Job Opportunity: Pyramid Atlantic Executive Director

By Editorial Team on October 26, 2016

Deadline: Wed, 16 November 2016


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Deadline: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by 5pm EST


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC) was founded in 1981 to provide a setting for artistic collaboration and has become nationally recognized for printmaking, papermaking and book arts. A 501(c)(3) non-profit contemporary arts center, PAAC receives federal and state funds as well as generous support from private foundations, corporations, local businesses and individuals. PAAC just moved into the fully renovated historic Arcade building in the burgeoning Gateway Arts District in Hyattsville, MD, part of metropolitan Washington, DC. The facility features a papermaking studio, print studio, letterpress shop, bindery, darkroom, digital lab and a wood shop. They have 19 private rental studios for artists and a gallery for exhibitions and events. They offer adult and youth art classes, artist residencies, fellowships and internships. PAAC hosts two biennial events: Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair and their Print Symposium.

Job Description
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the mission, staff and programs.


  1. Fundraising. Implement a comprehensive action plan with a focus on increasing earned income through programs and events. Plan will also include individual giving, annual campaigns and grant proposals.
  2. Marketing and Communications. Develop a comprehensive and coordinated marketing strategy with regularly scheduled communications with a focus on digital media.
  3. Vision. Develop and implement (with a consultant) a one year and three year strategic plan that develops goals with a realistic, timeline driven process ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence and metric-driven program evaluation.
  4. Finance. Oversight of accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and internal accounting controls for $500K annual budget. Working knowledge of financial statements and QuickBooks.
  5. Board. Develop and support a strong board 
of directors; serve as ex-officio on committees; collaborate with board chair to set regularly scheduled, agenda-oriented meetings with clear working directives: work with board on fundraising goals.
  6. Programs and Exhibitions. Work with artistic director and support staff to develop youth and adult programs, organizational partnerships and the gallery exhibition schedule.
  7. Facility. Ensure a safe, clean and positive environment using sustainable and nontoxic materials when possible. Oversee facility manager, tenant and private artist studio issues.
  8. User Experience (UX). Develop and implement comprehensive plan to incorporate a positive UX into organizational ethos. Maximize efficiency and potential of stakeholder database to facilitate interests and donor history.


A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field related and/or relevant to ED responsibilities. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Five years proven leadership and management capabilities—including hands-on fundraising, financial planning, budgeting and marketing experience.
  • Ability to confidently represent PAAC by developing and articulating its vision. This must include excellent oral and written communication skills (including a proven ability to write successful grants).
  • Management, oversight, and organizational skills that will allow the organization’s essential assets to nourish and expand.
  • Proven capability of working effectively with staff (both paid and volunteer), board of directors, artists, sponsors, and supporters of a non-profit organization.

Salary & Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with the skill set the candidate offers. Benefits include health insurance, 401K match, paid vacation, sick leave and federal holidays.

Application Submission
Please send:

  • One page cover letter with statement of purpose and salary requirements
  • Current C.V.

Submit to: No phone calls, please.
Submission deadline: 5pm, EST, November 16, 2016
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