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Executive Director

Executive Director


Bellevue Arts Museum provides a public forum for the community to contemplate, appreciate, and discuss visual culture. We work with audiences, artists, makers, and designers to understand our shared experience of the world.

BAM is one of few museums that grew out of an art fair. Started by a handful of dedicated volunteers, the first fair was held in 1947 and eventually led to the founding of the Museum in 1975. After undergoing a series of transformations, BAM opened the doors to its first permanent home, designed by renowned architect and Washingtonian Steven Holl, in 2001. Exclusively dedicated to art, craft, and design since 2005, the Museum has grown to be an important contributor to the region's cultural vibrancy and a leading institution in its field. The Bellevue Arts Museum Art Fair continues to be a core community program, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021.

The Executive Director is responsible for management of all aspects of the nonprofit organization, including fundraising/development, exhibitions and curatorial activities, outreach programs, marketing, human resources, financial management, strategic planning, facilities, and administrative activities. The Executive Director represents the Museum with government agencies, the community, and the public. In this leadership role, the Executive Director will work to maintain a positive and collaborative culture throughout the Museum that is inclusive and transparent and inspires and motivates staff. The Executive Director is responsible for advancing the Museum’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work, with the support of the DEI committee. As the Museum’s primary advocate, fundraiser, and ambassador, the Executive Director builds long-lasting relationships with the community and donors.

The Executive Director oversees the curatorial activities to ensure they meet the long -term mission and vision of the Museum and works together with the Curatorial lead, who is responsible for providing curatorial leadership and management, including the planning, budgeting, design, and display of art exhibitions and presentations.

Summary of Primary Responsibilities
• Visionary Leadership – Displays a passion for art, craft, and design; has knowledge and experience in art administration that inspires respect and trust; mobilizes the Museum’s staff and Board of Trustees to fulfill the Museum’s mission.

• Executive Management – Effectively communicates and champions the Museum’s mission and vision to the community to elevate the visibility of the Museum and to elicit broad community support and engagement.

• Effective Business Manager – Develops workable short and long-term operational plans; is agoal-oriented and data-informed decision maker who ensures coordination with current and long-term financial management that supports the strategic plans of the Museum.

• Operational and Strategic Planning – Oversees short-term operational and long-rangestrategic planning and implementation processes, including the effective management of the organization’s departments. Consults and strategizes with the Board and staff regarding annual artistic, educational, and outreach plans.

• Financial Management – Manages all Museum financial commitments in alignment with the operational plan.

• People Manager – Develops and nurtures a culture that attracts, inspires, and motivates employees, artists, docents, consultants, and board members; has a deep, abiding commitment to inclusive practices and builds, leads, and mentors diverse, inclusive teams; promotes diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, both internally and externally.

• Curatorial Leadership – Oversees the curatorial and program staff to plan and execute a robust schedule of exhibitions and events that attracts broad and diverse participation from across the community.
• Fund Development – Works with Board of Trustees and Development staff to plan and execute fundraising initiatives, including major gifts, foundation and corporate funding, annual and capital campaigns, annual fundraising events, and the Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair.

• Board Relations – In addition to regular reporting, brings all appropriate issues and policy requirements to the Board in a timely manner. Partners with the Board President to ensure that the Board and staff are cohesively working to support BAM’s established strategic direction.

Qualifications and Experience:
• Advanced degree in nonprofit leadership, arts leadership, fine art, art history, museum studies or related disciplines. Associated studies or certifications in business or curatorial a plus. Work experience in lieu of education will be considered.

• Seven to ten years of demonstrated senior-level leadership experience in managing and building successful arts and educational institutions with an emphasis on art, craft, and design is preferred.

• Strong background in operational and financial management, preparing and managing
budgets with proven success creating and executing strategies and plans.

• Demonstrated success and experience with building earned revenue, fundraising, strategic planning, program design, board relations, public relations, marketing, and communications

• Deep knowledge and understanding of DEI and how to ensure it is fully integrated into the culture and activities of the Museum. Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and public constituencies.

• Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.

• Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively and in a professional manner, both verbally and in writing. Comfortable and adept at public speaking.

• Strong community relations skills especially in responding to community needs and interacting with community leaders.

• Respected professional among peers in similar organizations or art-related associations.

• Coronavirus/COVID-19: As a condition of working on BAM premises, all employees must sign an acknowledgement of vaccination status, assumption of risk, waiver and release.

• Applicants must pass a background check before hire.

BAM is committed to creating an environment that supports freedom of artistic expression and invites and embraces diverse and wide-ranging perspectives. Our vision is to provide thought-provoking exhibitions and programs that open important conversations in our community. Embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion is a vital aspect of being a vibrant cultural asset for the region. Equitable practices ensure that diversity of population and thought are represented, respected, and valued in our exhibitions, programs, and across the organization.

Bellevue Arts Museum is an equal opportunity employer. BAM celebrates diversity of its employees, members, visitors, and larger community. BAM provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Bellevue Arts Museum complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Hours: Full-time, evenings and weekends as needed (exempt position)
Salary and Benefits: $110,000 – $130,000 per year; Comprehensive employee benefits package provided.

Qualified and interested applicants who are enthusiastic about taking on the dynamic role of leading this vibrant museum can review the full position description at
To apply, please forward a resume and cover letter to
No phone calls please. All applicants will be sent an automated reply notifying them that their application was received. Applicants selected to participate in the interview process will be notified. Position is open until filled.

Salary Range: 
$110,000 - $130.000/yr

About This Job

  • Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: $110,000 - $130.000/yr
  • Posted: September 3, 2021