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Atlanta Contemporary seeks Executive Director

26 Jul 2023 1:36 PM | Veronica Hogan

About Atlanta Contemporary

Atlanta Contemporary engages the public through the creation, presentation, and advancement of contemporary art in vibrant Atlanta, GA. Hosting exhibitions, events, extensive adult and children’s programming, and an on-campus Studio Artist program, we are committed to innovation, access, quality, influence, and collaboration in the contemporary arts.

Status: Full-Time

Reports to: Board of Directors

Personnel management: Yes, four direct reports and contractors (rotating)

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt - 501C3

With a passion for Atlanta Contemporary’s (AC) mission, the ED plans, directs, and is responsible for AC’s artistic vision, educational and public programming, and stewards the museum’s operations including managing an annual operating budget of $1M.

The ED fosters creativity, remains committed to advancing arts and culture with a particular interest in contemporary art, and elevates the visibility of the museum locally, regionally, and nationally.

Key Responsibilities

Passion for the Mission with a growth mindset

Visionary leader with an emphasis on strategy and implementation.

Nuanced appreciation of art with an interest in advancing the field of contemporary art and the evolving role of museums

Collaborative leader who works closely with the BOD and staff to develop the necessary plans, including the strategic plan, annual operating budget, development and fundraising, and others, to effectively lead AC.

Works with the BOD providing leadership, guidance, and direction in order to effectively make decisions and guide the organization into the next 50 years.

Supervises and motivates staff, independent contractors, and volunteers to operate with integrity, plus oversees policies and procedures of the museum

Actively solicits donations and support from individuals, members, foundations, government agencies, and corporate sponsorships

Advances the core values of AC through artistic programming, including the Studio Artist and Independent Curatorial Programs

Assures financial transparency and stability of AC


Minimum Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred.

Minimum 4–6-years previous experience in a museum, arts organization, or other non-profit organization.

Minimum 5 years experience in a leadership role with staff/contractor and budget management responsibilities.

Experience and proficiency in Fundraising and Development.

Specialized Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

While it is understood that no one person will bring every desired skill, characteristic, and experience, a background in the following specific areas would be beneficial:

Art Knowledge: preferred expertise in contemporary art and design practice, including exhibitions, events, and curatorial practice

Real Estate and Facilities Management: the ability to manage artist studio rentals and upkeep of entire campus and historic structures

Interested applicants should forward the following to:


Cover Letter

Three Professional References

The final candidate is to successfully complete a background screening and reference check process.


The target annual salary begins at $120,000. AC offers a competitive benefits package which may include moving expenses.

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