Executive Director

Arts Together - Raleigh, North Carolina

Job Category: Executive Management

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: February 19, 2019

About Our Organization

Arts Together is the only non-profit in the City of Raleigh with year-round arts education programs that encompass visual art, dance, drama and music in an integrated format for toddlers through adults. As a community school for the arts, we cultivate creativity, community, confidence and collaboration in all that we do. Programs include classes, summer programs, multi-arts preschool and Rainbow Dance Company, a multi-age modern dance company.

Arts Together is governed by a 10-person Board of Directors and has six full time and 45-50 part time / contract employees with an annual operating budget of $825,000. Approximately three quarters of Arts Together’s revenue comes from tuition and performance income with the remaining quarter from the philanthropic support of government, corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Most of Arts Together’s programming occurs in downtown Raleigh in the Tucker Carriage House, a 19th century historic landmark owned by Raleigh Housing Authority. Arts Together was founded in 1983 and is the only local arts organization to be awarded the City of Raleigh Medal of Arts Award twice, in 1989 and 2014.

To learn more, visit our website: www.artstogether.org

Job Summary

The successful candidate will be a nurturing, compassionate, relationship builder, and self-starter, who thrives on creating and sustaining a positive and inclusive culture. Reporting directly to the Board, the Executive Director will supervise a staff of six full time employees and 45-50 part time / contract employees. Arts Together’s new leader will be expected to build on past success and forge new collaborations and partnerships with community leaders, related organizations and major donors.


The new Executive Director will be called upon to fulfill the following key responsibilities:

  • Relationship Management:  Serve as the primary advocate, fundraiser, spokesperson, and administrator. Maintain positive relationships with the Raleigh Housing Authority and the City of Raleigh. Develop a philanthropic spirit and unified sense of purpose among staff, board members, students, families, donors, volunteers, and strategic partners.  Articulate the vision in an inspiring way to internal and external constituencies. 
  • Staff Development:  Cultivate a welcoming and positive culture throughout the organization. Support and encourage the staff to be their very best. Provide opportunities for team building, planning and professional development.  Ensure that all human resource processes are executed with quality, including policies, payroll, insurance, and compliance issues. 
  • Program and Financial Oversight:  Bring an openness to expanding programs and services while preserving the history and close family culture. Oversee finances and overall operational effectiveness. Support the staff and board to promote effective planning, oversight, and execution of all organizational activities.  
  • Board Engagement:  Identify, recruit, train, retain, and celebrate board members and volunteers.  Ensure a quality process for building the board. Maintain regular communications with the board of directors and provide the board with the support, counsel and information necessary for effective board governance.
  • Resource Development:  Share Arts Together’s stories of impact to motivate students, families, board members, donors, and partners in a way that inspires them to support Arts Together. Expand the breadth and depth of relationships and true partnerships that will lead to sustainable, diversified funding streams and significant philanthropic investments in Arts Together’s future.
  • Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations:  Work to build strong brand consistency that will position Arts Together to take advantage of financial, programmatic, and fundraising opportunities available to it. Seek regular dialogue with staff, donors, students, families, and other key partners on issues important to Arts Together’s future. Serve as the face of the organization in the community

Attributes of the New Leader

The new leader must demonstrate a firm commitment to and passion for Arts Together’s mission and vision and be focused on sustaining the positive culture. In addition, he or she should possess a variety of attributes, including:

  • Visionary leadership that motivates the board, staff, donors, families, and community partners.
  • Big picture vision with an ability to attend to the details when needed.
  • A willingness to listen and respond respectfully to questions and concerns.
  • Integrity, consistency, and sound judgment in decision-making.   
  • An entrepreneurial spirit open to expanding community partnerships and Arts Together programs as well as building strong donor and family relationships.


  • Ten or more years of experience in a leadership position where he/she successfully managed a team.
  • A proven track record in building and maintaining relationships that foster a spirit of collaboration.
  • Effective at managing and motivating staff while also holding them accountable. 
  • Demonstrated success in increasing revenues and/or philanthropic investments.
  • Values the importance and impact of the arts.
  • Knowledge and understanding of community resources and the ability to engage and partner these resources with the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Equipped with the gift of inspiring others through effective storytelling, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Organized with a capacity to prioritize daily and ongoing tasks from an organizational and individual prospective.
  • Experience managing a facility would be helpful.
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university.

How to Apply

Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in Raleigh, NC, is conducting this search in partnership with the Arts Together Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to the Arts Together’s position profile at www.ArmstrongMcGuire.com/apply. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, and professional references.  In case of any technical problems, contact katie@armstrongmcguire.com. No phone calls please.

Review of candidates will begin in February 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with candidate experience and size of Arts Together operating budget. 

Arts Together is an Equal Opportunity Employer.