Opportunities

1. Executive Director 

Responsibilities: The Executive Director (ED) serves as Studio Potter’s chief operating officer working closely with and reporting to the Board of Directors (BOD). The ED administers all operations and policies and supervises a professional staff. Primary areas of responsibility include:

  • Fiscal: Develop and manage financial strategies and tasks. Oversee and manage all funds. Develop resources that ensure financial health of organization. Submit monthly and quarterly reports based on annual budgets to BOD. 
  • Fundraising: Develop resource channels including grants, sponsorships, membership, individual donors, major gifts, and events. Identify and pursue funding opportunities for programs, publicity, and staffing.
  • Strategic Planning: Collaborate with BOD to develop strategic plan with clear objectives and goals. Implement action plans and coordinate work with committees, volunteers, and partner organizations.
  • Staff: Hire, supervise, motivate, and evaluate a staff of three, in cooperation with BOD. 
  • Operations: Supervise and execute day-to-day operations.
  • Advocacy and Community Relations: Be active and visible in national clay community. Serve as a spokesperson for SP.

Experience/Qualifications:

  • College graduate with at least three years’ management experience, preferably in a non-profit arts organization or related area. Prior experience as a director or in a development capacity preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience of fundraising strategies and donor relations. Experience with capital campaigns a plus.
  • Established and provable financial management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, grant writing, and reporting.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Experience in leading ongoing strategic planning.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and positively convey strategic vision.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial thinker. Experience developing and implementing public/private partnerships.
  • Strong public speaking, public relations, written and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Transparency and integrity in leadership.
  • Knowledge of national and international ceramic community is valuable. Experience in studio practice is preferred.
  • Occasional travel (i.e. annual NCECA conference) is required.

This is a full-time (30-35 hours per week), in-house position. Salary commensurate with experience. Applicants should submit resumé, cover letter, and contact information for three references to David McBeth (board@studiopotter.org). Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Studio Potter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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2. Internships/Professional Development

Overview: Participants in the program will working with Studio Potter's editorial and administrative teams in the areas of writing and editing, publication production, print design, web design and programming, digital archive development, marketing and social media management, membership building, and non-profit arts management. In 2018, SP is particularly interested in working with individuals who have special skills and knowlege in the areas of digital media, including video and audio production and editing. 

Location: Western Massachusetts; Studio Potter’s editorial office is located in the Eastworks mill building, Easthampton MA: http://bit.ly/2pnzh0W. Western Massachusetts is not only extremely rich in the arts, and particularly in ceramics. The region has well known historical and contemporary museums, as well as several high-level regional pottery tours. 

Available Periods: Studio Potter accepts letters of interest and applications for internships on a rolling basis, and will work with interested individuals to schedule their time with SP according to both parties’ interests and goals.

Ideal Candidate: Student (undergrad or grad), emerging artist or professional with interest in any or all of the following: writing, pottery, ceramics, crafts, journalism, print or digital publication, graphic design, research, history of pottery/ceramics. SP supports both in-office and remote internships and professional development projects.  Depending on the candidate’s interests, aptitudes and goals, we work with him/her to set up the best plan for development within and contribution to SP and the ceramics community worldwide.

Compensation: Academic credit set up by the student through their university independent study/internship/externship program, and/or a modest stipend for non-students or recent graduates. SP does not provide housing, studio space, or moving expense reimbursement, though ample rental properties and studio sharing opportunities are available in the area. 

Time Commitment: variable, depending on the goals and proposed project; contact us to discuss. 

How to Apply: Please send your resume or CV and a cover letter to Elenor Wilson via editor@studiopotter.org.  In your letter, please state why you are interested in working with SP, and how it will help develop or contribute to your professional aspirations or practices.