Executive Director/CEO

Christina Cultural Arts Center - Wilmington, Delaware

Job Category: Executive Management

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: March 08, 2019

Deadline: March 31, 2019

About Our Organization

The Board of Directors of Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) is excited to announce its search for an Executive Director / CEO to lead a dynamic arts organization located in Wilmington, DE.  CCAC produces the only comprehensive arts and education program in Delaware with a core mission to utilize arts education to promote school and person success, career opportunities, and social impact. The Executive Director / CEO reports to the Board and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission to make affordable arts, education, career pathways, gallery exhibitions and live performances accessible to youth and adults in a welcoming learning environment. 

Christina Cultural Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1945 by the Women's Club of Trinity Episcopal Church to provide activities for immigrant Polish and Swedish working-class families. In 1969, the Christina mission was re-aligned to serve as a community-based arts center with an emphasis on preserving African-American cultural heritage. Today, Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc. is a gathering place for all, exploring diverse creative expression reflecting our shared American heritage. More than 2200 students in the school of the arts, area public schools, community outreach sites and parks are reached with quality arts and cultural programs annually, and more than 10,000 arts supporters annually attend public dance, music, drama performance and visual art exhibitions hosted by CCAC.

CCAC is a distinctive and unique organization that requires the vision and leadership of a talented, energetic, tenacious, entrepreneurial, and thoughtful Executive Director / CEO who can continue its growth.

Job Summary

The Executive Director/CEO is the internal driver and external face of the organization, providing leadership of CCAC and overseeing its day-to-day affairs.  


  • Provide visionary and strategic leadership and translate that vision into measurable strategies and concreate actions that advance the mission.
  • Sustain CCAC’s reputational brand and respected presence in the local community with key audiences and strategic allies at the state and national levels.
  • Re-tool the business model, oversee operations of the organization and the leadership team responsible for the day-to-day operations.
  • Ensure that culturally relevant programs and services are provided consistent with priority needs and organization mission.
  • Oversee the finances and ensure fiscal responsibility and security.
  • Provide inspiration and professional support to the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to ensure that CCAC sets and achieves its revenue goals.
  • Lead organization fundraising activities including gift development, grant writing, and special events.
  • Develop, augment, and expand key relationships with stakeholders, supporters (current and prospective), key referral sources, and partner organization.
  • Provide motivation and support to the Board of Directors and its committees, as well as report to the Board of Directors on the progress of the organizations.
  • Ensure that proper policies and infrastructure are in place to promote best practices for the mission, constituents, and volunteers.
  • Oversee human resource activities to accomplish organization goals and objectives through effective recruiting, hiring, evaluation, training, development, and retention strategies.
  • Promote competency, quality, and the highest ethical standards throughout the organization. 


Ideal candidates for the position will share CCAC’s core beliefs as well as a commitment to, and passion for, arts and education.   Qualified candidates must possess and undergraduate degree (a graduate degree in a relevant area is preferred) and bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the organization including:

  • At least seven years of progressively increasing senior organization leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, preferably in arts and education.
  • Proven ability to understand and manage a complex business model.
  • Strong financial understanding with experience in the management and oversight of a seven-figure budget and staff.
  • Political savvy required to navigate complex public and private sector relationships.
  • Relationship developer and sustainer – one who can quickly build rapport and trust, and maximize relationships.
  • A team-building leadership style with a record of building and maintaining working relationships with staff and board and external stakeholders, donors, and community leaders.
  • Experience in and a proven record generating contributed and earned revenue – including individual, foundation, and corporate giving, as well as special fundraising events.
  • An understanding of image building, marketing, and external relations.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • An appreciation for and a cultural fit with the Wilmington community.

How to Apply

Please submit resume or curriculum vitae along with cover letter a to resume@amazingnonprofits.com. Also submit a copy of a funding proposal or program report written by the applicant. Applications without writing sample will not be considered. Any questions should be directed to the above email. Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018 and close on March 31, 2018. The applications will be reviewed with a decision being made in mid-May. Please do not contact the organization directly.

Christina Cultural Arts Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.