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Organization Mission, Goals, and Values: Located in downtown Pelham, NY, the
Pelham Art Center is a 54 year old Educational and cultural non-profit institution
committed to providing access to study, experience and appreciation of the arts.
The Pelham Art Center strives to be a vibrant, engaging arts space that provides
meaningful and unique opportunities to learn about and enhance artistic skills and
With community building at our core, PAC welcomes participants and artists of
diverse backgrounds to foster connections and encourage the open exchange of
ideas. The Pelham Art Center values and celebrates creativity, innovation,
community building, and mutual respect.
Organization Information: The Pelham Art Center has been a strong community
pillar since 1970 when it was founded as The Pelham Art Happening by a group of
women committed to offering free and affordable cultural activities and arts
Education to adults, children, and artists of all ages and all abilities.
Each year, PAC serves approximately 12,700 people who live in southern Westchester
County and the northern Bronx. The Pelham Art Center also works with more than 300
artists and artist educators each year. Located in downtown Pelham, NY, The Pelham
Art Center is near mass transit and highways.
The 2023/24 operating budget is $800,000. PAC employs regular staff, consultants,
and artist educators and owns and occupies a 5,700 sf one story building with a
large courtyard. The building houses two exhibition galleries, three art studios, a kiln
room, storage, reception desk, kitchenette, two lavatories, small shop, and staff

The Pelham Art Center is governed by a Board of Directors, a dedicated group of
area residents who love and support the arts and community based organizations.
Its members are business professionals and entrepreneurs, artists, and civic

The Position: The Artistic and Development Director (AD) is the Pelham Art Center’s
main public representative along with the Managing Director of Finance and
Operations. The AD provides leadership, vision, and artistic direction, creating a safe
environment and inclusive culture that fully supports and advances the
organization’s mission and goals.
The Pelham Art Center seeks a leader who will continue to grow its reputation, attract
new audiences, and provide excellent services to the community by helping shape
its class development, exhibitions, programs for underserved communities, and other
public events. It is especially critical that this person have ties to the artist
community specifically in the tri-state area, and have experience with fundraising
through individual and corporate donors as well as grant-writing.
The AD leads PAC’s fundraising efforts, including the annual campaign, foundation
and government grants, and helps in part with individual gifts and membership. With
significant support from the Board, PAC also hosts two large annual fundraising
events (spring and fall).
The AD will also help lead and manage the second phase of our Capital Campaign
which is anticipated to begin in late 2024. We are currently almost at our goal for
phase 1, which aims to address the urgent needs of the facility. The second phase
will be longer and more ambitious in its scope and may include an expansion of the
indoor space.

Work Responsibilities:

Broad Strokes:

● Provide artistic visionary leadership to the board, staff, community, and
business and program partners.
● Oversee artistic programs, staff management, annual and capital fundraising,
and fundraising events.
● Schedule, participate in, and provide materials for meetings of the full Board,
Executive Committee, 5 standing board committees, and any special
● Develop strategic plans, long-term vision, and resource plans for the gallery
space and the exhibits.
● Develop and nurture grant pipeline and support the needs of the existing
grants to ensure we meet our financial targets
Staff Leadership
● Lead and mentor personnel to support the responsibilities of this role.
Currently, there is one full time Gallery and Events Manager who is a direct
● Create a culture where professional development and internal leadership
capabilities are valued and supported.
● Serve as a strong voice for diversity and inclusion, leading by example with
tremendous authenticity and ability to establish relevance and credibility in
the community.
● Demonstrate expertise in change management, fostering adaptability, and
innovation while driving sustained growth and program excellence.
● Serve as a mentor and model for civic engagement and leadership.

Revenue Development

● Identify, cultivate, and strengthen relationships with new and existing donors.
Your authenticity will naturally encourage future donors and members as well
as renewals
● Sustain and grow a diversified contributed and earned revenue program that
increases general support and the cash reserve.
● Expert management of fundraising events that welcome new individuals,
businesses, and community leaders, while retaining existing supporters.
● Serve as a steward and maintain relationships with all supporters of the
organization, including volunteers, donors, elected officials, students, families
and artists.
● Partner with the board and The Pelham Art Center staff to craft revenue goals
and strategies to ensure fundraising success.
● Ensure sustainable funding from a variety of sources, including government,
major gifts, and new sources of revenue.
● Lead and manage the next phase of the Capital Campaign.
Community Partnerships
● Foster trust, interdependence, and collaboration with community partners,
including government agencies, local organizations, school systems, and area
● Build and activate partnerships and coalitions with local, regional, national,
and global partners to advance The Pelham Art Center’s mission.
Specific Responsibilities:
● Develop and work to achieve an artistic vision / direction for PAC

○ Embody and embrace existing Mission and Vision of the Pelham Art
○ Evolve the artistic vision to meet the changing needs of PAC, and the
communities that PAC serves
○ Elevate the profile of the PAC as a leading local visual arts institution

● Lead major development efforts of PAC

○ Build a robust grant pipeline by seeking out and identifying appropriate
government and foundation grants; take the lead in grant writing with
support from operations staff;
○ Oversee the annual appeal and general fundraising, targeting
individuals and corporate sources of funding
○ Oversee the Capital Campaign, including nurturing relationships with
high net worth donors

● Oversee Gallery Program with the Gallery Event Manager and the Gallery
Advisory Committee

○ Supervise the installation of gallery shows
○ Cultivate and sustain relationships with artist communities
○ Re-energize the Gallery Advisory Committee and develop strategic plan
for gallery program
○ Oversee the annual Art Boutique and merchandise sold at PAC
throughout the year
○ Maintain existing and facilitate new artist relations through active
○ Seeking artists for Artists’ Club
○ Donations of artwork
○ Formalizing agreements with artists
○ Public art installations
○ Establish a calendar of public community events (eg, courtyard events)
and oversee their execution, including participating in many events

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

● 4 year degree, Masters a plus.
● 10 years relevant work experience, including 5 years supervising multiple
employees, consultants, and contractors.
● Work experience in a multi-disciplinary facility with exhibition galleries,
multi-arts spaces, or studios/classrooms.
● Successful experience reporting to and working with a Board of Directors.
● Experience interacting with adults and students of all ages and abilities.
● Active professional network of arts organizations, artists, and businesses in
Metro NYC/Westchester County/Hudson Valley.
● Responsible for successful revenue generation through contributed and
earned sources.
● Demonstrated record in grant writing and fundraising from individuals and
● Clear understanding of the different types of grants and obligations to
servicing each.
● Experience speaking to groups and leading meetings.
● Excellent writing, editing, and research skills.
● Expertise with Google Suite, MS Office, CRM databases (NEON in use), and other
presentation and document tools.
● Valid Drivers License.
● Ability to lift up to 20 lbs occasionally.

Job Information and Employer Provided Benefits:

● Position is full-time, in person, and includes evening and weekend work
● Salary Range: $65,000 to $80,000, depending on experience level
● Paid time off: 3 weeks vacation, 10 holidays, and 10 sick days
● Health & Life Insurance
● 403b Plan with employer match
● Free classes for employee or/and family member
● Discount on shop and gallery purchases

To Apply:

To be considered for the opportunity, please send an email to
[email protected] and attach one document containing a cover letter
and resume. The Pelham Art Center Search Committee will contact you if they wish
to schedule an interview. Thank you.
The Pelham Art Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Pelham Art Center
prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment
based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, disability,
veteran status, sexual orientation and/or identity, criminal record, marital status, or
any other basis prohibited by law.