Topic ID #39203 - posted 2/16/2018 9:43 AM

Executive Director Position at the Katonah Museum of Art


The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA), one of the most celebrated small museums in the country, was founded over sixty years ago by volunteers from local communities as an exhibition venue for fine arts. Nationally recognized and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the KMA is a
kunsthalle which annually mounts three to four major exhibitions interlaced with smaller installations in its 10,000-square-foot building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes. Set among magnificent
Norway spruce trees, the site includes galleries, the Pollack Family Learning Center, and the Marilyn S. Simpson Sculpture Garden.
Through its exhibition and education programs, the Katonah Museum of Art promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for diverse audiences. The KMA has always been
committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision
to be a non-collecting institution has resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the Museum’s most distinctive features. KMA exhibitions reflect the changing variety of art from around the globe and provide rich opportunities for learning that resonate with all ages
and levels of education. In an increasingly complex society the museum is proud to be a forum for innovative art and ideas.
The Katonah Museum of Art offers lectures, films, workshops, trips, concerts, and other events for a general audience, and presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Pollack Family Learning Center is an interactive family space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. The KMA’s outreach programs for local underserved populations are on the forefront of community-based museum education.
The Katonah Museum of Art is supported in part by Arts Westchester with support from the
Westchester County Government, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature.
Recent exhibitions include:
• Long Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition
• Object Out Loud: Arman and Nick Cave
• Picturing Love: Photography’s Pursuit of Intimacy
• Matisse Drawings Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from the
Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection
• The Nest, an Exhibition of Art in Nature
• Yoga and Rust Angel, Mark di Suvero

Title: Executive Director
Location: Located in the historic town of Bedford, Katonah is a charming hamlet
44 miles north of Manhattan
Direct Reports: Deputy Director
Curator of Education
Director of Development
Finance Office
Key Relationships: Board of Trustees
Advisory Board
Stakeholders (including individual donors, corporations, and foundations)
Katonah Museum Artists’ Association (KMAA)
Local and regional government officials
Leaders of peer institutions and arts organizations within New York State
and Connecticut
Resources: Annual operating budget of approximately $1.4 million
$5.4 million endowment
10 full-time employees, 12 part-time employees, and 6 contract consultants
Active volunteer program (160 total, including 80 docents, 4 college interns,
and 20 KMAA volunteers, as well as Board, Advisory Board, Emeriti, and others)

The Executive Director is:
The principal executive of the Museum as well as its main ambassador and advocate
Responsible for fulfilling the goals set forth in the Museum’s strategic plan
The Executive Director will be expected to:
Oversee day-to-day operations of the Museum
Present exhibitions and programs that lead to deeper connections with art for its visitors
Amplify the donor base and seek funding opportunities
Maintain and develop relationships with other museums and cultural institutions
Advance plans to renovate the lower campus
Ensure continued AAM accreditation
Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements imposed on not-for-profit institutions

Qualifications & Experience:
• Demonstrated leader with a background in, understanding of, and passion for art of all kinds
• Fundraising sophistication, including an ability to relate well across constituencies (individual, corporate, and foundation donors)
• Highly-skilled executive and manager with superb communication skills
• Financial, business, and marketing acumen with a strong understanding of how to promote fiscal stability and sustainability
Leadership, Management, & Behavioral Competencies:
• Articulates a clear, compelling identity for the Museum
• Exhibits a leadership style that encourages teamwork, positive coaching, and staff development
• Demonstrates transparency and accountability
• Knows the Museum’s history, culture, exhibitions, and educational and program priorities

Please direct resume and cover letter to, with the subject line “Executive Director.” Submission of applications is encouraged by March 16th when application review will commence.
The Katonah Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, gender, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

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