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Position Opening: Gallery Director

The Carrack, a zero-commission, community-supported art gallery and performance space in downtown Durham, NC, seeks a Gallery Director to start June 1, 2018.
The Gallery Director oversees The Carrack’s programs and operations, nonprofit finances, and administrative functions in collaboration with a small team. The Gallery Director maintains and develops systems that help our art space and community partnerships function at their best.

Location: 947 East Main Street, Durham, NC
Reports to: Board of Directors and Advisory Board
Salary: $18,000
Weekly Commitment: 25 hours
Paid Time Off: 4 weeks; The Carrack is closed December 24, 2018 – January 13, 2019 and the Gallery Director may take an additional 1 week (25 hours) at their discretion
Deadline to Apply: Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 11:59pm


The Carrack is an artist-centered, community-supported, zero-commission art space in downtown Durham, North Carolina that hosts short, rapidly rotating exhibitions, performances, workshops, and gatherings. All artists and organizers use The Carrack for free and keep 100% of what they make from sales if they choose to sell their work. The Carrack is entirely funded by grassroots donations and sustained by a team of volunteers. The space has played an essential role in building a thriving arts scene in Durham. Since opening in June 2011, The Carrack has exhibited work by over 1,000 artists and hosted over 160 exhibitions and numerous performing arts events.

We believe art is an invaluable asset – a resource for cultivating relationships, strengthening communities, and sparking political change. We seek a reimagined arts ecosystem: one that is accessible and collaborative, one that is unbounded by discipline, age, class, race, ability, gender or other identities. The Carrack proudly supports the work of creators who are underrepresented in the art world at large, including artists of color; queer and trans artists; and artists who are emerging, experimenting, or producing temporal and/or site-specific work.


The Gallery Director oversees all programming and operations at The Carrack and leads fundraising efforts. The Gallery Director is The Carrack’s primary representative: their responsibilities include the curatorial oversight of all exhibitions and events; the coordination of volunteers, staff, artists, and organizers who use The Carrack; the planning and implementation of fundraising strategies for The Carrack; responsible stewardship of The Carrack’s assets; the care and cultivation of community relationships; and clear marketing and communication with the public.

As part of The Carrack’s Leadership Team, the Gallery Director works closely with the Operations Director and Communications Director and meets regularly with the Advisory Board and Board of Directors (Boards). The Gallery Director guides the activities of the Curatorial Team, Fundraising Team, Volunteer Staff, Artists, and Event Organizers in order to advance the organization’s mission and strategic goals.

Presently, The Carrack is 100% funded by grassroots donations. The Gallery Director’s salary is based on a $15/hr living wage and represents the absolute limit of our current financial capacity. We want this position to grow into a full-time role with a competitive salary and we seek a Gallery Director who can help us achieve that goal. The Carrack is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation currently sponsored by fiscal agent, Fractured Atlas. We applied for 501c3 status in January 2018.


Eligible candidates must have:

  • A four-year degree in liberal arts, arts administration, or nonprofit management and a demonstrated possession of knowledge, skills, and abilities gained through at least one year of arts, community, or nonprofit leadership.


  • High school school diploma or GED and a minimum of three years of experience as described above.


  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.

Eligible candidates must also have:

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends to cover programming and manage a busy schedule.
  • Exceptional skills and demonstrated track-record in all of the following areas: written and oral communication; relationship-building; problem-solving and conflict management; time management, multitasking and organizational skills; team-building and leadership development; commitment to quality and excellence.
  • Physical requirements: 8+ consecutive hours of sitting, walking, talking, and listening; able to lift up to 25 lbs.

Our ideal candidate meets above requirements and also has:

  • Significant experience in two or more of the following: arts facility management; strategic planning; personnel management; exhibition and events planning; financial management; marketing and sales; board and community relations; and nonprofit fundraising and development, e.g. grant writing.
  • Prior racial equity training.
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, particularly G Suite tools including Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive and Calendar.
  • Familiarity with social media marketing platforms.
  • A demonstrated interest in the arts and/or a personal art practice.
  • Proficiency in Spanish.
  • An innovative leadership style that challenges the status quo while taking appropriate risks.
  • Communication and relational skills that facilitate a collaborative atmosphere.
  • A strategic approach to the development and communication of the organization’s vision and inclusion of long-range goals in daily work and planning.


The Gallery Director will:

  • Represent The Carrack with integrity by actively participating in the Triangle arts scene, prioritizing area artists, engaging closely with neighbors, and viewing all activities and relationships in which The Carrack is involved through a racial equity lens.
  • Oversee all Carrack programs, including exhibitions, performances, and events, in order to ensure alignment with our mission, encourage artistic excellence, and maximize community engagement.
  • In conjunction with the Boards and in close collaboration with the Operations Director, lead the activities of all Carrack personnel including the Curatorial Team, Fundraising Team, Volunteer Staff, Artists, and Event Organizers.
  • In conjunction with the Boards, design a multi-year development strategy with clear objectives and timelines.
  • Work with the Boards to grow The Carrack’s donor base, develop new fundraising initiatives, and pursue grant funding.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with current and future donors, artists, and community partners.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of best practices in the cultural and nonprofit sectors.
  • Attend internal and external events (both daytime and evening) to network and build The Carrack’s brand with potential donors and community members.


Please direct all inquiries and applications via email to Applications must include a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least two professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted no later than Monday, April 30, 2018.


The Carrack is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to abide by all federal, state and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination based solely on a person’s race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, physical disability, mental disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner status, gender (including sex stereotyping), medical condition (including but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), sexual orientation, or any other protected status except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists.

The Carrack acknowledges current and historic disparities in arts representation. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, but specifically invite those from communities that have been historically underserved or discriminated against on the basis of race, gender identity, or sexual orientation.


Call For The Muse Masquerade Planning Committee

Photo by Eric Waters

Photo by Eric Waters

Posted: April 6, 2018

Love The Carrack? Love attending The Muse Masquerade? Want to get behind the scenes of this magical and mysterious event? Come join the team that makes it happen!

The Carrack is seeking dedicated volunteers to plan the 2018 Muse Masquerade, an annual fundraising event for The Carrack at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham. This is The Carrack’s largest fundraising event of the year and is crucial for raising half of our necessary annual budget. Plus, it’s a blast! This event has garnered quite a lot of traction and buzz within our community–it’s an exciting way for people to come together for an evening of intriguing entertainment and for a good cause. Funds raised at The Muse Masquerade provide free, zero-commission access to space for hundreds of artists to share their work at The Carrack each year. Will you help us make this happen?

Please email with questions and interest. We would love to have a conversation with you.

While these are primarily volunteer positions, we are offering a $300 honorarium to help offset time and expenses for the right candidates for each of the five roles described below.

Event Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018

Leadership Team Roles

Project Coordinator

Maintains project vision and schedule; coordinates other coordinators; coordinates and attends regular planning meetings; oversees all shared files; tracks what’s happening when/where at event and by whom, including schedules and space plans; is primary contact with venue; manages budget; approves public communications; is point person for ticket holders; determines event theme & ticketing scheme with advice from coordination team; team members (volunteers) may include: Ticketing Manager, Hotel Room Sales Manager, Admin Assistants

Hourly Commitment
May – July: 2 hrs/week
August – September: 3 hrs/week
October: 5 hrs/week

Talent Coordinator

Attends regular planning meetings; seeks talent (for event and during planning, i.e. graphic designer, videographer may not be volunteers); negotiates terms and books talent; tracks talent contact info; coordinates with Project Coordinator on talent pay re: budget; maintains talent schedule for event; coordinates talent during event; keeps track of task progress of volunteers assigned to their team during planning phase; make sure talent gets paid and thanked; team members (volunteers) may include: Admin Assistants

Hourly Commitment
May – July: 2 hrs/week
August – September: 3 hrs/week
October: 5 hrs/week

Volunteer Coordinator

Attends regular planning meetings; seeks volunteers for specific roles requested by coordinators; tracks volunteer contact info; keeps track of task progress of volunteers assigned to their team during planning phase; assigns and defines volunteer roles at event; maintains volunteer schedule for event; coordinates volunteers during event; makes sure volunteers are thanked; team members (volunteers) may include: Event Volunteers, Admin Assistants

Hourly Commitment
May – July: 2 hrs/week
August – September: 3 hrs/week
October: 5 hrs/week

Marketing Coordinator

Attends regular planning meetings; assigns tasks to volunteers; keeps track of task progress of volunteers assigned to their team during planning phase; updates marketing calendar from previous year to fit new event date; oversees implementation of marketing tasks; manages graphic designer of event materials; manages videographer for promotional video; manages writers; oversees social media and web site content; keeps track of task progress of volunteers assigned to their team during planning phase; team members (volunteers) may include: Graphic Designer, Writer/Social Media, Writer/Press Release, Writer/Newsletter/Web/FB Event, Paper Invitation Team, Cocktail Promo Coordinator, Promotional Event Coordinators, Admin Assistants

Hourly Commitment
May – July: 2 hrs/week
August – September: 3 hrs/week
October: 5 hrs/week

Sponsor/Partner Coordinator

Attends meetings as necessary; updates sponsor and partner offerings from previous year; contacts previous year sponsors; updates potential sponsorship spreadsheet; maintains potential sponsorship spreadsheet; manages sponsorship salespeople; assesses partnership offers; pursues partnerships; negotiates customized partnerships and sponsorships; tracks details and fulfillment of partnership/sponsorship offerings; team members (volunteers) may include: Sponsorship Salespeople, Admin Assistants

Hourly Commitment
May – July: 3 hrs/week
August – September: 2 hrs/week
October: 3 hrs/week


Leadership Team members may work together to further define their own roles and determine when to delegate to our roster of volunteers, whether to divide their role with another person or develop teams as they see fit for their own capabilities and schedules. There is an established project plan in place to work from and many parts of the event can be copied or updated from previous years, including processes and spreadsheets of information. So, it is not building the event from scratch–there is a road map! There is also contact with previous year’s team for any questions while planning the event.