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Executive Director Position Open at Creative Arts Workshop

Creative Arts Workshop

Executive Director/Head of School



The Board of Directors of Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) seeks an Executive Director who will lead the organization into a new era of innovative arts education. 


The new Executive Director will be an experienced professional who will be the driving force in broadening the visibility, impact, effectiveness and financial stability of CAW. This individual will work with the Board, staff and faculty to define and implement strategies which will enhance programming, boost enrollment, increase fund raising and position CAW as a national model for effective community arts organizations.


 Required knowledge, skills, and attributes:

  • Significant organizational leadership experience

  • In fundraising, marketing/branding, fiscal management, programming and community relations.

  • Expertise with QuickBooks and Microsoft Office required. Expertise with ActiveNet registration system, donor database programs a plus.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • In Board reports, faculty communications and media updates.

  • Familiarity with social media and technology to promote and advance CAW.

  • A strong ethic of responsibility and accountability for actions and results.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop comprehensive and effective program implementation, administration, and impact. 

  • Create annual budgets that are consistent with the long-term financial sustainability and goals of CAW. Ensure that the budget is adequately benchmarked against actual results.

  • Establish and ensure effective fundraising programs and initiatives for corporate, foundation, government and individual donors, including the use of technology and social media.

  • Oversee the development of strategic and long and short range financial plans to ensure the financial success and long-term sustainability of CAW.

  • Supervise the development of competitive and innovative grant applications and continuation proposals including: needs assessment, progress reports, work plan and budget.

  • Build strong relationships with individuals and constituencies within CAW, public, media, collaborating agencies, advocates, community partners and other stakeholders. 

  • Enhance CAW’s image by being active and visible in the community and by developing relationships with corporate, civic and arts leaders.

  • Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

  • Motivate, develop, and evaluate faculty and staff.  Show initiative in resolving issues/challenges, and identifying opportunities for improvement.

  • Manage facility operations, upgrades, repairs and maintenance.

  • Manage and prioritize simultaneous projects and work effectively within numerous deadlines.


Required Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field i.e., education, business, or the arts.  Equivalent work experience considered; MFA or MBA preferred.

  • Experience as an executive director or senior administrator with a proven record of success in leadership and fundraising efforts.


Overview of the Creative Arts Workshop


CAW is considered one of the anchors of the New Haven’s arts community and throughout its 56 year history has been a regional center for visual arts education for adults and children alike. It is the largest community arts school in the state of Connecticut.  More than 2,000 students enroll annually in the 300+ courses offered by CAW. governed by a Board of Directors, the organization employs a small staff and 55 teaching faculty and has a budget of approximately $750,000. Visitors enjoy exhibitions in the Hilles and the Creative Works galleries throughout the year.



Application Process


Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and a resume by June 15, 2017 to


Creative Arts Workshop provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Creative Arts Workshop complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which Creative Arts Workshop has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


The Creative Arts Workshop is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

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