Director Positions

Executive Director
Foothills Art Center
Golden, Colorado, USA

Leadership Opportunity – Executive Director

Foothills Art Center, the first community arts center in the Golden and Jefferson County area, was founded in 1968 by Golden community watercolor artists.

Foothills Art Center seeks innovation and excellence in an artistic program that focuses on fine craft and design. Through its exhibitions and education programs, Foothills Art Center challenges the distinctions traditionally made between fine art and craft and emphasizes the ideas behind the artwork rather than following strict media categories.

An average of 15,000 - 20,000 visitors come through our doors each year. These visitors generate an estimated $1.33 million to the artists by supporting their livelihood through promotion of their work in exhibition spaces, our gift gallery and studios. We also conduct more than $250,000 in transactions for consignment sales and contracts for workshops and summer camps.

Foothills Art Center employs nine staff and engages over 100 volunteers who donate thousands of hours each year to support our mission. With an operating budget of more than $750,000, Foothills Art Center supports businesses throughout the community and region.

Our vision is to present a dynamic program of exhibitions, installations, and publications acknowledged regionally for their excellence. Foothills Art Center will be recognized as a vibrant institution that is embraced as an indispensable element of community life and a vital educational resource for an expanding audience.

Executive Director Position Overview
The Foothills Art Center is well positioned for growth and improvements in its programs. The Board of Foothills Art Center now seeks an experienced, visionary Executive Director who can lead the organization through its next chapter of development and impact. We feel this is an exciting opportunity and a chance to make a significant contribution to the organization and the community.

The Executive Director has a critical role in establishing the vision and strategic planning needed to achieve short and long term goals for the Foothills Art Center. He or she collaborates with key stakeholders including the Board of Directors, staff, consultants, members, donors, artists, businesses and community leaders. The Executive Director works with the Board to sustain Foothills Art Center through careful planning for fundraising, programming, and financial reporting and is the primary spokesperson for the organization.
The Executive Director oversees operations and delegates responsibilities to staff appropriately. Qualifications
We seek an experienced, talented, results-minded leader who understands and values the visual arts. Specific qualifications include the following:

Commitment to Mission
  • Authentic commitment to and knowledge of the arts, especially fine craft, through exhibitions and education programs in a community setting. Direct experience in managing arts organizations preferred.
  • Understands the relationship between fine craft, education, entrepreneurship, and business development.
  • Understands the role of enterprise in an arts and nonprofit organization.
  • Desires to participate in the cultural landscape and to advocate for increasing the influence of art in the community through vehicles such as arts districts and cultural alliances.
  • Passion to advocate for the arts in community, business, government and educational settings.
  • Proven experience in building and maintaining strong relationships with community members and able to create alignment between community and organization interests.
  • Knowledge of building and delivering effective arts education programs preferred.
  • Available for extended hours including exhibition and Holiday Art Market previews (five per year), early morning meetings for monthly Downtown Merchants Association and Visit Golden, and networking opportunities with business and civic organizations.
Leadership and Management Skills
  • Minimum seven years’ experience in a leadership role with a nonprofit or private sector organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise money from individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources. Strong business acumen and experience in driving business results.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic vision for an organization.
  • Experience with engaging relevant stakeholders in an organization’s vision including donors, members, volunteers, and artists.
  • Experience with capital campaign management desired.
  • Ability to lead an organization and develop board members, staff, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and developing staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, effective relationships with community members.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, plan, direct, and coordinate operations.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to work extended hours, evenings and weekends and to handle administrative tasks.
Additional Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred.
  • Agile with a wide variety of software including standard office and presentation functions, fundraising, communications, social media, point of sale, and accounting software.
We are looking for an executive who knows how to lead organizations to achieve their potential, who values community connections, and who can work collaboratively with board and staff members. We value people who are creative, committed, diligent, and passionate about our work. A sense of humor and a teamwork orientation are important hallmarks of our culture.

Detailed information about job responsibilities can be found in the Executive Director Job Description posted on our website:

How to Apply
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for this role by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at All applications are to be submitted electronically.

Foothills Art Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from November 13 through February 14.

Charleston Marine Life Center,
Charleston, Oregon, USA

The University of Oregon seeks a Director for the Charleston Marine Life Center, a newly built museum, aquarium and outreach center located on the campus of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston Oregon. This is a fixed term, 12 month, officer of administration appointment.

Essential functions
The Director of the Charleston Marine Life Center (CMLC) oversees the day to day management of the CMLC’s operation, budget and finance, plans the design and presentation of formal and informal education programs and exhibits, using current museum-based pedagogy and free-choice learning to assure that the CMLC is effective in reaching its target audiences.  The Director coordinates and supervises volunteers and interns, supervises any CMLC employees, raises funds for CMLC improvements and maintenance, and spearheads community outreach and K-12 education programs for the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB).

Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters or Ph.D. in Biology, Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, or a related field. 
  • 2 or more years of supervisory and budgetary experience.
  • 3 or more years experience with developing and presenting educational programs, outreach products, and exhibits that reach formal and informal audiences.
  • At least one year of experience working with volunteers and interns.
Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated fund raising and/or grant writing experience. 
  • Management or curatorial experience in a natural history museum or public aquarium.
  • Familiarity with the latest literature on museum-based pedagogy, free-choice learning and related fields to ensure that the CMLC is effective in reaching its target audience.
  • Experience with web-site design (e.g. Wordpress), photography and computer graphics. 
  • Experience working with community organizations, including K-12 schools.
Position is subject to criminal background check.

See announcement at for complete description of position and application procedures.

The UO is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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This job posted by MERC from November 9 through February 10.

Deputy Director
African American Museum of Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

The African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) is seeking an innovative, inspiring and bold leader to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the museum. To work with the Executive Director to grow the museum’s impact and capacity to serve the community long-term. The successful candidate for this position should demonstrate a passion for preserving and sharing the history and cultural heritage of the African American community in Iowa and beyond. Combining key elements of education, collaboration, community participation, marketing and membership, event and program management and museum exhibit conceptualization and realization make this an outstanding opportunity for motivated candidates. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead the staff in the management of all daily museum operations.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of museum exhibits, educational outreach programs and events.
  • Oversee museum operating funds and manage fundraising efforts from multiple sources, including but not limited to general museum membership, granting entities, corporations and individuals.
  • Professionally represent the Museum in public circles.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, management or a related field or equivalency of education and experience.
  • 3-5 years of administrative experience, including program coordination, leadership and financial management.
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships with diverse community partners and engagement with African American culture, educational programming and history.
  • A Cedar Rapids community presence is required to establish community relations.
  • Travel required 20% of time within Iowa.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience in the execution of fund development programs in the non-profit sector,
  • 1-3 years of supervision of a diverse staff and/or volunteers
  • 3-5 years of museum management or related work in the field, preferred
  • Previous work with or participation on a Board of Directors a plus
The application deadline is November 25, 2015. Anticipated start date is February 1, 2016. Website is

To apply send your resume along with a letter of interest to Application materials can also be mailed to:

African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI)
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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This job posted by MERC from November 3 through November 25.

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (Bernheim) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief Operating Officer. The COO reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Senior Management Team charged with facilitating day-to-day operational activities across seven departments, fulfilling strategic initiatives, as well as, short- and long-term delivery of the Bernheim mission. She or he will be a team leader who delivers sustainable results with a flexible, supportive, creative and entrepreneurial style.

A well qualified candidate will have at least: 5 years of management experience; the benefits of a full range of business and project management experience; be a natural facilitator and problem solver who has excellent communications skills and enjoys developing systems and tracking data to assist each Bernheim team member in producing desirable outcomes, efficiencies and performance.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a 501 c-3 organization located on 14,513 acres just south of Louisville, Kentucky, dedicated to the mission of “Connecting People with Nature.”

For more details see or contact Lorie Messer, Human Resources Assistant at

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This job posted by MERC from October 28 through January 30.

Executive Director
Stonewall National Museum & Archives
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

The Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, seeks an experienced museum and/or fundraising professional who will provide visionary and energetic leadership, will further develop SNMA as the premiere American LGBT museum and archive with a prominent national presence, and will provide overall direction for the Stonewall National Education Project and the Stonewall Library and Gallery. The ED currently directs and manages 2 full-time and 1 part-time staff members, 3 seasoned and expert volunteers in the Library, Archives, Museum and Gallery and indirectly supervises the work of more than 100 volunteers. The ED manages and stewards an annual operating budget in excess of $600K. Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a proven track record of creative management and leadership in program expansion and development, ideally in museum work; significant successful experience in fund-raising in the not-for-profit sector; familiarity with designing and delivering educational programs; and must possess a passion for preserving and celebrating the proud history and culture of the national LGBT community. Demonstrated proficiency with the technology to support fund-raising, museum/collections management, and administrative efficiencies as well as with digital media and on-line availability of research materials is desirable. Salary: highly competitive and commensurate with experience. Application review: begins immediately and continues until filled. Desired start date: December 1, 2015. Go to to learn more about SNMA and the application process.

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This job posted by MERC from September 15 through December 1.

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.

Applications are accepted online at:

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

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