Executive Director, Cabarrus Arts Council


The Cabarrus Arts Council was founded in 1980 in response to the North Carolina Arts Council’s plan to establish a local arts council in every county. In 1982 the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners selected the Arts Council to serve as its Designated County Partner, receiving and distributing grassroots funding from the state and the state arts council.

Today the Cabarrus Arts Council operates the Davis Theatre and The Galleries, conducts one of North Carolina’s largest art-in-education programs for both the Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school systems, supports arts organizations and artists through grants and workshops, and serves as a catalyst and consultant for public and corporate art.

For more information, please visit https: www.cabarrusartscouncil.org


This position reports to the Board of Directors and leads a team of seven.


The primary role of the Executive Director is to fulfill the mission of the Cabarrus Arts Council, providing the visionary leadership to guide the organization and the community. The Executive Director will develop a staff and board that believe in and work together to promote and attain the vision. The Executive Director serves as the face of the Arts Council who will promote the organization and its mission throughout the community and the state.

Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Cultivate and inform the strong and diverse 25-member board to guide and govern the Arts Council.
  • Remain aware of the personalities, talents, and habits of each team member – this is essential to the success of the organization.
  • Create and develop fundraising plans that bring in sufficient funds for the Arts Council budget with an emphasis on increasing the reserve fund.
  • Develop an annual budget, mid-term budget projection, and oversee financial checks and balances.
  • Bring performing arts of quality that attract community members and visitors with attention to presenting a variety of performances and diversity of performers.
  • Bring visual arts of quality that educate and stretch the community. Present programs that attract citizens and visitors with attention to presenting a variety of mediums and diversity of artists.
  • Oversee grants disbursement and nonprofit arts organizations.


  • Minimum of five years of senior management experience; preferably in an arts related organization.
  • Experience working closely with a board of directors; ability to cultivate existing and new board relationships.
  • Experience with training and developing staff.
  • Demonstrated track record in fund development including individual, corporate, and foundations; able to generate revenue from and partnerships with state, city, and local agencies.
  • Excellent communications, writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills; analytical; creative, detail oriented.
  • Knowledge of and strong passion for performing and visual arts; understanding of the community and how to reach people though the arts.
  • Experience with arts-in-education programs and ability to work closely with school superintendents.
  • Community collaborator; experience cultivating community partnerships to grow a program and serve a broader audience.
  • Comfortable with public speaking and being the face of the organization.
  • Experience with the process of receiving grant applications, approving, and disbursing funds.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary, bonus opportunity, and competitive benefits package.


Jonas Hedin, Consultant