Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $55,000.00




914 Silver Spring Ave
Silver Spring
United States


Dynamic Executive Director sought for nonprofit arts organization in Downtown Silver Spring, MD


CREATE Arts Center Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit visual arts organization that has provided high-quality art education, art therapy, and therapeutic arts experiences to individuals and families in Montgomery County and the greater Washington DC areas for over 30 years. Our mission is to spark creativity, foster learning, empower individuals, and facilitate community connections through the visual arts.


CREATE’s art education and art therapy programs help students explore their own creativity and imagination in a supportive environment where the experience is as important as the finished product. We bring the inspiration of art to underserved populations through Studio Downstairs, our on-site art therapy group for adults managing mental illness, and the smARTkids Afterschool Art Program, which offers free afterschool art classes for at-risk youth in local elementary schools, and our larger community through free art events, internships for high school and college students, and partnerships with other organizations and businesses in the area.


CREATE recently moved to our new, street-level home at 914 Silver Spring Avenue - a few blocks from CREATE’s prior location on Thayer Avenue and in the same community we’ve serviced for 15 years.




The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for managing CREATE’s operations, programs and finances consistent with the mission and goals of the organization. The position requires working with CREATE’s staff, teachers, art therapists, interns, volunteers, students, and clients as well as local and regional organizations, businesses, and governmental entities.




Operations and Programming

  • Manage all aspects of the organization, including paid and volunteer staff, budgets, data management, and program delivery
  • Implement the strategic plan
  • Develop policies to guide the organization and programs to fulfill our mission
  • Manage and continuously evaluate risk management policies, personnel policies, use of technology systems, and compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Oversee development and implementation of a marketing plan and art therapy outreach plan
  • Establish the direction and goals for all programming, comprised of art therapy, art education, and community partnerships

Board Relations

  • Provide periodic reports to the Board on operations and the financial condition of the organization including programming and personnel management
  • Attend board and committee meetings
  • Work with the Board to update the Strategic Plan as needed and track progress of implementation
  • Work with the Board to develop a fundraising plan to ensure that the organization has sufficient resources to fulfill the mission
  • With the Board, implement periodic evaluations of the organization to ensure that the programs are effective, high quality, and consistent with the organization’s mission
  • Maintain communication between the board and the staff


  • Work with the treasurer and finance committee to develop annual budgets and prepare periodic financial reports
  • Oversee the annual audit process
  • Oversee the day-to-day financial operations, including the work of the bookkeeper and Registrar
  • Ensure revenue and expenditures are consistent with the approved budget
  • Maintain sound financial practices
  • In conjunction with the Finance Committee, auditors, and bookkeepers, prepare and submit tax and other financial returns
  • Manage monthly finances, including payroll, rent, bills, invoices, etc.

Staff Management

  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, develop, and motivate senior staff
  • Oversee the hiring, evaluation, and development of other staff, teachers, art therapists, and volunteers

Public Relations & Communication

  • Enhance public awareness of CREATE and its programs
  • Serve as CREATE’s representative with external contacts, including donors, other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities
  • Establish partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities to contribute to CREATE’s mission, including visibility, outreach, and growth
  • Manage website and social media platforms


  • Work with the fundraising committee to develop and implement the fundraising plan
  • Cultivate and maintain strong donor relationships
  • identify grant funding opportunities, prepare, and track proposals
  • Maintain donor database


  • Passion for our mission; experience in the visual arts, arts education, and/or art therapy a plus
  • At least 3-5 years of nonprofit or other relevant management experience
  • Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising and marketing strategies, donor development and staff/volunteer management; experience in identifying grant opportunities and writing grant proposals highly desirable
  • Knowledge and experience in overseeing the organization’s finances, including budget formulation and execution
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, energy, and enthusiasm
  • Experience working with and/or serving on a nonprofit board
  • Ability to communicate persuasively in speech and writing
  • Knowledge of common computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks, Google Suite, CiviCRM, WordPress, and social media platforms; graphic design experience desirable
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested candidates should email their resume and a one-page cover letter addressing the requirements to personnel@createartscenter.org. Applications will be reviewed and top-ranked candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis.