To be accepted as a candidate for the position, all applicants must submit evidence of the qualifications noted as well as the supporting documents by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



M.A. in Art History or Arts Administration preferred and/or three years of visual arts–related managerial and administrative experience


Supporting documents:

Two personal and two professional letters of recommendation

Statement of interest in the position


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Summary Job Description

The director is the public face of the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, which manages the artwork bequeathed by Ora Lerman at her death in 1998. The trust also owns two sites: Lerman’s home and studio in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, and a nearby early twentieth-century church. These properties and the surrounding gardens and acreage comprise Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat, the trust’s residency program for national and international professional visual artists, writers, and musicians.  


The director is responsible for supporting the trust’s dual mission to promote Ora Lerman’s artwork and to provide artists with time and space to “create in tranquility” at Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat. Additionally, the director facilitates guest lectures, special events, and educational programming. In collaboration with the trust’s board and freelance consultants, the director is responsible for all trust operations, including but not limited to budgets, media relations, artist residencies, fundraising, annual reports, and partnerships with local arts organizations.



Required skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial, and administrative abilities (three years of experience preferred)

  • Strong organizational skills to manage the diverse operations of the trust

  • Excellent database proficiency and knowledge of new and emerging technologies in arts administration/arts business

  • Familiarity with professional arts platforms, and national and state arts organizations in the northeastern states 

  • Proven communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of personnel 

  • Creative thinking directed to refining and expanding the trust’s mission

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