The Executive Director (ED) is a visionary leader with fundraising experience, and a skilled financial and personnel manager. Working with the PGC Board of Directors, the ED is responsible for the organization’s financial management, membership relations and oversight of educational programing, the retail store, community outreach and overall implementation of the Guild’s Strategic Plan. The ED develops and leads strong community relations and fundraising initiatives to successfully engage new and old audiences in PGC activities. They also support and assist the Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen board in planning and coordinating four fine craft fairs each year.

Job Title: Executive Director

Work Location: PGC Headquarters, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • Provide visionary, strategic, decisive and inclusive leadership.
  • Serve as the public face of the PGC; raise visibility of the PGC at local and state levels.
  • Provide sound fiscal oversight and financial management; prepare and manage budgets.
  • Expand and develop strong relationships with PGC members and with the eleven regional chapters the PGC serves.
  • Build partnerships with other art/fine craft organizations within the communities in which the PGC is represented.
  • Work with staff, Board, and volunteers to guide the development and growth of all programs including educational workshops, retail store, exhibitions, events, and fine craft fairs.
  • Increase and diversify donor / sponsor funding through cultivation of individual contributors, foundations, corporations, and government sources.
  • Develop grant opportunities. Review, pursue, write, and track grant applications.
  • Work closely with the Board to assess and update the current Strategic Plan.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic and operational excellence.
  • Administer social media platforms and take responsibility for coordinating and updating content and frequency of distribution.
  • Manage all areas of human resources and administration to cultivate and sustain a collaborative, respectful, and inclusive work environment that nurtures and supports staff and all who interact with the PGC.
  • Demonstrate keen business acumen.
  • Lead, motivate, and inspire others to achieve the PGC’s mission and vision.
  • Perform additional duties and projects as required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required – graduate or advanced degree a plus.
  • Five or more years in leadership role(s) required – specific experience in nonprofit leadership a plus.
  • Experience leading or managing a team.
  • Understanding of financial management practices. Ability to read and understand a profit and loss statement and balance sheet.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Multi-lingual a plus. • Able to travel for day/evening meetings and weekend events.
  • Able to apply for and pass Pennsylvania Child Abuse, Criminal, and FBI Clearances within 90 days of hire.
  • Strong business and Human Resources manager proficient in QuickBooks, Point of Sale Systems, Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis on Excel, Adobe, and social media platforms.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in grant writing and management.
  • A creative, forward-thinking leader and strategic planner who is genuinely interested in art and fine craft.
  • A good listener.
  • Comfortable being the public face of the organization and able to articulate the vision.
  • Hardworking with a hands-on style.
  • Must be able to operate efficiently at both an independent and group level.
  • Retail experience a plus.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, insurance and full access to a vehicle is required.
  • The ED reports to the PGC Board of Directors, taking direction from the PGC President, and is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with paid time off and a benefit allowance.
  • Salary commensurate with experience. Salary range $52,000 to $55,000.

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen does not discriminate in hiring, membership and provision of services with regard to race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin or presence of sensory, mental or physical disability.

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen – Founded in 1944, the PGC is the nation’s 7th largest craft membership organization with approximately 1,300 members in 31 states. A 501(c) 3 craft education nonprofit, the PGC’s mission is to create opportunities for traditional and contemporary artisans, craft enthusiasts and collectors through education, advocacy and community. This is achieved by offering educational opportunities, assisting artisan members and promoting their work, operating a retail store and sponsoring fine craft fairs that reach more than 70,000 people annually. It is supported in part by its sister nonprofit, 501(c) 6 Pennsylvania Designer Craftsmen, which guides the fine craft fair aspect of the mission. The PGC has a staff of 2 full-time and up to 5 part-time employees, is governed by a board of 15 artisans and community members and has an annual operating budget of more than $350,000. For more information, visit 

REV 11/06/2022

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