Executive Director

The Albany Institute of History & Art seeks a dynamic, experienced, and creative Executive Director responsible for providing vision and strategic leadership in all aspects of museum operations. The ideal candidate will exhibit a commitment to engaging diverse communities, record of expanding donor base and skills in management of finances. Working with a small staff, the Executive Director helps determine and promote curatorial activities, supports fundraising efforts – including a current endowment campaign, oversees educational activities, and serves as the face of the museum in the community.

Ongoing challenges posed by Covid-19 and the national reckoning on racial injustice demand the Executive Director be nimble in guiding staff to identify emerging needs, new opportunities, and additional means for the museum to fulfill its mission.


  • M.A. required, advanced degree in in art, history, education, or arts management, preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in a museum or similarly creative environment
  • Demonstrated leadership in fundraising, fiscal management, and community engagement
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and excellent communication skills
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization and interacting with a governing board, staff, donors, and volunteers
  • Familiarity with the Upper Hudson Valley of New York State a plus
  • Salary range: $110,000-$120,000


Qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vita, and writing sample to Search@albanyinstitute.org for review until October 18, 2021. No phone calls, please.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, or basis of disability, or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

About the Museum:

Mission: The Albany Institute of History & Art connects diverse audiences to the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley through its collections, exhibitions, and programs.

Vision: The museum brings a global perspective to the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley, creating physical and virtual experiences for the education, entertainment, and inspiration of people of all ages.


Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is the oldest museum in New York State. Located in downtown Albany, 2 blocks from the New York State Capitol.  It has been the center of art and history of the region for over 230 years. Museum collections are notable for documenting the art, history, and culture of the upper Hudson Valley from the 17th century to the present. Governed by a 36-member Board of Trustees, direction for the museum is provided by 8 standing committees. In 2001 the museum completed a $17 million dollar renovation and construction project that focused the galleries, collections storage, educations facilities, public areas, and offices. In 2015 the museum was re-accredited by the American Alliance for Museums.” Currently, the museum is working to raise $8 million to fund an endowment. Annual visitation pre-COVID 19 was 35,000 with a membership base of 1200 households.

Current Priorities:

Under the direction of the new Executive Director, a new strategic plan will be developed to support long term financial sustainability, the changing needs of the museum community and integration of the museum’s Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Plan in all aspects of museum operations. Key to the future of the museum will be successful collaborations and partnerships, enhanced community engagement, and audience driven programming through the lens of museum “Best Practices”.


  • Provide dynamic, effective, and consistent leadership to board, staff, volunteers, and community related to all museum operations
  • Communicate with standing board committees including executive, finance, governance, development, facilities, collections, audit, and Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion
  • Ensure fiscal integrity and manage museum finances, sharing information and highlighting concerns in a timely way
  • Oversee all personnel activities including hiring, retention, salaries, and benefits
  • Manage all outside contracts, including approving scope of work, fees, and payment
  • Foster a collaborative culture between the executive, business, development, curatorial/library, education, public relations & marketing, facilities/security, and museum shop/café departments to help meet the annual financial and program goals
  • Work with board and staff to ensure that the vision and mission is fulfilled and achievable through effective financial management
  • Steward existing and identify new sources of contributed and earned income opportunities engaging board and staff to achieve goals
  • Oversee the development and presentation of creative, relevant, and innovative programs, exhibitions, and collection initiatives
  • Oversee the complex operations and maintenance of museum facilities including ongoing or new capital and technology projects
  • Effectively represent the museum to community, leaders, civic, government, professional, corporate, and funding groups, and the media
  • Serve as an arts and cultural leader in the community and engage with a full range of arts, service, community, business groups and educational institutions to facilitate partnerships and collaborations
  • Ensure all museum operations reflect current museum “Best Practices.”