Executive Director Search

Arts Ed NJ is seeking an experienced professional to serve as its Executive Director. This leadership position provides the unique opportunity to bring people and organizations together and cultivate inclusive engagement to ensure equitable arts education across the state through the Arts Ed Now public campaign. 

Arts Ed NJ is the statewide voice for arts education and the performing arts affiliate for the National Federation of State High School Associations. Its mission is to create the proper conditions for arts learning to take place for the 1.4 million students attending nearly 2,400 schools in the state. Arts Ed NJ works directly with policy makers, the associations representing Principals, Supervisors, Educators, Parents, School Board Members, Superintendents and the discipline specific arts education associations (Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Art) and all major cultural organizations. Arts Ed NJ leads the entire community through a focused commitment to research, advocacy, policy and communications while working to ensure access, participation, equity and quality for all students. The Executive Director will report to a board of directors. Arts Ed NJ operates with a $750,000 budget.

 Roles and Responsibilities

  • Strategic Direction and Vision aligned with organization goals and objectives
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Resource Management
  • Spokesperson, Advocate and Ambassador
  • Collaboration with key stakeholders, government agencies, policy makers and funders
  • External Relations and Governance
  • Equity-Diversity-Inclusion embedded in policies and practices
  • Organizational Resiliency and Team Empowerment
  • Personal Accountability to self-evaluate and look for ways to progress
  • Diplomacy and Interpersonal Skills to handle difficult or sensitive issues
  • Planning, Organization and Assessment of goals, risks, operationalizing priorities
  • Self-Starting initiatives with strong work ethics
  • Partnership with Board in ideas and dialogue
  • Community Partnerships and Relationships
  • Fundraising Leadership and Resource Development


Five to ten years of progressive leadership experience in public, nonprofit or educational administration and management. A demonstrated commitment to workplace equity, diversity, inclusion, and access is necessary. 

The candidate will have experience in arts education, particularly with programs involving standards development and implementation. Knowledge of the state of New Jersey and its surrounding arts communities, the arts education ecosystem as well as the political landscape will be helpful attributes.

Compensation and Benefits

Arts Ed NJ offers competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and a minimum salary of $100,000.

Qualified candidates who wish to apply for the position may submit a letter of application and resume to jaclyn@gruninfoundation.org. The deadline for submission is February 11, 2022. 


Arts Ed NJ is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Please read Arts Ed NJ’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice at www.artsednj.org/dei_artsed

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