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Northern Clay Center

Executive Director

Location: Twin Cities Metro, MN
Type: Full Time
Category: Executive and management

City: Minneapolis, MN
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications, performance, and NCC budget.

Job description

Northern Clay Center has been an innovative cornerstone of the ceramic arts. Renowned for visionary leadership, compassionate teamwork, and unsurpassed hospitality, NCC is now seeking new executive leadership.

The executive director is responsible for leading all facets of Northern Clay Center (NCC) operations that address the Center’s mission of advancing the ceramic arts for artists, learners, and the community through education, exhibitions, and artist services. This includes, but is not limited to, providing artistic vision, strategic planning, and organizational management. The executive director provides oversight and leadership for the Center’s three primary program areas (education, exhibitions, and artist services) within the overall policies established by the Board of Directors. The executive director works closely with senior staff members to realize the goals and objectives of NCC’s Strategic Framework designed and implemented in 2017.

Qualifications or requirements

The selected individual will be a charismatic leader who will pursue the Center’s Strategic Framework with enthusiasm and diligence. This individual will be knowledgeable about both historical and contemporary ceramics in the Midwest and the state of Minnesota, as well as trends in: ceramic arts education; fundraising; and audience participation. The individual will have the ability to balance short- and long-term priorities for the organization, and will possess strong business and leadership skills. They are a thoughtful risk-taker. They have the ability to read and interpret financials, as well as create and manage intricately detailed budgets. Interpersonal skills are key, given the Center’s myriad constituencies. This individual will be a clear and concise communicator who will work to maintain an environment of creative thinking, brainstorming, and collaboration with staff and the Board of Directors. The individual will also possess passion for the ceramic arts; they must be committed to quality in all they do; and they must have the ability to build trust, to solicit and listen to feedback, and to exercise decisiveness.

Other Key Competencies Include:
Leadership and Service: The ability to organize and motivate others to work toward a common goal and to embrace change, with attention to quality at the core of your efforts; the mindset of service to the organization and to the field of ceramics; and the ability to lead without ego or personal agenda.
Project Management, Planning, and Organizing: The ability to identify and cultivate the resources and systems needed to obtain results; the capacity to prioritize tasks to establish appropriate courses of action.
Diplomacy and Interpersonal Skills: The ability to embrace myriad points of view in a constructive way, to resolve conflict, to find a common ground for the array of stakeholders, and to treat individuals fairly.
Collaboration and Accountability: The ability to build diverse and meaningful relationships, the confidence to accept responsibility for the consequences of both personal and professional actions, to follow through with commitments, and to
learn from the past while planning mindfully for the future.

Applicants must have at least a bachelor of arts or bachelor of fine arts degree; a master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of 10 years of management and administrative experience in a nonprofit, artist service organization, foundation, private entity, or academic institution is strongly encouraged, with five years in a leadership role. Applicants who have worked exclusively in the for-profit sector must demonstrate meaningful volunteer experience in and passion for mission-driven nonprofits. Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must, as is proficiency in Mac-based programs. Applicant must demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter describing your interests and experience, a résumé that highlights a commitment to the arts and the communities they serve, and a list of three professional references and their contact information to: NCC’s Transition Committee,

Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.