Executive Director - Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

  • 12 Jan 2022 9:21 PM
    Message # 12258779
    Zinnia Willits (Administrator)

    The BRAHM (Blowing Rock Art & History Museum) Board of Trustees seeks a strategic leader to advance the mission and vision of the museum. The next Director will be a community networker and advocate for the region’s rich artistic and cultural heritage who will develop opportunities for BRAHM to grow and thrive. The Board seeks an experienced manager, mentor and champion of programs created through teamwork and collaboration. The Director will be outgoing and engaged in the community to build audiences and strengthen the museum’s impact. 

    Fundraising is a key component of the job, requiring a genuine interest in people and the community. Management experience is essential, and budget and facilities oversight, program development, exhibition planning and collection stewardship are key areas of responsibility. Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a roll-up-sleeves style of leadership are expected. As a small museum, BRAHM relies on the Director to lead, guide, nurture, grow and inspire its staff, Board, visitors and supporters.

    The next Director will join a passionate and talented staff in creating robust exhibitions, programs and experiences. It’s longstanding partnership with Blowing Rock Historical Society offers unique opportunities for artist residencies and other living-artist connections promoting visitor engagement and appreciation for creative practices.

    About BRAHM

    The museum comprises 26,000 square feet, a staff of 13, an annual budget of $800,000, an endowment of $2 million and is debt free. Gallery and exhibition space totals over 6,500 square feet and the Wilson Education Center, a lower-level studio workshop space, offers abundant, hands-on learning programs for aspiring artists of all ages. The collection of over 500 objects comprises 19th and 20th century American paintings, including a robust collection of American Impressionists, works on paper, traditional North Carolina pottery, and American Studio Craft. The collection is expected to grow significantly through planned gifts of an important collection of North Carolina ceramics and a significant collection of American Impressionist works.

    The museum opened in 2011 providing cultural enrichment through presentations of contemporary and traditional fine art and craft experiences for its visitors. The story of Appalachia remains a connecting thread joining the region, its artistic community and the greater world of art, past and present. The reconstructed Daingerfield cottage is located on the museum’s grounds and serves as resident artists’ workspace managed by the Blowing Rock Historical Society.

    After its first 10 years, BRAHM is poised to strengthen its place in the region and community, to grow support and attendance, and to advance programming. Budget growth will be key to expanding what is possible for exhibitions, the collection, education and other experiences. The Board of Trustees is eager to support these efforts.

    Overview of Qualifications and Job Responsibilities

    The Executive Director will pursue creative and innovative ideas and grow and manage resources to deliver results. Willingness to take creative risks, thinking differently about traditional art forms and contemporary art implies flexibility, active engagement in programming and a broad view of possibilities. The Director will serve as the museum’s chief fundraiser and philanthropic ambassador, working with stakeholders at every level, developing new partnerships, and securing financial support for the organization’s priorities to assure a strong future. Key qualifications include: 5 years’ experience in an art museum leadership position with reporting staff and budget responsibilities. Able to create vision and track details, to plan for the next opportunity while implementing current programs. Evidence of fundraising experience working with donors, sponsors and grantors. Leads with a “people-first” style fostering understanding and appreciation. Actively seeks ways to advance the visitor experience across all BRAHM’s points of public engagement through art and education.


    Blowing Rock and the Region

    Located at an elevation of 3,500 feet, Blowing Rock is referred to as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” The community and region offer an active four-season lifestyle. Blowing Rock’s year-round population is approximately 1,500, but it grows significantly seasonally and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually from throughout the United States and internationally. In 2018 Blowing Rock was named Best Small Town in NC by readers of Southern Living and was rated one of America’s 25 Best Small Towns by Expedia. From the Blue Ridge mountains to the thriving nearby metro areas of Charlotte and Winston-Salem to the beaches of the North Carolina coast, the state offers a bounty of experiences in one of the fastest growing areas of the country.             



    The anticipated salary is $90,000, plus benefits package. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.


    Diversity and Inclusion

    The BRAHM is an EA/EO employer and actively encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. It does not discriminate against any candidate or employee based on race, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or veteran status.


    Nominations and applications are welcome.

    This is an exciting opportunity to lead a museum looking to its next decade and located in a thriving and scenic region of the country.

    Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé, salary requirement, and names of 3 references and your professional relationships, with contact information by March 7, 2022, to: Dan Keegan, Senior Search Consultant, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. For details, visit: www.museum-search.com/open-searches