Executive Director – Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

The Artisan Program
Our Artisan program is dedicated to teaching hand weaving to people of all ages who have visual loss or blindness, and to Hartford-area seniors. Learning and mastering the ancient art of weaving enhances the Artisans’ self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Our diverse community unites people from different backgrounds and experiences to learn from each other, and uncover their own unique skills. We challenge assumptions about disabilities and aging, and afford everyone a chance for creative expression.
Weaving Classes & Workshops
Year-round, we host weaving classes and workshops for people of all ages and abilities. Our adult classes are a fun, rewarding challenge for anyone new to weaving, and those looking to hone their expertise. Our workshops are a great way to experience all that HAWC has to offer in a few days, or in one afternoon or evening. Our summer children’s classes are an opportunity to share our love of this ancient craft with the next generation of enthusiastic and creative weavers.

The Opportunity
HAWC seeks a personable, enthusiastic, organized and team-oriented individual to serve as our Executive Director. We want to hire someone who will be passionate about our mission and will welcome learning and tackling new challenges in a highly collaborative and consensus driven environment. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with a committed board of directors, key volunteers, and staff to ensure the future of this tight-knit community of clients, students, volunteers, and supporters.

High priorities for the new Executive Director will include:
Managing and overseeing daily operations including program oversight, financial management, human resource and volunteer management, and facilities management.
Working with the Board of Directors to navigate COVID-19 and other obstacles and the impact on HAWC both in the short and long term.
Working with the Board of Directors to develop leadership, management, and staffing infrastructure to sustain HAWC in the future.
Expanding revenue streams to ensure future sustainability including foundation support, individual giving, merchandise sales, and class/workshop revenue.
Enhancing organizational visibility to attract new students, volunteers, donors and customers.
Supporting the Board of Directors in an effort to improve governance, increase engagement in fundraising, and diversify its membership.
Continuing work to renovate and maintain HAWC’s facility.

The Ideal Candidate
HAWC’s ideal candidate will demonstrate these skills and attributes:
A Strong Appreciation for the Mission
The ideal candidate will demonstrate an appreciation for the arts, a strong desire to work with seniors and people with visual disabilities as well as an understanding of the unique challenges faced by these communities. The candidate will have an ability to inspire others and translate that inspiration into support of and action on behalf of the mission and vision of HAWC.
Ability to Serve as the Face and Voice of HAWC
The successful candidate will be a gifted communicator who is able to thoughtfully convey the organization’s impact on the lives of those served. The candidate will be comfortable representing the organization to a variety of diverse audiences in an effort to both create and maintain a strong community presence.

Effective Manager and Leader
The ideal candidate will have the innate ability to identify and capitalize on the strengths of both staff and volunteers and effectively lead this group of diverse personalities to achieve agreed on goals. The ideal candidate will be a creative problem solver willing to provide guidance and support to the team. The successful candidate will be highly organized and focused and demonstrate the ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities.
Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative team-oriented culture of mutual support and respect.
The ideal candidate will bring demonstrated experience working in a team-oriented environment. The successful candidate will be versed in building and maintaining a culture of trust and respect where all – artisans, students, volunteers, customers, donors and staff – feel appreciated for their contributions. The ideal candidate will be able to motivate, inspire and lead this highly committed team of talented staff and dedicated volunteers.
Demonstrated success in diversifying and expanding revenue streams.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to lead the board and volunteers in implementing a fund development plan. The candidate will have demonstrated experience in grant writing and experience identifying, cultivating, and maintaining positive relationships with donors and funders. The ideal candidate will have some familiarity with generating earned income revenue through merchandise sales and fee-for-service.

Strong Written Communication Skills
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in a variety of written formats and social media. Specifically, the candidate will have experience writing successful grants and creating top-notch communication, marketing, and fundraising materials.
Outstanding Interpersonal Skills
The successful candidate will be a compassionate and empathetic individual who demonstrates the ability to genuinely connect with people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. The ideal candidate will be a good listener who is open-minded and respectful of others’ abilities, opinions, and ideas.

Board Experience
The ideal candidate will be willing to work in partnership with a highly active and engaged board of directors in order to further HAWC’s mission and vision.

Education and Leadership Experience
A Bachelor’s Degree is required. Five or more years of increasing leadership responsibility in a nonprofit organization is preferred. Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus.

How to Apply
E-mail resume and cover letter to:

Claudia Spaulding, Board of Directors