PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM – Curator of Fashion and Textiles 

MUSEUM OF THE SOUTHWEST – Executive Director




Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA

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Museum Atrium, PEM, 2003, detail


Application Deadline: April 3, 2017


The Peabody Essex Museum seeks a curatorial leader with deep experience in historical, modern and contemporary fashion and textiles and a track record of developing engaging exhibitions. The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles will be active in fashion circles, well versed in current developments in the field, and adept at teasing out connections between fashion, creativity, and culture.

Recently, PEM embarked on a paradigm-shifting transformation and expansion, in keeping with its ambition and promise as a museum that values creativity, innovation, change, and the unexpected.  PEM’s curatorial team is adventurous and generates fresh interpretation, appreciation, and thought leadership related to art, culture, and creative expression, especially in the context of an increasingly interconnected and global dialogue. To this end, the museum seeks an innovative curator with experience specifically in fashion and textiles and a strong commitment to bold interpretation and programming.


Founded in 1799 in Salem, Massachusetts, 15 miles from Boston, the Peabody Essex Museum is the oldest continuously operating museum in the United States. Now among the top 8% of American art museums, PEM is also one of the nation’s fastest growing art museums and operates on a global stage in terms of networks, partners, and patronage.

PEM has achieved unprecedented growth over the past two decades. In 2003, PEM completed one of the most striking museum transformations in American history, including exponential growth of the operating budget and the addition of over 250,000 square feet of new and renovated gallery and public spaces.  This includes 26,000 square feet of changing exhibition galleries and 55,000 square feet of galleries devoted to collection installations. In 2011, the museum announced a comprehensive and singular advancement campaign for $650M. The campaign focuses on increasing an already healthy endowment to support an expanded exhibition program; programmatic initiatives ranging from the interpretive to the digital and educational; global leadership initiatives; and an institutional culture of creativity, all in concert with fiscal stability and sound management, based on annual budget of $31 million.


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East India Hall and PEM planned expansion


PEM is adding a 40,000 square-foot wing scheduled to open in summer 2019. It will include 15,000 square feet of galleries for collection installations and additional public and educational spaces. The museum is also developing a 110,000 square-foot offsite collection center for the care and study of the museum’s collection of more than 1 million works. Between 2017 and 2022, PEM will develop new collection installations museum-wide, based on innovative experience, interpretation and design strategies that reflect the museum’s commitment to drawing on multiple fields of inquiry, including neuroscience.

The museum’s many collection areas are among the finest of their kind, showcasing American, Asian and Asian export, African, contemporary, maritime, Native American, and Oceanic art, as well as photography, fashion and textiles, and architecture and design. The museum presents a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions, many organized by PEM teams and guest curators and circulated nationally and internationally, and others organized by leading museums in North America, Europe, and Asia. Annually, the museum welcomes 250,000 people. It employs 250 staff and engages over 110 docent guides in support of PEM’s educational mission.


The Peabody Essex Museum has the highest visitor satisfaction ratings among 75 major museums in the United States, and PEM’s curatorial program is a key reason for this success. PEM’s curatorial approach emphasizes innovation, crisp execution, and close partnership across departments and with external, leading-edge thinkers in a range of fields. This provides significant opportunities for curators to leverage team resources and access to current trends and new developments in various fields. Nine full curators and five Exhibition & Research assistant and associate curators comprise PEM’s curatorial team. This team is purview of the Deputy Director, who functions as the Chief Curator and oversees Collection Services, Exhibition Planning, and Exhibition Design in concert with her executive and fundraising responsibilities.


PEM holds an extraordinary collection of fashion, costumes, and textiles from around the world, primarily from the late 17th century forward. American fashion and textiles, in conjunction with PEM’s African, Asian export, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Native American, Oceanic and South Asian fashion and textiles, constitute a distinctive international collection of high overall quality.

The American textile and costume holdings have historically focused on New England. Fashion, accessories, jewelry, contemporary fiber art, pictorial needlework and samplers, quilts and coverlets, interior design, domestic furnishing textiles and upholstery, military uniforms, and documentary textiles comprise these holdings, which include many aesthetically significant examples and contain extensive documentation, which lends the collection exceptional research value. The American clothing collection, which dates primarily from 1820-1930, is among the ten best in the country. The shoe collection is the largest and most important in the U.S. and of international significance.

In 2009, the museum began a concerted fashion initiative, presenting major exhibitions and collecting 20th– and 21st-century fashion in earnest through major gifts and bequests from nationally and internationally recognized collectors, most notably Iris Apfel. Recently, PEM secured the endowment for a curatorial position dedicated to fashion and textiles and established a Fashion Visiting Committee.


The new curator will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the museum’s forward-looking, team-based program in Fashion and Textiles. This will be accomplished primarily through innovative exhibitions, interpretation and programming, as well as through strategic enhancement of the collection and original research.

The primary responsibilities of the Curator will be to:

  • Work with the Deputy Director and PEM’s curators to establish the direction, goals, and priorities for Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • Organize exhibitions and secure exhibitions organized by other institutions. The focus will be exhibitions that offer fresh ways of interpreting and appreciating fashion and textiles and fostering a dialogue between historical and contemporary expressions.
  • Organize collection-based installations that integrate engaging ideas and new interpretive methods, immersive experiences, and design as part of the museum’s team-based interpretation initiative. The initial emphasis will be developing the museum’s first gallery dedicated to fashion, scheduled to open in the new wing in 2019. The curator will also serve on other appropriate interpretation teams associated with the museum’s ongoing efforts to provide leadership in the arena of museum interpretation.
  • Develop a systematic plan to strengthen PEM’s fashion and textile collection through strategic acquisitions of historical, modern and contemporary works, long-term loans, research, and conservation initiatives.
  • Enhance and expand the museum’s international network and partnerships with museums to develop and secure opportunities to exchange exhibition projects, loans, and expertise.
  • Cultivate and secure patronage for PEM’s fashion and textile initiatives and for the museum overall in collaboration with the museum’s philanthropy staff and Fashion Visiting Committee.
  • Develop programs and events in conjunction with exhibitions and in collaboration with the education staff that emphasize new ways to provide immersive experiences with fashion and textiles;
  • Serve as an advocate and representative for PEM’s mission, exhibitions, publications, research, programming, and collection, assuring that the museum’s reputation for innovation and scholarship are continually advanced. Sustain an international reputation and profile through publishing, lecturing, organizing or participating in symposia, membership in professional organizations, and other pertinent activities.


The successful candidate will:

  • Have substantial experience working with institutions with extensive collections of fashion and textiles and organizing compelling installations and exhibitions, including nationally and internationally traveling shows; experience with both historical and contemporary fashion and textiles is preferred; an established international network is highly desirable.
  • Have an advanced degree in art history or cultural studies, and a specialty in fashion and textiles (a Master’s degree is required);
  • Be an individual whose intelligence, creativity, and passion are palpable, peripatetic, generous, and infectious.
  • Be an outcome-oriented, hard worker with initiative and high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on;
  • Be a mission-driven individual with a commitment to PEM’s core values and transformative goals, open to experimentation and thinking “outside the box;” predisposed to juxtaposing ideas and objects in new and unexpected ways, including across disciplines and cultures, between different realms of creativity beyond the visual arts, and between the historical and contemporary;
  • Be a good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into sound, well-organized goals, strategies, and proposals; a partner able to flexibly collaborate with people of diverse areas of expertise, experience, cultures, and personalities; and a tactful negotiator;
  • Be an individual with strong self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a good sense of humor.

PEM recruits internationally.  A good command of the English language is required.

Nominations welcome.


Qualified candidates should email their cover letter, résumé (Word documents preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by April 3, 2017 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Connie Rosemont, Museum Search & Reference,  Apply in confidence.  References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.  PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.



Iris Apfel works on her 2009 exhibition (left) and has since donated her collection; Chinese Woman’s Wedding Tunic and Vest, 19th c. (center); Native Fashion Now catalogue, 2015 (right)



Salem and Boston North Shore cities and towns are among the country’s oldest coastal communities, including Salem, Newburyport, and Marblehead.  The region has a 300-year history of art and architecture, and maritime activities are still an important part of the regional culture.  Salem and nearby Gloucester offer numerous museums, art galleries, historic homes, theaters, parks, restaurants, boutiques and antique shops.  Salem alone draws more than 1 million visitors a year. Boston is quickly accessible via a regular commuter train to North Station. New England’s bountiful outdoor recreational activities are quickly accessible, including sailing, hiking and skiing.

Boston is a world-class center for banking, health care and technology research.   One of American’s leading intellectual centers, Boston boasts some of the most prestigious universities and medical centers in the world. It is also steeped in 400 years of history, which it preserves and celebrates, while maintaining many distinct and historic neighborhoods.  As a metropolis, it is home to numerous attractions including museums, theatres, musical events and robust restaurant opportunities.  The suburbs have some of the nation’s top-rated school systems.  Boston is served by a strong public transportation system and offers outdoor recreation along the Charles River and Atlantic Ocean. Sports fans enjoy the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, as well as the soccer team, the Revolution.




Museum of the Southwest

Midland, Texas 

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Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Museum, southwest end


Application Deadline: February 13, 2017


Opportunity to lead a vibrant and expanding, accredited 3-museum complex in a philanthropic city in one of the strongest growth regions of the country

The Museum of the Southwest (MSW) seeks an enterprising Executive Director to lead the next phases of its advancement and renovations, as well as to maintain its dynamic public programming.  An energetic Director will run a capital campaign, implement major capital improvements, oversee an active annual schedule of public and special events, and seize opportunities to enhance the collection and engage new audiences.

The MSW offers robust programs to over 100,000 visitors annually in a complex of 3 museums located on a beautiful 5-acre campus with sculpture grounds.  The original 1937 Turner family estate was donated in 1968 to become the home for the newly founded (1966) museum.  In 2016 MSW celebrated its 50th anniversary, and today the Museum’s annual budget of nearly $1.5 million supports its growing collection, changing exhibitions, extensive educational programs and public events, and a staff of 22 (11 full time).

MSW has grown rapidly and is continually renovating and advancing.  In 2009, the Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium was renovated with expanded seating and added classroom space, and in 2015, with a Digistar 5 Digital Planetarium system.  In 2016, under Director Brian Lee Whisenhunt, the MSW reopened the renovated Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Museum completing Phase I of a planned 3-phase capital project.  Many of the Turner mansion’s elegant architectural features were preserved and the building was updated with entirely new galleries and offices.  In 2017, the new Director will lead Phase II, which will completely update the interior of the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum and will also bridge science and the arts at all 3 museums.  Phase III will be envisioned by the new Director – it currently projects creating a combined visitor center and special-events center and renovating the original stables for public use.  Updates to the Planetarium exhibition are also under consideration.



Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Museum, renovated Fred T. and Novadean Hogan Gallery, 2016


The Executive Director will work with the board and staff of MSW to refine and shape a vision and finalize plans for the next decade of the Museum.  Fundraising is complete for the recently renovated Art Museum.  The Director will work with staff, board and the community on Phase II to shape the vision and finalize the renovation plans for the Children’s Museum, and to build on MSW’s institutional strengths by creating new exhibition and program opportunities.  Phase III of the master plan will follow.

MSW offers a multidisciplinary approach to experiencing artistic creativity, child development, science, and our world and universe.  While the art museum is the largest campus facility, each of the components of MSW offers potential to further impact the region as one of the leading cultural experiences in West Texas.  The Museum has a very robust program of special exhibitions, community events, and hands-on learning experiences.  MSW holds a collection of 1,600 artworks emphasizing Southwest art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including a full representation of the artists of the Taos School.  The collection covers all mediums, including outdoor sculpture, and also features Southwest Indian art as well as regional historical objects and archeological research material.

The Board of MSW is eager to advance the vision, master plan and renovations, and will support the new Director’s fundraising efforts to provide the resources for implementing these ambitious and enterprising goals.  The new Director will find a welcoming community that regards MSW as one of its most important treasures and resources.  The position comes with competitive compensation including salary, benefits, and on-site housing.

MSW’s West Texas location means the Director will benefit from a friendly community with significant oil wealth, a new performing arts center, a sunny high-desert climate, and a convenient airport.  The 6-million-population Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is a 4½-hour drive away, and the international art destination Marfa is 3 hours away.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

The next Executive Director should have the following qualities and credentials:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience directing a museum, or in a leadership position directing a significant department in a large institution
  • Primary expertise in visual art is preferred. Secondary fields could be children’s museums or science, particularly astronomy
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; Master’s or advanced degree preferred
  • Exceptional leadership skills. An enterprising leader with vision and an ability to build donor and community relations
  • Fundraising expertise including ability to manage a capital campaign and work with major donors, collectors, and grantors
  • A visionary with a multi-disciplinary appreciation for art, history and science as well as the role museums play in children’s learning
  • Interest in museum education programs for adult learners and especially children, and the ways in which children’s minds are developed and all ages are inspired through the arts and sciences
  • Thorough knowledge of museum management including best practices for an AAM-accredited museum
  • An experienced project manager with proven ability to manage staff, budgets and programs
  • Ability to manage building and renovation projects working with a general contractor is desirable
  • Collaborative, hands-on leader, high energy, multi-tasker, sociable, and with a sense of humor
  • Networker, communicator and chief spokesperson for the Museum, and a strong advocate for the ways cultural experiences impact quality of life and learning


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One of the free weekly Summer Lawn Concerts


Summary Job Description

Reporting to the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for overall strategic planning and vision, administration, financial management, fundraising, program development, personnel administration, and community and Board relations.  Primary responsibilities include:

Mission and Program

  • Leads development of strategic plans and programs, best practices, and policies to ensure continued AAM accreditation.
  • Oversees execution of exhibits and interdisciplinary programs for the 3 museums in the areas of art, science, and hands-on youth education.
  • Oversees the collections, including acquisitions and growth, refinement and conservation.
  • Ensures the smooth operation of the 3 Museums. Oversees maintenance and renovations of the campus buildings and the updating of technology resources.
  • Prepares and operates within board-approved annual and capital budgets.


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A Family Friday event, here with a theme of “Believe in Make Believe”


  • Oversees and expands all fundraising activities and relationships including individual giving, foundation and corporate grants, and sponsorship support.
  • Actively leads capital campaigns.
  • Maintains relationships with donors, volunteers, corporate executives and government officials.
  • In collaboration with the Board and volunteers, identifies, cultivates and solicits donors and implements annual fundraising events.

Staff and Board Development

  • Promotes active participation by board members and supports effective board committees, meetings and training.
  • Manages staff. Recruits, hires, reviews, coaches and mentors staff.

Public Awareness and Marketing

  • Maintains and updates the marketing plan to increase visibility of programs and services; ensures effective public relations and media coverage
  • Promotes a welcoming environment for visitors; and serves as the public face of the institution.
  • Encourages partnerships with professional organizations and community agencies.


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Astronomy exhibit in Planetarium


Partial view of the museum’s 5-acre campus


Midland and the Region’s Amenities 

Midland is a friendly and highly philanthropic community that supports the arts and welcomes and responds to vision.  Although its roots are in the oil and gas industries that prospered in the Permian Basin, increasingly the Midland area attracts global businesses and professionals from around the world.  Technology, education, and health sciences are rapidly growing arenas for new business.  The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa College, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are located in adjacent Odessa.  Midland has a population of 133,000, and the Midland-Odessa metropolitan-area population is estimated to be 325,000.  It was the fastest growing region in the United States from 2011-2015 according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment in Midland was 3.6%, rating it among the top 100 lowest unemployment cities in America.  Thirty percent of the region’s population is Hispanic in origin, and the multicultural history of the region provides an opportunity for further audience growth and engagement.

Midland has an attractive Sunbelt climate with an average 266 sunny days per year, mild short winters and extended warm weather ten months of the year, with low humidity in summer, permitting nearly year-round outdoor recreation.  Nature lovers can enjoy hiking and birding at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve and at Odessa’s Comanche Trails Park, or visit the Odessa Meteor Crater.  Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park or Carlsbad Caverns can be explored over a weekend visit, and in winter skiers enjoy the mountains of eastern New Mexico 5 hours away.

Midland and Odessa are home to a variety of cultural organizations and performance venues, including the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, opened in 2011, which hosts musical concerts, ballet, and symphonic performances bringing some of the biggest names in entertainment.  The Globe Theater presents classical and modern plays using a replica of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan stage, and the Midland Community Theatre and the Permian Playhouse host theater performances as well.  Lovers of symphony and opera can enjoy performances of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale and the Midland Opera Theater.  Midland has 6 museums, including MSW’s 3 museums and the large, interactive Petroleum Museum.  Midland is also the gateway to Marfa, the international contemporary art destination.

Midland is home to three professional sports teams: the RockHounds baseball team, United Sockers soccer team, and Drillers football team, plus Odessa offers the Jackalopes hockey team.  Sports enthusiasts can follow the annual Sandhills Horse Show and Rodeo and may know the Permian High School Panthers football team, which has won many championships and was immortalized in the book, movie and TV series “Friday Night Lights.”

Nominations and applications are welcome.  This is an exciting opportunity to lead the major cultural institution in one of the fastest growing regions in the country and to connect vision, programs and community through the next phase of MSW’s renovation and development.

How to Apply

Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by Feb 13, 2017 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Dan Keegan, Museum Search & Reference,  EOE.  References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.



Washington Jewish Museum

Washington, DC


Application Deadline: February 10, 2017

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Architectural rendering of the new museum attached to the 1876 synagogue

Opportunity to open and lead a new museum in the nation’s capital

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (the Society) is at a decisive moment in its 56-year history as it transforms from a small, long-standing cultural institution in the nation’s capital to a new, fully public museum with an expanded vision to become a unique destination for Washington Jewish history.  The Society seeks an executive Director of its organization who will embrace this unique opportunity to open and manage a new museum, leading core fundraising, concept validation, and exhibit planning, while also overseeing all phases of museum interior design and building construction for the new 24,000-square-foot Washington Jewish Museum.  The Director will play a pivotal role in establishing a museum, shaping a brand-new exhibition program, framing an audience-development program, and building an identifiable and engaging brand for the new museum within Washington, DC’s competitive museum environment – while still carrying out Society programs to maintain momentum before the museum opens.  The Director’s role will then shift to leading the new museum, once it is open.

The planned museum complex, located in downtown Washington, DC near the National Building Museum, will incorporate a historic 1876 synagogue building, the oldest synagogue structure in the nation’s capital.  The synagogue will be moved from its temporary site one block away to the new site, be restored and re-purposed to include exhibitions, and be available for rentals. It will be incorporated within and adjacent to a much larger new museum building that will include galleries for the core exhibit, changing/temporary exhibitions, and educational and family programming. It will also have multi-purpose/event spaces, archival storage, and offices.  Construction is estimated to begin after 2019 and the museum is projected to open in about 2022.  A major capital campaign is underway, and although still in its quiet phase, nearly one third of the multi-million-dollar goal is already on hand or pledged. Under the current plan, the new museum forecasts an annual operating budget of more than $1.5 million, 14 full-time employees and a goal of 30,000 annual visitors (but the new Director will be involved in validating the operations plan).  Admission will be free, with voluntary contributions accepted.

The new Director should be an innovative museum professional with superior managerial skills who can lead the Board, staff, and stakeholders through a multi-year building and fundraising process while also developing and implementing a dynamic vision to present engaging and relevant stories for broad audiences.  Interpretive planning for the new museum through a competitive NEH grant with nationally-recognized scholars is currently underway; the new Director will validate and develop these plans.  During museum planning and construction, the Director will continue to maintain and direct the Society’s current budget and operations, which include a strong schedule of educational programs that may include walking tours, lectures, performances, exhibitions, and a number of community partnership and collections activities. The Director will oversee five current full-time personnel and will be charged with hiring, training, and mentoring additional staff in the lead-up to the opening of the new museum.  There are also various part-time consultants on board, including building-project managers, architects, fundraising consultants, accountants, museum conceptual consultants, and exhibition-design consultants.  For details on the Society’s current activities, visit

The new Washington Jewish Museum will be the only institution telling the unique story of how Jews in the nation’s capital have impacted the city, the nation, and the world – not just in history, but today and in the future.  Part of that story will also serve as a microcosm for the immigrant experience in America and other themes.

The new museum will be situated within the $1.3 billion Capitol Crossing re-development project that includes 5 buildings and 2.2 million square feet of mixed-use space.  It will be 2 blocks from the Judiciary Square metro stop and just minutes from Union Station and the U.S. Capitol. There will be an underground parking garage on the museum site that will include 12 dedicated museum parking spaces.

Visit: to learn more.


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1876 Synagogue Being Moved 50 feet,   11/3/16


415 M Street Synagogue Mural preserved


Objects from the JHSGW Collection










The Society has provided cultural programming for the community since its inception in 1960, including lectures, films, walking tours, symposia, social events, and youth programs.  The Society’s collections have been a significant resource for research, scholarship, and heritage learning, and will remain an important part of the new museum plan.  The new Director will thus oversee the organization’s continued transformation from a historical society and landmark synagogue building to a museum serving a unique niche in our nation’s unfolding story of the Jewish experience.



JHSGW Walking Tour


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JHSGW Community Program in the 1876 historic synagogue


Knowledge, Skills and Expertise


The new Director should:

Embrace the goal of launching a new museum and higher-profile institution serving broad audiences and providing relevant, exciting programs creatively tied to its mission.

  • Be able to help lead a major capital campaign, make dynamic fundraising presentations, and help personally cultivate major donors, working in collegial partnership with an active and engaged Board and Capital Campaign Committee.
  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience as the successful director of a museum or related cultural organization (or an organization requiring similar skill sets). If at a large institution, experience could be as a deputy director or department head with substantial management responsibilities.
  • Ideally be able to manage a building project showing diplomacy and leadership in overseeing project managers, plans, costs, and players that keep the project on budget and on schedule. Preferably, the candidate will have experience with a construction or renovation project.
  • Ideally have thorough knowledge of overall museum management and best practices to establish policies, activities, and responsibilities that will lay the foundation for long-term sustainability in programming, financial management, educational activities, collections, and facility management.
  • Ideally have a track record of exhibitions and/or programming that demonstrates creativity, innovation, awareness of current museum trends, and successful marketing.
  • Be able to shape the vision for a museum, and realize and translate that vision into permanent and temporary gallery exhibitions.
  • Have the enthusiastic personality and passion for the mission to dynamically market the museum and represent the brand.
  • Be able to develop and foster talent and a culture of excellence among staff, as well as continued engagement, enthusiasm, and openness among Board members, Society members, and stakeholders.
  • Be an excellent financial manager, demonstrating success with operational budgeting, multi-stream revenue development, and long-term financial planning.
  • Have exceptional leadership skills and enthusiasm for working with the public and be a motivator who can:
    • Communicate the new museum’s concepts and cultivate and energize donors.
    • Engage and inspire people, from corporate CEOs to visitors.
    • Foster strong collaborative relations with the Board and with staff.
    • Convey the presence to be a peer among equals in the DC museum community.
  • Be enthusiastic for the challenges of a “start-up” organization. Although the Society is a well-established organization, the nature of a major project creating a new museum (including a new building and transformed organization) requires a person with the skills and passion necessary to manage change while strategically keeping the project headed toward its goals.
  • Be open to exploring innovative technologies and digital media as an aspect of the museum visitor experience.
  • Hold a B.A. degree (required), with an M.A. preferred in history, museum studies, or Jewish studies, or a field related to the mission.

 Specialized subject expertise is less important than experience bringing a museum to life and making it relevant and sustainable, combined with a commitment to and interest in the mission.


The new Director would ideally have experience in and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for working with a Jewish organization and community, including:

  • Experience with fundraising for a Jewish organization or in the Jewish community.
  • Knowledge of Jewish culture and history, or willingness to learn it quickly, building on related or parallel background or knowledge.
  • Experience in making the history of a religious or ethnic group broadly and continually fresh and relevant.
  • Contacts in professional and donor communities.

Major Job Responsibilities 

  • Implement plans for a new building and oversee sustainable procedures to assure that the new museum will open on time and on budget.
  • With the Board, successfully meet the goals and deadlines for the capital campaign.
  • Shape and translate the vision of the new museum by planning galleries, innovative exhibits, programming, and an exhibition schedule that establishes the museum as an important and relevant cultural resource for the community, city, and region, and as a national tourist destination.
  • Lead and inspire staff; hire additional staff for the new museum and create a culture of teamwork and accountability among employees.
  • Support and develop an active, positive, collaborative partnership with lay leaders and the Board, in implementing mission, strategy, and policies.
  • Obtain the annual resources needed to meet the current operating needs of the Society, and to operate the new museum on a sustainable basis, from annual giving, endowment earnings, grants, and other revenue sources.
  • Market the new museum and expand audiences and reputation, especially to new generations.
  • Plan and execute Society programs to maintain momentum for the opening of the museum, while also partnering actively in the DC cultural and non-profit community.

Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, offers first-class political, cultural, dining, and recreational opportunities.  Drawing more than 20 million visitors a year, DC is home to numerous museums, galleries and arts centers, including the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex comprising 19 museums and a zoo. The city offers iconic monuments and attractions, extensive theater and music programming, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with prominent national figures. It is considered one of the hottest cities for millennials; it has some excellent public schools; and its housing and job market, municipal bond rating, economic development, and population growth have been booming for over 15 years.  It has the highest per capita level of people with advanced degrees in the country and is surrounded by three of the top-ten most affluent counties in the U.S. The nearby Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs are easily accessible by the city’s commuter- and tourist-friendly metro system and city bike program. It is also home to several major sports teams, five research universities, numerous medical facilities, and many outdoor recreation opportunities. See:

Nominations of potential candidates are welcome.

To Apply:  Apply in confidence.  Email résumé (Word document preferred); cover letter; list of three references with contact information; and salary requirement, to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Connie Rosemont, Museum Search & Reference at: by February 10, 2017.  EOE.


Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Ogunquit, ME


Search closed.  Announcement coming soon!

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Museum veranda, sculpture garden, and ocean view.

Opportunity to be Executive Director of “a gem” on the scenic coast of Maine
and to lead a healthy, growing art museum 1.3 hours north of Boston

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art seeks a museum leader with curatorial knowledge and the vision and management experience to build on recent successes and develop this beloved museum to its full potential.  Over the last seven years the Museum has doubled its operating budget and membership, and a 2013 Andrew Wyeth exhibition broke attendance records.  The Museum’s collection is renowned for works by Maine and Ogunquit art-colony artists of the 20th century, but more broadly includes American art from the late 1800s to today.  Special exhibitions spotlight both American Modernism and contemporary art.  In addition, a lushly planted sculpture garden offers dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean near Perkins Cove.

The Board seeks an Executive Director who will spur continued growth.  The new Director should embrace the ambitious growth goals of the Board, which is an engaged, congenial group of year-round residents from Newburyport (MA) to Portland and weekend/summer residents from metro-Boston and beyond.  The support and resources exist for a creative and motivated director to achieve the Board’s goals.  A new director with vision and insight can work with the Board to update the strategic plan.  A person with energy and an outgoing personality can fully engage community stakeholders, tap into existing and new resources, and execute the vision.