Executive Director, Jackie Robinson Museum

  • Full Time
  • New York, New York
  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) seeks an Executive Director of the Jackie Robinson Museum (JRM) to provide dynamic leadership over all aspects of Museum operations, exhibitions and programming, including strategic planning, public relations, staffing, fundraising, budgeting, collections acquisition and maintenance, and site preservation and security. The Executive Director will work closely with The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) president & CEO and board of directors to articulate and fulfill JRM’s mission to develop and effectuate state-of-the art exhibitions, progressive programming, and educational activities that reflect and advance the legacy of its namesake and the values embodied in his life story.


    Lead efforts to develop the strategic direction and initiatives required to fulfill the mission of JRM and increase local, statewide, national, and international awareness and prominence of the institution.

    • Direct and oversee all JRM operations, including: the design and creation of on-site and traveling exhibitions; educational and public programming; artifact acquisition; collections management; JRM website design and maintenance; fundraising; finance and budgeting; staffing; and public relations.
    • Recruit, manage and lead a full-time staff of at least eight executives, initially, as well as support and part-time staff, consultants, and volunteers as needed; recruitment of staff to fill open positions will be done with assistance from JRF Operations staff.
    • Lead and participate in fundraising and development activities, including cultivating relationships with major stakeholders and benefactors, grant-writing, outreach and relationship-building with foundations, corporations, individuals and grassroots donors, working closely with the JRM director of development.
    • Serve as spokesperson and chief advocate for JRM, including by establishing strong partnerships within the community and nationally with like-minded institutions and working to enhance JRM’s public image with a goal toward expanding interest and tangible support for JRM.
    • Direct and oversee JRM marketing initiatives and public relations activities in conjunction with the JRM communications director, staff and outside consultants, including development of an effective communications strategy to ensure targeted levels of on-site visitation and a robust internet presence.
    • Oversee the management, maintenance and security of the property and facilities of JRM and its collections held in public trust.


    • Bachelor’s and master’s degrees required; doctorate degree preferred
    • Ten years of experience managing an institution of comparable or greater size, preferably a museum or public exhibition space; senior managerial level experience at a large institution is acceptable
    • Demonstrated/studied knowledge of American History and the history of the modern Civil Rights Movement in the United States
    • Working knowledge of the sport of baseball and Major League Baseball (USA) helpful
    • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction, with experience developing and implementing formalized strategic plans
    • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations
    • Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development
    • Excellent communication skills, including proficiency in writing and public speaking
    • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with many constituencies, including board members, donors, donor prospects, community leaders and government officials, and across diverse populations
    • Strong general management capabilities, including problem-solving; prioritizing tasks effectively and delegating appropriately; deft handling of personnel matters; and an ability to supervise and motivate staff, vendors, consultants, volunteers, and other JRM constituents
    • Proven business acumen, including management of annual operating budgets: government regulatory and industry standards compliance; and knowledge of basic accounting principles
    • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills
    • Proficiency with common database and word processing software (e.g., Microsoft products, Slate)

    Salary and benefits are commensurate with candidate’s experience and JRF/JRM policy.

    The Jackie Robinson Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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