EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION
Reporting to the Executive Committee and Board, the Executive Director is responsible for leading Wesleyan Potters in its primary mission: promoting the learning and development of skills in crafts. Working with the Board and Co-op Members, the Executive Director will establish goals and realize action plans that continue to propel Wesleyan Potters into a secure and dynamic future. The Executive Director has operational responsibility for the organization. The successful candidate will have proven leadership, fundraising, and relationship-management experience. Interest in Arts and Education is preferable.
One of the longest continuously running arts organizations in Connecticut, Wesleyan Potters is a nonprofit craft school and cooperative with close to 100 members. Co-op members are required to participate in the management and staffing of the organization, which is comprised of Weaving, Jewelry, and Pottery Studios, a Craft School, Gallery, and Annual Sale. Classes in all areas are typically fully enrolled with close to 1,000 students participating in 75 classes each year. Wesleyan Potters employees include one full-time position and six part-time positions.
- Track record of effectively leading non-profit organization
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
- Demonstrated ability to lead change with transparency and integrity
- Experience with strategic planning and program development
- Strong public relations and fundraising and grant-writing experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders
- Past success working with a Board
- A bachelor’s degree or five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable leader, with successful record of innovative approaches to business planning
Position: Permanent Part-time. On average 22 hours/week, dependent upon seasonal activites
Salaried: $30,000–40,000/year commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Leadership & Management:
- Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
- Actively engage and energize Wesleyan Potters board members, members, volunteers, and benefactors.
- Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for the organization.
- Supervise, mentor, develop, and retain Wesleyan Potters staff.
- Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, benefactors, and other constituents.
Fundraising & Communications:
- Ensure the fiscal integrity of Wesleyan Potters, including developing a proposed annual budget. Provide monthly financial reports to the Board, informing them of the financial condition of the organization.
- Expand generation of local revenue, with fundraising and grant-writing activities, to support and potentially augment existing programs and operations.
- Work with Members to expand and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to relationships with local and state agencies and organizations.
- Serve as Wesleyan Potters’ primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
- Use external presence and relationships to identify and develop new opportunities.
- Review and sign all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of Wesleyan Potters as designated by the Board.
- Provide effective administration of the school, studio, office, and gallery operations with the managers of each area.
- Advise Member Committees, including but not limited to Finance, Education, Publicity, and Fundraising.
- Working with the Sales Chairs, oversee the Annual Sale and monitor sales.
- Meet with and advise the organization’s Treasurer on a regular basis.
- Manage and organize budget development. With the Budget Committee, establish the annual budget; handle all required filings, payroll, and taxes, and prepare records for accountants; reconcile bank and investment records; set or advise infrastructure development; fill in for Operations and Gallery Managers and Treasurer when needed.
To Be Considered Submit a cover letter with your resume to
EDsearch@wesleyanpotters.com BEFORE April 20, 2018