Executive Director search

Finalists named in Oregon Arts Commission/Cultural Trust Executive Director search; Public invited to meet them and share feedback Monday, June 2
updated June 2, 2014

Three finalists have been named in the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search; the public is invited to meet the finalists at community forums in Salem and Portland on Monday, June 2, as part of the final interview process. You are invited to share your feedback via an online survey.  

The finalists are Joyce Bonomini of Florida, Greg Netzer of Portland and Brian Rogers of Pennsylvania (short bios appear below). Each has more than 20 years of professional experience that includes a leadership role in arts and culture.

"We have reviewed applications from dozens of candidates and interviewed many who were qualified," agreed Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission, and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board of directors. "We are very pleased to present Joyce, Greg and Brian as our final slate and are confident that next week's process will reveal the best choice for the position."

The final interview process will take place June 2 and 3 and concludes with a public session in Salem at which a hiring recommendation will be considered. The process begins June 2 with a community forum from 10 a.m. to noon in the Oregon Historical Society Pavilion, 1200 SW Park Ave, in Portland; the Salem forum takes place that afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the State Lands Board Room, 775 Summer St. NE (Note: The Salem community forum will be available for call-in listening at AT&T 877-848-7030, participant code: 584309.) Tuesday's public session is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., also in the State Lands Board Room in Salem. 

The executive director is a full-time, executive service position located in Salem, Ore. The successful candidate will become part of the state's Executive Service team.  The position requires a minimum of three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization or two (2) years of management experience in a public or private organization and 45 to 48 quarter hours (30 to 32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.  The salary range is from $64,608 to $95,136 per year plus benefits.
Finalists' short bios

With a 30-year chronicle of success developing performing and visual arts education programs, departments, community arts partnerships and entire institutes, Joyce Bonomini is known as a visionary leader in her field. She has year-after-year successes in developing and implementing strategic plans, long term sustainable community partnerships and programs with both reach and impact to build sustainable organizations. She is proud to have history and experience as a practicing theater artist in the areas of design and directing as well as being a teaching artist, theater instructor, stage manager, production manager and an arts administrator.  

Bonomini was hired in 1981 to create the design and technical theater department for the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in Cincinnati, Ohio.  SCPA is cited as the model of both racial integration and arts programs in more than 100 cities. After 13 years with the SCPA institution, Bonomini took a position with the Cincinnati Arts Association where she bridged relationships between the new Aronoff Center for The Arts and the Cincinnati arts community while establishing their arts education program.  The program was cited by the Dana Foundation as a model of best practice. In 2000, Ms. Bonomini was recruited by Ruth Eckerd Hall to open The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, to elevate The Eckerd Theater Company (ETC) for national recognition and to develop a curriculum for an outcomes-based institute.   

From October 2013 to now, Joyce has continued her work as a consultant with St. Petersburg College's Collaborative Labs as well as the Arts Consulting Group and the City of Clearwater's Aging Well Center

A longtime cultural community leader and advocate, Greg Netzer created and now directs the corporate social responsibility (CSR) communications practice at AHA, a communications agency in the Portland, Ore. area. He has more than 20 years' experience leading and managing organizations, as well as marketing, community engagement, business development, communications strategy, philanthropic initiatives and strategic planning in both corporate and nonprofit settings. 

At AHA, Greg has worked with some of the world's most recognized companies, such as Microsoft, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Hasbro, Nike and Tiffany & Co., to help tell their sustainability and social responsibility stories to their most important stakeholder groups. Before AHA, Greg served as the executive director of Wordstock, a nonprofit literary art and education organization that during his tenure staged one of the largest literary festivals in the US. Prior to Wordstock, he directed marketing and communications for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, one of the premier regional economic development organizations in the country. 

Greg is also an award-winning journalist who has written about business, sports, and culture for a variety of regional and national magazines, from The New York Times Magazine to Portland Monthly to Parenting, as well as essays, book reviews, investigative journalism and fiction. He even ghost-wrote a book for a former Oregon treasurer. He earned a bachelor's in finance at the University of Missouri and a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

Brian Rogers is a consultant and trained facilitator with a focus on arts and culture organizations, and has worked in the field for more than 20 years. Rogers conducts planning retreats and processes, and has consulted with state arts agencies across the country about grant programs and funding. 

Rogers served as the deputy executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for 16 years.  His previous positions were deputy director of administration, program director for art museums and fellowship manager. Rogers was responsible for the PCA's grant programs and the administration of the agency. 

Rogers played the key leadership role for the Commonwealth in the development and implementation through a public/private partnership of the innovative and groundbreaking data collection and reporting tool, the "Cultural Data Project (CDP)." Rogers served on the Governing Body for the CDP since its inception and the state's task force manager. He has also implemented several PCA programs and services including Picture Pennsylvania, a state-wide traveling exhibition program. Rogers worked with the decentralized funding partnerships and initiatives for alternative funding options. He has worked closely with leadership to conduct and implement four strategic planning processes resulting in the nationally recognized re-organization of the agency's responsive funding programs providing a higher level of service and more than doubling the number of applicants funded.

Rogers holds a bachelor's in fine arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, where he majored in painting, and a masters in fine arts from the Graduate School of Art at the University of Arizona.


Public meetings and forums

Updated May 28, 2014

Community Forum - Portland
Oregon Historical Society Pavilion
June 2, 2014, 10:00am to 12:00 pm

Community Forum - Salem
State Lands Building
June 2, 2014, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust Board public meeting
State Lands Building
June 3, 2014, 3:00pm to 4:00 pm


Draft Recruitment Plan
updated May 7, 2014

First round of interviews, week of May 19

Reference checks, by May 23

Final interviews/forums, June 2 & 3

Appointment decision & offer, tbd

New executive director begins, tbd

Subject to modification if necessary


Executive director search reopens
updated April 17, 2014

Following a preliminary round of interviews, the screening committee for the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search elected to reopen the search to ensure a pool of two to three finalists for the public round of interviews. While impressed with initial applicants, the committee determined expanding the search will guarantee a stronger group of finalists. "We are committed to finding the best possible candidate to lead our organizations into the future," agreed Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board. "If that requires spending more time on the process, we will do it." Applications will be accepted at www.oregonjobs.org through Monday, April 28. Read the complete job posting here. Questions should be directed to Twyla Lawson, the state's executive recruiter, at twyla.lawson@state.or.us.


Selection process begins for next executive director
updated March 19, 2014

By the time the job posting closed Thursday, 43 people had applied to become the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. The applications are currently being reviewed by the state's executive recruiter, and those that meet the job requirements will be shared with a screening panel made up of Cultural Trust board members Bob Speltz and Carole Morse; Arts Commissioners Julie Vigeland and Libby Tower; and Shannon Planchon, interim executive director. They will meet to identify an initial pool of five to eight candidates by the end of March.

The first round of interviews should be completed by mid-April, when two or three finalists will be identified and announced. The final interview process will include both internal and external stakeholder forums, as well as interviews with the Governor (or his representative), Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe, and executive session interviews with both the Cultural Trust board and the Arts Commission. The screening panel will then consult with McCabe, who should make the appointment decision and offer by early to mid-May.


Executive Director search launched
updated February 24, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in our public survey to identify the needed attributes of the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. A public meeting was held on February 24, 2014 and the job posting was approved and adopted. The search is now open! Applications due by the end of the day on March 13.  

For additional information on the requirements and desired attributes for the position please view the complete announcement.  This announcement can be found at the following website:  www.oregonjobs.org.


Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust Joint Board Teleconference

Monday, February 24, 2014
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Conference Call: 1-877-848-7030 passcode: 584 309 (meeting is by teleconference ONLY)

1. 8:00 am - Brief Welcome

2. 8:05 am - Executive Director Recruitment Information and Discussion.
Public Session (Open to the Public): This public session is called pursuant to ORS 92.660(2)(a)(Consideration of employment of a public officer). The Boards will review and adopt hiring standards, criteria, and policy directives. The public will have the opportunity to comment at the end of this discussion.
Speaker: Twyla Lawson, DAS, Chief Human Resources Office, SR. HR Consultant.

3. 8:10 am - Public Comment*

4. Immediately following Public Comment- VOTE to adopt hiring standards, criteria, and policy directives for the selection of the next Executive Director.*

5. 9:00 am - Adjourn

*Pursuant to ORS 192.660 the Board will review and adopt hiring standards, criteria and policy directives. This is primarily accomplished through the Recruitment Plan and the Job Posting.  The public will have the opportunity to comment prior to adoption of the documents.

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