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KEES has been exclusively retained by Craft Alliance in its search for a Executive Director. Craft Alliance Executive Director

Craft Alliance seeks a change agent looking to build and grow this unique nonprofit entity. A creative leader with a vision that propels and cultivates the contemporary craft movement both locally and nationally will thrive in the role. The selected individual will have a deep understanding and passion for the arts and recognizes the positive impact that contemporary arts have on individuals and the St Louis community. As an enthusiastic leader, the Executive Director will inspire positive change and examine all areas for growth with current and future partners, toward long-term sustainability.

Some specific requirements include:

  • Passion for the visual arts; possessing a personal creative pursuit is a benefit.
  • 5+ years of proven leadership and management experience.
  • Experience in cultivating relationships with a diverse group of both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success in all areas of fundraising, including major gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. CFRE is a plus.
  • Proven experience collaborating with an engaged and supportive board.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public entity sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit www.kees2success.com.

Craft Alliance is a visual arts organization nurturing and inspiring creativity to educate and enrich the community through contemporary craft. Established in 1964, Craft Alliance will celebrate 60 years of partnership with St. Louis artisans and craft makers in 2024. From its 15,000-square-foot location in the Delmar Maker District, Craft Alliance offers extensive community outreach programs, exhibitions, and education classes for all skill levels in a variety of mediums, artist residencies, youth camps, and a gallery shop. Each year, 15,000+ people come through the doors to experience a full spectrum of educational resources. Nationally recognized as one of the country’s premier, nonprofit, craft organizations, Craft Alliance is the only organization of its kind in the region solely dedicated to contemporary craft.