Executive Director - MacDowell

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 13, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Administrative, Arts Administration
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time

MacDowell welcomes applications from strong leaders committed to nurturing artists – including composers, writers, theater makers, architects, filmmakers, visual, and interdisciplinary artists – to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. The Executive Director is the senior staff leader and public face of the renowned artist residency located in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and of its office and event space in New York City (the position is based in N.Y.C. with frequent travel to N.H.). Chief among the incoming ED’s responsibilities will be to develop existing and new avenues of support and to communicate a clear vision of MacDowell’s future while honoring its historical success. Artistic engagement and the removal of barriers to the creative process are at the core of MacDowell’s mission, and the Executive Director should be interested in representing those values through a genuine commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. The Executive Director will be a clear communicator, strategic thinker, and skilled manager who builds relationships based on trust, follow-through, and a strong work ethic. Mastery of any artistic discipline is not required by the incoming Executive Director; instead, the new leader should be driven by cultural curiosity and open to lifelong learning about the artistic and social landscape. This skilled individual will succeed in shepherding the organization into the future by listening, connecting, responding, and then activating plans that are deeply collaborative. A full position description may be found here: https://mcaonline.com/searches/executive-director-macdowell  

The annual salary range for the Executive Director role at MacDowell starts at $225,000 and includes a full benefit package commensurate with other organizations of its size. MacDowell hopes to make its decision by the end of 2022 with the chosen candidate transitioning into the position shortly thereafter. The Executive Director position is intended to be based in New York City and make periodic visits to the Peterborough physical location of the MacDowell residency.


Organizational Profile  
Since its founding in 1907 as a haven for artists to have uninterrupted time and space to explore the act of creation, MacDowell has placed the support of artists at the center of all its efforts. While the means and methods of artistic expression and creation have changed over the years, MacDowell’s commitment to providing access and clearing obstructions to the creative process has not wavered. Over the years, MacDowell has welcomed over 8,000 artists, with a list of notable Fellows including James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Audre Lorde, Louise Erdrich, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Faith Ringgold, Laura Poitras, and Thornton Wilder (who used Peterborough as his inspiration for “Our Town’s”  Grover’s Corners setting). More information can be found on their website:  https://www.macdowell.org/


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