The American Kennel Club 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 Museum was originally located in The New York Life Building at 51 Madison Avenue as a part of the American Kennel Club (AKC) headquarters. In 1987, the Museum 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’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 Museum 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 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.
For more information about The AKC Museum of the Dog, please visit museumofthedog.org.
The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (ED/CEO) in consultation with the Board and AKC leadership, will develop and implement the strategy for expanding the Museum’s audience, engaging both the AKC and broader communities, and building various revenue streams in support of the Museum’s operations and programs. This includes increasing the Museum’s visibility, attendance, membership, and institutional growth. Revenue generation is vital to the Museum’s ability to meet these goals and the new ED/CEO will play a leadership role in elevating institutional revenue including raising philanthropic funds.
This creative and engaging leader will form effective external relationships with key local, regional, and national leaders in AKC clubs and events; and in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.
The ED/CEO will benefit from the support of Alan Fausel, who is serving as Adjunct Curator due to his deep experience and unmatched reputation in the area of dog art collections and exhibitions. The new ED/CEO will manage a staff of six including the Adjunct Curator as well as a Director of Individual Giving & Membership, a Manager of Visitor Experience, a Digital Media Manager, a Manager of Learning and Engagement, 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.
The Museum of the Dog is offering a salary in the range of $225,000 – $250,000, plus benefits and a performance bonus, commensurate with experience.
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