American Craft Council (ACC)
The American Craft Council (ACC) seeks an imaginative, energetic, and visionary leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The Executive Director will work with the Board and the staff of the Council to provide strategic direction and vision for a nonprofit organization that celebrates and fosters interest in contemporary craft in America—and that unifies and supports artists, makers, teachers, scholars, gallery owners, and professionals whose work involves a wide range of craft media, including ceramics, fiber, glass, metals, and wood.
Since its early decades in New York City, the American Craft Council has provided an outlet and forum for artists, designers, and craftspeople. The Council supports professional makers through its annual nonprofit juried shows in Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; San Francisco, California; and St. Paul, Minnesota. It publishes the award-winning American Craft (a bimonthly magazine sent to all members of the ACC) and also publishes the semi-annual journal American Craft Inquiry (which promotes intellectual exchange). In addition, the organization hosts lectures, programs, and national conferences, and serves the field by sharing resources and materials from its singular library and archival collections. The ACC honors exceptional contributors to craft through election to its College of Fellows, as well as the conferral of fellowships and awards.
2017 marks the 75th year of the American Craft Council. In 2010 it moved its headquarters from New York to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The transition to one of the nation's liveliest centers of art and craft solidified and deepened the Council's commitment to include and engage with members and audiences in all regions of the country. The Council has sought to extend its reach through expanded educational offerings, programs, and an enhanced digital presence. Its most recent strategic plan, adopted by the Board in 2017, formalized the ACC's determination to provide thought leadership, strengthen economic opportunities within the craft field, advocate for and position craft as a cultural resource, and increase the Council's effectiveness and value to the ACC membership.
The American Craft Council seeks an accomplished leader with a passion for the organization's future and a commitment to its historic purpose. The Executive Director will possess the imagination and confidence to communicate a galvanizing vision for the ACC and craft; convene the craft community, its supporters, and consumers; and advocate for the social and civic value of craft and the Council. The successful candidate will be a sophisticated strategist and tactician, an astute manager of financial and human resources, and an inclusive and accessible partner to the staff, Board, and craft community. This individual should also have a proven ability to identify and develop sources of financial support for the ACC's strategic requirements and aspirations.
The American Craft Council has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to:
Anita Tien, Vice President
Ben Tobin, Managing Associate
Isaacson Miller, Inc.
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
The American Craft Council is committed to justice, inclusiveness, and equity. Drawing on craft's rich legacy of openness and its deep roots in all cultures, the Council will work to create opportunities for creative people from all walks of life.