Sunday, May 13, 2012

Stanely Executive Director Leaving After Less Than Year

Joel McKissick, executive director of the Stanley, will be leaving at the end of May for a job at Le Moyne College.
The Stanley Center for the Arts is losing its latest executive director after less than a year. Joel McKissick and Stanley officials confirmed Thursday that he will be leaving the venerable but financially struggling theater for a job at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at Le Moyne College.
“He did a great job, and we are sorry to see him go,” Stanley board President Steve Zogby said. “He helped us with getting the theater back on track. Things are going a lot better than they were a year ago.”
McKissick did not return calls, but said in a release that the Stanley has a bright future.
“There are so many plans in the works, great things and a great fall schedule, that I am confident the Stanley is on its way to returning to the important position it once served in the community,” he said.
Stanley officials said McKissick had put the theater on a course back to sound financial footing and had hired experienced professionals in key positions.

McKissick came to the Stanley in April 2011 as its director of operations, but was promoted to executive director three months later. He will leave at the end of May.
He took over after several leadership changes at the Stanley. Central New York Arts Council Executive Director Ron Thiele and Theater Manager John Faust left in 2010.
Elizabeth Tantillo then briefly served as interim executive director of the Stanley before McKissick was appointed.
The Stanley now will be seeking an interim executive director to serve until a permanent leader can be found. A timeframe for the search has not yet been determined, he said.
The Stanley went through a $20 million renovation project that was completed in 2008. The organization remains in debt from those expenditures, and attendance figures have fallen short of expectations.
In 2010, the Stanley ran a $635,015 deficit, according to federal nonprofit forms. It made $829,331 in total revenue but spent $1.48 million that year.
McKissick has said the organization had been cutting expenses and focusing more on being a rental house rather than presenting its own shows.
John Fehlner, executive director of the Broadway Theatre League, which presents performances at the Stanley, said McKissick had worked hard for the theater during difficult economic times.
“We have to continue to work together,” he said of the members of Utica’s small arts community. “He had a tough job.”

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Women's Fund Grants Information Session June 5

Dear Non-Profits, Directors, and Board Members:

The Women’s Fund of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are now accepting grant applications for our 2012 grant cycle.  Grants are due by 4:00 PM on Friday, September 21, 2012.

To be eligible for funding consideration applicants must be a 501 (c) (3) non-profit agency in Herkimer and Oneida Counties, submit a complete application, and the funding request must be for programs or projects that benefit women and girls.  Complete Grant Guidelines are available on our website at:
A Grants Information session will be held on June 5, 8:30 AM at the Utica Public Library for agencies interested in learning about The Women’s Fund grant process. Advance registration is required.  Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. To register for the session please email us at  Please include the names of those who will be attending and the agency they will be representing.

We would greatly appreciate your help in publicizing our grant cycle and Grants Information Session.  Please feel free to forward this announcement to non-profit organizations on your email list. 

 Thanks so much!

The Women’s Fund Grants Committee

Join us for the Power of the Purse Luncheon Tuesday, May 15!

Celebrating 15 Years of Empowering Women & Girls to Realize Their Dreams

The Women's Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc.

2 Williams St., Clinton, NY 13323

Phone/FAX:  315/381-3072 Cell: 315/941-2230

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees ED Job

Job Posting

Title:                                       Executive Director

Reports to:                             Board of Directors

Type organization:                Not-for-Profit Human Services

Location:                                Central New York

Budget:                                   2 million +

Employees                             50

Compensation:                      $80,000 +


The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees located in central New York (Utica, located at the foothills of the Adirondacks) is searching for a new Executive Director.

The Executive Director responsibilities include implementation of the organizations mission through planning and strategic direction, program management, fiscal administration, resource development, public relations, personnel management and board development.  The Executive is responsible for keeping the Board engaged and informed.

Travel:                                    10%

Relocation:                             Some

Experience:                            8-10 years working for a Not-for-Profit in leadership roles.

Experience with Government and non-government agencies from the local to the international level.

Experience with a diverse and multicultural employees and clients.

For -Profit experience with Board responsibilities for a Not-for-Profit will be considered.

For information regarding this opportunity call:

Jack at Carlile Personnel  315-736-3083