One Columbia seeks executive director

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • COMPENSATION INFORMATION: $65,000-$75,000 with benefits

One Columbia for Arts and Culture is a non-profit organization working to promote collaboration among citizens, the cultural community, and city government through celebrations of Columbia’s arts and historic treasures.

The central goal of the organization is to enhance the quality of life for all residents, attract tourism to Columbia, and further build a vibrant and equitable cultural community. Located in the state capital city of South Carolina, the 10-year-old organization supports artists and cultural organizations, provides a variety of community participation activities, and serves as the primary commissioner of public art projects in the city.

One Columbia is dedicated to investigating ways that the arts can foster and inspire personal expression, the exchange of ideas, and creative entrepreneurship through a wide range of programs: exhibitions, internships, workshops, and special events. The organization receives state and local funding and is governed by an active board of directors who provide guidance and oversight for the organization.

One Columbia operates out of two properties, its primary office space in the heart of the downtown Columbia cultural district and a second neighborhood-based space for use by arts and cultural organizations.

The role

  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Reports to: One Columbia for Arts and Culture Board of Directors

Key responsibilities

  • Provide innovative and visionary leadership in the planning, implementation, and operation of organization’s mission and strategic plan organization with a goal of advancing the role of the arts in the Columbia area.
  • Advise the Board on institutional strategy, operations, and policy matters.
  • Lead strategic planning.
  • Contribute to ongoing fundraising efforts; ensure impactful evaluation of all short-term and long-term fundraising efforts with specific milestones necessary to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Prepare and oversee operating budgets, ensuring appropriate levels of financial control and compliance.
  • Cultivate and develop relationships with local artists, arts, heritage and cultural organizations, private-and public-sector partners, educators and public agencies, as well as the local and regional media.
  • Remain cognizant and up to date on local, county and national issues that may to leverage opportunities to support the arts in Columbia and the surrounding areas.
  • Enhance One Columbia’s reputation by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, community based, and private organizations.
  • Cultivate a positive organizational culture, committed to attracting and retaining a diverse employee base.

Skills & Experience

  • The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, innovative, and visionary individual with leadership experience gained by working in the local arts agency sector or non-profit field.
  • They will be confident and capable as the public face of the organization. A proven record in fundraising success is preferred.
  • Demonstrated achievement leading a team in transformative environments will be key, bringing experience in project management, commissioning of public art projects, program development and strategic partnerships. Additionally, they will have an ability to assess and implement the infrastructure and operational requirements necessary to support sustainable growth.
  • Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, demonstrated experience in arts administration, or at least 5 years’ experience in non-profit leadership.

Personal attributes

  • A strategic and visionary leader who combines strong knowledge of the arts, institutional leadership, organizational management, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills; actively seeks partnerships and collaborations that elevate the voices of Columbia’s diverse pool of artists and residents.
  • Knowledge and experience working closely with elected officials, civic leaders, philanthropic donors and public sector funders.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of ethics, integrity, respect and humility.

Compensation and benefits

One Columbia offers a salary package of $65,000 to $75,000 and benefits that include paid vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays; health insurance stipend, professional development reimbursements.


Applications and inquiries

Submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:

Application materials accepted thru November 10, 2022.


One Columbia for Arts and Culture does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, creed, physical or mental disability.


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