Write On, Door County focuses on the importance of writing and reading and the ability of people to connect through stories. You can also learn more here.
Located on 39 quiet acres midway up Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County peninsula, Write On, Door County (WODC) is both a residential center for writers and the hub of writing programs for people of all ages. Formed in 2013, WODC has an annual operating budget of about $200,000, two full-time staff members and a house that offers guest residents time and space to write. Under the leadership of Founding Director Jerod Santek, formerly of the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Write On has become a major voice for the literary arts and has established collaborative relationships with many other organizations in our community and beyond. Our goal is to be both locally loved and nationally recognized for our programs and events.
We are on the cusp of a capital campaign to expand the living spaces for our resident writer program and to fund an endowment to ensure the organization’s future. The Managing Director will be a major player in this campaign and must have experience and skills in raising funds from individuals and corporations as well as arts and governmental entities. The creation of the Managing Director position will also allow Jerod Santek, as Artistic Director, to focus on national conferences, programming within our community and our five public schools, and the significant expansion of the writers-in-residence program once the new residence building is complete.
The Managing Director will be encouraged and supported in developing a strong partnership with the Artistic Director and will work with the Board of Directors to develop a sustainable financial model that ensures funds are in place to expand our offerings and our audience. Further, the Managing Director will work with the administrative systems and the marketing, fundraising and communication tools to facilitate the continued excellence of WODC programs and residencies well into our future.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Board Governance: Reports to and works with the Board in order to fulfill the organization mission. • Responsible for leading WODC in a manner that supports and guides the organization as defined by the Board of Directors. • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions. 2. Financial Performance and Viability: • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of WODC, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements. • Responsible for fiscal management of WODC, ensuring operations fall within the approved budget, maximum resource utilization and a positive financial position. • Responsible for fundraising, in conjunction with Board initiatives, and developing other resources as necessary to support WODC’s mission. 3. Organization Mission and Strategy: • Responsible for overseeing the implementation of programs that carry out the WODC mission. • Responsible for a 3 to 5-year rolling strategic plan to ensure that WODC can successfully fulfill its mission into the future. • Responsible for the enhancement of WODC’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, arts, civic and private/business organizations. Along with the Artistic Director, build regional and national recognition for WODC . 4. Organization Operations: • Responsible for effective administration of WODC operations. • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff. • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization.
• A bachelor’s degree • Five or more years senior nonprofit management experience • Solid, hands-on budget management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting • Strong organizational skills including planning, delegating, resource development • Ability to convey a vision of WODC’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors and the general public • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector • Strong oral and written communication skills including public speaking
About Write On, Door County
Write On, Door County focuses on the importance of writing and reading and the ability of people to connect through stories. We provide a beautiful and inspiring retreat for writers on 39 acres in the middle of the Door County peninsula and conduct classes, programs, and special events throughout the county for all ages and experience levels.
Write On, Door County began as a dream bringing together a small group of people sensing a hunger within our community to explore writing and reading more deeply. It was the winter of 2011 and there seemed to be a renaissance of writing in our schools, our senior centers, and in reading and writing groups forming up and down the peninsula. Door County’s natural beauty has long attracted creative people, and the visual and performing arts in particular have thrived. Now it seemed time to shine a light on the literary arts.
After-school writing clubs formed, local writers circled in and volunteered with students young and old, and most remarkable of all, someone felt the power of this dream and purchased 39 beautiful acres of land mid-way up the peninsula with a house that could be remodeled to bring the dream to life. That first year we h...elped bring poet Billy Collins, novelist Emma Straub, and children’s author/illustrator Nancy Carlson to Door County to kindle the Write On flames.
As this was happening, Jerod Santek, Program Director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, was dreaming his own dream of moving to Door County some day to establish a retreat for writers. He knew no one here and his was a far-off dream. But fate intervened, a chance meeting took place, and he moved to Door County in 2013 to shepherd the Write On idea into an official non-profit organization. We got our 501(c) 3 status in January 2014.
Since then, under Jerod’s guidance, hundreds of classes, programs, and events for all ages and experience levels have taken place. More than 60 visiting writers from all over the county have come to stay in our Write On home, finding a place of peace and inspiration for their work.
As word has spread, our residency program has grown and our little house now bulges at the seams. So our next dream is to construct a beautiful writers residence with five separate spaces and a common kitchen and gathering area that will also allow for public programming. And beyond that, we dream of a Writing Center across the road with rooms for these visiting writers to teach and inspire those who come here to learn.