Director Positions

Director of Programs
New Jersey Council for the Humanities
Trenton, New Jersey, USA

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities seeks a Director of Programs who will work with the Executive Director, staff, and Trustees to increase the organization’s impact and reach. Responsibilities involve both NJCH grant making activities and direct programs, and includes both programmatic and strategic work.

Specific duties include:
  • Developing and strengthening partnerships for NJCH with diverse organizations.
  • Representing NJCH in such partnerships, including public appearances, meetings, conferences, and events.
  • Assessing, revising, and creating NJCH programs to align with strategic goals; identifying program and grant evaluation metrics.
  • Cultivating potential grant applicants, as well as proactively seeding and developing proposal ideas, connecting applicants to scholars and other resources.
  • Overseeing the execution of NJCH programs and managing program staff.
  • Contributing to annual budgets and keeping programs on budget.
Duties will entail in-state travel. Occasional evening and weekend availability required.

The Program Director is a key member of the NJCH team and reports to the Executive Director. We seek an individual who will help develop NJCH’s capacity to make the humanities more accessible, reach underserved audiences, and bridge cultural and class divides.

The ideal candidate for this position will have:
  • An understanding of the value of the humanities and their importance to a successful pluralistic society.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with audiences and community partners of varied social, economic, and educational backgrounds.
  • Five or more years of experience in humanities teaching, grant writing, planning and running public programs, and/or related activities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the cultural nonprofit sector, including trends and best practices.
  • Ability to create positive, long-term relationships by demonstrating a commitment to collaboration and customer service.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Flexibility.
  • Enthusiasm for and willingness to attend public humanities programs.
  • An advanced degree such as an M.A. or Ph.D. in public history, public humanities, public anthropology, museum studies, or a humanities-related field may have helped prepare the candidate.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. NJCH offers a full benefits package.

About the New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Located in Trenton, New Jersey, NJCH is a nonprofit organization established in 1972 as the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The mission of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) is to serve the people of New Jersey by developing, supporting, and promoting projects that explore and interpret the human experience, foster cross-cultural understanding, and engage people in dialogue about matters of individual choice and public responsibility.

NJCH furthers this work through both grant making and conducting programs.

NJCH is a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a letter outlining your interest and fit for the position; a resume or CV; names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references to Please include your last name in the subject line.

Address your letter of interest to Briann Greenfield, Ph.D., Executive Director.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities values and respects diversity.

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This job posted by MERC from August 27 through November 25.

Director, University Art Museum
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The University of New Mexico seeks an energetic, visionary leader for the position of Director of the University Art Museum.

Located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico and one of the fastest growing in the Southwest, UNM is a Carnegie Very High Research University, a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, and the state’s flagship institution of higher learning. University Art Museum is a dynamic part of UNM and is first and foremost a teaching museum. Founded in 1963, the University Art Museum is the foremost teaching collection and the largest fine arts collection in the State of New Mexico

The mission of the University Art Museum is to encourage an understanding and appreciation of art and its multiple roles in society by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art drawn from its permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. Through a combination of teaching, active research, public programming, and open conversation with members of the university community, as well as other communities that are local, regional, national and international in scope, the museum cultivates engaged, interactive learning about the arts.

The Director of the University Art Museum reports directly to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and will be responsible for developing and managing the museum’s annual budgets; coordinating and supervising 8 current staff members; overseeing and promoting the museum’s collections, including acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications; developing and implementing strategies for generating new resources; developing a long-range strategic plan and securing AAM accreditation; and representing the University Art Museum both inside and outside the university. Two of the University Art Museum’s major goals that the successful candidate must be able to effectively address are moving the institution toward accreditation and digitizing the collection.

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This job posted by MERC from August 24 through November 27.

Harwood Museum, University of New Mexico
Taos, New Mexico, USA

The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico, located in Taos, New Mexico, seeks qualified applicants for the position of Director. This position will be based at the Harwood Museum located at 238 Ledoux St. in Taos, New Mexico. The successful candidate will be responsible for an annual budget of more than $1,000,000, a staff of 8 full time and 20 part time and on call employees as well as active volunteers.

The Harwood Museum preserves, collects, and exhibits historic and contemporary art and culture of Taos and Northern New Mexico. The Museum stimulates learning, creativity and research in its region, reinforcing the University's academic mission, while presenting Taos art to the world and the world's art to Taos.

Reporting to the Harwood Museum Governing Board and the Provost's Office, the Director of the Harwood Museum of Art is responsible for planning, programming, and operational aspects of the Museum, within guidelines and procedures stipulated by the University of New Mexico. Program responsibilities include exhibitions, educational programs, fundraising efforts, public relations, publications, and other printed materials. Operations encompass the development and supervision of staff, and responsibility for the Museum's finances and budget.

The Director actively represents the Museum to all its constituencies, including patrons and contributors, volunteers, Harwood members, the University of New Mexico community, and the general public of Taos and Northern New Mexico. The Director must also be able to prepare, deliver, or cause to be published, lectures or papers on aspects of the Museum's collection, and to further interactions with the Museum's peer and broader Museum and Arts communities.

Minimum Qualification: Master's degree; at least 5 years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

The best consideration for applications is 9/15/2015; however the position will remain open until filled.

Please apply online at and reference job posting number 0831251.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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This job posted by MERC from August 11 through September 16.

Museum of Art Executive Director
LSU Museum of Art
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

The Louisiana State University Museum of Art is searching for a charismatic, energetic leader who is passionate about the arts and has applicable experience in an art museum setting. This individual must possess the vision for continued advancement of the organization’s resources, mission and potential. In addition to providing strong personal and organizational leadership, the Executive Director must be a highly accomplished fundraiser. The Executive Director will further develop awareness and create relationships that will result in increased private and institutional financial support, private/public partnerships and positive public recognition. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Human Resources and Facilities Management, the Executive Director will demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting the value of the visual arts in a research university environment and in the diverse community beyond. The individual should be enthusiastic about collaborative, innovative projects, with a goal of supporting LSU’s academic mission and the cultural enrichment of the Baton Rouge community.


The Executive Director will:
  • Develop and execute the vision for the LSU Museum of Art going forward that aligns with the University’s goals and mission;
  • Establish productive working relationships with the Vice Provost and other administrators, the Museum staff, key members of the LSU faculty including key relationships in the Department of Art + Art History, and other stakeholders;
  • Build strong relationships with the members of the Advisory Board and find ways to bring forth their best ideas, efforts, resources and contacts; continue to build and strengthen the Board;
  • Assess the collection in concert with the Collections Manager and Curator;
  • Determine short- and long-term fundraising needs in the context of the Museum’s strategic and programmatic goals; cultivate individual, corporate and foundation supporters in collaboration with the Advisory Board and the LSU Foundation’s development staff;
  • Enhance the Museum’s role as a teaching and research resource; ensure integration of exhibition and education objectives; build relationships with LSU’s academic departments;
  • Ensure, by effective leadership and management, that the day-to-day operations and programs of the Museum are professionally and efficiently administered; cultivate, nurture and hold staff accountable; support staff’s professional development;
  • Evaluate and expand the Museum’s marketing and communications including oversight of the Museum’s website;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with key civic, foundation and corporate partners in the Baton Rouge community;
  • Fulfill all requirements to maintain the museum’s accreditation with the American Association of Museums.
  • Be a visible and energetic spokesperson and ambassador for the Museum and LSU.
The LSU Museum of Art (MOA) opened in 2005 and is strategically located in downtown Baton Rouge in the Shaw Center for the Arts. The Museum is a significant public face for the University and serves as a bridge for LSU and the community at large. The MOA is the only dedicated art museum in Greater Baton Rouge. Comprising 13,000 square feet of gallery space, the museum has one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South. The LSU Museum of Art presents exhibitions of regional, American, and European painting, sculpture, decorative arts, works on paper, and photography. The curatorial strengths of the Museum lie in its collection of Southern fine and decorative arts, including significant collections of antebellum silver and Newcomb pottery. The Museum continues to develop its holdings of regional southern and African American art and photography. The museum has a full-time staff of 10 and a budget of $1.2 million. LSU is the State’s flagship research university and carries the designation of “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2014, for the seventh consecutive year, LSU was ranked in the first tier of “Best National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. It is one of 21 universities nationwide holding land, sea, and space-grant status. LSU enjoys a lively and diverse community of nearly 35,000 faculty, staff, and students from every state and more than 120 countries. Occupying 2,000 acres on the Mississippi River in Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge, LSU is approximately 80 miles northwest of New Orleans in the heart of the culturally diverse delta region. LSU’s campus, largely of Italian Renaissance-inspired architecture, is regarded as one of the top 20 most beautiful campuses in the United States with 57 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and over 1,200 magnificent Live Oak trees.

  • Bachelors or equivalent degree.
  • At least five years experience in an art museum building permanent collections and developing exhibition and education programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of executing a successful fundraising operation that builds community trust along with financial security.
  • Experience in building institutional identity, including clear and proactive brand vision.
  • Expertise in developing and maintaining public/private partnerships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, computer literacy, and the ability to use current technology to further the museum’s educational and artistic goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, lead and support a professional staff, including experience managing operations and budgets.
  • Broad knowledge of the arts and commitment to museum best practices.
  • Knowledge of the museum world and key players nationally and the ability to capitalize on those relationships for loans and exhibitions
  • An advanced degree in art history, art or a field closely associated with the executive director duties from an accredited school is preferred.
  • Strong fiscal skills with experience in preparing and managing budgets of $1,000,000 or greater is preferred.
Individuals who wish to apply for this opportunity are asked to submit their applications online which must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, a vision statement for the LSU Museum of Art and contact information for five (5) professional references. Inquiries and nominations may be addressed to the search committee chair, Alkis P. Tsolakis, at The review of applications will begin September 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Applications will be accepted online on the LSU Careers website: Position #005955.


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This job posted by MERC from July 8 through September 8.

Executive Director
Vermont Historical Society
Barre, Vermont, USA

The Vermont Historical Society (“VHS”) is seeking a dynamic visionary leader to serve as Executive Director of one of the nation’s oldest historical societies. Its administrative offices, library, exhibition galleries and collections are located in the historically significant Vermont History Center in Barre, Vermont. The VHS also operates a museum and bookstore in the state capital of Montpelier. VHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, a semi-annual scholarly history journal and numerous books on Vermont history. Its programs extend throughout the state. The organization’s signature event, Vermont History Expo, is held every other summer and features exhibitions from over 100 local historical societies from around Vermont that join the Society in a celebration of various aspects of Vermont’s special history.

The candidate should be a hands-on leader who works well with others. The candidate should have education and experience appropriate to the position and excellent presentation skills. Although an expertise in Vermont history is not required, a strong foundation in the history of the United States is important as is as a willingness to learn Vermont’s unique story. The VHS has an annual budget of nearly two million dollars, of which the State of Vermont supports approximately half. The Society has 16 employees, (13 full-time equivalents). The position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

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This job posted by MERC from July 30 through October 30.

Executive Director
Millicent Rogers Museum
Taos, New Mexico, USA


The Executive Director is responsible for managing a $750k, 24,000 visitor, 20,000 square foot museum of the arts and cultures of the American Southwest, located in Taos, New Mexico. He/she directly supervises five senior staffers and one contract finance officer. He/she reports directly to the President of the Board of Trustees.

BA and MA in appropriate field—history, education, anthropology, museums
3-5 years (minimum) senior management experience in a small museum or historic house museum
Skills in strategic planning, development, management, and knowledge/cultural sensitivity about Native American and Hispanic cultures.
Should have content knowledge of Native American and Hispanic Southwestern history and be able to speak clearly, accurately and sensitively about it.

  • Responsible for overseeing daily operations of the museum including final review of financial records, payroll, etc.
  • Responsible for Board management duties including scheduling Board and committee meetings, attending all such meetings as an ex officio member, reporting on a regular basis to the Board President on museum activities and serving as primary media person and spokesman for the organization.
Strategic Thinking
  • Responsible for coordinating and implementing the Board approved strategic plan.
  • Works with Board President on recruiting new Trustees. Responsible for overseeing new Board training.
  • Prepares the annual budget with appropriate staff and board members.
  • Ensures that reporting of the budget to actuals occurs on a regular basis.
  • Serves as primary point person with banks, investment fund manager and investment house
  • Approves all significant expenditures.
The Executive Director is the primary development officer for the museum and is expected to devote approximately 40% of his/her time to this. Duties include:
  • Establishing relationships with the private, corporate, foundation and government funding communities.
  • Serving as the primary contact with the Rogers family and the museum.
  • Ensuring that annual NM Arts grants are filed, funded, used and appropriately reported upon.
  • Overseeing all direct solicitations including membership, end-of- year giving, special gifts, web-based giving.
  • Serving as the primary contact, senior staffer and advisor for the Museum’s annual Turquoise Gala and the benefit Antiques show. This includes direct supervision of annual patron solicitations.
Physical Plant
  • Ensures that preventative maintenance and cleaning of the buildings and grounds occurs on a regular basis. This includes working with appropriate staff, contract vendors, local municipalities, and volunteers.
  • Develops all RFPs and conducts bidding for all work on the physical plant according to Board guidelines.
As direct supervisor of five senior staffers (store manager, curator, office manager, membership director and maintenance person) plus contract staff (finance officer), the ED is responsible for assigning tasks, supervising those tasks, conducting annual evaluations (and ensuring the same is done for second tier employees), enforcing/interpreting the personnel policy, and hiring/firing employees.

  • Has direct responsibility for formulating a marketing strategy (including maintaining consistency with established and approved messaging), securing advertising contracts for the museum, oversight of copy development and evaluation of the same.
  • Writes all press releases and serves as point of contact for reporters.
  • Serves as the official spokesperson for the museum and as such is available and prepared to speak about the museum at any time.
  • Works with relevant staff and establishes a calendar of events and exhibitions for the museum minimally two years in advance.
  • Serves as senior staffer when meeting and dealing with lenders, etc.
  • Serves as senior staffer and reviews all on-line publications. Coordinates directly with APP, SEO and other on-going projects for the museum
  • Writes a weekly blog for the MRM web page.
  • Writes copy for all eblasts and maintains a schedule of eblasts.
  • Serves as liaison to Altru (operations management system). Daily reviews and approves all deposits for store, museum and donations from Altru.
  • Schedules all training for staff on technology and ensures the MRM is compliant with all codes, laws and requirements regarding technology.
To apply, please email your résumé and references to Laurie Dunn, Vice President, Board of Trustees, at

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This job posted by MERC from July 8 through September 8.

Executive Director
Harbor History Museum
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA

The Executive Director is the full-time chief executive officer of the Harbor History Museum, a non-profit 501©3 organization, responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight of the museum by maintaining the strategic vision of the museum and carrying out a plan of work to achieve the museum’s mission. The Executive Director has the overall responsibility for the museum operations.


  1. Displays strong business acumen in order to plan, organize, direct, supervise and coordinate the operations and activities of the museum.
  2. Develop and maintain productive working relationships with the Board of Directors and work with the board to develop and carry out the strategic plan.
  3. Lead the Museum’s fundraising efforts and build personal ties with potential donors whose support will assure its future visibility.
  4. Maintain quality of operations and artistic oversight assuring a growing collection of mission-related artifacts, outstanding exhibits, and engaging programs.
  5. Provide strategic vision for the organization including short-term, mid-term, and long-term planning.
  6. Ability to develop specific goals and milestones in order to track the Museum’s progress in achieving short and long term goals
  7. Support, advise and inform the board of operational and environmental circumstances affecting the museum. Work with the board to ensure the museum’s success.
  8. Develop organizational budgets, monitor financial status, and work with the board to ensure financial sustainability for the museum.
  9. In coordination with the Marketing and Communications Manager and Development direct implement a marketing program that builds on the Museum’s reputation as a major regional cultural center.
  10. Serve as museum spokesperson to the local community, the media, and the regional heritage community.
  11. Oversee Shenandoah restoration process and related collections management strategies.
  12. Build and maintain close ties with constituents important to the future of the Museum including elected officials, state and local grant agencies, tourism officials and businesses, and current and potential donors.
  13. Executive Director should exhibit leadership skills that foster good morale and cooperation between staff, volunteers, and board.
  1. Lead regular strategic planning and execute goals outlined in the plans;
  2. Work with the Museum Manager, Marketing and Events Coordinator, and Office Manager to implement and review fundraising goals and strategies;
  3. Meet or exceed departmental fundraising goals approved by the Board of Directors;
  4. Design and manage annual fundraising campaign, maintaining a close, positive working relationship with the Marketing and Events Coordinator;
  5. Manage fundraising event goals and objectives by working closely with the Events Coordinator;
  6. Design and implement development initiatives, including annual fund campaigns, foundation and government grants, corporate gifts, fundraising events, and planned giving and membership programs in support of mission-aligned programs and projects;
  7. Conduct frequent face-to-face visits to develop pipeline of giving;
  8. Identify and secure new funding sources from private and public sources;
  9. Assist in developing a new legacy society for planned and deferred giving support of the museum
  10. Support the Grant Writer to identify grant opportunities and to maintain the Museum’s positive relationship with granting agencies. Conduct final edit of all grant applications and reports;
  11. Identify and secure sources for exhibition and event sponsorship;
  12. Work with the Office Manager to maintain accurate prospect and cultivation records in a sophisticated relational database;
  1. Oversight of the Marketing and Events Coordinator to design and implement a public relations strategy, including the use of social media campaigns;
  2. Consistently demonstrate excellent communication, effective listening, and a broad base of impressive interpersonal skills;
  3. Consistently display excellent verbal, writing, and editing skills;
  4. Demonstrate strong public speaking skills and the ability to craft persuasive oral and written presentations.

Development Director, Programs and Exhibits Manager, Office Manager

  • BA or equivalent 5+ years of relevant experience non-profit management or business management;
  • Experience in upper level development or management in a museum setting or equivalent.
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends on occasion.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Strategic planning and executive experience.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to represent the Museum well to a variety of groups.
  • Energetic and self-motivated team player.
  • Results oriented with clear sense of purpose of vision
  • Expert in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficient in PC platform.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Excellent work ethic and time management
  • Must display integrity and trust as this position is very visible within the community of Gig Harbor
  • Positive attitude to work with a great team!
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This job posted by MERC from July 7 through October 6.

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.

The last update to this page was 8-27-15.