The AKC Museum of the Dog (the Museum) preserves, interprets, and celebrates the role of dogs in society and educates the public about the human-canine bond through its collection of art and exhibits that inspire engagement with dogs.
Founded in 1979 and opened in 1982, the AKC Museum of the Dog was originally located in The New York Life Building at 51 Madison Avenue as a part of the AKC headquarters. In 1987, the Museum of the Dog was moved to a new location in Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, Missouri. After over 30 great years at Queeny Park, the decision was made to bring the Museum back to its original home and reunite it with the AKC headquarters and collection.
Combining fine art with canine artifacts and high-tech interpretive displays, the Museum of the Dog’s new home at 101 Park Ave, two blocks from Grand Central Station, hopes to capture the hearts and minds of its visitors. Located in the iconic Kalikow building, the Museum offers rotating exhibits featuring objects from its 1,700-piece collection and 4,000-volume library.
The AKC Museum of the Dog has a strong relationship with AKC and together, they own the largest collection of canine art in the world. Located in the same building, the Museum of the Dog is supported financially in part by the AKC and has access to AKC’s administrative functions including but not limited to HR, Legal, Communications, and Finance. In addition, there is an active AKC TV studio and a resource library within the Museum.
The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (ED and CEO) will be responsible for the management and supervision of the day-to-day affairs of the Museum in accordance with policies, guidelines, and a budget established by the Board of Directors. The ED and CEO, in consultation with the Board and AKC leadership, will develop and implement the strategy for expanding the Museum’s audience, engaging the broader community, and building various revenue streams in support of the Museum’s operations and programs. This includes increasing the Museum’s visibility, attendance, and organizational growth. Fundraising will be vital to the Museum’s ability to meet these goals and the new ED and CEO will play a leadership role in raising philanthropic funds. This creative and engaging leader will form effective external relationships with key local, regional, and national leaders in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.
The ED and CEO will benefit from the support of Alan Fausel, who has served in the role of Executive Director during this time of transitioning the Museum from St. Louis back to New York City. Mr. Fausel will move into the role of Adjunct Curator due to his deep experience and unmatched reputation in the area of dog art collections and exhibitions. The new ED and CEO will manage a staff of six including the Adjunct Curator as well as a Director of Development, a Manager of Educational Programs, an Assistant Curator, a Manager of Membership & Visitor Experience, and a Development Assistant.
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
If you are interested in being considered for this upcoming search, please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to:
Senior Vice President and Director, New York, Principal
Development Guild DDI