Director Positions

Museum Director
The Museum of Western Art
Kerrville, Texas, USA

The Board of Directors is conducting a search of a dynamic Museum Director to lead The Museum of Western Art located in the Texas hill country at Kerrville, Texas.

This person would become an expert in understanding the museum’s mission and collection. With this expertise, the Director leads and manages the museum to include planning, organizing, staffing, fund raising, and directing the museum, its collection, events, and physical plant. The position requires someone with strong business experience and proven skills in running a profitable business. Prior museum experience is helpful.

The Museum of Western Art in the Texas Hill Country is dedicated to excellence in the collection, preservation, and promotion of Western Heritage and the education and cultural enrichment of our diverse audiences

The Museum of Western Art is located in Kerrville, Texas, only a short drive from San Antonio. It sits on prime real estate in the heart of the famed Texas Hill Country. This outstanding facility provides the opportunity for one-and-all to relive Western heritage through great Western art.

The Museum of Western Art opened on April 23, 1983, and was first known as the Cowboy Artists of America Museum. In the years since, thousands of visitors have walked the Museum galleries and have seen the West brought to life through the artwork on display. The hardworking cowboys, the Native Americans, women of the West, settlers, mountain men and others are featured through various themed exhibits. Through other displays, the history of famous ranches as well as other diverse aspects of our Western heritage, are shared with an ever-widening audience. In addition, area educators, students, writers, as well as the public make frequent use of the Museum's 3,000 volume Western art and history research library.
The Museum is an architectural work of art in its own right. Its unique design was initiated by distinguished Texas architect O'Neil Ford, renowned for establishing the guiding principles of Southwestern style architecture.

Featuring heavy timbers and rugged retaining walls of stacked limestone, the building's exterior resembles a fortressed hacienda. Heroic and life-size bronzes dot the landscape of the outer grounds. Inside the 14,000 square foot facility, 23 bovedas in the ceiling give visitors a glimpse of artisan work rarely seen today. Floors of end-cut mesquite wood and Saltillo tile are polished to a warm glow, complementing the Western artwork displayed in the galleries. In 2004, the Masel S. Quinn Pavilion of the Western Art Academy was completed and made ready for use in the Museum's art education program.

In preserving and promoting the heritage of the American West, the Museum is committed to exhibiting the very finest artwork including art created by today's best known Western artists. Periodic exhibits feature famous masters of the past. The Museum's goal is to represent authentically the life of the West, in both its historic and contemporary context. This rich cultural heritage is also shared through the display of artifacts from the era, and ongoing Western art and history education programs.

Finally, in all that it does, the Museum serves as a bridge between the past and the present, insuring that the legacy of the American West will be preserved for the future. We invite our guests to be part of that mission. Experience the West as it was and as it is at the Museum of Western Art ... Where the Legend Lives!


Qualifications, Experience and/or Requirements

Must be a creative business manager able to manage people, marketing and advertising, fund raising and create new events.

Must be a highly skilled communicator and mediator in order to work well with the museum’s board, staff, donors, sponsors and the public.

Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule – some weekends, holidays and evenings for special events and networking.

Must live or move within 30 minutes of the city of Kerrville, Texas. Prefer museum operations experience in leading a non-profit and/or other museum. Prefer interest in western art and or art history.

Responsibilities Include:
  1. Business management and development - Responsible for all aspects of financial, budgeting, none profit, monthly income and expenditure, museum staff and volunteers, property maintenance – development and retail store management.
  2. Staff, volunteer, docent and daily operations management - A good communicator and team leader, networking both on and off site with a variety of resources and agencies; able to recruit and train staff, volunteers and off site supporters including sponsors, donors, board directors and city and county representatives.
  3. Event – program creation and planning - Help organize, oversee, creating, planning, executing, fund raising, budgeting, grant writing and museum manpower needs. Education – art and student development programs.
  4. Museum development, advertising and marketing - Providing information, photos and articles to promote events, web site, Facebook, newsletter, press, posters, western art displays, bus tours, museum tours, off site speaker programs, as well as working with City, State and other outside agencies
  5. Interests and work related requirements - Must have experience with none profits or have worked in a museum environment; be willing to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the museum and events schedule, attend off site engagements and functions: an interest in western art history would be useful.
Compensation range: $40,000 to $55,000 based on qualifications.

Interested candidates should telephone Gladys Simon at (830) 896-2553, and submit their resume to or fax it to (830) 257-5206. Call us first if you want this job!

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This job posted by MERC from November 26 through February 25.

Japan Society Gallery
New York, New York, USA

Japan Society (New York) invites applications for the position of Director, Japan Society Gallery

Initial expressions of interest should be sent to Jane Fenton, Director of Human Resources (


Director, Japan Society Gallery

Founded in 1907, Japan Society is an American nonprofit organization supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations, as well as a substantial endowment, that brings the peoples of Japan and the United States closer together through mutual understanding, appreciation, and cooperation. Japan Society has evolved into a world-class, multi-disciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and both English- and Japanese-speaking audiences. More than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the United States, Japan, and East Asia.

The Gallery Director has supervisory, managerial, and curatorial authority over the Gallery and its program, typically of two major three-month exhibitions opening in March and September each year, which forms the most visible and well known public face of Japan Society as a whole.


Conceive and implement a strategic vision for Japan Society Gallery aimed at establishing the Gallery as a leading venue for exhibitions of Japanese art of all periods and all genres. Expand the Gallery’s national and international visibility to a broad and diverse public through exhibition tours, press promotion, and targeted outreach. Work with Development and Special Events to garner support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Consult with and advise the President on all aspects of Gallery programming.


Conceive, develop, and implement an exhibition program that establishes the Gallery as a leading venue for exhibitions of Japanese art of all periods and all genres.

Identify institutional, governmental, and individual co-organizers and negotiate terms and conditions.

Evaluate proposals for exhibitions received from other sources, and negotiate terms and conditions.

Oversee development of exhibition checklists, scenarios, wall texts, object labels, and designs, in collaboration with guest curators and freelance designers.

Function as curator of exhibitions in specific cases.

Ensure that the Gallery’s public spaces, storage areas, and information systems are maintained or improved to a high professional standard compliant with international norms.

Ensure that the handling, registration, and display of all works of art loaned to Japan Society is carried out to a high professional standard compliant with international norms.

Develop catalogue concepts, and oversee preparation and publication of exhibition catalogues, in collaboration with guest curators, publishers, editors, translators, and JS Design staff or freelance designers.

Develop lecture and educational programs to complement exhibitions, in collaboration with Gallery, Lecture, and Education staff.

Oversee the work of Gallery staff and interns as well as guest curators, authors, editors, translators, designers, art handlers, and other contractors.

Develop and control annual budget in consultation with Finance; collaborate with Development in researching and writing funding proposals to federal, state, corporate, foundation or individual sponsors.

Develop individual giving through the Friends of the Gallery; devise events program for the Friends; attend social events in New York City and beyond.

In collaboration with in-house Communications staff and outside Press counsel, develop press campaign for each exhibition, aiming for local, national, and international coverage; give media interviews, lead media walkthroughs, determine advertising budgets; sign off on press release and advertising copy.

In collaboration with Digital Media staff, develop online content including JS website, social media, blogs, smartphone applications, and video clips.

Represent and promote Gallery programs through membership in national and international professional associations; develop and maintain contacts with museum curators, artists, and scholars in US, Japan, and Europe.

Ensure that Japan Society’s small permanent collection is stored, displayed, and documented to a high professional standard compliant with international norms.

Consult with and advise the President on all aspects of Gallery programming.


The position of Director of Japan Society Gallery requires a combination of curatorial and leadership skills. Candidates should have:

MA or equivalent in Japanese art history or a related field.

Excellent Japanese reading and conversation skills.

A significant record of achievement in researching and presenting Japanese art, including lead curatorial responsibility for at least two large-scale exhibitions-with-catalogue.

A national and international scholarly reputation.

A strong professional network inside and outside of Japan.

At least five years’ experience, both curatorial and managerial, working in an art museum or gallery at an intermediate or senior level.

Proven project-management and budget-control skills.

High standards of professional integrity, good people skills, ability to improvise, and a strong work ethic.
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This job posted by MERC from November 14 through February 15.

Executive Director
Nichols House Museum
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Nichols House Museum seeks a dynamic and action-oriented Executive Director. Located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill and loved by neighbors and international visitors alike, the Nichols House Museum preserves and interprets the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of Rose Standish Nichols, landscape gardener, suffragist and pacifist. The house was built by Jonathan Mason and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch.

The executive directorship of the Nichols House Museum is a full-time position overseeing all functional aspects of the institution. Reporting to the Board of Governors, the successful Executive Director will be as equally skilled in stewarding / preserving the Museum’s collection and facilities as in fundraising. The Executive Director also has overall leadership responsibility for supervising the Museum’s small staff as well as its financial management, strategic planning, marketing and community relations, program management and volunteer development efforts.

Candidate Qualifications and Background
A minimum of 5 -7 years of progressive leadership experience, preferably in a museum or arts related organization, demonstrating a track record of success. We seek a flexible leader who can prioritize and also coach Museum staff, interns and volunteers to act as a core team adept at juggling multiple responsibilities. Past experiences should include successful fundraising and financial management skills as well as demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary to work closely with a committed Board of Governors, volunteers and the community. A master's degree is preferred, but a bachelor's degree will be considered with additional experience.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and are competitive with the American Alliance of Museums reviews.

Application Process
Please submit a cover letter and resume to and write in the subject line “Executive Director Search” by January 9, 2015. Please note that professional and personal references will be required during the interview process.

Executive Director Job Requirements
The efforts of the museum’s six standing committees are fully supported by the Executive Director: These committees include Collections, Fundraising/Development, Finance, Buildings & Grounds, Governance and Investment. In cooperation with the Board of Governors and longstanding and knowledgeable committees, the Executive Director is responsible for the following:

Museum Management
The Nichols House Museum’s building or structure, furnishings and grounds are all “one” collection necessitating the Executive Director work closely with multiple committees to preserve and interpret its unique history. The management of the Nichols House Museum requires:
  • Maintaining (and exceeding) professional museum standards and practices as defined by the American Alliance of Museums, including continued pursuit of accreditation for the Nichols House Museum with the AAM
  • Recommending policy for and undertaking the care and conservation of the permanent and temporary collections
  • Recommending policy for the preservation of the historic building and its infrastructure and undertaking all short and long term maintenance of the structure and grounds
  • Implementing all conservation and preservation planning, including continuous facility maintenance
  • Developing short and long term strategic goals and objectives for the financial management and stability of the institution
  • Leading with the Finance Committee and for approval by the Board of Governors the annual operating budget and planning activities as well as the annual audit
  • Hiring, directing and evaluating all personnel
  • Training and directing the work of all interns, volunteers and docents
Fundraising & Development, including Programs
The development function, of particular importance to all aspects of the Nichols House Museum, is a principal responsibility of the Executive Director and in close collaboration with the Development Committee. Development functions are critical contributors to the operating budget and conservation/preservation projects of the museum. These functions include grant writing, membership, patrons’ program, annual appeal, fundraisers, special programs, and an on-going lecture series. The success of these programs hinges on the Executive Director’s leadership and his/her full engagement in the community. The success of the Fundraising and Development function requires the Executive Director actively work to:
  • Sustain and grow all fundraising events with the Development Committee
  • Expand the Patrons’ Program and develop all special Patron programming and events
  • Take responsibility for and secure all grant proposals to local, state and federal agencies, and private foundations required for the functioning of the institution
  • Enhance and implement all aspects of educational programming
  • Continue with the Lecture Committee the existing lecture series and expand it
  • Execute on marketing and public relations campaigns for the institution in print, digital media and social media as well as consider other digital opportunities for the Museum.
Community Relations
  • The variety and quality of the Museum’s volunteers and its reputation as the “jewel” of Beacon Hill necessitates the Executive Director actively work with and initiate outreach with the community.
  • Engaging with all constituents of the immediate community
  • Working closely with and actively engaging volunteers
  • Representing the Board of Governors and the institution as a whole to the community
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This job posted by MERC from October 27 through January 26.

The last update to this page was 12-17-14.