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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
RCA Announces Search for Executive Director


Job Description 

The Rockport Center for the Arts is a non-profit, membership-based art center that was founded in 1969 in the coastal paradise of Rockport, Texas. It is currently seeking an Executive Director who will be a highly-visible and effective leader to manage the operations of a thriving and highly recognized art center in this region.

The Executive Director reports to the Chairman of the Board and directs an experienced staff of six employees, operating with an annual budget of $875,000 and growing. The job’s scope includes fund development, external and community relations, marketing, budgeting, business planning and operational, financial and administrative oversight. The Executive Director is the Center’s primary representative in the community with governmental and other non-profit organizations and with the media.

Further responsibilities in managing daily operations include staffing of the Center and its volunteers, buildings and grounds, corporate budget and operating plans, and assisting the Board to facilitate strategic plans and fund-raising. This person is the Center’s lead spokesperson and writer of grants.

The Rockport Center for the Arts has been recognized as one of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America” and provides a supportive climate for artists who are inspired by the region’s amazing of coastal surprises. For a further description of the Center, go to


The Executive Director reports to the Chairman of the Board. There are currently four professional positions which directly report: Director of Visual Arts, Education Director, Director of Operations and Administration, and Special Events Manager. 

In addition, there are numerous committees of both directors and volunteers who look to the Executive Director and staff for leadership and coordination to execute the mission of the Art Center.

Position Priorities

- Maintain all current programs and funding activities at a minimum of budgeted levels.

- Evaluate the duties and responsibilities of the staff and ensure that the Art Center is fully utilizing existing capabilities; consider delegating more responsibility to staff members where appropriate.

- Guide the long-term strategic plan which includes a permanent solution for facility needs and location.

- Participate in preparation for a major capital campaign to fund long-term needs and being its implementation.


- Interact with non-profit organizations and governmental entities in the Coastal Bend. 

Primary Responsibilities

- Recommends to the Board all major policies and activities.

- Is responsible for hiring, training and managing staff.

- Ensures that volunteers are properly recruited, trained and directed.

- Coordinates and manages volunteer committee activities.


- Maintains and safeguards the assets of the Art Center.

- In coordination with the Finance Committee, is responsible for the Art Center’s fiscal activities including bank accounts, investment accounts, paying bills and payroll, and collecting funds from sources that fund its activities.


- Maintains a master calendar of all Art Center Activities which includes responsibilities as well as dates.

- Maintains appropriate financial and corporate records and files.

- Leads in the preparation of annual budgets and operating plans.

- Assists the Board to facilitate strategic plans.

- Keeps the Board informed of current activities and required actions in a timely fashion.

- Implements and carries out all By-laws, policies, procedures, and rules and regulations adopted by the Directors, as well as all applicable laws and regulations.

- Maintains an effective public image for the Art Center through a proactive use of media and speaking engagements. Is the Center’ lead spokesperson.

- Continually looks for opportunities for the Art Center to enhance the culture and quality of life of its community through art-related programs and offerings.

- Coordinates and supervises grant writing and applications. 

Ideal Experience 

- Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required and graduate study and degree preferred.

- Experience: At least 10 years leadership or senior executive responsibility for a non-profit organization and a direct working relationship with a strong volunteer board. Fund-raising experience is a plus.

- Excellent communication skills, including oral, written and presentation skills.

- Knowledge of and appreciation for art in all its forms is most helpful.

Ideal Personal Profile 

- An innovative and entrepreneurial self-starter who works well without direct supervision and who can take an organization through strong growth that its Board believes is both possible and necessary.

- A creative thinker who can develop, communicate and implement a vision and a plan for meaningful growth in an organization.

- An individual who enjoys participating in community activities and taking leadership positions in such.

- An individual with the patience to achieve significant objectives with primarily volunteer workers and directors.

- An individual who enjoys an appreciation for how art can enhance with quality of life in a community. 

For a downloadable version (pdf) of this job description, click here.

To Submit an Application 

Applicants are requested to e-mail supporting materials (cover letter outlining interest and qualifications, resume, salary history/requirements and contact information for three references) to the following e-mail address: 

All applications are confidential and references will be contacted with the Applicant’s consent. 

All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. 


Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position and year-long residency in or near Rockport, Texas, is required. 

The Rockport Center for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.