A few years back when the Creative Class Task Force called for volunteers to become “catalysts” to help reinvigorate the region through what would become DaytonCREATE, the application said they were signing up for a one-year commitment from March 2008-March 2009. However, the excitement for the updayton project and the progress made kept many of the catalysts actively engaged in the mission over these past three years. Although some of the original catalysts moved on, many new volunteers joined the fold. Updayton continues to grow, advocate for young talent in the region, and produce projects to impact the experience of young talent in the region.
The growth and development of updayton, its projects, and the annual Young Creatives Summit has been due to the efforts of an unpaid steering committee with a team of dedicated volunteers. To ensure sustainability moving into the future, updayton announces the search for a paid part-time Executive Director to coordinate all aspects of the updayton initiative. This position has been made possible in-part through collaboration with the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education.
Bringing on an Executive Director provides updayton with the potential to grow in areas relevant to young talent in the region. Updayton has been asked to provide support and input on projects for many local organizations; an Executive Director allows updayton to take on additional tasks and make a greater impact for recent college graduates and young professionals.
Updayton chair, Scott Murphy, believes that this is the logical next step in the growth of updayton. “We’ve brought young people to the forefront of getting involved and determining the future of the region – both on projects already in existence and by giving them the tools to launch their own ideas. As these efforts move forward and new initiatives begin in 2011, we also need to take steps towards greater sustainability. That’s the goal of bringing an Executive Director on board.”
Do you know a person who would be a good fit for updayton’s Part-Time Executive Director? Is that person YOU? Check out the job description here.