Executive Director and CEO

December 2021 | New York, NY
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About The AKC Museum of the Dog

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.

kids looking at a paintingCombining 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.

About the Opportunity

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.

sculpture of two dalmatiansThe 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.

Key Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Board and AKC leadership, develop a strategic plan/direction for the Museum
  • Oversee overall operations of the Museum including revenue generation, staffing, curatorial, education, and budget
  • Serve as the external face of the organization and regularly communicate with the Board, staff, Museum donors, sponsors, and the public
  • Lead the marketing and communications efforts with the goal of increasing visibility, number of visitors and community engagement
  • Engage with a broad range of community and business leaders in the greater New York area and create collaborative partnerships to advance the Museum’s stature, programs, and activities
  • Serve as the primary fundraiser for the cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects with the strategic support and engagement of the Director of Development
  • Develop and implement a sound and creative strategy to drive new and recurring memberships
  • Oversee multiple robust fundraising initiatives that target the unique interests of various donor groups, this includes: AKC’s core constituency, AKC’s network of dog clubs, the Museum’s current membership, dog lovers, both international and national, art lovers, public and private foundations, and corporations
  • Form a close partnership with The Chairman and Board of Directors to engage them in the key activities of the Museum, benefit from their commitment and expertise, and keep them informed on key issues and opportunities
  • Develop opportunities for renting out the Museum facility to appropriate groups and organizations  
  • Working in collaboration with the adjunct curator, secure funds for acquisition and specific projects, including but not limited to exhibition sponsorships, educational programs, library, and digital development
  • two people admiring artwork Assume responsibility for the Museum facility and in collaboration with the senior curator, oversee the Museum collection, including an exhibition plan and the development of programs for the Museum

Key Qualifications

  • Passion and enthusiasm for dogs and mission of the Museum and the capability to effectively serve as the primary advocate for the organization
  • Proven track record of having grown an organization and enhanced its reputation
  • Proven track record in driving organizational revenue growth, including private philanthropic support
  • Visionary and strategic thinker with a keen appreciation for the Museum’s growth potential
  • Strong understanding of (or comparable experience in) the business, community relations, marketing, operational and revenue aspects of directing a museum
  • Solid appreciation and interest in learning the collections management aspects of the Museum
  • Experience working closely with governing boards to help manage all matters affecting the Museum and its performance
  • Team leader with ability to engage and motivate staff and members through a collaborative, respectful working environment
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills
  • Authentic and enthusiastic leadership style

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:


Kieran McTague

Senior Vice President and Director, New York, Principal

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