Executive Director


Compensation: $110,000 – $125,000 DOE/neg.
Location: San Diego, CA (Point Loma area)
Reports to: Board of Directors
Direct reports: 4 (total team of 5)



Our organization was founded to help children learn better. We bring teachers and artists together, creating powerful and long-lasting partnerships and infusing the arts—visual arts, dance, music, and drama—into all areas of the learning process. Since our founding over 20 years ago, CoTA (Collaborations: Teachers and Artists) has helped build the capacity of schools to integrate arts into the core curriculum, and significantly enhance learning outcomes. In the last 10 years alone, we have collaborated with 1,800 elementary school teachers, enriching and inspiring over 40,000 children.

CoTA artists work with teachers to develop projects that teach academic subjects through art. By connecting artists with teachers and integrating arts into academics, CoTA fosters creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication – ensuring elementary school students have the essential skills to thrive in school and life. CoTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which also publishes articles and research around the role of arts in education.



CoTA seeks an experienced executive to lead the organization through its next growth stage. Partnering with the Board of Directors and senior staff, the Executive Director is responsible for overall administration, programs, strategic planning, outreach and fundraising. She/he will manage an annual budget of approximately $600,000 and supervise a small staff.

Please note that the compensation range of $110,000 – $125,000 is our total budget for this position, covering both salary and employee benefits, should the selected candidate require them.

The ideal candidate will have experience in 3 core areas:

  1. Education
  2. Arts
  3. Nonprofit Management

He/she will also demonstrate a connection to our mission of transforming education. Specifically:

  • Understand the connection between teacher development and increases in student learning
  • Brings a demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with arts, education and civic leaders
  • Can navigate the landscape of public schools and higher education.

Initial priorities for this position include:

  1. Maintaining the exceptionally high quality of CoTA’s programs
  2. Sustaining and growing program funding
  3. Deepening/forming relationships throughout the education system, including colleges and universities



Implementation of CoTA’s Vision and Strategic Initiatives

  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, develop and implement CoTA’s vision, mission, core values, and strategic initiatives
  • Develop and lead a comprehensive strategy that ensures systemic transformation of San Diego schools through comprehensive arts integration utilizing the CoTA approach
  • Cultivate, expand, and support a strong Board of Directors, seeking and strengthening board involvement with strategic direction
  • Build relationships with partners in the arts education movement and establish CoTA as a key network partner for collective impact

Development and Fundraising

  • Secure corporate, foundation, and government grants
  • Diversify CoTA’s revenue streams
  • Build and cultivate a donor portfolio
  • Manage and grow an annual budget of $600,000

Public Relations/Outreach

  • Serve as CoTA’s spokesperson for the public, funders, the media and other constituents
  • Oversee CoTA’s traditional and social media strategies and plans
  • Support and promote CoTA’s brand and ensure brand consistency
  • Build and nurture relationships in the community and with local and state education, arts, and governmental agencies
  • Utilize social media as a mechanism for communication and engagement

Program Oversight

  • Ensure existing and potential new programs advance CoTA’s mission, are financially realistic and sustainable, and are adequately staffed
  • Advance the organization’s commitment to arts-integrated education, produce meaningful outcomes, and adhere to programmatic standards of excellence and best practices



  • Minimum of 5 years in leadership or senior management roles
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in education, public administration or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in developing strategic visions and plans
  • Proven success with fundraising and increasing organizational revenue
  • Commitment to quality programs and experience with data-driven program evaluation
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience with educational theory and practices
  • Familiarity with and commitment to the arts


For more information or to apply, please contact:
Trevor Blair, Principal, Blair Search Partners
550 West B Street, 4th floor, San Diego, CA 92101