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Delta Arts Center | Staff, Daphne Holmes-Johnson, Executive Director


 Winston Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc.

Executive Director Job Description


Job Profile Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the representative for Winston Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc. (WSDFA). This position requires management and operations of Delta Arts Center including supervision of the employees, interns, and volunteers. A major responsibility of this position is fund development for programs and operations of Delta Arts Center.

Marketing and community outreach are necessary, as is, the expansion and execution of the WSDFA mission and the strategic plan of WSDFA.  

The Executive Director shall have a measurable record of accomplishment of business development, community outreach and fund development. Experience leading a non-profit organization, knowledge and use of donor data bases, online fundraising programs, and excellent oral and written communications skills are key components for the success of this role.


Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to develop the strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of WSDFA and increase local, statewide, national, and international awareness and prominence.
  • Directs the Delta Arts Center’s (DAC) operations, to include development, education and public programming, finance, external communications, and staffing.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations for the DAC.
  • Manages and leads the DAC staff and volunteers.
  • Provides updates/reports to the WSDFA Board President on a regular basis.
  • Submits a comprehensive report on facilities, expenses, staff, fund development, community partnerships and invites and/or commitments made with other organizations, and the status of key initiatives, to the WSDFA Board at each Board of Directors meeting.
  • Directs and tracks operational budget decisions to increase strategic reach and report findings to the Board of Directors.
  • Analyzes operations to enhance efficiency and meet strategic goals.
  • Leads and participates in all fundraising and development activities, including grant writing, and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Works closely with the Chair of the Funding and Resource Development Committee.
  • Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the WSDFA. Establishes strong partnerships in the community. Enhances WSDFA’s public image to expand interest and support.
  • Supports the Chair of the Marketing/Public Relations Committee. Assists with the development of public relations and marketing initiatives. Develops an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the WSDFA.
  • Supports and serves on the WSDFA committees (i.e. Executive, Facility/Technology, Program/Exhibition)
  • Manages, secures, and maintains the property and facilities of WSDFA.
  • Motivates the DAC staff and Board members in helping WSDFA develop its mission.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in accounting, marketing, finance, information technology or art.
  • Five years of experience in the art industry, nonprofit organization, or business. At least two years of managerial level preferred.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction. Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for art centers, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
  • Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities.
  • Competence in managing art center operations, including personnel matters. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with, art center staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills.
  • Excellent planning, time management and decision-making skills. Working knowledge of spreadsheet, database, email, calendar/scheduling, and word processing software. Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.

 Salary is negotiable and within range for a role with a non-profit organization. WSDFA is an equal opportunity employer.


How to Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume’ to

Subject line should read: Cover Letter and Resume’ for Executive Director Position

All resumes must be received by August 30, 2017 no later than 5pm.