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The Position

 The Executive Director serves as Chief Executive Officer for Taller overseeing all services in support of Taller’s mission, vision, and values. The Executive Director reports to – and works in partnership with – Taller’s Board of Directors

Responsible for developing and managing a permanent staff of 15 while also managing Taller’s $1.5 million+ operating budget, the Executive Director is tasked with envisioning the organization’s future and guiding it into its next phase of institutional growth and programming excellence.  To successfully achieve this, the Executive Director will:

1)   lead the development and articulation of a compelling road map for Taller and expanding its community impact;

2)   partner with the Board of Directors to prioritize various long-range strategic plan options as defined in Taller’s current 5-year strategic plan (2020-2025), and;

3)   further develop the brand, identity, and role of the organization in the local and regional community as well as expanding its national standing.

The Executive Director must be a dynamic, forward-thinking, collaborative leader who will continue to cultivate Taller’s role as a community grounded cultural arts center and a leader in the context of its Puerto Rican heritage and support of other Latino cultures.

In summary, the Executive Director is the primary agent shaping how Taller meets its mission and vision through actions, programs, and strategies that can be effectively implemented. This individual must be an operational leader who can oversee administration and delivery of services, including fundraising, allocation of resources, programming, human resource development, and maintenance of facilities to achieve Taller’s organizational goals, which in turn Will ensure the perpetuity and growth of the organization.

Qualities and Duties of Taller’s Executive Director

The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors and its committees, and possesses the following core qualities:

Passion for the Mission

  • A champion and firm believer in the work, role, position, and value proposition of Taller Puertorriqueño and its mission and vision, with all its wide-ranging impacts.
  • A leader representing Taller as an invaluable cultural asset, presenting Puerto Rican-Latino quality arts programming that is acknowledged by visitors, stakeholders, and peers alike.
  • A consumer of Puerto Rican and Latino arts and culture, who can ensure that the programs Taller presents contribute to the appreciation and understanding of its cultural heritage and assets, and make meaningful, relevant connections between Taller and society.
  • A coordinator of programming that represents a plurality of voices/experiences and strives to be inclusive and diverse in all it undertakes with a special commitment to Taller’s specific cultural competency.
  • An advocate of knowledge-based understanding of Puerto Rican community dynamics and history in the city, region and beyond.

Innovative, Strategic Leadership

  • An innovator and proactive leader with demonstrated success in strategic planning and execution, formulating policy, and implementing new approaches to achieving goals.
  • A strategic forward-thinker able to break new ground while focusing on Taller’s long-term institutional goals.
  • An individual with a strong work ethic and an energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate approach to work.
  • A trendsetter pursuing the creation of new artistic work and providing support and meaningful connections between artists and community through high-quality, innovative programs and offerings.
  • A developer able to ensure that Taller and its educational programs remain fresh, respond to the community needs and trends, and are financially sound.

Board Relations

  • A facilitator and coordinator of the work of the Board including all Board committees, task forces, etc. in support of the mission and long-range plan.
  • A partner in working with the Board to support nominations and other Board activities (i.e.: board meetings, retreats, etc.) as outlined in Taller’s by-laws.
  • A developer and proponent of an annual operating plan and budget for Board approval, which prudently manages organizational resources within budget guidelines, strategic plans and in accordance with current conditions.
  • An informer of the Board – and other constituencies – of local issues, trends, and events of significance to Taller’s success, as well as relevant national policies.

Community and Relationship Building

  • A savvy collaborator successful in building cooperation with and among diverse groups, and able to originate, maintain, and expand collaborative partnerships in line with Taller’s organizational goals.
  • A relationship builder able to develop effective working relationships with cultural organizations, community leaders, government agencies, elected officials, the business community, media, and others to promote support for Taller’s strategic and programmatic agenda.
  • A promoter who can Increase the visibility of Taller within the arts and culture sector as a key to regional growth and continue to strengthen Taller as a leading voice within the sector.
  • An effective spokesperson who is the public face of the organization in the community and the greater Philadelphia region community at meetings, through media, in public presentations, etc.

 Financial Oversight, Development and Fundraising

  • A fiscal officer able to balance programs and activities, and investments in staff and facilities with financially prudent management and controls to ensure continued growth, fiscal health, and stability.
  • A successful fundraiser overseeing research, planning, cultivation, retention, and implementation; and establishing strategies to approach public and private funders, submitting timely proposals, and maintaining detailed records.

 Operational Oversight and Management

  • An overseer assessing and updating all current policies, programs, and services to ensure that these accurately reflect Taller’s mission, current laws, and industry standards to effectively serve Taller’s stakeholders.
  • An administrator of all human resource functions including hiring, supervising, evaluating, motivating, and developing staff to ensure the organization’s maximum capacity to fulfill its goals and objectives.
  • A supervisor of all facility/physical plant operations including repairs, acquisitions, renovations, etc.
  • A catalyst with broad knowledge and interest in the application of new media technologies and overall marketing strategies that advance Taller’s organizational goals.


Taller Puertorriqueño is an equal opportunity employer and strongly welcomes applications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

About Us

About Taller Puertorriqueño

Taller Puertorriqueño, Inc. (Taller) is a communitybased cultural organization whose primary mission is to preserve, develop, and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture, grounded in the conviction that embracing one’s culture is central to community empowerment. Taller is equally committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions and our common roots. Furthermore, Taller strives to promote social justice and equality through its central organizational goals:

·     Preserve and promote the contributions and accomplishments of all Puerto Rican communities.

·     Support the work of Latino/a artists of all disciplines.


Taller’s vision is to foster a Latino community that is engaged, culturally aware, and economically vibrant in a society that values its cultural diversity.

Taller began in 1974 as a printmaking workshop, which provided hands-on training to hundreds of students. Over the past four decades, Taller has greatly expanded to implement programs in literature, oral history, photography, and the performing and visual arts. Taller counts itself among a limited number of Latino arts community organizations nationwide, still thriving nearly 50 years after its inception.

Taller’s concept of community arts, cultural services, and programming embodies a comprehensive approach. As such, Taller’s work has always been linked to the economic, social, and political needs of the community. The varied curricula in the arts that Taller offers, nurture creativity and enhance appreciation of the Puerto Rican and Latino cultural heritage(s) for all.  Taller provides a space where people in the Puerto Rican/Latino community can experience the arts, explore, and celebrate their culture in a welcoming environment. At the same time, Taller reaches a broad demographic to foment cross-cultural understanding, and important dialogues across cultural and class divisions.  Taller also wields an expanding role as a constructive force in one of the most economically impacted and challenged areas in Philadelphia while still capitalizing on the organization’s development history and successes.

Taller has a full-time staff of artists and educators, several part-time instructors, administrative staff, a network of hundreds of artists, and a strong core of volunteers. Talleroffersyear-round instruction for thousands of children and teenagers in the neighborhood; supports and exhibits the work of local and visiting artists; and provides unique internships and educational resources to the School District of Philadelphia, charter schools, and other institutions.

Taller’s cultural and artistic calendar is filled with exciting events that inspire, teach, encourage participation, and bring people together. These events include lectures, concerts, poetry readings, performance art, symposia, and festivals such as the annual Feria del Barrio, which attracts thousands of people, among others.

Taller’s El Corazón Cultural Center, which opened to the public in December 2016, serves as an attractive and architecturally significant gateway to El Centro de Oro, a community anchor, and a source of pride, serving the region’s growing Puerto Rican and Latino populations and educating the wider public about Latino cultural contributions.

For more information on Taller Puertorriqueño, please visit www.tallerpr.org

Apply for this job

Resumes and CV’s with letters of interest should be addressed to: Ellie DiLapi Chair, Board of Directors Taller Puertorriqueño edilapi@tallerpr.org Bachelor’s Degree required. Specializing in Arts Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration or Non-Profit Management, or equivalent field, or 10-15 years experience. Master’s Degree in similar disciplines preferred. 3-5 years leading an organization, preferably a non-profit. 5-7 years effective management experience.

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