Director Positions

Executive Director
Woodstock Artist Association & Museum
Woodstock, New York, USA

WAAM Mission Statement:
The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, founded in 1919, is a not-for-profit membership organization and application has been made for NY State chartered museum status. Its mission is to promote and foster the visual arts, art education, and artists through dynamic exhibitions and programs thus enriching and engaging the community. The WAAM is vital to the culture, history, and economy of the mid-Hudson region and beyond; its Contemporary Galleries, Permanent Collection, Archives, and Education Programs provide continuity, linking the past, present and future.

Position Available: WAAM seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director to advance the mission and agenda of the organization.

Responsibilities: The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of the WAAM working closely with and reporting to the President and the Board of Directors. The Executive Director directs and administers all programs, operations and policies in addition to supervising a professional staff of six and volunteers.

Primary areas of responsibility include:
  1. Strategic Planning – develops and implements the organization’s Strategic Plan and annual action plans in conjunction with the Board.
  2. Program Development and Management – develops, implements and supervises programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission and Strategic Plan and that meet the needs of the membership and other constituents.
  3. Fund Development/Grant Oversight and Fiscal Management – together with the Board develops and manages the fundraising and financial strategies of the organization; develops an annual budget for approval by the Board; oversees the management of all funds, consistent with the organization’s accounting system.
  4. Staff Leadership and Management – motivates and develops the professional staff; supervises and evaluates staff; coordinates work with Board committees, volunteers and partner organizations.
  5. Community Relations – develops effective working relationships within the community (both within the arts community and elsewhere) to ensure that the arts are represented in the community-at-large and for the constituency that the WAAM serves.
  6. Advocacy – serves as the chief spokesperson for WAAM in the community; articulates and communicates the value of the arts in improving the quality of life, and promotes community support of the arts and WAAM.
  7. Conducts all business at the highest standard of integrity ensuring that all activities are legal and ethical.
  • College graduate with 5-7 years business/management experience, preferably in a not-for-profit organization, including experience as an Executive Director
  • Experience in the arts a plus
  • Master’s degree is a plus
  • Knowledge of the Woodstock/mid-Hudson Valley arts community is preferred.
  • Proven record as a successful fundraiser
  • Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to positively motivate and develop staff, board and volunteers and build consensus.
  • Visionary and innovative thinker
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, staff, membership and other arts organizations
Hours: Permanent Part Time: 30 hrs/week.– Hours to be negotiated. Most hours will be weekdays but applicants must be available to work an occasional Saturday or Sunday and one Sunday morning per month for Board Meetings.

Procedure for Applying: Qualified candidates should e-mail a current resume and cover letter indicating interest in the position and salary requirements to:

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This job posted by MERC from July 2 through October 1.

Executive Director
Ellen Noel Art Museum
Odessa, Texas, USA

Opportunity to direct a vibrant AAM-accredited art museum in the wide-open high plains of the Southwest. The Ellen Noël Art Museum (“the Museum”), celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, has an expanding collection of 800 works of American art from 1850 to contemporary. With a purpose-built facility, highly professional approach, and energetic, well-trained staff of 12, this museum provides an opportunity to lead a $1M-annual-budget art museum and to try new ideas for a receptive Board, creative staff, and diverse visiting public. The West Texas Triangle consortium of five AAM-accredited museums in the region provides opportunities for collaboration.

The Board is open to candidates who direct a smaller museum or Kunsthalle or who are deputy directors, chief curators, curators with administrative experience, or education/engagement directors or other department heads with an art background and fundraising experience. Live in sunny climate in a friendly community in Texas oil country, where community leaders support the arts and expect the same high-quality exhibitions as the big-city museums. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Museum can borrow important artworks and traveling exhibitions, and the Museum also produces its own exhibitions, often with loans from private collections, national artists, and other museums. Free admission, educational programs for schoolchildren and lively events for young professionals and adults round out the program. The Museum also features a notable Sculpture & Sensory Garden for people with visual impairments (

  1. Lead a financially healthy, growing museum with a positive, can-do organizational culture and an eagerness to try new things and engage new audiences.
  2. Provide a strategic vision for the Museum as it enters its fourth decade.
  3. Bring to fruition a proposed expansion of the museum that is now in the discussion phase.
  4. Be a mentor for a talented young staff of professionals.
  5. Collaborate with civic and cultural leaders on Imagine Arts, a cultural master plan for Odessa.
  6. Be a member of the West Texas Triangle, an innovative consortium of five museums that share ideas, exhibits, and promotional opportunities.
  7. Make a mark and leave a legacy within five years at a museum constantly trying new ideas.
  8. Work, live, and engage in Odessa, a friendly community, a city with a small-town feel, passionate arts supporters, and an affordable cost of living.
The Executive Director provides administrative leadership and oversight, including leading and empowering a talented team of 12 professional staff and 40 volunteers to execute operations, enhancing the quality of programs and collections, cultivating donors, and growing financial resources. Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the staff, the Executive Director is responsible for the intellectual and programmatic direction of the Museum and collaborates with staff, community leaders, donors, collectors, industry contacts and others to implement a vision aligned with the mission and priorities. Responsibilities include oversight of external and community relations, audience development and participation, fund development, strategic planning, and overall internal operational, financial, and administrative responsibilities. He/she maintains a positive, team-spirited, respectful institutional culture, which balances the diversity and vibrancy of the West Texas community and the museum’s exhibitions and programs with the efficacy of best practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact. He/she oversees the assets and budget to achieve an appropriate balance among all sources of revenue, earned and philanthropic. He/she thinks creatively and strategically to cultivate and develop new sources of revenue while maintaining and increasing the support of existing donors.

Primary Responsibilities are in these 5 areas:
  1. Institutional advancement, including fundraising and marketing
  2. Education, outreach and community relations
  3. Collections stewardship, exhibition and program planning
  4. Operational and strategic planning
  5. Governance and financial management
Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and a standard benefits package including health insurance and a retirement matching feature.

The Executive Director will bring an optimistic, pragmatic, and entrepreneurial perspective to maintain an effective management team and organizational culture that best serves the Museum’s mission, vision, and goals. A confident but open-minded manager, he/she will have a proven track record and possess exceptional teamwork, communication, revenue-enhancement, and leadership skills. He/she will have an appreciation of the values, history, and traditions of the Museum and the West Texas community it serves.

  1. Minimum of four years’ museum experience in a director, deputy director, senior curator, or management position.
  2. Experience managing staff, especially energetic, creative professionals. Track record of hiring, mentoring, and retaining staff, and of welcoming volunteers.
  3. MA in art history, museum studies, or related field. Broad knowledge of American art helpful.
  4. Big-picture mentality to advance a whole museum and to participate in cultural planning for a city. Future-oriented leader who will take risks and try new things to enlarge membership and attract new audiences, and empower staff to do the same. Good listener, open to new ideas.
  5. Fundraising experience, preferably including individual and corporate gifts, grants, and events. Understanding of membership programs, annual funds, and capital gifts is desirable. Ability to attract new members and donors and to steward current relationships is essential.
  6. Inspirational and motivational leader, a civic booster who will embrace the Museum, city, and region and serve as the public face of the Museum in the community. Friendly down-to-earth personality with no airs.
  7. Ability to talk in an engaging and persuasive manner about art, wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, and the value of museums to varied constituencies including collectors, civic officials, foundations, members, and a diverse public.
  8. Knowledge of museum standards, best practices, and trends to maintain the Museum’s AAM accreditation, oversee an active exhibition program, and keep the museum moving forward.
  9. Expertise, skills, and desire to engage a broader, more diverse audience, beyond the Museum’s traditional audiences, to better reflect the population profile of the region.
  10. Desire to increase educational opportunities for people of the region who have little other access to art. Believes in keeping the Museum a welcoming place.
  11. Capability to reach out to the Hispanic community, which makes up about 50% of the city’s population and 71% of the public school population. Spanish language ability is a plus.
  12. Ability to analyze monthly financial reports and strategically use them to monitor and balance the annual budget.
  13. Willingness to wear many hats, do whatever is needed to get the job done. Experience in small to mid-size museum desirable. Experience at a museum with free admission a plus.
  14. Desire to live in a hospitable, friendly small city in the Southwest. Person who enjoys a small-town feel, where you run into people you know.
  15. Plans to stay in the position for at least five years. Position offers the chance to make a major impact in 4-5 years and to maintain excitement over a longer tenure as well.
Nominations welcome.
Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by August 17, 2014 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search & Reference, EOE.
References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.

Known for its nationally and regionally significant exhibitions and for its outstanding educational programming for all ages, the Ellen Noel Art Museum opened in 1985 and expanded in 1998 to its current 22,000 square feet of gallery space, with 3 major galleries, offices, 2 classrooms, library, state-of-the-art collections storage, and an enclosed garden. An independent nonprofit, the Museum is governed by a 24-member board and has a $9M endowment. The Museum concentrates its collecting primarily on American art from 1850 to the present with nearly 400 artists represented by 800 works in all media, from outdoor sculpture to sound art.

Exhibitions have ranged from “Russian Icons,” “British Paintings 1550-1800,” “American Art Glass, 1880-1940” and 19th-century landscapes to contemporary photography, painting, and crafts. An exhibition of a contemporary sculptor is curated annually with the West Texas Triangle consortium. See:

Programs and events include school-group visits, gallery walks, art history and creative studio art classes and workshops for pre-school children through adults, as well as the Teen Artist Residency Program and a summer art camp. The ArtHaus, a hands-on area for families, features story hours and make-and-take art activities. The 3D Printing Studio includes three MakerBot Replicator 2s as well as a MakerBot scanner. Forty volunteers help ensure year-round dynamic programming.

The celebrated George and Milly Rhodus Sculpture and Sensory Garden is accessible and user-friendly to visually and physically challenged visitors, of which there are an estimated 11,000 in the Permian Basin region. The Garden offers fragrant and tactile plants and bronze and stone sculptures which can be touched. Braille brochures, raised floorplan charts, and audio tours are provided, and docents give sight-assisted tours. The garden also provides a shady location for relaxation and special events for all. Special events are held throughout the year, some to support the museum and others to attract new visitors.

In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Odessa as the third fastest-growing small city in the United States. Located 4.5 hours west of Dallas/Fort Worth or Austin, 6 hours from Santa Fe, and 3 hours from the art scene in Marfa, TX, the Midland-Odessa metropolitan area has a population of 280,000. With the airport within 15 minutes, air travel to any major city is a connection away.

Odessa and nearby Midland are home to a variety of cultural organizations and performance venues, including the Wagner Noel 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. The Permian Playhouse hosts community theater performances and offers classes and summer camps. Lovers of symphony and opera can enjoy performances of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale and the Midland Opera Theater. Annual events in Odessa range from a Blues festival to a Shakespeare festival, Cinco de Mayo 3-day fiesta, Juneteenth celebration, and the Firecracker Fandango on July 4. For more cultural events, visit: Odessa is also home to the University of Texas Permian Basin and Odessa College.

Nearby Midland has 6 museums, including the Museum of the Southwest with its art gallery, planetarium, and children’s museum; and the interactive Petroleum Museum, plus antique centers, the George W. Bush Childhood Home, and events from SeptemberFest to the Nutcracker. Odessa/Midland is also Texas’s #2 “Top Bookish Destination;” see:

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy an Odessa Jackalopes hockey game or Midland Rockhounds minor league baseball game or follow the annual Sandhills Horse Show and Rodeo.

Outdoor and nature lovers can visit the Odessa Meteor Crater and its Museum and Visitor Center and enjoy hiking and birding at Odessa’s Comanche Trails Park and I-20 Wildlife Preserve in Midland. Big Bend National Park or Carlsbad Caverns can be explored over a weekend visit, and in winter skiers can head to the mountains of eastern New Mexico 5 hours away.

For more, visit City of Odessa:
Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Odessa Chamber of Commerce:
Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:

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This job posted by MERC from June 28 through August 17.

Executive Director
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, located in Albuquerque’s historic Old Town, is opening a search for a dynamic leader to administer all aspects of the museum’s operations. This AAM-accredited museum is a collections-based institution with over 50 employees and over a quarter-million visitors each year. The museum includes a planetarium/observatory wing, research labs, exhibit studios, 3D large-format DynaTheater, and multiple exhibition galleries. Through a partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools, the museum also runs the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center which serves over 12,000 students and teachers each year.

The Executive Director should have a demonstrated ability in the administration of a complex organization with multiple partnerships, including a supporting foundation with its own Board of Directors. Significant experience in a senior management position and an advanced degree in a natural history or science-related field are strongly desired. Experience with science-based museum exhibitions, and both formal and informal science education is preferred. A proven record of broad community impact, extending beyond the walls of the museum, is also desired.

This is an exempt position within the State of New Mexico and reports directly to the Museum Board of Trustees and the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. It offers a competitive salary with generous benefits and retirement package.

The Search Committee’s review of application materials will begin on June 15, 2015 and the search will remain open until this position is filled.

Please send detailed curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and 3 reference letters to:

Denise Hidalgo
Museum Executive Director Search
1801 Mountain Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1375

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This job posted by MERC from May 11 through August 12.

Director Coach & Livestock
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Primary Duties

Provides leadership for Colonial Williamsburg’s Coach and Livestock program. Provides direct or indirect supervision to 15 - 20 employees and 10 - 15 volunteers working in coach operations, the stable, and rare breeds interpretation.

Develops innovative approaches to educating and interpreting rare breeds and 18th-century American farm life to guests and general public. In conjunction with Program Development staff, works with staff in Coach and Livestock to develop engaging interpretive programs that provide interactive, immersive experiences for guests. Supports the educational mission of Colonial Williamsburg and the foundation’s comprehensive interpretive plan. Observes and assesses programs and provides critical feedback as needed.

Directs the personnel and employment of human resources which includes interviewing, hiring, training, encouraging, coaching, disciplining, and terminating employees; administers an effective performance management system; provides training and development opportunities for supervisors and employees; and, when necessary, counsels and terminates employees. Ensures that supervisors understand and follow Foundation and personnel policies and procedures.

Establishes and monitors the enforcement of safety standards in the Coach and Livestock operation.

Establishes and enforces standards ensuring that Colonial Williamsburg provides the highest level of animal care. Works with supervisors and other employees to set up practices that guard the animal’s health and to ensure that the stables and pastures meet all safety and health standards. Maintains contact with veterinarians and animal health care professionals.

Works with head coach driver in setting and maintaining maintenance standards for the coaches. Directly oversees the restoration of carriages and the purchase of correct materials used. Works directly with carriage vendors to design authentic vehicles that meet modern safety requirements.

Develops sources of supplies including feed, bedding, equipment, livestock, vehicles, etc.

Develops long-term plans for the Coach and Livestock unit. Ensures the plans meet the interpretive and business objectives of the Foundation and division.

Oversees preparation of unit budgets of over $1 million. Monitors the budgets to ensure the achievement of revenue and expense targets. Adjusts budgets to accommodate business needs when necessary.

Works with harness makers and wheelwrights to furnish Coach and Livestock program with necessary equipment. Assists tradesmen in researching period equipment and in developing specifications for reproductions to be used by Coach and Livestock program.

Works with staff from Development to develop donor opportunities for the Coach and Livestock program including assisting with the development of funding proposals, cultivation of donors and prospective donors, writing reports, and managing gift accounts.

Provides support for special programs inside and outside the Foundation.

Establishes and maintains ties with other authorities in a variety of fields including coach and livestock, rare breeds, saddle and harness making, wheel and coach making. Represents Colonial Williamsburg at conferences, seminars, etc.

Application Qualifications

In-depth working knowledge of animal husbandry and a background in driving horses – singles, pairs, and teams. Scholarly experience in researching and presenting information on historical topics to a public audience. Proven experience training and working with carriage horses, experience assessing and buying carriage horses and experience in maintaining and restoring carriages. Experience developing funding proposals and cultivating donors. Strong organizational skills; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to plan, develop, organize, implement, and evaluate programs; ability to lead work teams and manage personnel; ability to develop and manage budgets – generally gained through completion of a four year degree in management or animal husbandry, plus a minimum of ten years experience in a livestock operation including five years supervisory experience. Must be able to work flexible schedules including weekends, holidays and evenings.

Must possess a valid Commonwealth of Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record as measured against Colonial Williamsburg’s criteria.

Highly desired: Experience working in a living history museum; program development experience; scholarly publications.

Hiring rate: Commensurate with experience.

Relocation Eligible: yes



Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

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This job posted by MERC from April 7 through July 7.

Historical Writer, American Revolution
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Washington, DC, USA

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is seeking a skilled writer and historian to work with the executive director and staff of the Institute to create materials on the Revolutionary War, including web-based and traditional print publications and educational enrichment materials.

The qualifications for the position are simple and very specific: extensive knowledge of the American Revolution, particularly the military history of the Revolutionary War, and the ability to write about this subject gracefully and quickly.

The American Revolution Institute is the programmatic arm of the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783 by the officers of the Continental Army to perpetuate the memory of the American Revolution. The Institute supports advanced study, presents exhibitions and other public programs, advocates preservation of Revolutionary War battlefields and provides resources to teachers and students to enrich understanding of our War for Independence and the principles of the men and women who secured the liberty of the American people. The Institute includes a rare book and manuscript library and a museum collection focused on the Revolutionary War and conducts a wide array of educational programs to carry out the mission first articulated by George Washington, Henry Knox and the other founders of the Society.

This is a full-time position on the staff of the Society of the Cincinnati, reporting directly to the executive director. The position includes a starting salary of $40-45,000 plus health insurance and retirement benefits. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest, background and qualifications, a resume and at least two writing samples of any length. Particularly promising applicants will be contacted by e-mail and asked to respond in writing to a selection of prompts relating to the American Revolution. The purpose of this exercise is to assess ability to write on assignment for a deadline, which is a critical aspect of the position. Interviews will be held at the Society’s Washington, D.C., headquarters or by phone. This position will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to Jack D. Warren, Jr., Executive Director, at

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This job posted by MERC from April 3 through July 3.

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