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Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft Seeks Executive Director

About Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft: 

Founded in 1994 in the picturesque Town of Columbia on the Scuppernong River, and close to North Carolina's Outer Banks, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft serves as a vibrant community for artists of all ages. Facilities include over 7,000 square feet of professionally equipped studios in ceramics, metalsmithing, woodworking, mixed media, and digital fabrication. The campus includes four buildings, with the lodge housing administrative offices and lodging for up to 26 guests, alongside a tiny house and additional rooms in the Riverview, raising capacity to 32. The Riverview is a versatile venue with a deck overlooking the river, event space, dining hall, and kitchen, and also houses the Pocosin Craft Gallery. A recent $1.8 million renovation upgraded facilities, including new and expanded studios and a larger riverside deck. These improvements support a variety of programs, including workshops, community programs, and residencies, all backed by a professional staff of nine and an annual budget of approximately $1 million, underscoring Pocosin Arts' commitment to fostering a supportive and dynamic arts community.

As we embark on the search for a new Executive Director, Pocosin Arts is in pursuit of a leader who reflects our dedication to igniting creativity, embracing diversity, and supporting lifelong learning in the arts. This role calls for an individual who is passionate about facilitating artistic exploration and education through dynamic programming, innovative workshops, and meaningful community engagement. Our aim is to inspire discovery and personal growth, through our offerings in ceramics, metals, wood, and mixed media and to enhance the cultural fabric and support the creative journeys of individuals from all walks of life. The ideal candidate will embody these principles, steering Pocosin Arts toward its vision of being a vibrant center for arts education, celebrated for its inclusive, nurturing, and inspiring environment.

Job Summary:

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of Pocosin Arts, overseeing all operational, financial, and programmatic aspects of the organization. This role is responsible for leading the organization in its mission to provide exceptional arts and crafts education, engaging the community, and ensuring financial sustainability and growth. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement strategic plans, policies, and goals that align with the organization's vision.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership and Planning: Guide the organization in its mission, vision, and long-term goals. Develop and implement strategic plans in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
  • Operational Management: Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization, ensuring efficiency, quality, service, and cost-effective management of resources.
  • Financial Oversight: Develop and manage the annual budget. Perform grant writing, fundraising planning, and execution to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization.
  • Program Development and Management: Ensure the delivery of high-quality programs that align with the organization's mission and meet the needs of the community. Evaluate program components and assess their impact.
  • Community Engagement and Advocacy: Serve as the primary spokesperson for Pocosin Arts. Build and maintain strong relationships with community members, partners, donors, and other stakeholders. Advocate for the arts and promote the organization's mission and programs.
  • Staff Leadership and Development: Recruit, hire, and retain competent, qualified staff. Provide leadership, direction, and support to staff, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and professional growth.
  • Board Relations: Work closely with the Board of Directors to keep them informed on the condition of the organization and all-important influencing factors. Assist the board in making informed decisions.


  • Bachelor's degree in Arts Administration, Non-Profit Management, Business Administration, or related field. Master's degree and knowledge of the national craft field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of senior management experience in a non-profit organization, preferably in the arts or education sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic plans and manage complex projects.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Proven track record in fundraising grant writing and development strategies.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Deep appreciation for the arts and a commitment to Pocosin Arts' mission and vision.


Full-time position. Target start date November 2024.

Position location: Columbia, North Carolina.

Salary starts at $95,000 annually, with adjustments considered for experience and qualifications.

Health benefit, retirement, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

Application deadline June 16, 2024 (However, we will accept applications until filled.)Submit a resume, three references, and a letter of interest that addresses your qualifications.

Please format your resume, references, and letter of interest as a single PDF.

Attach PDF & Complete Application Here:

Please note in your cover letter if you have worked with any of the following systems: Bloomerang or another CRM/Donor management system; G-Suite, including Gmail and Google Drives; and QuickBooks.

Pocosin Arts does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

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