Title: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Governors

Effective: July, 2020


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a community of individuals who seek meaningful arts and crafts experiences.  The community includes people of all skill levels, ages and backgrounds.  It includes makers, aspiring makers, skilled artists and craftspeople, appreciators of arts and crafts, and any individual who wants to be part of a dynamic and welcoming community.

Position Summary:  The Executive Director provides mission-driven leadership to achieve the vision of the organization. Working closely with the Board of Governors, the Executive Director will develop programmatic, financial and operational policies and establish implementation strategies to achieve organizational goals. The position functions as the primary public spokesperson for the organization. The Executive Director will lead and manage a professional staff to accomplish measurable outcomes and ensure the success and continued viability of the school. The position carries responsibility for participating actively in development efforts to secure and sustain philanthropic funding and investment to support the organization.  The Executive Director is responsible for assisting the director of institutional development in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors. The position is full-time, year-round, benefits eligible, and exempt.


  • Lead efforts of the Board of Governors to continually evaluate and refine the organization’s mission and develop a passionate, pro-active vision for the future achievement of that mission.
  • Assist in the effective functioning of the Board of Governors through committees and individual Board member relationships. Support Board governance and fundraising efforts by providing information, training and other resources as needed for effective planning and decision-making. Participate in board recruitment. Serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board of Governors. Provide administrative support for board meetings, committees and activities.
  • Build and sustain relationships with representatives of the various constituencies of the organization that contribute to the achievement of the school’s goals and mission – students, instructors, donors, local, state and national public officials, community and partner organizations.
  • Serve as primary advocate and public spokesperson for the organization and the arts in general.
  • Effectively communicate the organization’s mission, vision and goals and share specific information as needed through conversation, correspondence and participation on committees, panels and with other organizations.
  • Ensure that the mission, vision and goals are communicated consistently throughout the organization’s programs, events, and operations.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of programs and special projects that reflect the mission and move the organization toward achievement of its vision, are of high quality, represent best practices in the field, and that support achievement of policy and budgeted goals.
  • Collaborate with senior staff to develop short- and long-term goals in programming, finance, development, communications, and facilities to achieve the organization’s mission. Oversee implementation providing support, encouragement and supervision as needed.
  • Set the tone and standards for staff achievement. Provide oversight, mentor, and empower staff to successfully achieve organizational goals.
  • Ensure the efficient operational management and maintenance of the school’s 13 acre campus and all its facilities and equipment.
  • Participate actively in fundraising by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and sustaining relationships with prospects and donors. Secure major and planned gifts to fund current and future needs. Maintain visibility and relationships with state and local government and other institutional funding sources to support accomplishment of the organization’s goals.
  • Collaborate with Director of Finance to create and propose annual and long-term budgets consistent with fiscal management policies. Ensure successful implementation of budgets to support the long-term financial health of the organization.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Arrowmont’s policies. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, mentoring and supporting employees, assigning and directing work, evaluating performance, addressing concerns and resolving problems.
  • Assume other responsibilities as may be appropriate for the position.


  • Five or more years of nonprofit management experience; experience in arts councils, museums, educational non-profit or college or university preferred. Financial planning and management and facilities planning and management required.
  • Experience working with organizations experiencing growth, with an ability to motivate and support others in adapting to a changing environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability to communicate accurately the vision, mission, and achievement of Arrowmont.
  • Strong, creative problem-solver with the ability to work on multiple projects while adjusting quickly to shifting priorities.
  • Meet deadlines, exercise good judgment, and handle pressure situations.
  • High energy, creativity, a sense of humor and a willingness to “jump in with both feet.”
  •  Ability to work well as a member of a team and guide others in collaborative problem solving.
  •  Demonstrated success in initiating and building relationships with a diverse set of constituents, including students, instructors, trustees, donors, grantor organizations, community members, local business and government leaders.
  • High proficiency in MS Office applications, including Excel, Word and other organizational technology needs.
  • BA, BS, BFA required. MA, MBA or MFA preferred.
  • United States citizenship required.

We seek candidates who demonstrate excellent strategic thinking, have the ability to maintain professional relationships, manage others effectively, and believe deeply in our mission.

Salary and Benefits: Arrowmont offers a competitive salary based on education and experience, excellent benefits, and a congenial work atmosphere.

Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Statement: Arrowmont is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Arrowmont is committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Physical Demands: This position requires travel and the ability to drive a car, is physically demanding and requires the employee to walk unaided up and down hills and over uneven terrain, bend, stoop, reach above their head, have use of fine and gross motor skills, and work in close quarters. The employee must have normal visual acuity at near and far distance with correction and hear the spoken word with correction. The employee must be fluent in English. This position demands frequent exposure to inclement weather. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to work at a computer. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and to talk fluently. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects or boxes.


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