Job Opening – Executive Director (11/2011)
LaGrange Art Museum
The LaGrange Art Museum is seeking applications for a full-time Executive Director for its historic and vital mission. Founded in 1963 and occupying a historic community building dating from the late 1800’s, the facility has become one of the area’s most significant cultural centers. LaGrange Art Museum is committed to arts education, outreach programs, several significant exhibitions annually of both historical and contemporary significance. The museum’s permanent collection includes work by artists of national and international reputation including works by notable Southern artists.
The Executive Director will manage staff and resources, oversee the preparation and implementation of the annual budgets, raise funds from public and private sources, cultivate partnerships with other public and private entities, do extensive public speaking and professional presentations and participate in the life of the LaGrange area community by participating in civic, business and cultural activities which benefit the Museum.
The person we seek will have a demonstrated track record of influencing others to action and creating excitement about the vision. Prior success in fundraising for major gifts, acquiring and promoting desired exhibitions and attracting corporate sponsors is preferred. An ability to develop strong relationships with business, community and elected leaders must be demonstrated. We seek a leader who is an exceptional communicator and listener internally and externally, whose passion for the purpose is clearly evident by his or her ability to clearly and enthusiastically articulates the vision of LAM.
The Executive Director also has ultimate responsibility for the works of art owned by or lent to the museum, including jurisdiction over their acquisition, exhibition, preservation, study and interpretation.
Advanced degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies or Arts Administration.
Candidates should have an established record of:
• Being a curator for exhibitions and managing a contemporary art museum.
• Successful experience in a similar role with a non-profit art or cultural organization.
• Successful fundraising for exhibitions, endowment and public programs.
• Managing personnel and finances.
• Reaching out to philanthropic, political, and other stakeholder groups.
Interested parties shall e-mail a confidential letter of interest and a professional vitae to Jeff Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.