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Deputy Director

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.

Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community. 
A key member of the senior leadership team of Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), the DEPUTY DIRECTOR is charged with maintaining the museum’s day-to-day business operations and advancing its strategic goals. The Deputy Director partners with the CMOA Director and others on organizational initiatives, strategic planning, and policy decisions; ensures that the museum’s strategic goals are met in creative and efficient ways; furthers the organizational mission of the museum by setting operational standards and administrative processes; and acts as liaison with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) finance, human resources, general counsel, facilities planning & operations, IT, development, and visitor services components. In addition to these internal business functions, the Deputy Director contributes essential leadership for institutional partnerships by guiding the successful implementation of programs and initiatives that broaden the museum’s reach, increase its audience, expand contributed and earned revenue, and advance its reputation regionally, nationally, and internationally.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in business, arts management, or a related field (MA or MBA preferred) and at least 10 years of increasingly supervisory arts administration experience; an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Experience with business administration, strategic planning, accounting and financial reporting, recruitment and human resources, and contracting is essential.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Superior problem-solving, organizational planning, and written and oral communication skills are essential as well as a tested ability to manage and motivate staff from diverse backgrounds in a team-oriented environment. Other necessary skills and abilities include analyzing complex data, managing risk, and guiding teams to make informed operational decisions; directing accounting and financial activities including budgeting, forecasting, monitoring, and reporting; fostering employee engagement and managing professional development; negotiating contracts and supervising contractors; and managing a complex organization to increasing levels of service, recognition, and support. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite; expected to gain familiarity with Asana, the museum’s project management software, Raiser’s Edge, and Financial Edge. The ability to cultivate and maintain a network of professional contacts in the arts is essential.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is primarily sedentary in nature; no special demands are required.
• Works in concert with CMOA Director to ensure the effective operation of the museum in keeping with appropriate standards of quality and excellence. Leads and oversees the museum’s business support functions on a day-to-day basis. Sets operational standards, creates and maintains effective administrative processes, and ensures successful implementation. Proactively monitors trends within and across business support teams to iterate and improve workflows and communication.
• Monitors the fiscal health of the museum and provides forecasting and adaptive management. Advises CMOA Director on the interpretation of business policy/design and resource allocation. Ensures the museum’s activities adhere to regulatory requirements as well as industrywide best practices and standards. Manages the collection and communication of data to inform business decisions, monitor performance, and achieve objectives. Provides regular and clear reporting to CMOA Director and other stakeholders on business and team performance.
• Oversees the museum’s contracting process with regular input from legal counsel and CMOA’s senior leadership team. Prepares and negotiates contracts in support of the museum’s operations and strategic goals. Reviews contracts and related documentation for accuracy and completeness to ensure compliance with CMP policies and procedures.
• Identifies and pursues strategic institutional partnerships in order to broaden the public reach of the museum and expand its ability to garner earned and contributed revenue. Serves as lead project manager for such initiatives and writes business plans as appropriate.
• Assists CMOA Director and Advisory Board on strategic planning efforts and contributes substantively to the planning process. Disseminates strategic direction and goals to teams across the museum, determines tactical plans in concert with members of CMOA’s senior leadership team, and tracks museum-wide progress to goals. Advises CMOA Director on the allocation of resources necessary to achieve strategic priorities.
• Proactively fosters an inclusive organizational culture and manages employee engagement efforts. Works closely with members of the CMOA senior leadership team and CMP business partners to identify and implement solutions to workplace challenges. Manages professional development activities for CMOA’s professional staff and advises on the allocation of related resources. Promotes teamwork and mutual respect across the organization. Leads agenda setting for all-staff meetings.
• Serves as CMOA’s primary liaison with CMP Human Resources to oversee personnel functions, including processes and decision-making regarding hiring, selection, promotion, termination, compensation, and performance management and review.
• Collaborates with CMP Development to align the accountabilities of CMOA fundraising activity and contributed revenue growth. Contributes to fundraising goals and strategies as well as cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities as appropriate. Ensures the timely completion of CMOA deliverables with regard to grant management and compliance. Advises the CMOA Director on the appropriate alignment of CMOA’s strategic plan, programs, and staff capacity to fundraising opportunities and goals.
• Works closely with the CMOA Advisory Board and its committees to advance the strategic goals of the museum. Monitors Advisory Board committee goals and tracks progress to date. Collaborates with CMOA Director on preparations for quarterly Advisory Board meetings and all board-related reporting.
• Actively cultivates contacts within the museum field, art world, and philanthropic community. Keeps abreast of relevant trends and issues in the museum field. Advises CMOA Director on such matters insofar as they are germane to institutional advancement and the museum’s strategic priorities.
• Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to representing the CMOA Director at meetings and events, participating in CMP planning efforts, iterating and communicating internal and external policies, and managing institutional priorities and concerns as they emerge.


The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:
• Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
• Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
• FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check
Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.
Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.

Salary Range: 
to be determined

About This Job

  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: to be determined
  • Posted: October 2, 2020