3 Oct 2020

Full-Time Studio Director

The Potters’ Studio  Berkeley, California, United States

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Job Description

Director of The Potters’ Studio 


Founded in 1974, The Potters’ Studio (TPS) in Berkeley, California has a reputation as an inclusive, community-oriented organization open to all those interested in the ceramic arts, and has become recognized over the past several years as one of the most artistically vibrant studios in the country.


TPS is a high-quality, accessible, affordable resource for artists of all levels, offering classes and workshops, memberships with 24/7 access, a gallery, and firing services.  In recent times, we have had a thriving, supportive community of 475 people – young and old, novices and professionals – using our space, with an extensive list of people waiting for access to our memberships and classes.
Beyond teaching the students the basics of how to work with clay, we instruct our members in general studio skills, such as how to fire electric and gas kilns and make glazes.
In addition to classes, our studio has a monthly workshop program featuring in-person two-day workshops with nationally known ceramic artists and a gallery dedicated to showing artists’ work.



The Director is the most senior management position at The Potters’ Studio, reporting to the Board of Directors and supervising a staff of 24 (pre-Covid) full-time and part-time employees and teachers as well as regular interactions with outside service providers and specialists.
The Director is responsible for oversight of the Studio Technicians and Facilities Manager and for working with our Bookkeeper and Accountant to keep our finances in order with periodic financial reporting to the Board of Directors.


The Director is responsible for the overall strategy, operations, and outcomes of the studio operations as a whole. As such, this person is expected to manage, oversee, hire and train full-time and part-time employees and provide oversight of the educational curriculum (classes and workshops), the gallery and all related events (Holiday Sale, Summer Sale and Open Houses).


With the goal of keeping our studio healthy and viable, the Director oversees and maintains good communication with all in-house staff, students and members and the Board of Directors. The Director is also responsible for maintaining good contact and communication with the larger local community, the national ceramics community and other related arts organizations in order to keep our studio in the public eye.


The Director position is a full-time, salaried position that often requires flexibility to work during non-standard hours. Since this position is being filled during the Covid Pandemic, the unique and changing demands of the position may not all be noted in this description.



The ideal candidate will be a creative, hard-working individual who possesses a solid foundation in business administration and a passion for and knowledge of the ceramic arts. Our new director should have experience as a team leader and community-builder in community-based arts education and show a successful track record as a multi-faceted problem-solver. The candidate must also be able to articulate a vision for leading The Potters’ Studio through these next years as we recover from the pandemic to achieve even more in the future.


In addition to maintaining a continued position at the forefront in the field, the ideal candidate’s skills, experience and competencies should include but not be limited to:


  • Minimum 3 years management experience.
  • Effective speaking and writing skills, as the Director informs the community of changes and events on a regular basis.
  • Proven ability to communicate well in a variety of mediums.
  • Experience (and love) of clay.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management, with a strong business acumen.
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, Google Docs and Google Sheets.
  • Familiarity with the following apps would also be helpful: Mailchimp, Paypal, ADP, Bill.com, Squarespace and Survey Monkey.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously to completion.
  • Ability to respond with flexibility to change.


Duties and Responsibilities 


The key role of this position is to spearhead the mission and vision of The Potters’ Studio in program sustainability, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.  Classes, services, staff training, event and workshop coordination ultimately fall under the purview of the Director. In addition, the Director is encouraged to develop new avenues of business for the studio in accordance with our mission. The Director can expect direction, support and open communication with the board.



Written, spoken and interpersonal communication skills underlie the smooth running of our studio and maintain a welcoming and congenial environment. To continue the community connection, the Director –

  • Maintains a lively and informative website.
  • Updates the students and members in frequent emails.
  • Is attentive to ideas and feedback from those who frequent TPS.
  • Plans and presides over the quarterly Member Meetings.
  • Oversees the Message Board on our website.
  • Reaches out to the community in thoughtful and creative marketing and publicity.



The Director-

  • Supervises accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  • Works with a bookkeeper and accountant to keep the Studio’s books and prepare the quarterly and annual tax filings.
  • Attends most Board of Directors meetings and reports annually to the Shareholders on the financial status of the studio.
  • Looks to build financial stability.


Personnel Management:

Under non-pandemic conditions, the Director directs or indirectly oversees the following staff:

  • Teachers
  • Event, Class, and Workshop Coordinators
  • Operations Manager (who oversees floor staff)
  • Facilities Manager
  • Studio Technicians
  • Bookkeeper


The Director conducts performance reviews with all staff members annually and works with each as needed to insure consistent collaborative effort and results.


Systems and Protocols:

The Director establishes and maintains proper systems and protocols within the studio to minimize expense and maximize enjoyment of the studio for all who use it. The studio systems and protocols are published in the Studio Handbook. All members and students of the studio are required to read the handbook and sign a waiver/release form in order to use the studio. During the Pandemic, additional health protection protocols must be maintained.


The Director looks for ways to improve the studio and keep it up-to-date.


Maintenance of Building and Equipment:

In a timely manner, the Director sees to the maintenance of the studio and its equipment by directing personnel or paid outside professionals to perform the necessary tasks to keep the studio in top shape.



Salary and Benefits: 

The negotiated annual salary will be commensurate with experience ($60-80K). In addition, the Director has the privilege of full use of the studio as a member, a small storage space in the second mezzanine, health and dental insurance and three weeks paid personal time, one week paid sick leave, plus many holidays annually.  Bonuses and 401K contributions are made depending on profitability. Review by the Board of Directors occurs in January of each year. An initial probationary period of three to six months will also be completed with a short review.




A cover letter accompanying your CV would be appreciated. We hope to learn why you are interested in our studio and what skills you will bring to this position. The start date is flexible. Please let us know what constraints, if any, exist for your availability.

We will begin reviewing applications as we receive them and will close the search when the position is filled. Please respond to Beth Rockmill, President of the Board of Directors at search@berkeleypottersstudio.com.

References will be requested subsequent to the initial interview.


We are an equal opportunity employer, and we actively cultivate a diverse workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to actual or perceived age, race, sex, religion, creed, color, citizenship, sexual orientation, ethnicity, familial status, liability for military service, genetic pre-disposition or carrier status, national origin or ancestry, disability, veteran status, marital status, gender identity or expression, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other bases protected under federal, state and local laws, regulations or ordinance.




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Studio Director
  The Potters’ Studio
   Berkeley, California, United States
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