Monday, February 21, 2022

Two Adirondack-area arts organizations seeking new leadership roles

Two prominent arts organizations located in the Adirondack region are seeking new leadership roles to round out their creative teams. View, the arts center in Old Forge, is currently seeking a new Executive Director following the recent announcement that Mark Salsbury, View President, intends to step down from his position by this summer. The Upper Jay Art Center is also accepting applications for the role of Artistic Director. 

Mark Salsbury, President of View arts center in Old Forge has announced his departure from his role. Photo provided by Travis Kiefer.

View Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge:

Mark Salsbury, the President of View, has announced that he will step down from his role by the Summer of 2022, following the strategic planning process that is currently underway. Salsbury and Kathy Ruscitto, View’s Board Chair, have jointly announced plans to begin the process of searching for his replacement. Following several years of retirement, Salsbury joined View in 2019 to help build a foundation for the future.

“It has always been my intention to build a strong foundation to prepare View for the next stage of our development, and the View team has stepped up to the challenge to make that happen,” noted Salsbury. “Our needs going forward are different than they were three years ago, and I look forward to helping transition a new leader in steering View forward to reach its full potential. According to Ruscitto, View’s Board of Directors will commence with a formal search for his replacement through a board-led search committee. A position description and requirements document has been prepared and will be posted on View’s website, and a recruitment firm will be engaged to conduct the search.

“The Board is grateful for Mark’s contributions and the solid foundation he has created for the next leader. We anticipate a wide search for someone with a balance of art management, business development, and community engagement skills. We appreciate the time Mark has given us to conduct a thoughtful search,” noted Ruscitto.

Ruscitto also indicated that progress regarding the search process will be communicated through various updates to its members and the community. “This position is a great opportunity for a passionate and community-minded leader to make a significant difference for View and the Old Forge community. View is an economic engine within our region, and we’re truly blessed to have such a beautiful, large, multi-purpose arts center in our own backyard.”

View is located at 3273 State Route 28 in Old Forge. To learn more about View visit

The Upper Jay Art Center:

The Upper Jay Art Center (UJAC) is accepting applications for the position of Artistic Director. Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and a contact list of three professional references. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2022, and applicant review begins immediately. Ideal start date is September 2022. 

Job description:

The Artistic Director (AD) of the Upper Jay Art Center is a salaried position for someone with knowledge and passion for art, and who possesses a strong understanding of live performance, including theater, music, and dance. The Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the ongoing artistic vision of the Upper Jay Art Center and its performance space, the Recovery Lounge. The AD is responsible for furthering the mission, resource development, and day-to-day operation of a growing, non-profit arts organization. The AD reports to the Board of Directors. Salary: $32K . Send applications to:

Job responsibilities as follows: Program development and implementation (including but not limited to): 

Produce and/or direct two plays per year. 

Develop seasonal play-reading series.

Manage year-round concert series, including booking bands, negotiating contracts, and securing sound engineers. 

Curate visual arts gallery shows. 

Support and actively participate with all visiting artists including residing artists of the CA+MP residency program

Playfully manage the Recovery Lounge space’s atmosphere and vibe. 

Work closely with the social media/communication team and website manager to promote events and foster community engagement. 

Manage custodial duties, which include regular cleaning of bathrooms and performance spaces, and residency space. 

Organizational and administrative:

Develop an annual program budget with the Board of Directors 

Maintain open communications with the UJAC Board. 

Develop and manage resources including donations, grants, fundraising events, revenue streams, and resource sharing with other organizations along with the Board of Directors.  

Actively examine UJAC’s relationship with the community and look for new ways to engage them.

​Ideal qualifications include: 

Background in performing arts – preferably including direction and design. 

Self-starter, organized, disciplined, and detail-oriented. 

Familiarity with non-profit organizations, including a desire to learn and implement inclusion, diversity, equity and access strategies. 

Experience setting production schedules and managing budgets. 

Comfortable multi-tasking, negotiating contracts, and speaking in public. 

Passion for working with artists in the creation of new and challenging work. 

Experience in, or willingness and ability to learn, Quickbooks, fiscal management, and grant writing skills. 

Sense of humor. 

The mission of the Upper Jay Art Center is to enhance the quality of life in Upper Jay and in the surrounding Adirondack communities through artistic expression. More information can be found here:


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