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President & CEO

Assignment Specification


TITLE:                  President & CEO


REPORTS TO:      Board of Directors


LOCATION:          Greensboro, NC





With an annual budget of approximately $3 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through its ArtsFund-supported grant programs such as the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, and other opportunities including the North Carolina Folk Festival and the Van Dyke Performance Space, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of the Greensboro community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming.


Founded in 1962 by community leaders as Greensboro’s arts council, ArtsGreensboro has invested nearly $20 million as direct financial support into Greensboro’s arts economy through grants. Thanks to businesses, foundations, and thousands of arts enthusiasts, ArtsGreensboro financially supports more than 50 arts organizations and projects each year, connects the public to arts and entertainment, and helps provide support to the area arts scene through grants, marketing support and other important initiatives and services.


ArtsGreensboro advocates for the arts in a variety of ways on both local and state levels. Each spring, they seek volunteers and members of the arts community to participate in Arts Day – a two-day effort led by Arts NC to bring delegations from around the state to meet one-on-one with legislators and request funding for the arts through the NC Arts Council. Each year, ArtsGreensboro receives vital funding from the NC Arts Council through the Grassroots and Regional Artists grants programs.


By building a network of advocates, organizing policy initiatives, and empowering the industry through education, information, and resources, ArtsGreensboro aims to benefit all members of the community with a more sustainable, accessible, and quality local arts ecosystem.





Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina with a population of 270,000. It is part of the Piedmont Triad that also includes High Point, Winston-Salem, and several smaller communities for a total population of approximately 2,000,000. Located in North Carolina’s picturesque heartland, Greensboro boasts 135 area attractions, more than 500 restaurants, the largest convention center between Washington, DC and Atlanta, shopping and golf courses aplenty. Green spaces, public parks, a robust downtown, and surrounding neighborhoods are shared assets. The City also has a legacy of progressive diversity and inclusion, dating from the 1800’s Underground Railroad station, to the 1960 birthplace of the Civil Rights Sit-In Movement to the current welcoming atmosphere for refugees and immigrants.


The City and region have a robust arts landscape that generates more than $162 million in annual economic activity supported by 5,963 full time equivalent jobs that account for $15,592,000 in state and local government revenue according to the 2017 Arts & Economic Prosperity study by Americans for the Arts. The local arts scene includes seven colleges and universities as well as more than 80 nonprofit arts organizations, emerging arts-focused for-profits, individual artists, musicians, authors, sculptors, arts educators and creative entrepreneurs. A new performing arts center, the $60 million+ Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, is under construction with a planned opening in early spring 2020. There is a history of support for the arts that includes programs such as the nationally-competitive Eastern Music Festival, the Greensboro Symphony, Greensboro Opera, the nationally recognized regional professional theater, Triad Stage, Weatherspoon Arts Museum at UNC Greensboro, GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art, and more. Significant and popular events showcase the diverse creativity of the city including the NC Folk Festival, Dia de los Meurtos, the National Championship of Body Painting Artists, Art in the Arboretum, Fun Fourth, and more.





The President & CEO of ArtsGreensboro will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization and will work with the Board of Directors to ensure the organization’s relevance within the Greensboro community. The President & CEO will also provide direction and enable the Board to execute on governance functions. This individual will represent ArtsGreensboro in all facets of community involvement and will be a major community leader for all of Greensboro.


Primary Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Successfully elevate the arts in Greensboro.
  • Enhance all aspects of ArtsGreensboro’s communications and presence (both physical and digital) for heightened visibility, broader reach, and stronger brand awareness among constituents as well as new and existing partners.
  • Serve as the chief spokesperson and visionary of ArtsGreensboro.
  • Engage all segments of the organization and its community in the work of ArtsGreensboro.
  • Develop, maintain, support, and work collaboratively with the Board of Directors.
  • Collaborate with the Board to develop short- and long-term strategic goals and actionable plans to achieve those targets.
  • Shape the overall strategy and develop proactive and quantifiable initiatives that address priority issues to strengthen the community through arts and culture, including but not limited to advocacy, fundraising, and collaboration.
  • Play an active role in further establishing the arts as an economic driver in the community.
  • Prepare annual budget, quarterly budget reports, oversee capital outlay and other expenditures and present financial reports to the Board.
  • Administer and monitor grant funding to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.








The President & CEO of ArtsGreensboro will not only serve as a senior leader within the organization, but will have a significant presence in the Greensboro community. He/She will report directly to the Board of Directors and manage a team of direct reports as well as several part-time staff members. This leader will work closely with constituents, business leaders, community leaders, City of Greensboro elected officials and staff members, and arts and culture leaders throughout the community to further advance arts in the community.





  • Non-Profit/Business Leadership Experience: The successful candidate will have significant leadership experience in a similar non-profit/arts organization or significant business leadership experience from the private sector.
  • Arts & Culture Experience: The successful candidate will have a strong appreciation for the arts and culture. While direct experience in the arts is not required, it will be a strong differentiator.
  • Fundraising & Development: The successful candidate will have a strong track record of fundraising and development throughout his/her career. The President & CEO will work closely with the Director of Development on all fundraising initiatives and all aspects of donor relations.
  • Relationship Building: The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build relationships in both the private and public sectors. Strong networking skills and the ability to communicate with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and cultural communities is required.
  • Leadership & Team Building: The successful candidate will possess strong leadership skills and the ability to build teams. The President & CEO will be a leader in the community, so he/she should also have the ability to influence donors and external stakeholders.
  • Communication & Presence: The successful candidate will possess strong communication skills and have a strong executive presence. He/She will be the face of ArtsGreensboro and should lead by example.
  • Education Requirements: The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution. Degree in arts or business is preferred, but not required.





The candidate selected for this position will be a creative, out-of-the-box thinker who is intellectually curious with a demonstrated interest in learning. This person will also need to be a self-motivated, high-energy individual who can easily function in a high demand, performance-driven environment. He/she must be accustomed to working on multiple tasks in parallel. This professional must demonstrate strong leadership skills, best demonstrated by the individual’s ability to gain credibility with existing team members, the Board of Directors, and the entire Greensboro community.


The successful candidate will:

  • Be modest in nature, recognizing the accomplishments of the team before the individual
  • Be highly motivated and possess vision and enthusiasm
  • Be comfortable acting as an individual contributor and as a team manager (Player/Coach)
  • Understand how to deliver on short time frames and be committed to meeting deadlines
  • Communicate in an open and honest way that quickly builds trust and respect
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Be comfortable on his/her feet making presentations


To be considered for the position, please send resume to Derek Gracey.


Derek Gracey

Associate Practice Leader, Charles Aris

Office:              (336) 378-1818, ext. 9152

Fax:                  (336) 378-0129

Mobile:             (814) 617-0604



Interested candidates may also contact Derek Gracey with any questions about the position or about ArtsGreensboro.