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Job Opportunities


Executive Director



South Shore Art Center, a non-profit organization serving artists and communities on the South Shore of Massachusetts, seeks a new Executive Director to realize its mission to promote the visual arts. Organized in 1955 by artists wanting to share their work and provide art education to others, the Art Center has expanded to encompass five areas of creative realization via artist advancement, exhibitions, educational classes, community outreach and an annual Arts Festival weekend held on the Cohasset Common each year. The full-time position of Executive Director involves developing and administering these high-quality events and programs, leading fundraising and donor development initiatives, overseeing staff as well as the organization of volunteers, and managing day-to-day operations of the Art Center.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Programs: Overseeing existing programmatic areas and leading innovative expansion of new exhibitions, courses and outreach programs in visual arts.

  • Fundraising: Designing and implementing a fundraising strategy to strengthen and broaden the existing supporter base, including communications with existing and new donors, the annual fund, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorship/marketing opportunities, and grant writing to support strategic initiatives.

  • Development: Representing the Art Center to individuals and communities on the South Shore in order to cultivate patrons, donors, members, and volunteers.

  • Events: Managing the successful implementation of special events that achieve the objectives and functions described above.

  • Communications/Marketing: Ensuring the quality of published materials including program brochures, Internet presence, social media, press releases, and promotion of all art events and programs.

  • Personnel: Hiring and managing staff and ensuring the recruitment and organization of volunteers to ensure a positive, effective work environment that respects individual creativity and encourages collaborative opportunities.

  • Fiscal Oversight: Working within a well-defined budget approved by the Board with the board treasurer and bookkeeper to track, monitor and respond to financial metrics, prepare monthly payroll, and work with auditors in preparing the annual audit.


The Executive Director must be an organized self-starter with a proven track record in relationship development, fundraising/sales, marketing, and operational management of non-profit organizations, ideally focused on artistic expression.


  • Art Background: Experience in the visual arts, juried exhibitions and art communities are key. Familiarity with artists, art appreciators and collectors located on the South Shore is a plus.

  • Personable: Excellent communicator and listener with strong interpersonal skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with diverse constituencies.

  • Creative: Innovative, charismatic, and fiscally responsible leader with a passion for the arts and education and a track record as a creative and entrepreneurial thinker that has significantly contributed to the success of other organizations.

  • Leader: Vision and judgment to lead an inspiring, credible plan for the future to raise the Art Center to the next level.

  • Fiscal Responsibility: Able to manage the budget and approach the financial oversight of the SSAC based on a clear understanding of the strategic objectives established by the Board and mission of the organization.

  • Education: A college degree is required; masters degree preferred.

  • Operations: Proficient in Quickbooks, Windows, database software and non-profit donor management tools is essential. Ability to apply digital solutions to traditional functions is desired.

How To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Tanya Bodell, President of the Board at South Shore Art Center:



Apply by:
January 15, 2017

Competitive and commensurate with experience

About this Organization:

South Shore Art Center is a regional art center located south of Boston with two spacious galleries and two satellite galleries where up to 20 exhibitions are presented each year. Classes and workshops are held for more than 1,500 students, of which one-third are children, in two teaching studios. More than 2,000 children from schools across the South Shore visit the Art Center annually, meeting with artists, creating their own work of art, and touring the galleries.  A three-day outdoor arts festival generally has more than one-hundred vendors and attracts more than 10,000 visitors on Father's Day weekend.  Our "living gallery" of 175 artists represents an esteemed collection of artists recognized locally, nationally, and globally.


South Shore Art Center enriches the communities south of Boston by engaging artists and by fostering an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts through education and exhibitions.



Part Time Art Instructors

South Shore Art Center seeks part time instructors for both adult and children's classes or workshops in all media. Adult classes are eight to ten weeks on length and children's classes are 8 weeks, four terms per year. Workshops are held throughout the year.


Send letter of interest, resume and course/workshop proposals to Anthony Pilla, South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA 02025 or email apilla@ssac.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

The South Shore Art Center is always looking for volunteer help.


Spend time at the Reception Desk meeting people, answering phones, sales at the Gallery Shop, or get together with friends and complete mailings.


Help with hanging exhibitions, receiving artwork, running artwork for judges, gallery sitting during exhibitions.


Learn more about the current exhibitions and artists and share information with interested groups.

Festival on the Common:

An annual event. Help with any of the many facets of this event, including; planning, hostessing, and setting up exhibitions.

Special Events:

Planning, organizing and running events.

Suggestions for Board Member Nominations:

Respond at the e-mail listed below.

If you are interested in more information about volunteering at the center,
please call 781-383-2787 or e-mail at info@SSAC.org.