Executive Director

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Executive Director




Executive Director
Glen Echo Pottery (GEP) is seeking a full-time Executive Director responsible for the management and administration of its ceramic arts-based education programs. GEP is a mid-size non-profit school with a mission to “build and sustain a strong, inclusive ceramic arts community focused on both individual learning and collaborative pursuits of excellence in clay. Anchoring our programs in strong instruction and inspiration, we strive to create opportunities for all participants to share their skills, artistry, and joy with others within and beyond the bounds of our studio.” Located in historic Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, Maryland), our pottery is the Park’s longest-operating resident community arts program and will soon celebrate its 50 th anniversary as a fully-operational school and studio. Our year-round classes serve almost 200 students (90% adults) every multi-week session and include team-based activities that encourage experimentation in diverse making and firing methods. Through our Darby Fund Community Outreach Program, GEP student volunteers collaborate with schools and community centers to lead hands-on workshops with children, teens and families in underserved areas in Montgomery County, MD and the District of Columbia.

Executive Director Responsibilities
The GEP Executive Director position is responsible for annual budget development and financial management, grant-writing/reporting/grant cycle management, overall program administration and assessment, staff recruitment/contract management, volunteer management, DEIA strategy implementation and oversight, community outreach program administration, and
internal/ external communication including communication support systems development and liaising with Glen Echo Park management and State and County arts and granting organizations.

The Executive Director will work closely with the GEP Artistic/Facilities Director in the on-going coordination of classes, special/auxiliary programs, and facility improvement projects.  The Executive Director reports directly to the GEP Board of Directors.

Executive Director Position Requirements

  •  Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of prior management experience in a small-to-medium community arts non-profit organization or similar environment
  • Proven financial management experience, including budget development, generating financial reports, reporting to Board on financial matters and bookkeeping knowledge.
  •  Proven grant-writing and grants-management experience; other fundraising skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and volunteers (key for GEP’s “executive partnership” and active community of volunteers)
  • Commitment to building and supporting diversity among students and faculty
  •  Contract management experience (note: our staff are contractors, not employees)
  • Communication skills relating to external and internal partners
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Interest and experience in fields of arts and craft not required but welcome
  • Willingness and interest to work in a non-traditional environment (somewhat “rustic” facilities, informal environment, etc.)


This position includes health insurance coverage, paid leave, partial remote work options and flexible hours. 

To Apply interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references with contact details and a writing sample including a grant writing sample if available. Send to gepottery.resume@gmail.com. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Glen Echo Pottery is committed to promoting diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all aspects of the organization. We seek to attract a diverse applicant pool.

Job Details (for job postings)

Job Category: Executive (CEO, Director, President)
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range (annual): $50,000-$75,000
Experience: 2-5 Years
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree