Mar 30, 2022

Executive Director

  • On-Ramps
  • Austin, TX, USA
Full-Time General Management Strategic Planning

Job Description


Creative Action is a nationally-recognized youth arts education organization in Austin, Texas.
As the largest provider of creative learning programs in Central Texas, we use the arts as a
medium to inspire creativity, unlock potential, and transform the lives of students of all ages.
We pride ourselves on building transformative relationships that expand individual connections
across differences. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies, and
community-based programs, our team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be
creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their communities.
Creative Action believes that when equipped with creativity, confidence, courage, and critical
thinking skills, there’s no limit to what students can achieve.

Since Creative Action’s founding in 1997, we have reached more than 250,000 youth and adults,
delivered more than 300,000 hours of arts enrichment programming, and employed more than
1,000 teens and local artists.

To learn more about Creative Action, please visit:


After nearly twenty years leading the organization, Creative Action’s current Executive Director
is moving on to pursue new opportunities. The Board of Directors is now seeking its next
Executive Director (ED) to lead this influential community-centered organization with a focus
on long term growth, community engagement and success. Creative Action’s next ED will
exemplify the organization’s mission, lead boldly and exhibit deep social justice attributes,
inspire and encourage authentic communication at all levels of the organization. The ED will
seek to collaborate and build impactful partnerships that elevate Creative Action’s work. This is
a unique opportunity for a person who aspires to create change and will strive relentlessly to
ensure Creative Action succeeds in its mission, and takes the organization on its next exciting
chapter of growth.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will drive Creative Action’s strategic
vision and oversee the successful operation of the organization. The ED will position Creative
Action for future growth and development by strengthening and expanding the organization’s
visibility, fundraising, and programming.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Organizational Leadership

  • In collaboration with the Board and staff, refine and plan Creative Action’s strategic
    vision and oversee its implementation
  • Create a strong, inclusive, and supportive culture that engages, retains, and inspires a
    diverse community of staff, volunteers, and community partners
  • Collaborate with organizational leaders, staff, and community members to advance
    Creative Action’s commitment to racial and social justice, internally and externally
  • In partnership with the Deputy Director, oversee all day-to-day operations (including
    program, fundraising, marketing, communications, and internal team culture) and
    establish necessary administrative policies and procedures, with ultimate accountability
    for the success of the organization
  • Support the efficient management of the organization’s finances, ensuring maximum
    resource utilization and maintaining a positive financial position

External Leadership and Fundraising

  • Serve as Creative Action’s primary external voice, enhancing the organization’s
    visibility, brand recognition, and credibility
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key partners; manage those relationships to
    strategically enhance Creative Action’s mission
  • Drive fundraising efforts, with a focus on diversifying revenue streams and increasing
    funding to support growth in reach and impact
  • Maintain an active and visible presence in the community and work closely with other
    organizations and stakeholders

Board Engagement

  • Act as primary liaison to the Board of Directors; facilitate Board and Committee
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in organizational
    decisions, ensuring effective and timely communication to support informed
  • Leverage the board to increase the overall visibility of the organization and enhance
    fundraising efforts

Hiring Organization

Creative Action


Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often only apply to jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications. As no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications, we encourage you to apply if you feel that much of the following matches your experience:

  • Passion and enthusiasm for the mission of Creative Action, with the belief that the arts are a vehicle for social justice
  • Commitment to Creative Action’s core values: Dream Big, Create Community, Stand Up, Strive for Excellence, and Have Fun
  • 10 or more years of nonprofit management experience, with a minimum of five years of experience in senior leadership positions within youth development and/or entrepreneurial organizations
  • Collaborative and inclusive leader, with a passionate commitment to issues of racial, gender, and economic justice
  • Demonstrated success leading an organization and managing a team through a period of growth and development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to act as as inspiring and passionate ambassador for Creative Action’s work, representing the organization at key conferences and events, and gaining new partners and supporters
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, with an eye towards ensuring teams have the structure, systems, and tools needed to work efficiently and scale their impact
  • Track record of fundraising success in a nonprofit setting preferred
  • Exceptional relationship building skills, with a demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and track record of building and strengthening strong local and national partnerships

Industry/Service Area

Arts/Culture and Humanities




The compensation range for the Executive Director role starts at $150,000, commensurate with the incoming leader’s experience and qualifications for the role. There are comprehensive benefits associated with the position.

Application Instructions


Creative Action is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for
employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age,
disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or
current employment status.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens
when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

On-Ramps is committed to the inclusion of all qualified individuals in the hiring process, including but
not limited to those with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the
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