Applications Due August 15, 2014

The Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC), a nonprofit organization supporting contemporary craft, seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable, and highly-motivated Executive Director. The new ED must be both passionate about contemporary craft and capable of leading a talented team of staff and volunteers. The ideal candidate would appreciate the SAC’s past accomplishments, understand its present challenges, and envision its future potential. S/he must be an energetic and inspirational leader who can garner the respect and support of artists, donors, communities, and sister organizations.


Established in 1897, the dual mission of SAC is to encourage the creation, collection and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance public appreciation of fine craft. SAC’s vision is to be a contemporary craft organization on par with other major cultural institutions in the Boston area, to provide critical support to a thriving community of artists and allied professionals and serve as the premier destination for artists, collectors and general craft enthusiasts.


Oversee all facets of the organization including development, marketing, finance, human resources, and board committees in order to fully realize the potential of the organization and to maximize both contributed and earned income.

Provide leadership in program development and implementation of all SAC programs including: Exhibition Gallery, Retail Gallery, CraftBoston, educational programs, grants and fellowships, and the mentor program.

Implement the recently adopted Strategic Plan.

Serve as SAC’s lead spokesperson and chief advocate. Maintain/establish strong partnerships in the community. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

Lead all fundraising efforts, including identification, cultivation and solicitation of top-level prospects, sponsorships and the creation and execution of an “Annual Development Plan” to support SAC’s programs and services.

Increase the visibility, prominence, financial resources, relevance, growth and impact of SAC.

Assure adequate control and accounting of all funds and investments, including creation and monitoring of the annual budget (currently $1.3 M) and reporting current budget status and future needs to the Board.

Provide leadership and maintain regular communication with Board of Trustees regarding the condition of the organization. Facilitate all committee work.

Develop, motivate, inspire and evaluate all SAC staff (currently 5 full-time and 5 part-time employees) and volunteers (approximately 100) to support SAC programs.

Oversee the retention plan for official records and documents. Monitor SAC’s compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as well as workplace employment law.


A salary, based on experience and expertise with benefits package will be provided.


August 15, 2014


Please submit a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and experience relevant to the specific job responsibilities, a CV/resume, and names and contact information of three professional references to:

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Job Requirements

The position requires a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5+ years of senior management and development experience. Candidates must have a proven track record of success in working with boards, staff, communities and major donors to achieve goals. An advanced degree is desirable.

A passion for and history of working with arts, culture, education, community and/or other not-for-profit organizations is required. The ideal candidate will also be a respected leader in the regional and national arts community. Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills. This position requires a leaderwith strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build excellent relationships withpeople of all ages and backgrounds. The candidate must have the strong management skills necessary to support, motivateand mentor staff

Proficiency in Macintosh computers and email communications is a must, along with a basic understanding of software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, Filemaker, Quickbooks, and Adobe Suite.
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