Director, Collections Partnership

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Position Summary: From its earliest years, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has engaged globally, from the collecting practices of its founders, to early 20th century archaeological collaborations, to its recent 20-year partnership with a sister institution in Nagoya, Japan. The MFA’s Collection Partnership Program, which oversees the Museum’s traveling exhibition program, is central to the MFA’s work beyond Boston. In the last decade alone, our traveling exhibitions have reached more than 15 million visitors worldwide, as many as visited the MFA in Boston in the same period. To maximize our global profile, the MFA recently embarked on developing a new holistic approach and vision to our national and international profile that will set strategic priorities and articulate an integrated, ambitious and sustainable approach to our work regionally, nationally, and worldwide. Reporting to the Chief, Exhibitions Strategy and Gallery Displays, the Director, Collections Partnership will lead efforts to position our traveling exhibition program to meet the fast changing face of the business and to align efforts to meet a key initiative of the MFA’s strategic plan, MFA2020, to reinvigorate the program with a strategy that is ambitious, flexible, and revenue generating. To lead in the development, articulation, and execution of the strategy, the Director will partner closely with the Chief, Exhibitions Strategy and Gallery Displays to work across the institution in close collaboration with curators, conservation, and other colleagues to ensure an integrated and proactive approach. The opportunity to ensure that colleagues better understand and contribute to the program’s goals, strategies and objectives will be key. The Director must be committed to cultivate and deepen relations with existing institutional partners as well as identify new opportunities for productive partnerships and untapped markets. The Director will also play a leadership role in the continued development and delivery of the Museum’s global strategy. Candidate Profile: Minimum Qualifications and Experience: • Degree in Art History, Business, Marketing or extensive equivalent related knowledge in art exhibition, project planning and production. • Experience in the field of exhibition management and planning including a portfolio of exhibitions and projects that have travelled nationally and internationally. • Evident commitment to supporting and contributing to the success of an institution’s business and financial imperatives. • Management level museum experience in exhibition planning in a large and complex organization that has necessitated the development of effective working relationships across multiple departments. • Should have established contacts with national and international exhibition partners and other museum professionals with the desire and ability to cultivate new relationships intended to enhance our program and profile. • Demonstrated entrepreneurial mindset and sophisticated interpersonal skills. Ideal Candidate Profile: • An experienced leader of people, ideas and institutional mission, with the dynamic communication skills to engage and work effectively across the Museum as well as with peers nationally and internationally. • Demonstrable ability to manage, mentor and retain talent in a large and complex organization and disciplined in managing colleagues who are not direct reports to reach for excellence in ideas, project execution and goal achievement. • Committed to collaboration with others, including proven ability to work with other organizations to achieve the best outcome through excellent and timely decisions that move plans and objectives forward. • Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives and demonstrable experience doing so. • Superior ability to present and defend ideas and projects that earn the respect of other senior colleagues, to build structures that ensure smooth communication and information flow, all in order to ensure credibility and understanding of the work of the department and institution. • Evident experience/ability to partner with the Director/CEO, Chief of Exhibitions Strategy and Gallery Displays, other senior leaders, and governance to develop the vision of the program, its exhibition projects, and how to position the institution externally on both a national and international stage. • Committed to supporting and contributing to the success of an institution’s business and financial imperatives with demonstrable financial and performance management skills including the ability to analyze, interrogate and present complex statistical data, build and manage substantial budgets, and meet income targets. • Evident entrepreneurial outlook and leadership in the field with visibility and leadership among colleagues of the American Exhibition Organizers group and the International Exhibition Organizers group. Personal Qualities and Attributes: • Entrepreneurial mindset • Inspirational, passionate, curious • Generosity of spirit, a team player • Superior judgment, tact and diplomacy For consideration, please submit your letter of interest and résumé to: resumes@mfa.org. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. The MFA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.

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