Position Overview

Schoodic Arts for All (SAFA) seeks an exceptional community builder who is passionate about the arts to serve as the next Executive Director of this thriving arts center on the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine. Together with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will carry out the community-building mission of Schoodic Arts for All through leadership and management of programming, outreach and communications, fundraising, facilities, and finances. The Executive Director oversees two year-round employees plus contract and seasonal staff. Salary range is low to mid-$60s, plus benefits.

Schoodic Arts for All envisions a vital arts center nurturing diverse programs and activities that inspire a wide range of enthusiastic participants. Schoodic Arts for All’s mission is to bring artists and community members together to provide year-round cultural events and activities that hold value for our community. SAFA continues to be a creative and economic magnet, drawing people to live, work, and visit Downeast Maine. Multi-generational involvement in Schoodic Arts for All will develop leaders of the future who carry forward the original dream of honoring and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Schoodic Peninsula.

Founded in 1998, SAFA serves Downeast residents and visitors by providing a wide range of cultural and arts programming, including the renowned summer Schoodic Arts Festival, and operates three facilities year-round for the public benefit including historic Hammond Hall. Over time, SAFA has developed a welcoming arts infrastructure that houses and promotes ever-evolving programs and activities that support creative expression and invite lifelong appreciation for the arts. 

Candidate Qualifications

  • Outgoing “people-person” who is skilled in connecting with and serving diverse communities. 
  • Passion for visual and performing arts and arts education.
  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills, including public speaking and extensive use of social media. 
  • Experience with development and management of diverse events and arts programming – performance, exhibition, and education with all ages.
  • Relevant management experience; nonprofit management a plus.
  • Team leadership and supervisory skills for working with a board of directors, committees, volunteers, and staff.
  • Effective fundraiser, including direct cultivation and solicitation of donations or grants from individual donors, foundations, and government.
  • Experience or aptitude for financial management including budget development, day-to-day oversight, and regular reporting.
  • Collaborative, patient, flexible, and has a “roll-up-your-sleeves” approach.
  • Tech and digitally-savvy, including arts-oriented AV.
  • Innovative and creative solution-finder.

Position Responsibilities

Community Building & Arts Programming

SAFA aspires to be an important part of community life for year-round, summer, and visiting people through outreach and widely varied programming with children and adults of all ages. SAFA is an arts hub where all members of the community are welcome to learn and express their creative energies. 

    • Engage community members of all ages and backgrounds with encouragement to express themselves and gain lifelong appreciation for the arts and creative spirit.
    • Gain input and work with the community to develop programming and produce inclusive, year-round performances, exhibitions, and arts education.
    • Build relationships with artists of every medium to present diverse programming.
    • Manage the development and execution of all SAFA programs, including scheduling, communications and marketing, volunteer coordination, ticketing, and so on.
    • Foster SAFA as a valuable and integral part of the community of Downeast Maine.

Face of Schoodic Arts for All

SAFA is known and well-regarded by a full range of community members, local and state officials, and those who are active in the arts scene throughout Maine.

    • Maintain and expand SAFA’s role as a community anchor and represent SAFA to its best advantage with state and local governments and by cultivating relationships on behalf of SAFA with all segments of the community.
    • Serve as the primary spokesperson for SAFA, and communicate regularly with audiences, donors, program participants, media outlets, town government, email and social media subscribers, fellow arts and community organizations, and the general public.

Fundraising Leadership

SAFA develops and grows a diverse mix of revenue sources, including individual gifts, grants, program fees, ticket sales and event donations, fundraising events, and major gifts.

    • Serve as the organizer’s lead fundraiser. 
    • Build relationships with current and potential donors to secure major gifts and contributions of all sizes.
    • Cultivate and manage SAFA’s government and foundation grant-seeking operations to systematically secure grants for SAFA’s wide variety of programmatic and operational needs.

Nonprofit Management

SAFA has a deeply involved Board of Directors and volunteer committees who work to create and realize SAFA’s mission and vision in collaboration with the Executive Director and staff.

    • Manage the organization’s day-to-day operations and long term planning.
    • Build and monitor the organization’s annual budget, and manage the organization’s finances on an ongoing basis.
    • Supervise SAFA staff and volunteers, including summer staff and interns.
    • Maintain clear, open communication with SAFA Board of Directors and staff.
    • Oversee the management of SAFA’s three community facilities: Hammond Hall, the Schoolhouse, and Combs Studio.
    • Oversee risk management and insurance for the organization, its facilities, and programs.

Working Conditions 

The Executive Director is expected to live in the Schoodic region and works from Winter Harbor in office and arts facilities, as well as throughout the region as an ambassador for Schoodic Arts for All.

The Executive Director is a salaried exempt employee with a flexible full-time schedule. Peak work hours are during June, July, and August when the Downeast Maine population swells, and SAFA’s regular programming explodes to nearly 100 events during the two-week summer festival that attract visitors from around the world. The Executive Director will often work evenings and weekends throughout the year to accommodate activities such as performances, coffee houses, board meetings, classes, concerts, and representing SAFA at public events.

Job Type: Full-Time 

Reports to: Schoodic Arts for All Board of Directors

Salary: Low to mid-$60s, plus benefits

Specific Location: Schoodic Peninsula, Maine

Start Date: mid-July 2021

To apply – safasearch@gmail.com: Please submit resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position and how your background and experience make you uniquely suited to achieve success in this role.

Schoodic Arts for All

Attn: Colleen Wallace, Board President


Application deadline: April 7, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Questions? Please contact us at safasearch@gmail.com.

Schoodic Arts for All is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all people.