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Executive Director — Willamette Art Center, Salem, OR

Organization Overview:

The Willamette Art Center (WAC), Salem’s only community ceramic arts center since 2005, is located at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The WAC operates as the public face of the Friends of the Visual Arts—a non-profit 503(c)3 organization dedicated to improving our community through art educational and community enrichment programs. The center offers:  pottery classes, Open Studio, community connections like Artisan Village at the state fair and Empty Bowls to benefit the Marion Polk Food Share, the Artists in the Schools and spring school field trip programs, resources for company team-building parties, and Family Clay Sundays. Over 30 permanent and part-time volunteers operate the Center year-round. The Willamette Art Center is a dynamic, vibrant, diverse community which supports and furthers the creative efforts of individuals of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director oversees all operations of the Willamette Art Center to further its Mission and implement its Strategic Plan. The WAC is looking for a potter, artist, or art enthusiast with non-profit financial and promotional experience to manage a dynamic, educational ceramics studio located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. The ED serves as advisor to and liaison between the staff/patrons and the Board of Directors; is responsible for organization-wide financial operations including grant writing/management and updating/analyzing the budget; represents and promotes the WAC in the community and develops and maintains collaborative community partnerships; coordinates the WAC’s educational programs and special events; and works with coordinators to recruit, organize, and manage volunteers. The full-time Executive Director position offers a great opportunity to be an integral part of a thriving artistic community.

Salary: $50,000/yr. (depending on experience)

Compensation: 3 weeks paid vacation and an additional week of continued education credit for participating in conferences, workshops, or other educational experiences. A potter would have access to a fully equipped studio to ply their craft (to be negotiated).

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