Executive Director

  • Community Art Center, Inc.
  • 119 Windsor Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Full Time Arts Executive Fundraising General Business Nonprofit

Job Description

The Community Art Center seeks to identify an Executive Director who can bring their knowledge and lived experience to the critical discussions inspired through our commitment to racial and social justice, cultural equity, youth development and community led art making. They will provide visionary leadership that builds on our history of serving youth and families in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge, MA. This includes successfully  implementing and sustaining the mission, strategic goals, building relationships with current and prospective foundations, corporate and individual donors and community partners and ensuring that the Community Art Center is a welcoming, inclusive, safe and exciting environment for every young person and community member. They should possess understanding and perspectives on the value of a deeply rooted community based arts organization and its social and political responsibility within the community and beyond. Cultural responsiveness and humility are qualities a candidate must demonstrate. 

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Provide Programmatic Direction and Oversight by building strategic partnerships and evolving programs according to strategic plan and organizational needs and creating a positive program physical environment and culture that promotes a youth and community led culture.

Hire, Develop and Manage Leadership Team through mentoring, advising, coaching and guidance around tactical and strategic goals.

Support the Development of Organizational Resources through leading organizational direction/strategy for resource seeking that ensures a pipeline of future funding to cover annual budget, special projects, and long-term sustainability of the Community Art Center.

Provide Financial Oversight through consistent leadership on all financial management decisions in collaboration with board and staff..

Engage External Stakeholders including building and maintaining partnerships that bring resources to the organization or our youth/community/families, advocating for the Art Center at funder meetings, and providing leadership in the field of youth development in the arts.

Administrative and Operational Oversight through strategic implementation and development of organizational infrastructure and facility.

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 7 years working in leadership in the field of creative youth development, out of school time, community based organizations and/or human services
  • Experience in the planning and successful implementation of organizational activities that promote a combination of creative learning, leadership/social emotional skills and community based activism.
  • Experience working in environments that are culturally, racially and ethnically diverse.
  • Measurable success in financial campaign fundraising
  • Demonstrable success in community networking
  • Demonstrated success in supportive supervision of staff  


  • Works well with others, is accountable and trustworthy and adapts well to change
  • Has a grounded presence and moves easily between detailed and global perspectives
  • Culturally aware and committed to equitable practice
  • Participates actively in the field and is able to build mutually beneficial relationships
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to prioritize competing assignments 
  • Communicates effectively across multiple sectors and with people of different backgrounds and levels of authority
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and delegate appropriately
  • Is passionate about the creative process and its role in human development
  • Interacts positively and empowers young people by offering maximum voice and choice and responding to priorities articulated by participants.
  • Takes initiative and is enterprising – willing to experiment and try new methods


$80,000 - $90,000