Atlantic Center for the Arts

Executive Director




Located in New Smyrna Beach, FL, ACA is seeking an Executive Director with knowledge of current visual, literary, and performing arts to lead the vision of one of the top nonprofit, interdisciplinary artistic communities in the world. We are looking for a visionary leader to guide ACA into the future and who values and respects our 46-year history, will continue our heritage of offering diverse programming, provide a safe space for open conversation about the arts, and instill a sense of camaraderie among artists and the community at large.  

ACA purposefully creates access to the arts through the bridge of community engagement, long-term relationships, and sustained partnerships to provide enriching and accessible resources to 70,000 people yearly. In 2018, the State of Florida awarded ACA for its long-term commitment to diversity/accessible programming. ACA has also been recognized with the “Platinum Seal of Transparency” by GuideStar.


The Executive Director is an arts administration position that is fiscally responsible for a $2.5 million annual budget, and manages a full-time staff of 15, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees.  The Executive Director oversees daily operations, artistic and fiscal leadership, and is responsible for strategic fundraising priorities, a premier residency program, diverse, nationally recognized programs that engage the community through arts education and multigenerational events, the management of Arts on Douglas Fine Arts & Collectibles Gallery, representing professional Florida artists, and the presentation of Images: A Festival of the Arts, a juried fine arts festival recently ranked #18 in the United States. ACA strives to apply and advance universal practices of reflection, evaluation, and transparency in all aspects of its operations.

This position reports to the ACA Board of Trustees.



  • Collaborate with key stakeholders building on strategic vision for ACA that guides short- and long-term reporting and decision-making.
  • Represent and speaks on behalf of ACA to the community, donors, grantors, volunteers and the general public on a local, regional, national and global level; advocates for arts funding and artist communities.
  • Support artists’ vital need to work and collaborate in a safe space that allows them to fully express themselves artistically.

Operational Leadership

  • Work with Trustees and staff to achieve financial self-sufficiency. Strengthen and broaden connections at the local, national and international levels to support ACA’s strategy for endowment building and program support.  
  • Develop and maintain accurate, balanced operating budget and provide timely and accurate monthly and annual financial reporting.
  • Resolve human resource issues with a sense of urgency and respect for all.
  • Follow procurement policies to ensure contracts are reviewed and well-managed.

Fiscal Leadership

  • Oversee $2.5 million annual budget, $4.5 million endowment, $12.5 million assets under management.
  • Lead creation and execution of dynamic fundraising plans in partnership with key stakeholders including strong focus on endowment raising.
  • Optimize DonorPerfect technology and other resources to attract, retain and cultivate relationships with members, grantors, corporate and foundation giving.

Artists-in-Residence Program

  • Promote and enhance ACA’s reputation as one of the preeminent residency programs. 
  • Advocate for the core mission residency programming with the Curatorial and Residency Director locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Attract the most talented artists from around the world to lead the residency programs, ensuring diversity in artists and under-represented genres.

Community Engagement

  • Leadership and engagement with the ACA Volunteer League, community leaders, and constituents.
  • Represent ACA on a national and international scale through the Artist Communities Alliance, Res Artis, and other pertinent conferences and fairs.

Facility Oversight

  • Monitor major repair or capital projects and ensure the maintenance staff’s work program is aligned with preservation and environmental strategies.
  • During emergency events, take appropriate measures to protect property, staff, artists, and visitors.
  • Lead communication to emergency authorities, Trustees, Staff and other stakeholders.
  • Assure that ACA facility leasing partnerships with national and regional organizations are mission-aligned.


The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual with a demonstrated successful track record and the following experiences:

  • Successful executive leadership of strategies for visionary growth, fundraising, stakeholder engagement and financial management
  • Alignment and engagement of Trustees, Staff, Volunteers, the community and artists toward a shared vision
  • A minimum of five years of leadership experience in the residency/non-profit sector
  • At least three years of experience managing a physical campus
  • Experience in coaching and leading staff

Education Credentials

  • An undergraduate degree, preferably in non-profit management, arts administration, education, public policy or business administration, or equivalent professional experience; graduate degree preferred.



The total compensation for this position includes market-competitive salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package including paid vacation and sick days; paid holidays, paid Winter Break; 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with matching contributions by ACA; and discounted healthcare premiums. Healthcare benefits includes free membership at participating gyms. Chef-prepared meals are provided while artists are in residence. Relocation assistance is available.

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Please email cover letter and CV/Resume to Executive Director Search Committee to Atlantic Center for the Arts by no later than November 24, 2023.   



Contact Information

Executive Director Search Committee, Executive Director Search Committee
Atlantic Center for the Arts
1414 Art Center Avenue
New Smyrna Beach
Contact Phone: 
(386) 427-6975
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