Employment Opportunities

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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 November 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.”

Public Historian for Albany African American History Project

The Albany Institute of History & Art, a museum and research library with a mission to connect diverse audiences to the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley through collections, exhibitions, and programs, is seeking a Public Historian for a newly funded project to document and advance awareness of Albany’s African American history.

The Public Historian will focus on the recent history of Albany’s African American community, from the late nineteenth century to the present, and will have responsibility for historical research, collecting pertinent and meaningful objects and archival materials for the Institute’s collections, curating exhibitions, and engaging with community members to document the people, organizations, and events that have significantly shaped Albany’s African American history over the last one hundred and fifty years. The Public Historian will also have opportunities to conduct oral histories and facilitate educational programs.

This Public Historian will work closely with a second project historian who is researching and documenting an earlier period of Albany’s African American history, from the seventeenth century through the end of Reconstruction in 1877.

The Public Historian will report directly to the chief curator. This individual will work closely with the curatorial staff, the librarian, museum educators, and the director of community engagement to achieve the goals of collecting, documenting, and presenting exhibitions and public programs about the history of African Americans and the African American community of Albany, New York.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • develop a working outline of the key people, organizations, and events of Albany’s African American history from 1877 to the present
  • review and assess the collections of the Albany Institute in order to develop a strategic collecting plan to enhance the African American collections
  • review and compile resource lists for holdings in other area museums, libraries, and historical organizations that relate to Albany’s African American history
  • curate exhibition(s) about Albany’s African American history
  • collaborate with museum educators to organize and present public programs, workshops, and lectures that advance public awareness of Albany’s African American history and which stimulate new insights and understandings
  • work with the director of community engagement to develop and advance relationships between the Albany Institute and Albany’s African American community.


  • the candidate must have an MA in public history, American history, African American Studies, or a related field
  • the ideal candidate must have a minimum of three to five years’ experience within a museum, historical agency, library, or educational institute employed full time as a public historian, curator, or educator focusing on African American history and culture
  • the candidate must have a thorough understanding of material culture, American history, and museum practices
  • the candidate will have experience developing and curating museum exhibitions
  • the candidate will have exceptional communication skills for both public speaking and writing
  • the candidate must enjoy working collaboratively with various individuals and departments within the Albany Institute and with Albany’s African American community.
  • the candidate must be organized and self-motivated

Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000

The Public Historian for Albany’s African American History Project is a two-year-funded, full-time position with benefits. At the end of the two-year period the position and accomplishments will be reviewed with the goal of becoming a permanent position.

Candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume or curriculum vita, writing sample, and references to: Douglas McCombs, Chief Curator, at mccombsd@albanyinstitute.org. Deadline is November 2, 2021

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.

Education Coordinator

The Albany Institute of History & Art seeks an Education Program Coordinator to assist with the production and implementation of the museum’s school, family, and public programs. Responsibilities include the coordination and facilitation of group visits, conducting gallery teaching and leading studio art activities, scheduling volunteer docents for school program delivery, maintaining department schedules and records, and assisting with the production of all Education Department programs. The ideal candidate would have 2-3 years of experience working in a museum or educational setting teaching diverse and multi-generational audiences. A baccalaureate degree is required or may be supplemented with lived/professional experience, preferably in art, art history, American history, museum studies, education, or a related field.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Sarah Clowe: clowes@albanyinstitute.org  Applications will be accepted until December 13, 2021.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Schedule and staff events and programs (in-person and virtual) at the museum for visitors of all ages, including talks, concerts, films, school tours, and other programs.   

  • Conduct gallery teaching and lead studio art activities for diverse audiences including school groups, children, adults, and families. 

  • Greet and orient groups and program participants upon arrival at the museum. 

  • Process invoices, registrations, and deposits for school, teacher, public, and family programs and maintain records including confidential financial, emergency contact, and medical information. 

  • Maintain department attendance records: tracking, circulating, creating monthly and annual summary reports. 

  • Provide support and assist with developing content for ongoing docent trainings. 

  • Assist with Education Department programs including but not limited to: Teen Docent Program (Junior Interpreters), Family Days, Public Programs, School Tours, Art Workshops, and Teacher Workshops in both onsite and virtual settings. 

  • Assist with staffing and facilitating museum lectures including running digital platforms such as Zoom and providing technical support for guest presenters. 

  • Establish, cultivate, and maintain effective communications with program audiences. 

  • Create and manage intern and volunteer projects for the Education Department. 

  • Develop tour and presentation materials that can be used by staff members and volunteers as needed for a variety of audiences.   

  • Coordinate docent, intern, and contract educator schedule for school program delivery as well as docent training sessions. 

  • Update and maintain information on website and link to online program information. 

  • Assist with the coordination, production, and distribution of collateral and digital program promotional material, working with outside contractors, vendors, and consultants. 

  • Use technology for digital programming and willingness to learn new software.

  • Build relationships in the community by encouraging and developing collaborations with individuals and organizations and represent the museum in public events and showcases. 

  • Collect, compile, and distribute program evaluation forms. 

  • Maintain awareness of and troubleshoot scheduling, space, and administrative issues. 

  • Other duties as assigned. 

Other Skills/Qualifications we are seeking:

-Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and some holidays (Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents’, Columbus, and Veteran’s Days)

-Creative thinker and problem solver with strong attention to detail

-Able to work independently and collaboratively

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Confident public speaker

-Strong work ethic and organizational skills

-Comfortable working in a busy, multi-tasking environment

-Willingness to learn new technology and software (a working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, Adobe Creative Cloud applications, and web content management is helpful)

Work Schedule 

Full-time, 35 hours a week. Employee regular work week will be Wednesday to Sunday with some flexibility possible. 

Salary Range: $30,000-$32,000

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.