Executive Director

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) seeks a visionary and dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization’s strategic planning, programming, administration, fundraising and community outreach. For over a half century, the ACP has presented a range of studio-based classes, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and community events for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Reporting to the President of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director oversees a talented staff and collaborates with business, arts, and community leaders throughout the region.

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) is an independent non-profit organization serving the community as an artistic and cultural hub. Founded in 1967, the ACP nurtures visual, performing and literary arts in the greater Princeton area with its diverse programs and collaborations in support of its mission to build community through the arts. In its early years, the ACP developed a variety of initiatives including the annual Communiversity Festival of the Arts, which attracts over 40,000 attendees to downtown Princeton. In addition to this signature program and others presented in the community, ACP offers onsite classes and events in its multimedia art studios; exhibition galleries; and performance space.

In 2008, the ACP completed an expansion and renovation to its historic building. Originally constructed with funding from the Works Progress Administration, the ACP building was christened the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts and serves 46,000 visitors annually in its state-of-the-art facilities. ACP operates on a $1.5 million annual budget.

The Arts Council of Princeton mission statement building community through the arts was developed with the belief that the arts and arts education:

  • Are fundamental to a healthy society

  • Directly impact academic achievement and improve literacy for school students;

  • Positively contribute to the quality of life for all area residents;

  • Contribute significantly to economic development; and

  • Promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation

The ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of arts and arts education programs including studio-based classes and workshops in the visual, performing and media arts, exhibitions, performances, and free community cultural events. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be of high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population in the greater Princeton region. Creating art and learning from working artists and performers in intimate artistic encounters directly addresses the ACP’s mission. Through these creative encounters, all people are encouraged to engage in the creative process.

To learn more about the Arts Council of Princeton, visit http://artscouncilofprinceton.org  


1. Mission and Strategy: Lead organizational mission and establish strategy through programs, community events and outreach. The ED will:

  • Provide leadership to envision, prioritize, and implement ACP’s mission and strategic plan.

  • Guide plan to ensure goals and objectives are robust, appropriate, and clear to all stakeholders.

  • Enhance ACP image through marketing and collaborations with professional, civic and private organizations.

  • Act as visible leader at ACP and within the regional community.

2. Financial Performance and Viability: Develop resources to ensure the financial health of the organization and to align resources with the mission. The ED is responsible for:

  • Fiscal integrity of ACP; including development of and submission to the Trustees of an annual budget and monthly financial statements to enable appropriate tracking to goals.

  • Fiscal management to operate within the approved budget, to ensure appropriate resource allocation, and to maintain a stable financial position for ACP.

  • Partnering with the Board and Development Committee to shape the ACP’s fundraising objectives; act as the primary public face of the organization for fundraising purposes

  • Implementation of fundraising, education tuition programs, contract work and other revenue sources providing financial resources for ACP.

3. Organizational Operations: Oversees the allocation of resources realizing the ACP’s mission. The ED is responsible for:

  • Effective administration of Board, staff, and public operations.

  • Hiring, development, motivation, and retention of qualified staff, as well as management of merit recognition and terminations as necessary.

  • Signing all agreements and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of ACP.

 4. Board of Trustees Governance: Works with Board to define and fulfill organizational strategy and mission.

  • Establishes best practices in support and guidance of the organizational operations in partnership with the Board.

  • Communicates effectively and provides all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

5. Job Responsibilities: The ED is responsible for:

  • Partnering with the Board: Seeking engagement by Trustees in major policy decisions, fundraising, increasing ACP visibility, as well as organizing Board meetings.

  • Strategic planning and implementation.

  • Annual budget planning and operation.

  • Operations: Day-to-day leadership, management and supervision of ACP operations as well as full and part-time staff. Establishing policies and procedures for the efficient functioning of the organization, including approving contracts for services.

  • Partnering with Artistic Director: Provide strategic direction for programming, including prioritization of programs and ensuring balance in program planning and delivery.

  • Serving as ACP’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the public, including specific focus on relationship building with key financial contributors and other stakeholders.

  • Regional Aspects: Establishing and maintaining relationships with organizations throughout the region to enhance ACP’s visibility and support the Mission.

  • Overseeing marketing and other communications efforts.


  • A bachelor’s degree, with a degree in an Arts or Arts Management field preferred.

  • Ten plus years’ experience in leading nonprofit organizations, including five or more years of senior management experience; prior executive director experience preferred and preference for arts-related qualifications.

  • Financial and budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.

  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.

  • Clear commitment to the social/community service impact of the arts.

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership foundation and proven ability to engage, collaborate with, and motivate all stakeholders.

  • Ability to convey a vision of ACP’s strategic mission and future to staff, trustees, volunteers and donors.

  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to create a motivated, collaborative and positive work environment.

START DATE: Summer 2020

The Arts Council of Princeton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.


Bill Appleton of Management Consultants for the Arts is the consultant leading this search. To be considered for this position, you must submit pertinent information and attach a current résumé, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and three professional references, and salary expectation utilizing our online application system. The applicant’s name should be included as part of each file name submitted. Once all your materials have been submitted online, you will receive a confirmation of your submission via the email address you have provided in the application. For clarification on any of this information, please contact Christy Wall at cwall@mcaonline.com.