3615 Sauer Street
Houston, Texas 77004

​​​ "National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award" Winner
Position: Executive Director
Approximate Salary: $80,000

Position Description and Scope

The Executive Director ensures the organization has the resources and direction it needs to successfully fulfill its mission. They are responsible for the agency’s overall effectiveness and for managing its operations. The Executive Director reports to the Board President and is accountable for the following:

Guiding the Mission – the Executive Director will work with board and staff to develop and carry out the Strategic Plan for the organization’s services and growth. This plan allows stakeholders’ to work in alignment towards Workshop Houston’s mission and goals, and is guidepost for decision making.

Ensuring Financial Stability – The Executive Director will oversee fundraising and revenue-generation, financial management, and budgeting in order to make sure the organization has the resources it needs to operate smoothly and meet its goals for growth.  

Leading Expansion -- Workshop Houston is in the final phase of a Capital Campaign that will create space for triple the organization’s daily student capacity. The Executive Director will lead the process for this expansion, as well as work with board and staff to develop and implement new initiatives that maximize the benefit of the new facilities. The Executive Director, along with the Board Facilities Committee, will manage the completion of the new buildings in 2017.

Supervising Staff – The Executive Director will lead a staff of six employees and three contractors who deliver Workshop Houston’s programs to the community and provide supporting roles to its operations. The Executive Director will provide staff with development opportunities and foster team-building while demonstrating high expectations for integrity, communication, and problem-solving.

Developing Programs – While not directly managing Workshop Houston’s daily programming, the Executive Director will be well-versed in the program’s methodology, pedagogy, and systems, and will work closely with the Director of Programs to evaluate and improve service delivery, especially in terms of preparing for growth in the expanded facilities.

Advising the Board – The Executive Director will staff the board’s six annual meetings, and provide reports on the organization’s finances, programs, and other relevant information and activities that may help the board to make governance decisions.  They will work in partnership with the board to create and implement the Strategic Plan, and provide staff support to this and other board initiatives.

Engaging the Community – The Executive Director will represent Workshop Houston to the community and form relationships with community stakeholders while effectively communicating the organization’s mission and vision. They will seek out opportunities for funding and collaboration with partners who will enhance the organization’s programs and are carefully aligned with its mission and goals.

Preferred Professional Experience and Qualifications:

  • Commitment to creative youth development and discovery-based education
  • Leadership experience in a non-profit or mission-driven organization
  • Demonstrated success in and thorough understanding of non-profit fundraising practices and principles; experience supervising others in fund development
  • Demonstrated success in program development and collaboration with partners
  • Track record of building and leading high-performing teams
  • Comfortable with non-profit accounting practices and financial management
  • Results-driven leader who inspires confidence internally and externally; enjoys empowering others to be successful and nurturing talent
  • Flexible and adaptable leader; can quickly adjust key priorities in response to changing dynamics without losing sight of the “big picture”

Compensation for this position is competitive and includes a benefits package

Please submit resume and cover letter to katy@workshophouston.org.