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Executive Director [The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA]

Located on the waterfront of historic downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts, The Firehouse Center for the Arts advances the arts and humanities in the Greater Newburyport region by fostering the growth and development of the individual artists and cultural organizations through its programs and services; stimulating understanding of and participation in the arts and humanities; and presenting, sponsoring and producing a broad range of cultural, educational and artistic programs.

Over the past twenty-three years, the Firehouse Center has been a hallmark of local culture and arts, drawing patrons from local communities as well as a large tourist crowd year round. Supported by a “village” of artists, patrons, philanthropists, businesses, and volunteers, the Firehouse’s 195-seat theater is active throughout the year with Firehouse Produced events, partner presentations, and arts education programs.

This is a full-time position located in Newburyport, MA. For more information on the Firehouse Center for the Arts, please visit

The Firehouse Center for the Arts seeks an Executive Director to serve as the Chief Executive of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will manage the operation and development of the organization to ensure that the Firehouse Center for the Arts achieves its artistic, strategic, and financial goals as it advances its mission.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  •  Coordination of annual and long-range strategic planning including both artistic and financial goals;
  • Active participation in a number of Board Committees;
  • Leadership for development/revenue goals and active participation in all development activities, including;
    • Membership
    • Annual Giving
    • Foundation/Grants
    • Corporate Sponsorships
    • Special Events
    • Capital Planning
    • Donor relationship and data management
  • Leadership, support, and oversight of all communications/marketing goals and activities;
  • Management and support (with Facilities Manager and Board) of operation and maintenance of Firehouse facility;
  • Leadership, management, and support (in conjunction with other staff) of all educational programs of the theatre; and
  • Representation and advocacy for the theatre with government agencies, foundations, community members, local business groups, and arts organizations.


  • BA required, Master’s preferred;
  • Extensive experience in non-profit management;
  • Passion for and understanding of non-profit arts;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking;
  • Collegial, able to manage stress and encourage others in their success;
  • Demonstrated ability to build donor and community relationships;
  • Broad experience in planning, budgeting, managing, and working with a board of directors; and
  • Must be an innovative, strategic thinker with initiative and passion.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Firehouse Center for the Arts has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Turner Delano here.

The Firehouse Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit

Call for Guest Post Submissions…And Feedback!

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While this time of year can be busy, we would love to feature more guest posters here on the Tufts Museum Studies Blog! Students, you can even submit papers and assignments you have written to the blog. We love to know what’s going on in your classes, and we can help edit if you need it!

Although the blog is student-centered and student-run, it is not solely for current students. Anyone can submit a blog post! Our goal is to create and support a community of museum professionals while showcasing interesting museum news and engaging in conversation. We will frequently post reviews and questions, and would love to hear your thoughts! We’re always looking for new blog authors and assistant editors, and welcome submissions of any kind. Here are a few ideas for post topics:

  • Exhibition reviews
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Weekly Jobs Roundup

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. Happy hunting!


Hello museum world!! I’m very excited to announce that readers of the Tufts Museum Studies Blog are now able to subscribe to a weekly blog update that goes right to your email inbox! This weekly newsletter will be delivered to you on Sundays and will include previews of and links to any new posts that have gone live on the blog during the week. It will also link you directly to our weekly jobs postings, the events calendar, buttons to share the newsletter to various social media platforms, links directly to the Tufts Museum Studies Blog and academic webpage, as well as further reading that you may be interested in! If you are interested in subscribing (please do!!), you can click here or enter your information in the top right of the sidebar under the heading “WANT MUSEUM STUDIES IN YOUR INBOX?” You can also access the subscription link from the About the Blog page.

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Lunch with NEMA: Write to Publish

On Wednesday, September 28 from 12-1 pm, our very own Cynthia Robinson will be conducting a webinar with NEMA titled Write to Publish:

“Writing a blog entry or composing an article for a newsletter or journal are mental operations that yield insights and wisdom; self-development requiring reflection, analysis and synthesis. It is also an exercise in communicating with others, and forces you to consider what your readers know and care about.

Learn about voice, structural components, and formats. We’ll discuss developing ideas, determining the right venue for your work, following appropriate guidelines, and promoting your work.”

So pack your lunch and bring your questions! To register, click here.

*If you are attending this webinar and are interested in writing a blog post in response, please email us at We would appreciate your input!*

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