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President & Chief Operating Officer Brooklyn, NY

The Brooklyn Museum seeks a strategic executive with a record of successfully managing organizational growth to become its next President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). The Museum is committed to a vision of art as a powerful engine for social impact, connecting in-person and virtual visitors with compelling content that opens hearts and minds and advances opportunity and equity. This new leader will serve as a key driver of that vision and oversee ambitious plans for growth throughout the Museum. Reporting to the Director, the President will share in the leadership of the Museum as a whole and will have direct responsibility for strategic planning and execution, finance, facilities and operations, business development, legal affairs, and government relations.

The Brooklyn Museum is one of the nation’s largest, oldest, and most innovative art museums. With roots extending back to 1825, the Brooklyn Museum is a major attraction in New York City. In 2019, the Museum welcomed 725,000 in-person visitors – nearly double the audience of just a few years earlier. The Museum has collections that are generally acknowledged to be among the highest quality in any museum anywhere, including the ancient Egyptian and African collections; the Arts of the Americas collection containing pre-contact material culture, Spanish colonial painting, and Native American art and objects; nineteenth and early twentieth-century American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; and the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World collections. The Museum is also home to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the only such museum center of its kind. The Museum has a total operating budget of roughly $41.5 million, employs over 300 total staff, and is supported by an endowment of approximately $160 million.

The President will serve as a trusted counselor to the Director. The two will work closely together to set strategic goals for sustainability and growth as the Museum serves ever larger and more diverse audiences and fulfills its mission as an agent of social change.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications (including resumes and brief letters of interest) should be sent electronically below.

Lisa Savereid and Karen Avery are leading this search with Ryan Leichenauer.


The Brooklyn Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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