job posting @ the North Caroline Pottery Center

Educational Program Manager & Project Coordinator

The North Carolina Pottery Center,
located in Seagrove, NC, is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic
individual to fill the two-part position of Educational Program Manager
& Project Coordinator.
Reporting to the Executive Director,
this is a full-time position. The normal work schedule will be
Tuesday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 and Saturday from 10:00-4:00. Given the
nature of educational programming and project coordination, some evening
work should be expected. The schedule will allow for flexibility based
on comp time and other considerations.
About the North Carolina Pottery Center
The mission of the center is to promote
public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing
tradition of pottery making in North Carolina through educational
programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and
The North Carolina Pottery Center
showcases the remarkable history and on-going tradition of pottery
making in North Carolina. Located in Seagrove, one of the state’s key
historical and contemporary pottery producing regions, the Center is
your first stop in exploring North Carolina’s rich clay heritage. The
state’s pottery communities range from the mountains to the sea, and it
is that wide-ranging diversity of styles, techniques, and history that
the Center preserves and protects. Our permanent exhibit of more than
eight hundred pieces of pottery, artifacts, and photographs traces North
Carolina’s pottery history from prehistoric Native Americans to the
present. The display interprets the impact of social, technological, and
economic change on the state’s most unique cultural resource. Changing
exhibitions of historical and contemporary work are also on display.
Position Responsibilities:
Educational Program Manager
  • Work with the Exhibitions Committee Chair and guest curators on
    upcoming exhibitions regarding possible educational programming
    associated with those exhibitions and facilitate said educational
    programming. The center has 3 large temporary exhibitions a year in
    addition to its permanent exhibits.
  • Coordinate and administer the annual Traditional Arts Program in Schools (TAPS) program.
  • Devise and implement additional educational programming and outreach
    activities for a range of audiences – children, young adults, adults,
    seniors, people with disabilities, etc.
  • Help devise and implement multi-media and interactive educational programming.
  • Work with, and co-supervise (along with the Director), periodic interns from ECU, with whom the center has a collaboration.
  • Work with the center’s Artist-in-Residence on educational programming, as well as other things.
  • Conduct guided tours.
Project Coordinator
  • Work with the Exhibitions Committee Chair and guest
    curators on upcoming exhibitions. (Post Card Design & Mailing,
    Exhibition Catalog Design, Banners, Loan Paperwork, Labels, Layout,
    Etc.) Attend and work exhibition opening receptions. The center has 3
    large temporary exhibitions a year in addition to its permanent
  • Work with the Annual Auction Committee
    on the planning of the Annual Auction. Coordinate and assist with all
    preparations for, and the implementation of, the Annual Auction.
  • Help coordinate and facilitate other special projects as they arise.
  • Maintain the Membership/Donor/Potter
    Database. Process membership and donation information/payments, generate
    letters and reports.
  • Send out mass emails to various distribution lists on an as needed basis.
As the center has a small staff, this
position also helps out with the Front Desk/Gift Shop and Gift Shop
inventory maintenance as needed. Other duties as planned with
Important Note:
As the Educational Program Manager
portion of this position will be funded by a two-year grant from the
Windgate Charitable Foundation, it is vitally important that the person
who fills this position be motivated to do an outstanding job and help
justify future funding from either the Windgate Charitable Foundation or
another granting source.

BA in Arts Education, Public History, or Museum Studies, MA preferred.
BFA/MFA also likewise acceptable. Equivalent life experience will also be considered.

A high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
and Publisher. Experience leading a variety of educational programming
activities and coordinating sizeable projects. Additionally, given the
small staff, it is important that the individual filling this position
be very dependable and reliable.
Familiarity with pottery, pottery production, NC pottery, and/or NC
potters. Turning ability. Familiarity with membership/database
management. Proficiency with InDesign, Photoshop, and/or other graphic
software. Photography skills. Familiarity with CMS/website maintenance.
Salary & Benefits:
Salary: $30,000. The center does not
offer health or life insurance at this time, but is offering a $1,800
per year stipend towards health/life insurance. Per the IRS, for tax
purposes, the stipend is considered taxable income.
The center offers eleven paid holidays and 10+ days vacation per year, as well as eight hours sick leave per month.
Please email cover letter, resume, and list of five references to by 5:00 pm Friday, May 30, 2014.

residency opportunity: The North Carolina Pottery Center

North Carolina Pottery Center is offering a two year Residency for one
potter/ceramic artist, beginning no later than August 1, 2014.
Residency is designed to help the creative and financial development of
an individual in pursuit of establishing their own studio practice.
recent grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation has enabled the
Pottery Center to reinstitute its Artist-in-Residence program.
Who can apply?
Candidates with BFA’s, MFA’s, or equivalent life experience, are invited to apply, by April 15, 2014
Where and what is the North Carolina Pottery Center?
in the central Piedmont town of Seagrove, NC, the North Carolina
Pottery Center is the focal point of a bustling pottery community of
about 80 nearby potteries.
Pottery Center serves the wider community of North Carolina potters and
pottery enthusiasts, and promotes public awareness and appreciation of
the history, heritage, and ever-changing tradition of pottery making in
North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection
and preservation, and research and documentation. Please visit
Center sits in an attractive, wooded lot and consists of three
buildings. The remodeled Voncannon House (pictured above), which
contains living space (bedrooms, kitchen, laundry facilities, etc.) for
an Artist-in-Residence and periodic interns, office space for the
Seagrove Area Potters Association (SAPA), and a collection of resource
To the
north, across a spacious parking lot, is the 6,000 square foot main
Museum building, which contains exhibition space, a gift shop, offices, a
kitchen, and rest rooms.
is the 1,500 square foot Education Building, with wheels, electric
kilns, and other clay-working equipment. And on the hillside just below
it are two working, wood-fired kilns: a traditional groundhog and a
two-chambered catenary arch kiln.
Details of the Residency
Artist-in-Residence will live in the Voncannon House, and will pay no
rent, but will pay for utilities while there. They will be responsible
for basic maintenance and cleanliness of the living space.
will have access to all facilities in the Educational Building,
including wheels, electric kiln and the two wood-fired kilns. Residents
are encouraged to bring their own equipment.
All clay and
glaze materials, and other pottery supplies for their own work, will be
purchased by the Resident. A standard fee will be levied for each use of
the wood-fired kilns, and residents will follow NCPC policies regarding
repairs and tidy up.
They will be required to work for the
Pottery Center 16 hours a week. This will include two half-days a week
(8 hours) in local K-12 school programs, while schools are in session,
and the remainder of the time in activities relating to the Pottery
Center (like helping at exhibition openings, helping with educational
and other research projects, and other tasks at the discretion of the
director). However they may not find other supplementary employment
outside of the Residency, and are expected to be full-time studio
Engagement with the staff and the wider facility is encouraged.
will be encouraged to network with the wider Seagrove community of
potters for professional development and social activities.
will be encouraged to sell work in area craft fairs and stores, and
will be given an End-of-Residence Exhibition at the Pottery Center. They
will also be able to sell work at the Pottery Center’s gift shop.
Their activities will be promoted on the Pottery Center’s website and social media outlets.
The Artist-in-Residence will receive $1000 a month for living and material costs.
The determination has been made that no pets, other than legitimate service animals, will be allowed.
Online Application Process
The online application process asks for the following information, please be prepared to enter that information.
1. Basic Information
2. Educational History
3. Resume
4. Artist Statement
5. Letter of Intent
6. References
7. Media
– Ten images files will need to be submitted during this part of the
process. For good image quality and a fast upload, your image files must
be sized around 1800 x 1800 pixels at 72 dpi (approximately 6″ x 6″ at
300 dpi). Please do not submit images smaller than this. Each image
should be no larger than 5mb. Image files must be named using the
following pattern: first initial last name file number. (i.e.,
jsmith01.jpg, jsmith02.jpg, etc.)

Job Posting: Executive Director for North Carolina Pottery Center


Museum:  North Carolina Pottery Center
Position Available:  Executive Director
Responsibilities:  The executive director is responsible for overall management of a  museum
and education center, including budgeting and fund-raising; developing
and maintaining relationships with diverse constituencies; developing
and managing a professional staff (1 full-time, 2 part-time); grant
writing; developing an integrated programming; overseeing exhibitions
creation and installation and scheduling;  overseeing collections management and acquisitions.  The executive director will be closely involved with an active Board of Directors.  Leadership
is an important quality for the candidate, along with excellent
management and communications skills and a proven track record as a
fund-raiser.  Previous non-profit experience is desirable in a candidate.  A master’s degree in museum studies or management is preferred.
Mission:  The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the history, heritage, and ongoing traditions of pottery making in North Carolina through educational programs, public services, collection and preservation, and research and documentation.
Location:  A 9-acre site located in Seagrove, North Carolina.  The
site includes a 5,700 sq ft main building that houses exhibitions,
collection, offices and a gift shop; an education building for
demonstrations and classes; two wood-fired kilns, two electric kilns and
a large house available for storage and other programming.  Seagrove,
a town in North Carolina piedmont about 35 miles south of Greensboro
and 11 miles south of Asheboro, is the hub of a region with a dynamic
and unbroken history of pottery production since the 18th century.  Today
the more than 100 practicing potteries located within a 15-mile radius
of the NCPC attract nearly 100,000 visitors each year.
Terms:  Two-year, renewable contract is being offered, salary plus benefits.
Closing date:  March 15, 2013.

Please send a letter of inquiry describing special qualifications, a resume, and references to:   Search Committee, PO Box 531, Seagrove, NC 27341-0531.