Employment Opportunity

Job title: Executive Director, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

Description: The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is seeking a visionary leader, skilled manager and strong fundraiser as their next Executive Director. Founded in 1944 at the recommendation of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the Guild is the nation’s 7th largest craft membership organization with 1,550 members in 33 states and educational and show programs that reach more than 100,000 people annually. The Guild is a 501c3 craft education nonprofit that is supported in part by its sister nonprofit, Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen, which houses the fine craft fair aspect of the mission. Based in Lancaster, PA, the Guild has a staff of 4 full-time and up to 7 part-time individuals, and is governed by a board of 15. Combined annual operating budgets are more than $750,000. The focus of the mission is craft education. For more information, visit www.pacrafts.org

Job Summary: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for overall implementation of the long range plan, and educational and show programs, while simultaneously developing a strong fundraising platform that successfully engages new and old audiences. With the acquisition of the new Center of American Craft (the Guild’s first ever home) in Lancaster, capital funds are needed to continue a series of ongoing renovations as well as programmatic funds to further develop burgeoning new opportunities. The new CEO must have experience in fundraising and development, and successfully tread the path of stable, steady growth. This is a fantastic opportunity for a hands-on, hardworking, inspirational and passionate expert who wants to lead a growing, thriving artistic community.

• Provide visionary, strategic and decisive leadership
• Serve as the top fundraiser, and increase and diversify funding through cultivation of individual donors, foundations, corporations and government sources; write grants
• Provide sound fiscal oversight and financial management
• Write and manage budgets
• Provide leadership in areas of human resources and administration
• Work with Staff to guide the development and growth of all programs including shows, workshops, store, exhibitions, events and jurying
• Work closely with the Board to assess and update the current long range plan
• Ensure ongoing programmatic and operational excellence
• Build partnerships and relationships
• Sustain a collaborative and respectful work environment; nurture and support staff
• Raise visibility of the Guild –at local, state and national levels
• Serve as the public face of the Guild
• Lead, motivate and inspire others to achieve the Guild’s mission and vision
• Guide development and facility renovations at Center of American Craft

• Demonstrated fundraising experience
• Creative visionary leader and strategic thinker
• Strong financial and business manager
• Minimum 5 years in leadership role(s) with specific experience in nonprofit leadership
• High energy “people person”
• Excellent communicator, good listener and able to articulate vision
• Passionate about the mission of the organization
• Hardworking, hands-on style
• Bachelor’s degree required; graduate or advanced degree preferred

Other requirements:
• A minimum of three professional references
• Possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, insurance and full access to a vehicle
• Travel for day/evening meetings and weekend events
• Able to pass a criminal background investigation

• Competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience

How to apply:
To learn more about the Guild, please visit: www.pacrafts.org.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, salary requirements and resume, as one combined PDF document, via email only to jobs@pacrafts.org. No phone calls, walk ins or snail mail accepted. All applicants will receive an email confirmation of receipt and details on the hiring process and timeline.

The PGC is an equal opportunity employer.