Executive Director - High Point Arts Council

Armstrong McGuire
 High Point, NC

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Executive Director, High Point Arts Council

High Point Arts Council is seeking an energetic Executive Director to champion its mission to continually enhance the lives of all citizens of our community by ensuring the availability of a broad range of cultural and artistic activities and encouraging full community participation in them.

As the community cheerleader for the arts, the Executive Director will serve as the organizations chief administrator, collaborator, and spokesperson. Can you

  • Lead with an entrepreneurial spirit with high standards for yourself and your team?
  • Bring a passion for making the arts accessible to the community?
  • Build relationships and secure resources?
  • Manage strategy, administration, programing, facilities, grants, and other duties as needed?


Since 1962, High Point Arts Council has provided programs, and services and has partnered with businesses, individuals, foundations, and the government to raise funds and distribute grants to schools, arts organizations, and local artists. The main fund-raising program, the annual United Arts Fund Drive, raises funds for its own programs and those of its affiliated arts organizations to offer free or low-cost programs that contribute to the quality of life that we enjoy in our community. In 2012 the Arts Council celebrated its 50th Anniversary and purchased Centennial Station for first permanent Arts Center in High Point and as of 2021 the building is fully owned by the Arts Council. Key programs include:


  • Arts Splash a free concert series held at six different locations throughout the city
  • Day in the Park a free family-friendly arts festival at City Lake Park
  • John Coltrane Jazz Workshop a summer music workshop available to rising 7th-12th graders
  • Pullman Poet Society a poetry club open to all ages
  • Arts & Entertainment Events featuring local and regional artists


  • Basic Operating Grants supports the five affiliated arts organizations
  • Community Arts Projects Grants funds local art projects for the entire community
  • Teacher Arts Grants are offered to schools in High Point and Jamestown for in-class art projects that enhance the core curriculum
  • Regional Artists Program provides funding to individual artists to further their careers

The High Point Arts Council is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit that has worked for more than 60 years to build a better High Point through the support of and advocacy for the arts. High Point Arts Council is governed by a 20-person Board of Directors and has two full-time and two part-time employees with an annual operating budget of $600,000.

After 20+ years, the current Executive Director is retiring. The Board of Directors is seeking a strong cheerleader and administrator to advocate for and champion the arts in High Point. To learn more, visit: www.highpointarts.org

What will you do as the next Executive Director?

Reporting to the Board of Directors the Executive Director leads the organization in executing all aspects of its mission and leading positive relationships among staff, partners, donors, and the community. The Executive Director will be called upon to fulfill the following key responsibilities:

Leadership and Community Engagement: Serve as the primary advocate, visionary, fundraiser, and spokesperson for the organization. Develop relationships and a strong understanding of the organizations impact with patrons, government officials, partner organizations, affiliates, donors, and prospective donors. Bring a strong understanding of principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging to ensure the High Point Arts Council is a place for everyone. Grow High Point Arts Councils status as a leader, convener, and collaborator. Serve as the arts champion for the community.

Operational, Financial and Facility Oversight: Oversee the financial integrity of High Point Arts Council, ensuring the strategic creation of and adherence to the budget, and diligently following approved financial policies and accounting ethics and financial best practice. Ensure the building is maintained and is welcoming to the entire community.

Resource Development & Fundraising: Lead resource development efforts including the annual Arts Fund Drive. Ensure short- and long-term fundraising plans are developed and executed. Advocate for government partnerships and support.

Program Oversight: Work to coordinate year-round arts programming and outreach efforts, conducting ongoing assessments regarding the effectiveness of planned curriculum and programming. Think creatively and analytically about how to increase the impact of the organization.

Staff Leadership: Create a positive organizational culture that supports a productive and professional work environment. Oversee the hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff. Ensure staff members work effectively toward shared goals and a unified vision for the organization.

Board Governance: In collaboration with the Board, identify, recruit, train, and retain highly effective board members. Maintain regular communications with the Board of Trustees and provide them with the necessary support, counsel, and information required for effective governance. Ensure a quality process for supporting the board and their involvement in fundraising, strategic planning, program delivery, and increasing overall organizational visibility.

Key attributes, and skillsets sought in the Executive Director

  • A firm commitment, understanding, and passion for the arts
  • Visionary leader that is equally comfortable executing tactics
  • Five or more years in a leadership position, or commensurate experience, with success in organizational management including strategic planning, fundraising, operations, and/or program development
  • Experience raising contributed revenue in the nonprofit sector
  • A proven track record in relationship building
  • Inspiring communicator verbally and in writing
  • Strong business acumen with a solid understanding of operations budgeting and the ability to create a strong organizational culture including all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A working knowledge of best practices for improving operations and programs

Think you are the next High Point Arts Council Executive Director?

Armstrong McGuire & Associates, based in North Carolina, is conducting this search in partnership with High Point Arts Councils Board of Directors. To apply, click on the link to the High Point Arts Council Executive Director position profile at www.ArmstrongMcGuire.com/jobs. You will see instructions for uploading your cover letter, resume, and professional references. In the event of technical problems, contact katie@armstrongmcguire.com. No phone calls please, and no applications will be accepted by email or through third-party sites.

Review of applicants will begin at the end of May and the position will remain open until a hiring decision has been made.

Salary offered for this position is 75k-85k and benefits include a medical and dental stipend, paid-time-off (PTO), company paid holidays, and matching 403b retirement plan. This full-time position that requires evening and weekend work. High Point Arts Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff.