The Des Moines Social Club announces its search for a new Executive Director to help usher in the next chapter during this period of unprecedented upward trajectory.

Zachary Mannheimer, synonymous with the nonprofit since its launch nearly eight years ago, will remain in his current role at the Des Moines Social Club until December 31, 2015. A transition committee led by 2013–2014 Board President, Chad Michael Cox, will launch an official search to find his successor June 1, 2015 and will accept applications until June 30, 2015. The transition committee includes several board members, community leaders, and Mannheimer. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to chadmichaelcox@gmail.com. The plan is for the new director to begin this fall, thus allowing an adequate transition period through the end of the year.

In recognition of both his past contributions to the organization and his valuable perspective, Mannheimer will be nominated to serve as Director Emeritus upon completion of his role as Executive Director. Longtime Des Moines Social Club supporter, Fred Hubbell, notes, “What Zack has accomplished during his time as Executive Director of Des Moines Social Club is absolutely amazing. His initial vision is now a reality, and the foundation he has built will allow the organization to thrive and remain vital for years to come.”

Adds Mannheimer, “If not for the passion and dedication of both our staff and board, I wouldn’t be as comfortable pursuing a new opportunity. We’ve experienced a record setting year. I’m excited as ever about the future of this organization. I also feel this is the appropriate time to transition DMSC to new leadership; someone who will build on the Club’s success and further establish the organization as a pillar in the arts community.”

It was indeed a record setting year for the Des Moines Social Club, now in its new permanent home at the downtown firehouse — with more than 240,000 people attending, and visiting over 700 events, as well as 170 classes featuring 1,000+ artists. The launch of a new culinary studio, after school program, and record label also made a huge community impact and helped achieve record revenues.

The Des Moines Social Club team (consisting of 6 full-time and 3 part-time staff members, numerous contractors, and 20 board members) has built an innovative arts and entertainment venue that provides a home for local artists, offers unique programming spanning all arts disciplines, and brings people of every age and background together under one roof — all for the purpose of using the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement.

The Des Moines Social Club will celebrate one year in the firehouse with Food for Thought, an annual fundraising dinner, on June 10, 2015. Reservations are now being accepted at desmoinessocialclub.org or by calling 515-369-3672.

About Des Moines Social Club
The Des Moines Social Club is an innovative arts and entertainment venue located in a renovated, historic art deco firehouse in downtown Des Moines. The non-profit provides a home for local artists, offers unique programming spanning all arts disciplines, and brings people of every age and background together under one roof — all for the purpose to use the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement. http://desmoinessocialclub.org

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