Incorporated in 1897, the Society of Arts and Crafts (SA+C) has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over 100 years. SA+C’s dual mission is to encourage the creation, collection, and promotion of the work of contemporary craft artists and to advance the public appreciation of fine craft.
To fulfill its mission, SA+C presents exceptional group and solo exhibitions, the Artist Awards Programs, the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, and ongoing educational programming. SA+C’s exhibitions have highlighted masters such as William Daley and Lino Tagliapietra, shown ground-breaking work, including Wendy Maruyama’s Executive Order 9066 and I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW, and provided venues for young artists and cutting-edge work. Additionally, every year SA+C manages two retail events: CraftBoston Spring and CraftBoston Holiday. CraftBoston is considered one of the top craft shows in the country and was the first to provide a mentoring program for emerging artists. In all, SA+C promotes the work of more than 400 craft artists in their exhibition and retail galleries on an ongoing basis.
In 2016 SA+C moved to the rapidly developing Seaport District after more than 40 years on Boston’s historic Newbury Street. The new location, designed by the award-winning design firm Sasaki, includes 9,000 square feet of retail, exhibition, and program space, enabling SA+C to broaden its scope to include residencies, panel discussions, and symposia.
SA+C is governed by a 22-member board of trustees, led by President Jennifer Rayburn Billings, and is supported by a six-person advisory council and 12-member resource council. There is an administrative staff of five full-time and five part-time individuals. SA+C’s operating budget for the year ending January 2018 is approximately $1 million, with roughly 72 percent from earned revenue, 18 percent from fundraising activities, and 10 percent from grants. Its ongoing financial health is bolstered by a $1.1 million endowment that includes board-designated and restricted funds.
As New England’s largest city, Boston has long been the region’s economic and cultural hub, with strong professional sectors in education, technology, and healthcare. Boston proper has an estimated population of 667,000 residents and the Greater Boston area has nearly 4.7 million residents. This thriving region offers rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and world-renowned arts and culture offerings attended by more than 18 million people each year.
Playing a key part of the United States’ early history, Boston developed into a global entity and is now placed among the top 30 most economically powerful cities in the world. It is a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, cemented by the growing presence of venture capital, finance, and tech companies. There are more than 50 institutions of higher education, including superlative programs in law, medicine, music, theater, art, engineering, and business. These have a significant impact on the regional economy, drawing more than 350,000 students from around the world as well as attracting major employers to the area.
Sources: americaninno.com, craftcouncil.org, bostonherald.com, bostonchamber.com, artsboston.org
Operational Planning, Administration, and Project Management
Team Management and Development
Leadership and Strategic Planning
The next Executive Director will be a resilient leader and visionary who is motivated by a demanding environment and embraces the values of teamwork and collaboration. This individual will be versatile and able to rapidly adapt to changing priorities. A proven track record of success in working with boards, staff, communities, and major donors to achieve goals is a must. An innovative, approachable, and hands-on manager, the Executive Director will be a forward-looking and entrepreneurial self-starter with keen business acumen and strong people management skills to deliver results.
Other key competencies include the following:
A bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of five to seven years of progressively responsible senior management experience are required. Nonprofit background and/or experience in an arts organization is advantageous. Candidates should possess a command of running a nonprofit organization, including grant writing, financial management, governance and staff development, strategic planning, project management, and operations. A proven track record of success working with boards, staff, communities, and major donors to achieve goals is necessary. Excellent oral and written communication skills and broad knowledge and appreciation of contemporary craft are preferred.
SA+C provides a competitive salary commensurate with experience, health care coverage, and vacation time.
Please submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:
Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Vice President
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225
Society of Arts and Crafts is an equal opportunity employer that
welcomes any qualified applicant and values diversity of all kinds.
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