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Director and Chief Executive Officer Philadelphia, PA

The Trustees and the Search Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) seek an exemplary leader, for one of the world’s great art museums in the heart of one of the nation’s great cities.

At the end of a highly successful capital campaign, the conclusion of the “Core Project” in the Frank Gehry renovation and the demands of the pandemic, the Board feels strongly that the Museum has extraordinary assets, that all the fundamentals are firmly in place, and that it has taken action to prepare the way for a new Director. The PMA stands at the brink of a transformative moment, with excellent opportunities for growth, greatly improved inclusion, and invention. Armed with state-of-the-art facilities, a world-renowned collection, a passionate and talented staff, generous donors, an iconic image, and the learnings of the last few years, the next Director will usher the PMA into a new chapter, a time to further motivate staff, to engage the community and the city, to manage the finances, to invent and create, and unleash the joy and the beauty of the art.

The Search Committee seeks a Director and Chief Executive Officer who is the equal to its history, who can bring superb management, a history of demonstrated success and creative invention to the staff and the visitors, and who will help this venerable institution to invent the future. The next Director will be an inspiring, resilient, seasoned, and astute leader of the utmost integrity with a demonstrable track record who will build trust and respect and invigorate all the Museum’s constituencies.

All inquiries, nominations, and resumes with cover letters should be directed in confidence to Isaacson, Miller below.

John Isaacson and Lisa Savereid are leading this search with Tiffany Weber and Ryan Leichenauer.

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. PMA welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from marginalized and underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by its shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.


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