Vice President of Arts & Cultural Programs [Brooklyn Public Library, NY]

Job Description


As the nation’s 5th largest public library system, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is committed to providing the borough’s 2.5 million residents a vibrant learning environment with free access to quality programs, services and resources through a Central Library, 58 neighborhood libraries located within a half mile of every Brooklyn resident, an outstanding Business and Career Library and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons. BPL’s vision is to be a vital center of knowledge for all, accessible 24 hours a day, and a leader in traditional and innovative library services which reflect the diverse and dynamic spirit of the people of Brooklyn. Founded in 1892, BPL today has over 789,000 active cardholders and annual circulation of over 15.7 million materials, attendance of over 780,000 at educational and cultural programs, and over 8 million visits to its 60 locations (including over 1 million at Central Library).



The Vice President of Arts and Cultural Programs is a new position reporting to the Library’s President. The Vice President will oversee a team of 5 as well as the part-time program staff and volunteer support. In addition, the position will be responsible for rentals of the Dweck Center and related spaces working closely with the BPL’s General Counsel on special events and film shoots.

Primary Responsibilities:

In 2012 the Library underwent a strategic planning initiative that identified six areas of strategic focus for the Library in the coming years: education, access, culture, inclusion, space, and stewardship. In addition, the Dweck Center, the Library’s premier cultural venue, was the subject of a 2014 strategic program review conducted by AEA Consulting. To achieve the goals set out in these plans, the new Vice President of Arts and Cultural Programs will set the strategic direction for arts and cultural programming at BPL, including the Central Library, 58 neighborhood libraries and the Culture Commons at South Site – a new branch library planned for the BAM Cultural District. Along with developing a strong, system-wide cultural vision, the VP, Arts and Cultural Programs will be responsible for bringing in new audiences and building a recognizable brand for the Library’s arts and cultural offerings, which should be high-quality, innovative and above all designed to serve Brooklyn’s diverse population.

BPL arts and cultural programs currently include:

  • The Dweck Center, a 190-seat auditorium that opened at Central Library in 2007, features a wide array of programs and performances, including author talks, book discussion groups, lectures, film screenings, chamber music concerts, pop and jazz music, as well as highly popular programs for children and families and other special events. The Dweck Center presents over 200 programs annually in its lobby and auditorium, as well as on the outdoor plaza. Attendance in 2014 was over 30,000. Current series include Classical Interludes, Gotham: NYC’s Best Writers; Russian Literary Series; Stomp, Clap and Sing Children’s Program; Diva Docs; Plaza Swing, featuring both local and internationally renowned authors and performers.
  • Programs at neighborhood branches including author readings, children’s performances, films and streamed video and multicultural music.
  • An exhibition program including a rotating calendar of exhibits in the Central Library Lobby and at select branches.

Position Goals and Objectives:

  • Define the strategic vision for the Library’s arts and cultural programming.
  • Develop a distinct brand and identity for BPL’s arts and cultural programming.
  • Grow the attendance for arts and cultural events while ensuring that audiences reflect the diversity of Brooklyn’s population.
  • Raise awareness of BPL arts and cultural programming among cultural consumers in Brooklyn and farther afield.
  • Complete a business plan for the Dweck Center, using recommendations laid out in the 2014 strategic program review.
  • Collaborate with BPL’s Marketing and Communications team to create and execute a marketing strategy to increase awareness and attendance at events, including email campaigns, social media, print collateral and press.
  • Oversee content for the recently-redesigned quarterly Arts and Culture newsletter.
  • Provide leadership and support in fundraising solicitations, sponsorships and special events.
  • Cultivate new collaborative programming opportunities with Brooklyn and NYC-based cultural institutions.
  • Generate earned revenue through increased rentals of the Dweck and other spaces at Central Library.


  • A minimum of ten years in a leadership position in the performing arts or related field
  • Experience in programming venues with diverse performers, ideally in multiple disciplines
  • Clear programmatic vision and strong leadership skills
  • Deep knowledge of the cultural landscape in Brooklyn and New York City is highly desirable
  • Skill and comfort in representing the organization across diverse constituencies
  • Must be willing and able to work on evenings and weekends
  • BA required, advanced degree a plus.

To learn more about the Library please visit:

START DATE: Winter 2016

Applicants should submit a resume, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and the names of three references. Applications will be reviewed by Management Consultants for the Arts, an executive search firm working with the Library’s President. Suggestions of candidates are welcome.

Send resume and accompanying materials to:

Linda Sweet or Bill Appleton

Subject: BPL



Contact Person: Linda Sweet or Bill Appleton
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Executive Director [Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Edgartown, MA]

Job Description


Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Executive Director

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum Board of Directors seeks a proven leader to be its next Executive Director. Having recently purchased the historic Marine Hospital site in Vineyard Haven to be its new home, the Museum is in the midst of an exciting and significant transformation. It is continuing to expand its programs, exhibitions and educational activities targeted to the residents and visitors of Martha’s Vineyard. He/she will lead all day to day operations during this pivotol period, providing  motivational leadership organizationally, programmatically and financially, working with the Board of Directors, staff and island communities. This person must also be an experienced project manager participating in the design and execution of the new museum. He/she must be comfortable fundraising at all levels and have a strong appreciation and understanding of the unique history, cultures and art of Martha’s Vineyard.

Advanced degree preferred. Full time residency on Martha’s Vineyard required. Salary commensurate with experience. Starting date: early 2016. To be considered, applicants should submit a cover letter stating qualifications, a resume, and three references including contact information by November 13, 2015 to MVM Search Committee, c/o Betsey Mayhew,  For more details visit:



Contact Person: Betsey Mayhew Phone: 508-627-4441 Ext. 112
Email Address: Fax: 508-627-4436
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Development Director [National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem, PA]

Job Description

NMIH seeks a Development Director to plan, execute, and evaluate the Museum’s fundraising and membership strategic initiatives. The Development Director establishes fundraising priorities and objectives; creates fundraising strategies to meet specific program goals; identifies and profiles current and prospective corporate, individual, and foundation prospects; develops and cultivates positive relations with donors and prospects, and solicits and stewards major donors. This position reports to the Executive Director and exhibits a true commitment to the mission of the museum.


In close collaboration with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff, identify and clarify priorities and effective means of accomplishing the following goals:

  • Lead the advancement of a strong, diversified fundraising program through annual and long-term strategies; implement with measurable goals, timetables and targets;
  • Coordinate development efforts to generate at least $500,000/year in contributed income for operations;
  • Coordinate development activities to include grant writing, foundation, corporate and individual giving, membership, annual campaign, endowment campaign, planned giving, matching and in kind gifts;
  • Forecast and evaluate the potential of fund-raising campaigns and activities;
  • Ensure stewardship of past, current and prospective donors through personal visits, articulate correspondence, timely acknowledgements;
  • Research, identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organization’s fundraising priorities;
  • Oversee management of the donor database; set policies and procedures for retention of data and reporting. Maintain security and quality controls;
  • Oversee the planning and execution of special events for donors, members, prospects, and other key constituents in service of the Museum’s development objectives;
  • With the Marketing and Outreach Director, implement strategies and create promotional materials to grow the organization’s members/sponsor base, and encourage deeper philanthropic support from members/sponsors; as well as design and implement online and electronic development campaigns and strategies;
  • Manage and train development staff.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desirable.
  • Minimum 3 years related experience in development, preferably in the non-profit sector.
  • Proven experience developing and implementing a significant and successful fundraising effort in an institution that has a reputation for excellence.
  • Ability to organize a broad range of social events.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency with fundraising software such as Raiser’s Edge, Wealth Engine and Fundraiser Professional.
  • Fluency with social media and digital communication tools.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • A passion for history and culture.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as events require.
  • CFRE certification a plus

Please send resume to Salary commensurate with experience. NMIH offers competitive salaries, a rewarding, friendly, supportive, collaborative work environment, and a competitive benefits package.  NMIH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services and is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.



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Phone: 6106946644
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Director of Museum Programs [Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA]

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

The Franklin Institute is seeking a Director of Museum Programs to be responsible for all aspects of an innovative program team that plans, develops and implements educational programs to meet the mission and goals of the Institute. The successful candidate will collaboratively develop and maintain a dynamic portfolio of public programming that incorporates on-site and outreach activities with relationship building within the Philadelphia communities served. This position plays a lead role in planning the museum’s educational initiatives over a wide range of content and audience. The individual will coordinate these programs and projects and assume responsibility for on-time, on-budget, high quality production that satisfies the needs of both the visitor and the museum.

To ApplySend resume with salary requirements to: THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, Human Resources Department, 222 N. 20th St., Phila, PA  19103, email: or fax 215-448-1121.  EOE.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified applicants will have a Master’s Degree in a science or related field, Ph.D. preferred.  Background must include 7-10 years’ experience in professional educational program development and management, plus proven skills in managing creative teams and large projects. Strong knowledge of educational theory and extensive experience in developing and implementing grant funded projects. Strong personal regard for science and scientific pursuits. Creative and innovative thinking a must.  We offer competitive salary and benefits.


Email Address:
Fax: 215-448-1121

Assistant Curator for the Cody Firearms Museum [Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY]

Job Description

Cody, Wyoming, is seeking candidates for an Assistant Curator for the Cody Firearms Museum. This individual will work with the collections, educational programs and ideas connected to the Cody Firearms Museum. This individual will participate in the planning, fabrication and maintenance of exhibits.  S/he will research the collection and exhibition themes, write panels, labels and other material and develop and present Firearms related educational programming

The Center offers an excellent benefit package and competitive wages. Interested candidates should send their cover letter, resume, references and salary history to: Buffalo Bill Center of the West Human Resource Department, by e-mail For a job description and additional information about the center refer to:

For more information, please call Chris Searles, Human Resources Manager, 307-578-4089.

The closing date on this position is November 16, 2015.

The Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Requirements

Requirements for the position include strong knowledge of firearms and military history, excellent verbal and written communication skills, confident public speaking and the ability to work collaboratively with others. A Bachelor’s degree is required with a strong preference for a Master’s degree in such disciplines as American History, History of Technology, Museum Studies or a related field  The successful candidate will possess strong organization and interpersonal skills and will be able to stand or walk for much of the day and lift at least 20 pounds.  Three years of museum work experience or work in an informal educational setting is required.  In addition knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and good keyboarding skills are required. Previous exposure to social media and digital outreach are also required.


Contact Person: Christine Searles Phone: 307-578-4089
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