Jobs at Northwind Art

Northwind Art seeks its next Executive Director!

Our nonprofit visual arts organization is hiring a new Executive Director! This leader will cultivate and support the growth of art and artists in the Pacific Northwest.

Northwind Art came into being in January 2021 through the merger of the Northwind Arts Center and the Port Townsend School of the Arts. We have a physical presence across Port Townsend's state-designated Creative District: Fort Worden houses our school buildings, for which we have a 25-year lease, while exhibitions take place in a commercial space we own, Jeanette Best Gallery. The gallery is located on Water Street, the main commercial avenue in Port Townsend. We have a strong visible presence for the range of residents and visitors who come to this dynamic, art-rich city and seaport of some 10,000 people on the spectacular Olympic Peninsula.

Position Details

Salary Range: $70,000-$88,000 depending on experience.

Organizational Structure: The Executive Director reports to the board of directors, through monthly board meetings and weekly contact with the board president. All of NA's staff members report directly to the Executive Director.

Location: On site at both of Northwind Art's educational and exhibition venues.

How to apply

If the above profile sparks your curiosity and you see yourself as a potential candidate for this position, please send a cover letter, résumé and contact information for three references to

More details regarding the ED's roles and responsibilities are here. Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview process that will include meeting key stakeholders and touring the facilities and the community.

The Executive Director must have a demonstrated appreciation of the visual arts, and nonprofit experience including budgeting, fundraising, and staff leadership. Comfort with databases, websites, and systems management is important as well.

Leadership Qualities

• Support Northwind Art's mission, vision, values and goals and inspire the same in others.

• Inspire and empower the staff through strong communication.

• Foster strong working relationships with stakeholders, including donors, board, and partner organizations.


• Implement a strong 3-5+ year financial plan that sustains a healthy balance of earned and contributed income.

• Revitalize volunteer involvement for covering shifts in our gallery and school; recruit diverse, knowledgeable volunteers; train and encourage an esprit de corps among volunteers.

• Invest in a healthy organizational culture.

• Complete the renovations at the Fort toward full utilization of our buildings there.

The merger leading to Northwind Art's formation went smoothly from a financial and legal perspective. The Executive Director will complete the cultural integration of the founding organizations, including revenue-enhancing collaborations between our exhibits downtown and our programming at Fort Worden.

Northwind Art is a leader in the arts community, which is home also to creative nonprofits including Centrum, Port Townsend School of Woodworking, the Jefferson Museum of Art & History, and Key City Public Theatre, among others. The Executive Director will be expected to nurture and grow Northwind Art's collaborations with such organizations. The Executive Director will also be responsible for cultivating creative working relationships with the many area tribes who have traditionally lived on the Olympic Peninsula and who remain a vital presence here.


More about Northwind Art

Northwind Art emerged from the union of the Port Townsend School of the Arts and the Northwind Arts Center just three years ago. The work of this young organization is entrepreneurial, visionary, and collaborative, and requires an individual who thrives in an innovative work environment and actively seeks opportunities for growth.

Our Mission

The core of our mission at Northwind Art is to honor, respect and nurture the creative in all people. We deeply believe art promotes the well-being of individuals, community, and the world. We join together with the creative spirit across the world in standing up for racial equality, justice and the right for peace and safety for all. 

In keeping with Northwind Art’s commitment to growing artists, art excellence and a vibrant regional arts economy, employees will possess the willingness to use their expertise to support and advance our three pillars: Education, Exhibits and Artist Resources. 


Above image: Far and Away by Donna LaHue




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EEO Statement

Northwind Art is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Northwind Art will make reasonable accommodation of working conditions or methods to perform the duties of the position.