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Public Glass ‐ Executive Director Position Opening



The Executive Director of Public Glass will serve as the public face and voice of the organization, both locally and nationally. The Executive Director will be responsible for shaping, with the Board, the strategic direction of the organization through effective leadership, ensuring the continued success of the organization.

Ideal characteristics of an Executive Director:

  • At least 7 years of experience in comparable organizations, including 3 years as part of the senior


  • Must be familiar with glass as a medium and the complexities of maintaining a glass studio

  • Familiarity with Bay Area Arts organizations

  • Ability to lead and collaborate and to achieve results

  • Aligned with the mission of the organization

  • Creative and willing to try new ideas

  • Active fundraising experience, including donor relations skills and understanding of the funding


  • Strong financial management skills, including budgeting, planning, cash management, analysis,

    decision making and reporting

  • Experience with marketing, social media and strategy

  • Verbal and written communications skills, and previous success in establishing relationships with

    individuals, funders, partner organizations, government agencies and the community

  • Organizational skills with the ability to multitask (hands‐on when needed), and to manage

    priorities, including planning, program development and delegation.

  • Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which

    provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities


Responsibilities will include:


Leadership & Strategic Planning

  • Promotes the organization’s vision and voice

  • Oversees and manages all operational aspects of the organization

  • Develops, with the Board, strategic goals for the future

  • Provides management and follow through to execute strategic goals

  • Keeps informed and current on best practices for development in nonprofit and arts organizations

  • Becomes an ambassador to Bayview, San Francisco, and the Glass Community and acts as an advocate for matters relevant to Public Glass



  • Directs and drives fundraising efforts, including with individual donors, organizations,

    and with supporters of the glass community

  • Builds support for the project with a wide range of stakeholders

  • Regularly reviews fundraising policies and practices based on the organization's changing needs

  • Initiates and supervises grant applications to funding agencies and foundations


Finance & Budgeting

  • Oversees all financial aspects of the organization and ensures the organization operates

    in a fiscally responsible manner

  • Prepares annual budgets for board approval; manages and reports to the board monthly

    financial statements, cash flow projections and operational updates

  • Provides general oversight of the payroll process, answers questions, and ensures

    employees and contractors are paid properly and timely

  • Leads the organization through thoughtful growth and cost management strategies that

    diversify revenue generation to effectively achieve sustainable results



  • Ensures the effective operation of the organization and safe operation of the facility in

    compliance with applicable regulations and policies

  • Hires, develops and retains competent, qualified staff and contractors

  • Conducts or oversees new staff training and orientation

  • Is responsible for agreements and commitments entered into on behalf of the organization



  •   This position is full‐time and offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.

  •   Additional monthly stipend of $250 is provided for the position to purchase medical insurance



Applicants must be located in the San Francisco Bay Area or willing to relocate. This position is full‐time and offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience for the size of the organization. Public Glass is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to values of diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. People from diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

To apply please submit a resume and a letter of interest to:


About Public Glass


Since 1997, Public Glass has been San Francisco's only public access glass studio and school. As a 501(c)3 arts organization located in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, our outreach includes a full curriculum of glass courses, corporate group experiences, public events, exhibitions and neighborhood programs. More and more the new and unexpected experiences that we are becoming a recognized part of the Bay Area Arts & Cultural landscape.


Our Mission

Public Glass is a non‐profit arts organization committed to providing access to the critical resources needed to make explorations in glass a possibility for everyone.


Nurturing strong relationships is central to our vision of bringing people together around the creative process.

Public Glass Provides:

  • Unique Interdisciplinary & Educational Programming in a full curriculum of courses from beginning instruction to professional practices and conception.

  • Professional Development & Mentorships for Bay Area Youth & Adults through our Light A Spark program, which encompasses our various community outreach efforts. Our artists set out to educate and inspire others by sharing their passions and process.

  • Affordable Artist Studios intended to localize artists around resources and within a community that can support creative production and the exchange of ideas necessary to push boundaries.

  • Opportunities for Emerging Artists available as exhibitions or residencies as a way of encouraging them to push forward and to focus on new ideas. Our open and collaborative studio culture allows each artist’s process to be an experience for the whole community.


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