Director Positions

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts - Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts seeks to appoint an accomplished, visionary and entrepreneurial leader as the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. The Director will manage the artistic goals and long-range vision of the CCVA. The successful candidate will curate up to six exhibitions per year, and will develop public cultural programming, lecture series, workshops and artists’ talks. The Director is expected to attract a broad public audience and provide a dynamic forum for artistic exploration.

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is housed alongside the Visual and Environmental Studies Department in the only Le Corbusier structure designed and built in North America. The Director of the CCVA will manage and balance the vision of the CCVA with curricular demands on the building, including visiting faculty and senior thesis exhibitions. It is anticipated that the Director will hold a concurrent teaching appointment and will actively participate in teaching departmental courses. He/she will foster collaborative relationships within Harvard as well as the larger arts community. This position will collaborate with other Harvard Museums as well as academic departments, and encourage connections between academics and artists.

The Director reports to the Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and will have full artistic authority and responsibility as Director of the CCVA. The Director is also responsible for supervising two staff members: The Exhibition Manager and the Program Manager.

The Director is expected to cultivate donors and to work closely with Institutional Advancement to secure future funding. This position also conducts outreach to individuals, foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies in order to secure funds for exhibitions, cultural programs , and publications in alignment with departmental priorities. This includes but is not limited to working with Research Administrative Services and Offices of Sponsored Research.

Basic Qualifications:
Advanced degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies or related field, or equivalent scholarship demonstrated through publication; Minimum of 7 years progressively responsible curatorial experience; Experience managing staff; Experience in managing budgets.

Additional Qualifications:Excellent interpersonal skills working with a diverse population; Ability to influence others and to build relationships with people at all levels of the organization; Grant experience preferred; Teaching experience optional.

Additional Information:
Applicants for the position should send a cover letter, documentation of past curatorial work (PDFs preferred), curriculum vitae, syllabi, and other appropriate support materials by January 13, 2017. Apply online at (Auto Req ID 40855BR).

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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This job posted by MERC from November 22 through January 13.

Roscoe Village Foundation
Coshocton Ohio, USA

The Roscoe Village Foundation, a private 501c3 non-profit organization is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director. Roscoe Village Foundation operates the Roscoe Village Foundation in Coshocton, Ohio.

Roscoe Village, a restored Ohio and Erie Canal Town dating to the 1830s, is one of Ohio’s premier cultural heritage attractions drawing over 250,000 visitors per year to take the living history tour, enjoy the beautiful gardens and experience the unique, privately owned shopping and dining establishments located in the Village.

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Roscoe Village Foundation is seeking an individual with commitment to quality cultural heritage programming, visionary leadership, and strong administrative skills.

The chosen candidate will be able to connect Historic Roscoe Village to the local community, tourists and visitors, and the regional and national bodies that support the preservation and interpretation of American cultural heritage.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Education, Museum Studies, Administration/Management or a related field and at least three years of related experience.

The Director will report to the Board of Trustees of the Roscoe Village Foundation and will serve as the chief executive officer with full revenue and expense responsibility including the development of the annual budgets, financial planning and reporting, and fund-raising activities.

The director will oversee a diverse staff including education, marketing and maintenance personnel.

The Director will:
  • Provide the vision, leadership, and operation skills needed for the organization to reach new levels of growth and prominence locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Be responsible for developing Historic Roscoe Village’s cultural and education programs.
  • Be responsible for developing marketing strategies that will increase public awareness of Historic Roscoe Village.
  • Be responsible for implementing a full development program which includes revenue from visitors, members, grants, and support from local foundations.
  • Be responsible for staff development, management and supervision.
  • Be responsible for community relations including the businesses and organizations present in Roscoe Village as well as the wider community of Coshocton County.
  • Be responsible for maintaining the highest guest service standards and the integrity of the stated mission of the Foundation.
  • Be responsible for the long-term preservation and maintenance of the RVF's physical assets including buildings, grounds and artifacts.
Salary is commensurate with experience.

Compensation includes a full benefits package.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter (including salary requirements) by Dec. 5th, 2016 (postmarked):

Director Search Committee
Roscoe Village Foundation
600 N. Whitewoman St.
Coshocton, Ohio 43812

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This job posted by MERC from November 22 through December 1.

Executive Director
Los Altos History Museum
Los Altos, California, USA


The Executive Director (ED) provides inspirational leadership to engage and motivate Los Altos History Museum staff, board, volunteers, and the broader community.  Most importantly, the ED understands and demonstrates a passionate appreciation of the museum’s role as an active community cultural and educational resource. 

The ED role includes five primary areas of responsibility:  1)  leadership and management; 2)  development and fundraising; 3)  programs; 4)  communications; and 5) internal operations.  The ED works under the direction of the Board of Directors (BOD) and in concert with the Board President and Board Committees to carry out the Museum’s mission: History inspires imagination, stimulates thought and transforms society.  The Los Altos History Museum (LAHM) preserves and shares our local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future. 

Leadership and Management

Work closely with the Board to set a strategic vision, to identify priorities and goals, and to monitor the progress towards achieving those priorities and goals.
  • Ensure that processes are in place to evaluate the impact of Museum programs, services, and operations; make improvements when appropriate, and identify new solutions to meet changing needs.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, as well as committee chairs and other volunteers to help the committees accomplish their objectives, while adhering to LAHM policies and strategic vision.
  • Provide operational support for Board projects and serve as primary liaison between Board and staff.
  • Collaborate with other organizations that share common community goals and seek new opportunities to expand such collaborations.
  • Hire staff based upon the identified priorities and goals approved by the Board of Directors
Development and Fundraising

As the museum’s leading development executive, the Executive Director is responsible to ensure a sustainable financial base for the museum including the establishment of strategies, plans and goals, donor cultivation, stewardship and recognition.
  • Work closely with the Board to advance donor relations and to develop and to implement effective fundraising efforts.
  • Conduct ongoing grant research opportunities and writing of grant applications to foundations, corporations, and community organizations; submit required progress reports to those organizations. 
  • Develop a strategy for the Annual Campaign, including the Impact Report and appeal letters.  Provide the necessary research and leadership in anticipation of a capital campaign.
  • Coordinate solicitation of major gifts from individuals and event sponsorships.
  • Coordinate staff support for museum fundraising events and educational/cultural programs. 

Provide leadership and guidance to staff and volunteers related to the strategic direction and management of museums programs.
  • Oversee Exhibit staff and the Program Committee to ensure delivery of high-quality programs and services that are aligned with the organization’s mission and core values. 

Oversee the creation and implementation of marketing strategies to strengthen community perception and support.
  • Develop a communications plan for print and electronic communications (newsletter, email blasts, brochures, advertisements), etc. as well as oversee the management of the website, social media and other public outreach. 
Internal Operations Management

Responsible for all the internal operations of the museum.
  • Work with the Finance Committee and the Board to prepare an annual budget to ensure that the organization works within the budget guidelines.  Help evaluate budget needs and controls.
  • Oversee facilities rentals to ensure rentals remain a viable source of funding.
  • Work with the Facilities Committee to develop an annual Facilities Maintenance schedule to ensure repair and maintenance of all LAHM structures, trees and gardens on the property.  Maintain a relationship with the City Manager of Los Altos to help ensure timely attention to maintenance requests.
  • Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations. 
  • Work with the Finance Committee to present current and accurate Financial Reports to the Board at monthly Board meetings.
  • Oversee on-time completion of all financial and tax forms.
  • Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 
  • MA in Museum Studies or equivalent museum field.  At least 5 years of senior management experience in a leadership role, ideally with volunteer-based nonprofit organizations.
  • Proven fundraising leadership experience preferably with annual appeals and capital campaigns.
  • Experience in property management facility rentals preferred.
  • Community outreach and public relations knowledge experience.
  • Proven ability to work harmoniously and productively with staff and volunteers.
  • Financial management skills to efficiently operate the Museum.
  • Strong operational skills with ability to handle multiple simultaneous tasks.
  • Knowledge of state and federal employment regulations.
  • Strong interest in the trends and opportunities within the Museum field.
  • Eagerness to work with others about the mission of LAHM.
Reporting to the Board president and executive board.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Marilyn Henderson
Board President
Los Altos History Museum
51 South San Antonio Rd.
Los Altos, CA 94022

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No telephone inquiries please.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
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This job posted by MERC from November 8 through February 7.

Director of Development
Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks a Director of Development to lead its comprehensive fund-raising program, ensure the stewardship of donors, and actively build and manage a growing department. The ideal candidate will have highly developed management ability, a proven track record in identifying, and cultivating high-level individuals for major gifts, creative ideas for corporate partnerships, and events and a have knowledge of planned giving. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are essential as well as strong computer and database skills; meticulous attention to detail; and with knowledge of the Nantucket Community preferred. Candidates with management experience in sales, marketing and relationship management in a business environment are also encouraged to apply. The Association offers a competitive salary and benefits program. Cover letter and names of three references should be submitted with a resume to Rebecca Miller, Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554 or

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from October 20 through January 19.

Seacoast Science Center
Rye, New Hampshire, USA

The Seacoast Science Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3), science learning center located within Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire. The Center has existed as a non-profit since 1992 led by its founding president, Wendy Lull. The Center is well-positioned for its future, having a stable financial position, a dedicated professional staff of 17, member and volunteer support, and is governed by a committed board of directors.

Located on New Hampshire’s seacoast, the Center is a regionally respected marine science education organization. The Center remains open throughout the year, and serves 80,000 visitors annually, including approximately 26,000 students. Through programs, exhibits, and marine mammal rescue, the Seacoast Science Center teaches people, from toddlers to grandparents, why a healthy ocean matters, and advances science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The Center also serves as the Park’s visitor/interpretive center.
Additionally, since 2014, the Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team (MMRT) has been authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service to lead New Hampshire’s marine mammal rescue effort. MMRT responds to more than 70 cases per year, mainly involving seals, and in 2016, led a coordinated response by government and non-profit organizations following the beaching of a deceased adult humpback whale.
As an officer of the Seacoast Science Center, the President sets the strategic direction for the institution and is its principal external representative. The President is responsible for developing plans and initiatives to meet the Center’s financial needs and advance its mission. The President is also the management liaison to the Board of Directors and is an ex-officio member of the Board. The President signs all contracts, leases, deeds, mortgages, and other instruments on behalf of the Corporation.

The next President will be offered the opportunity to not only lead the Center and continue its mission, but further its growth and extend its impact. Having recently completed a business plan, the new President will work with the Board of Directors to construct and implement a strategic plan.

Candidate requirements include a history of progressively responsible leadership experience in museums, science education, or placed-based education institutions, and an advanced degree in a related field of study. The ideal candidate must have non-profit management experience, a keen understanding of the Center’s mission, and successful background in cultivation of relationships that result in major gifts, foundation or federal grants, corporate sponsorship or other forms of philanthropic support. The successful candidate must also be an effective advocate for the organization with diverse groups: public, community, corporate, academic, and political. Accordingly, superior verbal and written communication skills are required. The successful candidate must possess the ability to lead groups in outdoor program settings, including moderate hiking on trails and the rocky shore. A willingness to get your hands wet is a must, and the ability to interpret natural science and/or coastal environmental history is preferred.

To nominate a potential candidate, please contact Allan Waterfield at or (603) 436-8043, ext. 22.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Search Committee, Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye NH 03870 or email (preferred) to

The search committee will start reviewing applications on October 24, 2016.

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This job posted by MERC from September 23 through December 23.

Smithsonian Institution - National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, USA

The position serves as Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM), with responsibility for the overall planning, direction, and management of all programs and activities of the Museum. The Museum stewards the nation’s foremost stamp collection and is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history as it pertains to the history of American postal operations and philately using exhibitions, educational public and online programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors, post office employees and retirees and visitors from around the world. The Museum develops collaborative programs and activities with other Smithsonian and U.S. museums and maintains relations with the postal museums of other countries on a national level. The Museum is served by a Smithsonian-U.S. Postal Service Coordinating Committee, a Council of Philatelists and an Advisory Council. The Director is appointed by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and reports on all matters relating to NPM through the Smithsonian’s Provost/Under Secretary for Museums & Research.

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When crafting your cover letter and/or resume, please provide detailed information on your background and experience in the following areas: entrepreneurial instincts and coalition building; management; fundraising; and philately and/or postal history expertise, familiarity or interest.

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This job posted by MERC from September 21 through December 21.

Executive Director
American Research Center in Egypt
Washington, DC, USA

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has promoted the study of Egypt’s cultural history by thousands of Americans over the last 66 years. With the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities (MOA), over 75 projects of monument conservation and specialized training have been completed and over 750 Egyptian archaeologists and conservators have been trained in preserving Egyptian culture. ARCE is accepting applications for an Executive Director to be based in Washington, D.C.

ARCE is looking for a senior leader who understands the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of and advancing research into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Executive Director will provide vision and steady leadership to increase public awareness of and financial support for ARCE’s mission. S/he will work closely with a U.S.-based Board of Governors and an Egypt-based Cairo Director to steer ARCE to be the leading global force in facilitating research and collaborative partnerships in Egypt. The Executive Director will take responsibility for ARCE’s strategic, programmatic, financial, and development operations, ensuring that the organization achieves the goals of its Strategic Plan in a fiscally responsible manner. Under the ED’s leadership, ARCE will expand its potential for U.S. growth through direct cultivation of regional U.S. chapters, research-supporting members, individual members, and donors.

The ideal Executive Director will have:
  • Ten years of nonprofit, government, or business experience, with at least five of them in a leadership role; experience in a membership-based organization is preferable.
  • Knowledge and cultural understanding of Egypt and/or the Middle East region and passion for the advancement of research on Egyptian history and culture is necessary.
  • Background in museum, cultural, or academic institutions is desirable.
  • Proven record of hiring, mentoring, and supervising a collaborative and mutually respectful team to achieve a high level of performance and exceed strategic goals.
  • Firm knowledge of long-range planning, budgeting, accounting, and financial management.
  • Open, honest, and thorough communication skills necessary to coordinate with people across both difference and geographical distance.
  • Proven experience as a relationship builder; existing high-level relationships in the cultural and/or international sectors are desirable.
  • Direct experience cultivating high-level donors and/or investors and soliciting funds.
  • Master’s or higher degree is required.
DRi is leading this search for ARCE. For more information about the position, please see Submit all inquiries and applications to Please be sure that emails state where you learned of the opening.

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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through December 13.

The last update to this page was 11-22-16.