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January 01, 2018

Pelham Art Center invites applications for the position of Executive Director

 Pelham Art Center is a nonprot educational and cultural institution committed to providing public access to see, study and experience the arts, foster lifelong arts appreciation and thereby strengthen the community. Pelham Art Center (PAC) annually provides approximately 130 art classes for all ages during fall, winter, spring and summer semesters; 8 free folk arts events, 6-7 high level gallery exhibitions; 3-4 sculpture/installation exhibitions; and outreach afterschool arts programs to underserved communities, serving approximately 450 children.

 The Executive Director is a full time, exempt employee who reports to the Chair and President of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the administration and management of a 48-year old arts education non-profit which owns its 5,000 SF facility, has a $630,000 budget, a $400,000-plus reserve fund, and is debt-free. Each year 16,000 people of all ages who live and work in the communities of southern Westchester County and the northern Bronx are served by the Center’s free and affordable classes and workshops, exhibits, performances, public programs, and artist residencies. Visit to learn more about the Art Center.

The Executive Director is responsible for the four main areas of Art Center activity: Public and Education Programs; Resource Development; Marketing and Communications; Business Administration and Operations. These areas are aligned with the responsibilities of the staff who report to the Director: Gallery & Public Programs Manager (PT), Education & Outreach Manager (FT), Development Director (PT), and Finance Manager (PT) and two Front Desk Administrators (weekdays; Saturdays). The Art Center also employs many artist instructors and works with volunteers and interns.

The ideal candidate will be driven, articulate, strategic, and a creative thinker. Exceptional people skills are essential as this role continuously interacts with all aspects of the public: staff, Boards, artists and curators, students, parents, donors, community leaders, business leaders, other organizations, and local community, Westchester County and state governments. The candidate should be an astute business manager who is committed to setting and achieving long range goals and to maintaining excellence in the growth, development and delivery of the Art Center’s art education, exhibitions, and public and outreach programs and the public’s awareness of the Art Center’s mission and value.    

 Primary Responsibilities

1. Public and Education Programs: Work with the Program Managers, the Gallery Committee, and other professionals to ensure that public programs and instructional classes meet high quality standards; increase public participation and interest; and evolve as community needs change and as new needs arise. Initiate and foster relationships with other organizations and agencies that lead to effective program partnerships and collaborations.  

2. Resource Development: Work with the Development Director to lead the Art Center’s financial development, including establishing and meeting its annual fundraising goals. Work includes: identify, cultivate and solicit funding opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Lead the staff, Board, and volunteers in effectively building and maintaining strong relationships with funders.

3. Marketing and Communications: The Director works with the Program Managers, interns and volunteers to develop and expand the Art Center’s visibility and brand recognition through public and media relations, social media, new technologies, print and web-based programs and solutions, and other marketing activities. The Executive Director is the primary spokesperson for the Art Center.

 4. Business Administration and Operations: Work with the Finance Manager to oversee the creation, board approval, and ongoing management of the annual budget, monthly operating reports, cash flow statements and the annual audit. Work with the Board Treasurer and Board to ensure effective fiduciary oversight. With the staff and outside contractors, manage building operations and related capital planning and annual maintenance. 

Skills and Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate 

Ability to implement and communicate a vision for the Art Center’s mission and programs 

Knowledge and love of art in its many forms and a commitment to arts education 

Warmth, energy and enthusiasm for meeting people, fundraising, and being the “face of the Art Center”

Proven track record in donor cultivation, fundraising and special events 

Ability to prioritize tasks and projects

Strong fiscal management and budgeting skills 

Successful experiences managing Board and donor relationships 

Art and business connections in Westchester County and metropolitan NYC

Effective writing and public speaking skills 

Excellent analytic and long term planning abilities

Success in working with a variety of constituencies 

Building and evaluating work and project teams

Excellent computer, web and software skills on MAC and PC platforms 

Requirements 8 - 10 years experience in similar organizations.  Valid driver’s license. Personal transportation for local and regional travel.  Work schedule includes some evening and weekend commitments.

Start Date March 1, 2018

Compensation and Benefits $85K salary;  Current 80% employer paid health insurance coverage paid via a Section 125 Plan (Oxford Liberty EPO) for the employee only; paid parking; and household members attend classes at no charge. 

To Apply: Applications accepted through January 31, 2018 via email only:  1) Cover letter with available start date;  2) Resume;  3) Three employer (or related) contacts with phone/email as references. Send to Bridget Bettke, Finance Manager, at Please no telephone calls or mailed applications. Pelham Art Center is an EOE employer.

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