Employment - Executive Director



The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (“CFC”, the “School”), founded in 1993 by Peter Korn, is considered one of the leading woodworking schools in the world. Set on 18 acres of meadow and woods along the Oyster River in Rockport, Maine and comprised of four purpose-built buildings totaling 18,000 square feet, the School offers exceptional training in furniture making and design, woodturning, carving, marquetry, and related skills.

The next Executive Director has the opportunity to build on the School’s tradition of excellence and its unsurpassed reputation in its field. The Executive Director will lead the School in evolving to meet the educational needs of contemporary designer/makers by accepting change as a constant and continually striving to maximize CFC’s contribution to society through its mission.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Executive Director reports directly to the School’s Board of Directors, has full responsibility for managing operations and programming, and develops new initiatives in consultation with the Board.

The successful candidate will have a positive outlook, listen to others well, promote collegiality, and provide decisive leadership. It is critically important that the Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship have an articulate passion for, and understanding of, the School’s mission, as demonstrated through their own work, education, and/or other relevant experience.

Ideal skills and attributes include:

    • nonprofit administrative experience relevant to running the School and managing its finances;

    • strong communications skills;
    • relational skills to strengthen the School community by promoting the senses of belonging and mutual purpose among staff, faculty, students, alumni, donors, volunteers, and other audiences;

    • commitment to excellence in all things, a sense of humor, and a generous disposition; and

    • a self-motivated attraction to challenging work, combined with the ability to multi-task effectively.

The candidate should be comfortable with fundraising, have the personal credibility to attract and retain outstanding instructors, and be able to manage a highly professional administrative staff. Character and experience are paramount, and no specific academic degrees are required.

The Board of Directors retained Rosa Morris and Charlie Ingersoll of Korn Ferry to assist in a worldwide search with the aim of identifying and seating the School’s next Executive Director on or before December 31, 2021. The position is full-time and requires residency in Midcoast Maine.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted to Korn Ferry at the following email address: rosa.morris@kornferry.com. Applications should include a full-length resume and letter of interest indicating your motivation to apply for the role and your relevant experience.

CFC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, or gender, and this position is open to qualified individuals without regard to age, race, national origin, or gender.