Executive Director, Albany Museum of Art

  • 08 May 2019 1:38 PM
    Message # 7329915
    John Witek (Administrator)

    Title:              Executive Director

    Reports To:   Board of Trustees

    The Albany Museum of Art seeks an Executive Director to serve as the museum’s chief executive officer. 

    The Albany Museum of Art, one of the largest museums in the Southeast, seeks an Executive Director to lead a healthy, stable, debt-free institution to the next level.   The museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It has an impressive collection of American and European drawings and paintings and, one of the largest collections of Sub-Saharan African Art.  Visit www.albanymuseum.com.

    The Director is the chief executive officer and administrative head of the Museum and is responsible to the Museum’s Board of Trustees for the operation of the Museum and its programs.  The Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Museum, including leadership, strategic planning, policy development, personnel management, exhibitions and collections, professional standards, educational programs, finance and budgeting, marketing and outreach, facilities maintenance, operations, fundraising, liaising with the board, and representing the museum externally, locally and nationally.  The Director will be offered a competitive salary, contingent upon experience. 


    The new Director will arrive at an opportune time.  Following a devastating storm in 2017, the museum sustained major damage.  The Trustees decided to use this tragedy as an opportunity and are in the process of relocating the facility downtown.  Thus, making it more accessible to the general public, school children and Albany State University students.

    The Director will oversee the implementation of a recently completed Strategic Plan.  The Plan calls for fostering increased community engagement and updating and expanding the Museum’s offerings; and the new Director will add input and refine the Plan.  He/she can also play a role in civic leadership and regional cultural development at a moment when the city’s downtown is in a renaissance.  This is a unique opportunity for an energetic leader to rapidly make a mark and leave a legacy in the first 5-7 years.

    The Strategic Plan calls for the Director to reach out and further engage and serve the local community -- through partnerships, marketing, and new programming.  He/she will expand audiences, especially to include new generations and nontraditional constituencies.  The Director will maintain and expand operating and capital support, primarily by cultivating philanthropists and corporations; and will inspire the professional staff. 

    Knowledge and Experience:  Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in Art History, Museum Studies, or relevant field; Business, minor or experience beneficial. Candidate should posses three to five years of progressively responsible experience in a museum or museum setting. At least two years at a senior management level. Must have a proven track record of fundraising. Experience should include general administration, collections management and program planning.

    Skills and Abilities:  Be a positive employee and an advocate for the museum, interacting courteously and respectfully with others, internally and externally.  Should have passion for the job and the museum and is creative, innovative, agile, and flexible. Candidate must be a highly motivated team player who is enthusiastic and proactive, and who thrives in a fast-paced environment. Possesses a strong sense of urgency, priority, and follow-through.  Can work independently, anticipate needs, and manage multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously. And, have the ability to work collegially with other staff and partners across departments to achieve common objectives. Discretion and sound judgment are required.  Maintains the highest professional and ethical standards.  



    • ·         The Executive Director has the overall responsibility for the museum’s strategic direction and the authority for the day-to-day management for the museum, formulating and communicating museum priorities, and ensuring the museum’s continued financial viability through creative and effective development and fundraising. The director is responsible for all artistic, educational and administrative functions of the Museum.
    • With a downtown facility recently gifted to the museum, the Executive Director will be responsible for running a five-million-dollar capital campaign and capable of cultivating large gifts and comfortable navigating city, county and state governments to secure funding.
    • The Executive Director is responsible for developing the specific goals of the project, identifying the audience, what challenges the site presents, and how much money is available. 
    • Working with the architect, contractor and the board of trustees’ building committee, the Executive Director will be responsible for the artistic vision of the new facility, overseeing the renovation and monitoring the project budget carefully. 
    • The Executive Director will have the opportunity and responsibility of installing the museum’s permanent collection into the new facility and project future operating costs.

    Qualified candidates may submit their resume to and a cover letter: mailto:executivesearch@albanymuseum.com

    The Albany Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer      

  • 11 May 2019 7:05 AM
    Reply # 7335224 on 7329915
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