Executive Director

Position Summary

Founded in 1981, Art in General holds a leading role as an artist-centered organization with the mission of assisting artists in the production and presentation of thought-provoking, new work. Art in General organizes ground-breaking exhibitions; public programs that focus on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice; and is home to a residency program that supports early-career artists, curators and arts writers from around the world.

Art in General is known for supporting diverse and visionary artists early in their careers, from Glenn Ligon to Marina Abramović, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Allora & Calzadilla, Sharon Hayes, Postcommodity and countless others. Numerous AiG artists have gone on to be included in the Whitney Biennial, Documenta, Istanbul Biennial, and the Venice Biennale, among others, as well as in exhibitions at major institutions in New York and abroad, such as MoMA, the New Museum, Tate Modern, and many more. Our recent exhibitions and programs have been covered in the press by Artforum, Frieze, the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Guardian, and numerous others.

We are seeking to appoint a visionary thinker and program leader to build upon the excellent reputation and curatorial strength of our programs and to immediately begin in planning for Art in General’s 40-year anniversary in 2021. The ideal applicant should have their own unique and visionary ideas and curatorial voice that can help shape and continue Art in General’s mission to support artists. The successful applicant for this position will be a highly motivated and dynamic leader who will sustain and build upon these existing programs, lead Art in General’s strategic planning and fundraising initiatives and grow its Board of Directors.

The Executive Director acts as the organization’s primary advocate and ambassador, initiating and developing key relationships that support Art in General’s mission and objectives. In close collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for its overall operations in the areas of finance, operations, programming, communications and development and and is responsible for overseeing staff.


In conjunction with Art in General’s Board, create and maintain a mid-to-long term strategic plan that builds upon Art in General’s unique local, national and international reputation and ensures its continued programmatic and financial growth.

Initiate and maintain new streams of government, foundation, corporate, individual and earned income. Act as the organization’s key advocate to develop and manage a wide set of cultural, foundation, business, and media relationships. Initiate meetings with individual donors, increase private donations, nurture and develop the Board of Directors.

Develop and monitor the annual budget together with Treasurer and senior financial staff, and manage all matters of finance and administration.

Provide executive leadership for all of Art in General’s operations including administration, finance, operations, development, and communications.


—Minimum BA (MA or higher preferred) in arts administration, nonprofit management or related field, and at least five years management experience at a cultural organization of similar size

—Knowledge of contemporary art and the nonprofit arts field

—Active relationships with New York philanthropic community, US based foundations and international funding sources

—Proven track record in managing and developing individual giving and overseeing
major fundraising events and initiatives

—Innovative thinker, exemplary written communications, excellent management skills, able to plan multiple projects and prioritize duties

—Excellent managerial, planning, organizational, financial, and administrative skills

—Strong interpersonal and oral/written communications skills; high level of leadership, presentation, negotiation, and problem solving abilities

—Experience in supervising and hiring staff

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, 2–3 writing samples, and a list of three professional references addressed to Art in General’s Search Committee. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the position is filled. Email the requested materials to [email protected] with the subject line: Art in General Executive Director Search.

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Art in General was founded in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.