Director Positions

Executive Director
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
Cazenovia, New York, USA

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, located in the town of Cazenovia, New York, is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. As chief advocate for the Art Park, the Executive Director will provide innovative leadership to further the mission and vision of the organization. Working with the support of a committed Board of Directors, the Executive Director will prioritize long and short-term goals, establish policies, develop plans, and undertake programs.

The Executive Director is responsible for guiding the successful operation of the programs and landscape of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. This includes on-going development and day-to-day oversight of the diverse programs, the integration of landscape and art, marketing, community relations, and fiscal and personnel management.
  • Fundraising and Revenue Generation – Developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to expand the funding base and sustain organizational growth including sponsors, donors, members, and grant support from individuals, corporations, government agencies, and/or foundations; leading fundraising efforts including annual appeals, capital campaigns, and events.
  • Artistic Direction – Curating the landscape as an integral part of the artistic vision; selecting artists-in-residence; recommending the acquisition/de-accession of sculpture; developing exhibitions, events, and programming consistent with the Art Park’s master plan, values, and mission.
  • Management and Administration – Overseeing the management and execution of the Art Park’s operations and programs; delegating appropriate activities and authority to staff (site manager, visitor services/site promotion coordinator and one seasonal building/grounds staff member); preparing and directing Board involvement on key issues; ensuring fiscal health of the Art Park by preparing annual budgets and income strategies; maintaining adequate fiscal and accounting controls; timely reporting to the Board on financial status of the organization; conducting annual performance evaluations.
  • Communications and Community Relations – Clearly articulating the mission and vision of the Art Park and its value to the community; expanding the scope of engagement and outreach of the Art Park to diverse communities; building networks and nurturing collaborations with other non-profit and cultural organizations, regional partners, schools, and institutions; developing effective strategies for public outreach through various media at the local, regional, and national scale.
Characteristics and Qualifications
The Executive Director will demonstrate effective leadership with a commitment to mission of integrating art and landscape at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker able to transform vision and ideas into engaging programs and valued place. This individual will demonstrate flexibility and creativity in relation to the challenges of leading an organization. This person should have strong interpersonal communications skills with the ability to interact effectively with the Board and general public, and serve as a compelling spokesperson able to articulate the mission and vision of the organization to diverse audiences. Because of the varied nature of the programs, the Executive Director must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including direction of outdoor activities during each season of the year, as well as certain weekends and evenings for special events, community engagement, and networking.

Candidates for this position will have a degree in Arts, Arts Education, or Museum Studies or equivalent experience in non-for-profit management and operations. The position requires proficiency in computer and technology skills necessary for managing information, communications, and public presentations. Candidates will have a record of increasing responsibilities for managerial, administrative, and collaborative efforts. Demonstrated fundraising experience is important. Experience in leading a cultural non-for-profit organization is also preferred.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park


Inspired by the relationship between art and nature, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park seeks to educate and engage the public through its exhibitions, collections, interpretation, and community outreach program in the arts. Set among 104 acres of conserved land and groomed trails, the Art Park is dedicated to providing a unique environment for showcasing art by emerging and established artists, in natural and gallery settings.


For over 25 years, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has developed a regional and national reputation as a place for innovative programs that engage the relationship between art and landscape. It showcases contemporary artwork from emerging and established artists in outdoor and indoor settings through its Outdoor Exhibiting Artist and Juried Exhibition programs. Outdoor exhibitions feature site-specific work created and installed through the Artists-in-Residence programs. Opportunities for artists include formal residency positions, fellowships, affordable studio rental, artist-led workshops, and juried gallery exhibitions. The Art Park strives to support artists at any point in their career and from a variety of backgrounds, abilities, and interests.


Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is a place where art, landscape and people connect. Situated at the northern edge of the Appalachian Plateau, the views from the hilltop extend beyond the Village of Cazenovia and Oneida Lake out across the Ontario plain. Within the park there are over 100 acres of fields and forests, hedgerows, wildflower meadows, wetlands, ponds, and other habitats. All this serves as setting, as well as subject and material, for artists creating works that engage the landscape. Approximately 75 sculptures are currently installed throughout the Park. The facilities, including the Artists’ Lodge, Studio, John & Virginia Winner Gallery, pavilion, and Art Barn, have all evolved in response to the unique character of the place and the diverse programs of the Art Park. The Hilltop House and Studio at the center of the Art Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant example of mid-twentieth century modernism.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park overlooks Cazenovia Lake and Village of Cazenovia, an historic community twenty miles east of the city of Syracuse in Central New York. Situated near the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Adirondack Mountains, as well as accessible to New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto, the area offers a diversity of natural and cultural opportunities.

Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted to Kelli Johnson, Interim Executive Director at:

For inquires related to the search, contact Matt Potteiger, Chair of the Search Committee, at or via phone at 315-427-9208.

Include in your application:
  • C.V. or resume
  • A narrative description of your background, interests, and qualifications for the position. Include a brief discussion of what would see as the opportunities of integrating art and landscape at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Please keep your response to approximately three pages in total.
  • A list of at least three references with addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Please indicate your relationship to each person on this list.
Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by May 21, 2018, to assure optimal consideration. Interviews are anticipated in June of 2018 with a negotiable Summer 2018 start date.

A competitive salary and benefits will be provided.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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This job posted by MERC from March 30 through June 30.

Curator of Historic Structures
City of Riverside
Riverside, California, USA

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of CURATOR OF HISTORIC STRUCTURES* to fill one (1) vacancy in the RIVERSIDE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

The Curator of Historic Structures is responsible for management of and programming for three historic houses. The Victorian-era Heritage House is the only property currently open to the public. The Harada House and Robinson House are in the midst of fact-finding studies and fundraising efforts in advance of restoration. The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is also embarking upon an exciting project to renovate its main downtown museum. The successful candidate for the position of Curator of Historic Structures will be an individual with a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, a can-do attitude, scholarly integrity, and the desire to be part of the team who will effect momentous change for the institution.


Recruitment Guidelines:
Education: Equivalent to a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in museology, history, art history, anthropology, archaeology, or a closely related field of specialization. Three years' experience in the field and the interest to pursue graduate studies may substitute for the partial fulfillment of the Master's Degree requirement.

Experience: One year of experience in the collection, preservation, interpretation, presentation of materials for Museum exhibitions and provision of public access to collections.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience in the maintenance and management concerns that are particular to historic houses.
  • Minimum of three years' relevant curatorial experience.
  • Experience in the collection, interpretation, and presentation of materials for museum exhibitions and public programs.
  • Knowledgeable in American material culture history, the principles of historic preservation, and contemporary museum practices.
  • Experience with PastPerfect and/or Argus.
  • Proficient in computer programs such as the Office suite, basic graphic design programs, and collections management software.
  • Experience in training docents.

How to Apply:

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This job posted by MERC from March 15 through June 15.

Museum of History Director
El Paso History Museum
El Paso, Texas, USA

The City of El Paso is recruiting nationally for an experienced, hands-on, and high-energy Museum of History Director to plan and implement exceptional exhibitions, educational experiences, and public programs. The Director oversees a budget of approximately $1 million dollars with a dedicated, creative staff of 12 full-time employees. Reporting to the Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the next Director will assist the advisory board in developing and implementing plans for American Alliance of Museums accreditation. This position requires a Master’s degree and 6 years of museum exhibit development or design, curatorial experience, or museum education experience, which includes 4 years of supervisory experience. Review of resumes begins April 16, 2018. Email compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, salary history, and six professional references to Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Robert Burg, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at

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This job posted by MERC from March 8 through June 8.

Executive Director
Mass Humanities
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

Mass Humanities is seeking an Executive Director to spearhead public humanities engagement with educational, cultural, government, business, and nonprofit leaders throughout the Commonwealth.  The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate for the humanities and their relevance to contemporary life, a highly persuasive public communicator, and a proven leader and organizational manager.

Mass Humanities uses history, literature, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines to enhance civic life and enrich public discourse across Massachusetts. Established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is an independent programming and grant-making organization that receives support from NEH, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and private sources.

Mass Humanities:
  • Advocates for the public humanities, for humanities institutions, and for the incorporation of humanities values in the public square;
  • Serves as a funder, facilitator and catalyst for projects that bring the humanities to life especially in underserved communities;
  • Encourages collaboration between humanities institutions and other organizations (hospitals, social service agencies, prisons, libraries, businesses, schools, etc.);
  • Uses the media to increase awareness of the humanities and to encourage civic discourse;
  • Informs those who make and implement public policy in Massachusetts; and
  • Expands the power and pleasure of the humanities by engaging larger and more diverse audiences that cross social, cultural, and economic divides.
In these days of global transition, the humanities are often undervalued yet increasingly vital to resolving our common predicaments and strengthening discourse among diverse communities. At the same time, the means by which the public engages with the humanities is dramatically changing. Mass Humanities seeks an Executive Director who embraces these challenges, can build on its solid and award-winning history, and will lead the organization and represent its values confidently into the future.

Mass Humanities (formally known as the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy Inc.) is governed by a volunteer board of 25 directors, including six Governor-appointees, who reflect the social and geographic diversity of Massachusetts. There is a staff of 10 highly skilled individuals and an annual budget of approximately $2 million. For more information, please visit our website:

The Position

As the chief executive, the Executive Director is delegated the authority by the board to lead Mass Humanities in the following key areas:

Vision, mission and strategies
  • Works closely with the Board in the development of the strategic vision and mission; and
  • Works with staff to translate strategic planning into realistic goals and actions.
External relations
  • Maintains productive relationships with federal, state, and private entities;
  • Advocates and communicates to advance Mass Humanities’ mission with public, educational and cultural institutions, public officials, and leadership of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors; and
  • Creates and maintains innovative partnerships.
  • Assumes a leadership role in diversifying funding sources and raising funds from federal, state and private sources, including personally “making asks;” and
  • Works with Board and staff to meet Mass Humanities’ fundraising needs.
Management and Operations
  • Hires and evaluates qualified staff and models effective performance;
  • Builds morale among staff and volunteers;
  • Has a clear understanding of current and future financial resources needed to realize the mission;
  • Submits an annual plan, budget, financial reports and audit for Board review and approval; and
  • Oversees day-to-day operations and ensures that appropriate systems are in place, including accounting, risk management, human resources, legal requirements and technology.
  • Works with staff to create and support meaningful public humanities-based programming;
  • Maintains substantive knowledge of Mass Humanities’ programs and services;
  • Sets high standards of quality and ensures the efficiency and effectiveness of programs; and
  • Recommends new programs and modifications to existing programming to the Board.
Board relations
  • Understands the role of the Board and its leadership expectations of the Executive Director;
  • Updates the Board on all material developments concerning Mass Humanities; and
  • Effectively partners with the Board to develop appropriate policies and to recruit Board candidates.
Experience and Attributes Desired
  • Demonstrated passion and vision for public humanities;
  • Knowledge of and insight into the current direction of humanities scholarship;
  • Ability to creatively engage current issues;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including experience as a public spokesperson;
  • Cultivation of partnerships and collaborations with constituencies;
  • Proven track record in grant making as well as in fundraising;
  • Experience creating, financing, managing and evaluating core programs to reach broad audiences;
  • Demonstrated effective staff management and organizational leadership;
  • Inspiring leadership style;
  • Entrepreneurial bent, with the ability to think strategically and analytically; and
  • Experience working effectively with a volunteer board of directors.
To apply in confidence: Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Egmont at Egmont Associates,

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This job posted by MERC from February 16 through May 16.

The last update to this page was 4-19-18.