Posted August 16, 2014.

The Corning Museum of Glass is the world’s leading museum dedicated to the presentation, display and interpretation of glass and glassmaking. The collection, containing nearly 50,000 glass objects and growing, represents an encyclopedic 3,500?year history. The Museum is a private, AAM-accredited 501(c)(3) institution.

Since its opening in 1951, CMoG has grown to become a multi-building campus that includes in addition to the 167,000 square foot Museum, the Rakow Research Library, considered the world’s library of record of glass and The Studio, renowned as a hands-on glassmaking teaching facility.

In March 2015, the Museum will open the 100,000 square foot state-of-the art North Wing addition on the site of the former Steuben Glass factory. The North Wing will include a 26,000 square foot gallery for contemporary art in glass and a 500-seat amphitheater hot shop for glassmaking demonstrations and artist engagements.

With the expansion, the Museum will encompass over 325,000 square feet, of which 96,000 square feet will be dedicated to exhibiting the permanent collection and special exhibits. To this extraordinary complex, CMoG welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors a year.

Education at the Museum is comprehensive, fully embracing the art and science of glass. The Museum recently hired its first Chief Digital Officer to assist the Director of Education and curatorial staff in the development of a new interpretive approach for the entire permanent collection.

The Museum’s famous Conservation Department ensures the condition and maintenance of every object in the Museum’s collection as well as objects on loan to Corning.

The Corning Museum of Glass’ operating budget is approximately $50 million. It has full-time Museum staff of over 150, and a 17-member Board of Trustees.


Reporting Relationships

The Deputy Director, Collections, Research & Exhibitions (Deputy Director) is a new position reporting to and serving as a strong administrative and creative partner to the Executive Director, who, as of January 1, 2015, assumes the additional duties of President of the Museum.

As a key member of the Museum’s executive team, the Deputy Director will work with the President & Executive Director to carry out policies and to continually review and evaluate programs and objectives. She/he will provide strategic leadership, oversight and management of all departments in her/his division, which includes eight direct reports: Collections & Exhibitions Manager, Chief Conservator, Chief Librarian, Director of Education, Head of Publications, Chief Digital Officer, Director of the Glass Studio and Research Scientist.

The Deputy Director will attend all Board meetings and have working relationships with Board members as needed.


The Deputy Director will direct collaborative efforts within her/his division and with other divisions encompassing curatorial direction and operations of the Museum and will serve as an articulate and persuasive spokesperson to collectors, funding sources, press and the public.

Budgets and Staffing: Working with all departments within his/her division to establish and supervise budgets and staffing needs

Education and Interpretation: With the Director of Education and Interpretation, the Director of The Studio and the Chief Digital Officer, setting vision and strategy for education and interpretation throughout the Museum

Collections, Exhibitions and Acquisitions: With the President & Executive Director, curators and Collections Manager, formulating the Museum’s acquisitions strategy; developing strategies for cultivating possible gifts of art; formulating exhibition programming

Scholarship and Research: Working with the President & Executive Director, curators, Chief Librarian and Head of Publishing on scholarly research and connoisseurship; ensuring that the Rakow Research Library continues to be the library of record on glass; preparing and publishing the Museum’s books and journals

Development and Marketing: Working with the Development office to identify funding sources in support of exhibitions, collections and education programs; assisting with the cultivation of donors and patrons; working with the Marketing Department and Exhibitions Planning team to ensure that exhibitions are marketed effectively


Corning is an historic and artistic city in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Most famous for its glassmaking past and present, Corning welcomes more than half a million people every year from all over the world.

Corning is about 100 miles from the cities of Rochester and Syracuse, both with important academic and cultural institutions. Cornell University and Ithaca College are located in Ithaca, New York, 45 miles from Corning. The area is served by daily flights to major cities.
Job Requirements

Ideal Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a minimum of ten years of senior-level experience gained in an art museum or other appropriate arts institution. A master’s degree in a relevant field is required; PhD in art history preferred and training in Islamic or Ancient art would be valuable.

The successful candidate will have leadership skills, financial and strategic planning skills and technical literacy, programmatic creativity, passion for art and significant knowledge of the art museum world. In addition, the following qualifications and characteristics are highly desired:

Mission-driven, strategic thinker with ability to review and analyze complex issues, evaluate solutions and adopt an effective course of action
Deep experience forging effective relationships with staff, volunteers, visitors, funding sources, trustees and other high-profile leaders; exceptional listening skills, comfortable receiving input from many sources, a collaborative spirit and equally at ease as a leader or team member; experience in hiring and evaluating staff
Proven facility working with finances, developing and monitoring expense and income budgets
The ability to quickly learn about the art, history, science and technology of glass is essential; existing in-depth knowledge of glass is optimal

Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate should have the following personal characteristics:

Mature, confident and a courageous decision-maker; innovative and entrepreneurial
Personable, tactful and able to navigate successfully in a variety of settings and with a variety of constituencies; sense of humor
Commitment and determination to successfully implement and achieve the Museum’s mission; high energy and a roll-up your sleeves work ethic.

Recommendations and/or statements of interest, including
current resume, should be electronically sent to:

Freda Mindlin or Nancy Kaufman

Opportunity Resources Inc.
(212) 744-4409

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