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Executive Director

North Country Studio Workshops

Founded in 1993, North Country Studio Workshops is a non-profit organization serving the creative arts & crafts community with programs that enrich and inspire. Every two years, we offer 13 workshops over a five-day period on the beautiful campus of Bennington College, in Bennington, Vermont. These workshops are designed to reinvigorate creativity, provide advanced skills, foster networking, expand artistic horizons, and enable participants to share the experience with a community of artists. A dedicated volunteer Planning Committee meets monthly in Concord, New Hampshire, to develop the program and ensure its success. 

For additional information about North Country Studio Workshops, please visit

Position Available:  We seek a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director to advance the mission and agenda of NCSW. This is a part-time, at-will employee position working an average of 12 hours per week, 48 weeks per year. 

Responsibilities:  The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of North Country Studio Workshops, working closely with and reporting to the Board President and the Board of Directors. The Executive Director directs and administers all programs, operations, and policies in addition to supervising a part-time professional staff of three. 

NCSW completed a highly successful event in late January 2020. The next workshop will be held in late January 2022. Planning for 2022 begins this June. The volunteer Planning Committee meets once a month (except August) in Concord, New Hampshire. The Executive Director will lead this planning process. 

For the most part, the Executive Director works from home on a flexible schedule. The week of the program in Bennington, Vermont, requires a full-time, on-site commitment. 


Primary areas of responsibility include

  • Board Governance - Motivate and support the volunteer Planning Committee and Board of Directors. Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing in a timely and accurate manner all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Financial Management/Fund Development  - Together with the Board, develop and manage the fundraising and financial strategies of the organization. In collaboration with the Treasurer and in consultation with the Planning Committee, develop a two-year budget for approval by the Board. Oversee management of all funds consistent with the organization's accounting system.
  • Program Development and Management - Manage, along with the Planning Committee, the development of the workshops, faculty & facility contracts, insurance policies, scholarship applications, brochure development, and mailings. Coordinate a marketing/advertising plan for the workshops. Serve as primary contact with Bennington College. During the event, provide full-time office coverage on-site to ensure the smooth running of the workshops.
  • Staff Leadership and Management - Motivate and supervise three part-time professional employees: Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper and Registrar.
  • Community Relations - Develop effective working relationships within the arts community, fostering connection and collaboration with other organizations.  Coordinate and conduct outreach to potential and past participants and to the community at large through a variety of channels, including press releases, e-newsletters, and NCSW promotional materials.
  • Long-term Health of the Organization – Provide flexible leadership and encourage creativity in adapting the organization to the changing world of arts organizations.


  • College graduate with management experience, preferably with a nonprofit organization.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Ability to convey a vision of NCSW's strategic future to staff, Board, volunteers and donors.
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector.
  • Skills to collaborate with, motivate, and engage diverse board members and other volunteers.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
How to Apply:

Please submit via email a letter of interest and your resume with a minimum of three professional references (include names, position, addresses, email address, and telephone numbers) to: Val Long, Vice President, NCSW, Initial interviews will be held by Zoom video conferencing.

Deadline for applying: May 1, 2020.

Starting date: June 10, 2020

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Date Added: March 19, 2020

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