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Executive Director of Spartanburg Art Museum

The Executive Director of the Spartanburg Art Museum is a strategic planner who can envision the next level for the organization and encompasses the skills to reach it. The Executive Director manages the staff, contract employees and volunteers to ensure the exhibitions, Art School programming and outreach initiatives adhere to the highest quality and levels of excellence while also growing in scope. The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising strategies and initiatives, including major gifts from individuals, foundations, and grant writing.

In keeping with the mission statement, to advance contemporary visual arts by inspiring and engaging diverse audiences through exhibitions and education, SAM brings unique experiences to the community in our exhibition space and two Art School studios, as well as through partnerships and collaborations with other organizations throughout the city.

The Executive Director oversees the daily operations of SAM, including creating and managing budgets, working closely with the Board of Directors Executive Committee to reach the goals laid out in the current strategic plan, as well as handling a wide range of responsibilities related to the overall administration of the organization. The Executive Director is the face of SAM, a thoughtful and excellent communicator, has excellent written skills and can manage multiple projects concurrently.

To Apply: Send a Cover Letter and Resume to Allyson Cochran, President Board of Directors,


Description of Work / Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the daily operations of exhibitions and education programming
  • Ability to manage a small staff
  • Works with the board of directors to implement the museum’s latest strategic plan
  • Maintains program budgets with a total budget of $450,000.00
  • Develop cross-department strategies with staff to implement organizational and program innovation, to support effective communication, coordination, and programmatic success
  • Assist the Board of Directors in developing short and long-range fund development plans, soliciting donors and overseeing earned income sources such as
  • Art School programming and special events


  • 5+ years’ experience as an Executive Director or leadership position within a non-profit
  • Strong visual arts background with knowledge of curatorial practices and collections
  • Proven fiscal management experience
  • Experience in donor relations and grant writing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to plan and implement special events and exhibitions
  • Experience with developing collaborative partnerships with other non-profit organizations.



Located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina, Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) is the only contemporary art museum in the Upstate. Situated on the campus of the Chapman Cultural Center, SAM is comprised of a 3,000 sq ft exhibition space, a 2D studio and Ceramic studio, and houses a Permanent Collection of approximately 1,000 works of art. The museum’s education programs include Art School, which serves approximately 400 students annually. The Colors Collab youth outreach program serves adolescents from across Spartanburg County with professional creative mentorships. School field trips are held throughout the year and students from area colleges frequent the museum for curatorial tours. Exhibitions rotate 4-5 times annually and feature contemporary artists from across the country. Works from the Permanent Collection are curated into temporary exhibitions to encourage dialogue and understanding between traditional fine arts and the art of today. The current two full time staff include Director of Education and Associate Curator + Designer. The two part time positions include a Bookkeeper and Ceramic Studio Manager. There are approximately 15 contract employees which are professional artists and instructors teaching in the museum’s Art School.

  • Competitive salary based on experience 3 weeks (15 days) of annual
  • PTO
  • All full-time eligible employees are automatically enrolled in
  • Palmetto Proactive as a member for preventative health needs.
  • SAM also provides each employee with a $400 monthly health stipend for the employee to put towards a health plan of their choice.


Are you an artist, musician, or community member interested in getting more involved with Chapman Cultural Center?

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