Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is a 501(c) (3) non-profit community art and cultural center located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The mission of the GoggleWorks is “to nurture the arts, foster creativity, promote education and enrich the community.” Located in a former safety-goggles factory building, the GoggleWorks offers 145,000 square feet of creative space, including: galleries; classrooms; dance and music studios; a darkroom; a glass blowing facility, plus a warm and cold glass studio/classroom; a woodshop; ceramics and jewelry studios; a 131-seat film theatre; a café; community meeting places; 34 artist studios; and offices for 26 local community arts and cultural organizations. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The organization has an annual operating budget of approximately $1.2 million and a staff of 12 full-time employees.


Position Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing the organization so that it can fulfill its mission, working closely with the board and staff. The Executive Director is the primary representative of the GoggleWorks, developing relationships with various communities (local, regional, and national) with which it shares common interests.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

-Strategic Leadership:

  • Assess the strategic direction of the GoggleWorks.
  • Support the development of the Board of Directors, serving as an advisor to all Board committees.
  • Oversee development efforts with individuals, foundations, and other private and public funders.
  • Implement programs and initiatives that will increase GoggleWorks’ visibility and impact locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Communicate and work with a diverse local community.

Program Development:

  • Work with the Program Director and other staff to develop new programs and maintain and improve successful ones.
  • Build strong relationships with the GoggleWorks’ staff, resident artists, arts partners, and other local, regional and national arts-related and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Prepare grants to implement new programs and to support existing ones.

Operational Management

  • Design and implement policies and procedures that embody and enhance the organization’s mission.
  • Prepare and administer an annual Work with the organization’s accounting staff and external public accounting firm to prepare monthly and annual financial statements, including all necessary tax filings.
  • Negotiate and enter into contracts, leases and purchase agreements. Negotiate and secure all forms of insurance including liability, property, casualty and health insurance.
  • Oversee and manage the day-to-day operations and physical plant.

Staff Leadership

  • Manage the organization’s staff, office operations, and administrative functions.

Core Competencies

-An undergraduate degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.  At minimum, the candidate should have three to five years of leadership and management experience with an arts-related or cultural organization.  Must be able to think strategically about the organization’s priorities and help translate these into program, staffing, and related fundraising activities. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Executive Director must be an effective communicator who can demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Management of human and financial resources: The Executive Director must have a proven record of effectively managing staff as well as partnering with outside groups. Candidate should have the ability to attract, recruit, and assess staff.  The Executive Director must understand accounting and finance and also have experience preparing and managing budgets and writing grants.
  • Job knowledge and experience: The position of Executive Director for the GoggleWorks requires the candidate to have a working knowledge of a range of visual arts media or related arts disciplines and an understanding of the creative process. The candidate should also demonstrate the ability to work with diverse communities.
  • Donor, Community and Board of Director Development: The Executive Director must be able to engage and cultivate a wide range of supporters including individual donors, community groups, government agencies, businesses, and foundations.

Submission deadline is November 15, 2015

To apply send resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to hr@goggleworks.org

Any questions concerning the process should also be sent to that address.

Security Guard

Immediate opening for a part-time security guard; seeking responsible, mature adult. This position for security guard will be for GoggleWorks’ guard booth and for the patrolling of buildings’ interior and exterior.  Will require a great deal of walking and stairs.  Background check will be required.  Reporting directly to Facilities Director.  Hourly pay.

Hours: 4:30-9:30pm

Monday through Friday: Approximately 25 hours per week- may have additional hours as needed for special events.

Please send your resume to cnetterville@goggleworks.org or apply at GoggleWorks.

Part-Time Front Desk Receptionist

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts has an opening for a part-time front desk receptionist. Must enjoy working with the public and have mature work ethics. Requirements include excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently on multiple tasks with scrupulous attention to detail. Computer proficiency is necessary, especially familiarity with MS Word and MS Excel.  Mature work ethics are essential. Must be available able to work weekends. Hourly wage is $8.00. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Must be able to pass background checks.

Please send resumes to:
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Human Resources
201 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601
E-mail: jgauker@goggleworks.org

GoggleWorks is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation.