Baltimore, MD USA
Baltimore Clayworks Executive Director Job Description
Baltimore Clayworks is seeking a visionary, entrepreneurial individual to serve as the next executive director for our lively, vital and respected ceramic art center. The right candidate will be knowledgeable about the field of ceramics both nationally and internationally, and will possess an understanding of studio practice in clay. He/ she will also enjoy being a part of a growing, dynamic and energetic cultural scene in the city of Baltimore.
Our executive director will have the demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and communicate as well as have excellent and persuasive writing ability. He/she will possess an eagerness to communicate the organization’s priorities with multiple communities and be passionate about Clayworks’ mission and about community-based education. The executive director has the mandate for managing the artistic, educational and operational functions of the entire organization, and reports to the Board of Trustees.
We are looking for someone with demonstrated management ability, administrative skills, and a positive, outgoing personality. He/she will be able to manage nine full-time and four part-time paid staff, resident and visiting artists, a contractual teaching pool and will work in partnership with the founding director in the areas of major gift fundraising and strategic planning..
Qualifications: Baltimore Clayworks requires an executive director with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) and substantial experience in ceramic arts program and non-profit leadership roles. Candidates should have a solid background in artistic issues, confident public speaking abilities, excellent writing skills, good computer skills and creative approaches to fundraising and programmatic strategies. He/she should understand the challenges and opportunities of an urban environment and its impact on individuals, families, and institutions.
Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Health care benefits and paid vacation are provided as is access to a ceramic studio environment with kilns, etc. Professional development, conferences, and other opportunities are possible.
Organization Background: Baltimore Clayworks was founded in 1980 by a collective of nine ceramic artists. Today Baltimore Clayworks is viewed as one of the nation’s premiere ceramic art centers with an outstanding national and an international reputation for its state of the art facilities and professional support for ceramic artists. It has been recognized by numerous sources for its leadership in community arts programming in the mid-Atlantic region. Its primary campus is in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of northwest Baltimore; its community programs take place primarily in its two west side satellite locations. Clayworks’ mission, to develop, promote and sustain an artist-centered community, which provides exceptional artistic, educational and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts, is realized through the four program areas: Artists’ residencies, classes, exhibitions and community arts. Clayworks’ main campus is comprised of 17,000 square feet in two renovated historic buildings. It has a projected $1.2M operating budget for 2010.
To apply, please email resume, cover letter, salary requirements, three references with contact information, and two writing samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is rolling.
Baltimore Clayworks is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please.
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