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Baltimore Clayworks seeks Executive Director

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


• 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


• 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.

Employer Name:
Baltimore Clayworks
Job Title:
Executive Director
Employer Contact Information:
[email protected]
Job Submission Requirements:
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. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by July 15. To apply, email cover letter, resume, salary requirements and the names and contact information of 3 references to [email protected].

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