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Director of Operations | Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC)

The Director of Operations is a central management position in the organization, working closely with the executive director, colleagues in leadership roles, and a talented staff to ensure the smooth communications and day-to-day operation of Penland School of Crafts. The position is responsible for the school’s internal service operations which include training and management of core fellows, work-study students, housekeepers, food services, the school supply store, IT, and evening security. The position is responsible for internal communication, strategic planning, budget development and oversight in each of these service areas. The director of operations reports to the executive director and works collaboratively with all members of the staff. The director of operations has 8 direct staff reports and manages the work of 9-10 core fellows and approximately 30 work-study students each session (15 in concentrations). The operations area in total oversees 19 staff members, the core fellows, work-study students, and 1 contracted recycling person. The position is a full-time, benefits eligible, exempt, and reports to the Executive Director.

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To Apply
Penland School of Crafts believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling its mission. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspectives and contributions of all people. We want the Penland experience to include varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics. Penland is committed to being a community that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination.

The position will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position and contact information for at least 3 references to Sally Loftis, Human Resources Manager, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765 or

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and a total of 58 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 65. Penland operates with a $17 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6.2 million. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer.