Executive Director of Fall Kill Creative Works

Job Description & Application

Immediate Opening:

Title: Executive Director

Reports to:  Fall Kill Creative Works Board of Directors

Supervises: Program Manager, Outreach Coordinator

Current Staffing: Executive Director, Program Manager, Outreach Coordinator

Clay Works Technician, Print/Textile Technician, Youth Program Coordinator, Youth Program Assistant, Contract Teaching Artists, Volunteers,  Interns

Status: Full-Time, non-exempt (30 hrs/week)


The Organization

Fall Kill Creative Works (aka The Works; Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in 2011 serving the culturally diverse City of Poughkeepsie. The Works exists to foster connection and celebrate Poughkeepsie by sharing our stories and creating together. Our spaces include Clay Works, which houses a fully equipped ceramics studio and art gallery, and the historic Glebe House, with storytelling, textile and printmaking studio space. The Works currently operates with four part-time staff members, a dozen contract teaching artists, an active group of volunteers, and a committed board of directors. The Works partners with many organizations in Poughkeepsie and beyond to strengthen our local community. In addition to our studio art and education programs, over the years we have occupied and renewed multiple spaces on Main Street, offering a range of events and activities to promote downtown revitalization. In 2019 The Works coordinated activities bringing more than 6,000 people to Main Street.


The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer and reports to the Works Board of Directors.


Primary Responsibilities


Community Leadership and Outreach:

  • Promote Fall Kill Creative Works’ mission, programming, fundraising opportunities and accomplishments in the community.

  • Establish cooperative arrangements with donors, participants, partners and community members.


Fundraising and Financial Oversight:

  • Develop and implement fundraising plans and solicit grants and contributions to meet organizational objectives and increase capacity in coordination with the Resource Development Committee of the Board of Directors

  • Use sound financial practices, operate the organization within budget guidelines and within actual resources, and submit an annual budget to the Board in coordination with the Finance Committee

  • Regularly keep the Board apprised of the fiscal position of the organization

  • Identify and maximize opportunities for earned income without sacrificing mission



  • Hire, direct, support, evaluate, and release staff and volunteers as necessary for the fulfillment of the organization’s mission and using sound Human Resources practices.

  • Create a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse group of top-quality people as staff, volunteers and Board members. 

  • Work to foster diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of the Works

  • Secure and manage facilities appropriate to fulfill the organization’s mission

  • Work alongside our accountant to maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations

Program Development and Oversight:

  • Ensure mission-aligned programs are planned and offered.

  • Review programming effectiveness and help strengthen offerings in partnership with staff, Board and volunteers 


Board of Directors:

  • Communicate and work with the volunteer Board of Directors.

  • Empower and help motivate Board members through the committee structure to ensure the consistent and timely fulfillment of strategic objectives


Essential Qualities of Fall Kill Creative Works’ Executive Director:

  • Possesses a passion that aligns with the mission of the Works 

  • Experience developing and managing organizational budgets, and has a proven track record of successful fundraising, grant solicitation, and budget management.

  • Demonstrated business acumen and strong sense of financial responsibility

  • Possesses excellent communication skills and is comfortable representing the organization in a variety of public settings

  • Comfortably and effectively working with people and communities of diverse backgrounds

  • Excellent strategic thinker, entrepreneurial spirit, skill with implementation of strategic thinking, and producing operating plans

  • Able to cultivate and maintain relationships with a wide variety of partners, donors and participants

  • Demonstrated track record of leadership and support for organizational growth

Are you interested in applying for this position?

Email your cover letter and resume to: chair@fallkillcreativeworks.org

Clay Works

485 Main Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Print, Story, and Textile Works

Glebe House

635 Main St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Glebe House/ Print & Textile Works (845) 442-3044

Clay Works: (845) 485-3287

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