We’re Hiring – Executive Director

Art Papers Seeks Executive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Art Papers Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Art Papers’ staff, programs, fund development, strategic planning, and execution of its mission.

This is an exciting time for Art Papers programmatically and the Executive Director will have the opportunity to set the organization’s direction through development of a new three-year strategic plan that takes Art Papers to its 50th anniversary, and beyond.

About Art Papers

Atlanta-based and globally engaged, Art Papers serves the creative community and the culturally curious by publishing and presenting diverse voices and critical perspectives on the cultural moments and urgent conversations happening in and beyond the arts. We do this in print, online, and through public programming.

We support the careers of working artists and writers. We are committed to creating space for, and amplifying, diverse voices, especially those that have historically been marginalized. In addition, we represent the American South globally and offer an underrepresented perspective on the global art world, one that does not center the market, but rather provides a community for artists outside of traditional cultural centers.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Art Papers is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. Studies have shown that women, trans, non-binary, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every qualification. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every qualification.

Leadership + Management:

  • Develop, steward, and support a strong Board of Directors. Encourage and empower the board’s involvement with strategic initiatives and fundraising.
  • Motivate, support, and champion the Art Papers staff of 3 full-time and 7 contract workers to accomplish strategic organizational and programmatic objectives.
  • Lead and support the organization’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility building upon the organization’s reputation for inclusion and the championing of diverse voices and lived experiences.
  • Develop the organization’s annual budget in consultation with the Board. With support from a contract bookkeeper, oversee monthly account reconciliation and reporting and manage the organization’s annual 990 preparation and audit.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and evaluate programs to gauge successes that can be communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.


  • Write local and national grant applications and funding proposals to support programs and operations. Manage grants to ensure that contracted services are provided, write reports, and track budgets. Cultivate ongoing relationships with foundations and funders.
  • Develop and implement a robust individual giving program to strategically diversify funding sources while developing an engaged audience for programming.
  • Identify and cultivate corporate sponsors to support the organization’s fundraising events with the goal of expanding sponsorship to support programs.
  • Create a business development plan that identifies self-sustaining income streams for programs and grows earned income streams.
  • Plan and execute the Annual Art Papers Art Auction.

Planning + Outreach:

  • Lead the development of a new 3-year organizational strategic plan.
  • Implement and continue to update the organization’s DEIA plan and oversee the development of an accessibility plan.
  • Expand the reach of Art Papers by building partnerships in new markets, establishing and maintaining relationships with funders, stakeholders, partners, and community leaders for board development, fundraising, marketing, and programming purposes.


The Executive Director will be committed to the mission of Art Papers. All candidates should have proven leadership, fundraising, and relationship management experience.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Senior management experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization
  • Experience raising funds through diverse sources such as grants, individuals, sponsorship, sales, etc.
  • Event management experience
  • Experience with grant writing, management, and implementation
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational management with the ability to support and motivate staff to set and achieve strategic objectives
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors
  • A solid knowledge of budgeting and financial management. Experience successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results is a plus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills and an ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Although a depth of contemporary art and culture knowledge is not required, the Executive Director should at least possess a broad understanding of, and passion for the arts, such that they are able to communicate about Art Papers programming effectively and confidently in grant applications, to funders, in the press, and to the public


The Executive Director should live in, or be willing to move to the Metropolitan Atlanta area to meet regularly with staff, funders, partners, and other stakeholders in person. This is not a remote position. Staff works both in office and from home.


To be determined based upon experience and qualifications with an anticipated salary range of $73,000–$85,000. This is a full-time (40+ hours) exempt position that is eligible for Art Papers’ health benefits: 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision (for employee only), plus vacation, sick days, and holidays.

To apply please submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that demonstrates how your skill sets and prior experience fits with the organization’s needs.
  • Three professional references (who will be contacted later in the search process)

Email to Search@artpapers.org

Apply by May 19, 2023. Expected start date August/September 2023.