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Permanent Executive Director Search

Executive Director Job Description:

Baltimore Clayworks, a nationally known non-profit ceramic arts center, seeks an entrepreneurial and multi-talented Executive Director who is or can become a passionate advocate of ceramic art. The Executive Director will lead this organization with a mind for business and a commitment to building the capacity of ceramic art to transform lives. The new Executive Director will provide visionary and strategic leadership that translates into measurable strategies and concrete actions that advance the mission.

The Position

Under the direction of the Board of Trustees and its committees, the Executive Director is responsible for Clayworks’ overall management and consistent achievement of its mission, strategic goals, and financial objectives. The Executive Director is the chief fundraiser and relationship manager.

The appropriate candidate for the position will demonstrate strong nonprofit management experience, relationship building and strategic leadership skills. She/he will have a proven track record of communicating a vision and developing, implementing and assessing strategy in a highly collaborative environment. The new Executive Director will also inherit an organization with a highly motivated Board, engaged staff and teachers, committed and involved students, and a large an active volunteer community. The Executive Director will oversee the financial and administrative functions of the organization, and collaboratively manage the staff team in addition to other responsibilities. You can read more about this position here:

The next Executive Director will inherit a legacy arts institution that has just undergone a major financial and leadership change, and has successfully set itself up to achieve a bold and innovative transformation- shaping the next 50 years of Baltimore Clayworks. The Executive Director will lead a dynamic organization through initiating, nurturing, and maintaining relationships with community members, stakeholders, donors, local businesses and government, as well as with the Board and staff.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Embrace and devise successful strategies to implement and to broadly communicate the mission and core values of Baltimore Clayworks
  • Oversee the financial and administrative functions to ensure a fiscally sound and wellmanaged organization by developing, revising and complying with annual budgets and providing for the appropriate control and accountability of all funds, physical assets and other property.
  • Responsible for supervisory functions, including staff development, hiring and firing, and oversight of safety and compliance issues.
  • Provide fundraising and resource development leadership for the organization, including evaluating current and potential business and financial models to identify opportunities to increase, maximize and diversify funding streams to grow the organization.
  • Collaboratively manage the staff team and assist staff in implementing strategic objectives and meeting goals.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships and serve as a spokesperson for the organization for purposes of fundraising, expanding visibility, and advocacy.
  • Further develop processes for quality assessment and evaluation of program achievements.
  • Develop and maintain community-wide relationships.
  • Support the Board of Trustees in its governance role, foster its ongoing development, and keep it informed about internal conditions and external developments. In addition to quickly understanding the mission, business model and approach of Clayworks, as well as learning and understanding the dynamics of the community, the near-term priorities for the first 12-18 months of the new ED tenure include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop trust and working relationships with diverse stakeholders, including staff, Board, artists, community members, government agencies and other constituencies.
  • Learn and understand current programs and the recent historic context of Clayworks constituencies.
  • Evaluate the current business and financial models and identify possibilities that enable Clayworks to increase and diversify funding to secure the foundation for the future.

Desired Leadership Experience and Attributes

Ideal candidates for this position will have a genuine commitment to the role of art and the value of the practicing artist in society. Preferably, candidates will have management experience in an arts organization. In addition to demonstrated experience in leadership, supervision, financial and resource management, community outreach and board relations, they will also bring a variety of experiences and attributes to Clayworks, including:

  • An inspirational leadership style with a sense of humor, collegial manner, and a successful track record of creating a collaborative environment
  • Five to seven years’ professional experience of progressive leadership and management responsibility, preferably in a nonprofit organization, including oversight of a comparably sized budget and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse individuals in the artistic, outreach, funding and business communities.
  • Strategic and visionary thinking coupled with entrepreneurial spirit and experience.
  • Business acumen, and attention to detail.
  • A successful track record in fund development, including earned income, grants and philanthropic support, and the ability to identify new revenue streams.
  • A high level of initiative, creativity and an ability to produce results.
  • Working knowledge of ceramics and/or the clay community is an asset.
  • Experience working with, or for, a Board of Trustees with diversified skills and professional interests.
  • Proficiency in use of communications and office management software applications, with an awareness and understanding of digital marketing, messaging and other significant digital applications.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred.

Baltimore Clayworks is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes and encourages diverse applicants. Communications will be confidential. Resume review begins immediately and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

To apply, email cover letter, resume, salary requirements and the names and contact information of 3 references to bcwsearch@gmail.com .

About Baltimore Clayworks

Baltimore Claywork’s Mission : Founded 38 years ago by a group of Baltimore area ceramic artists who wanted to collaborate and share facilities, Baltimore Clayworks is now a non-profit ceramic art center that exists to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding artistic, educational, and collaborative programs in ceramic arts.

Core Values

Artist – Centered , committed to the principle that making and appreciating art are essential to the nourishment of the human spirit. – Inclusive , serving both new learners and professional artists; nurturing students, artists and collectors from diverse economic, cultural, ethnic and geographic backgrounds. – We strive for increasing levels of Excellence in our art and in our management. It supports growth and gives us credibility among experts and peers. – Programs and management decisions are planned and executed with Integrity. – Joy is pervasive in the Clayworks workplace – classrooms, studios, community facilities, offices and even the Boardroom. This is expressed through the joy of accomplishment, of working in environments of trust and excellence, and of being inclusive and transparent. Clayworks occupies two historic buildings in the Mount Washington neighborhood of northwest Baltimore and is:

  • The only cultural institution in Greater Baltimore dedicated solely to the ceramic arts.
  • Recognized as one of the top ceramic centers in the United States.
  • Nationally and internationally recognized for artistic excellence, support of ceramic artists, and community involvement.
  • One of a few ceramic arts center in the United States that operates off-site facilities for community arts programs.
  • Clayworks has four program areas – Studio education programs providing affordable ceramic classes and workshops for adults and children taught by professional artists and skilled crafts persons. – Resident Artist program for emerging artists – Exhibition and Sales Galleries showcasing a wide range of contemporary ceramic art and functional pottery. – Community Arts programs for socially, economically or otherwise marginalized children and adults, children and adults with disabilities, and veteran programs integrating health and the arts.

In 1978, Clayworks acquired the former Mount Washington Library, which, after renovation, became the Studio building that houses three instructional studios, studios for Resident and staff artists, glazing areas, 3 gas kilns, 11 electric kilns, one soda kiln, and one Noborigama wood kiln (located outdoors). In 2000, the St. Paul Companies donated what is now known as the Gallery Building to Clayworks. The Gallery Building houses the exhibition, solo and sales galleries, administrative offices, and meeting space. Clayworks currently has exhibition space totaling approximately 15,000 square feet, including a permanent sales gallery, a Community Arts gallery, a large multi-room exhibition space, and a small solo gallery. Exhibitions include major curated shows; work by Clayworks Resident and Member Artists; and nationally and internationally recognized ceramic artists. Collaborations with other arts and cultural organizations both here and abroad provide expanded opportunities for shared programming.

Clayworks is governed by a 20-member Board of Trustees. In addition to the Executive Director, Baltimore Clayworks currently employs a staff of 6 whose work is supplemented by interns and 30 part-time ceramics teachers who are professional artists. The annual operating budget is approximately $1 million. Revenue is generated from earned income and contributions from individuals, foundations, and government agencies.