Chief Curator and Director of National Academician (NA) Affairs

National Academy of Design

The National Academy of Design seeks a dynamic, innovative curator of contemporary art to serve as Chief Curator and Director of National Academician (NA) Affairs. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Curator/Director of NA Affairs is a new position that will be responsible for oversight of all curatorial activities and serve as a primary point of contact for the approximately 450 living artists and architects currently serving as National Academicians. The Chief Curator/Director of NA Affairs is a member of the senior management team, and a key partner to the Executive Director in shaping the National Academy’s curatorial vision and developing the fundraising and communications to support it.

The Chief Curator/Director of NA Affairs will have a track record of successful exhibitions and curatorial projects, and extensive experience working with artists and architects. With a focus on American art and architecture of the past 75 years, the Chief Curator thinks critically and thoughtfully about how art, architecture, and culture can help us explore different issues and ideas in contemporary life. The position is a unique opportunity to join the leadership team of a historic institution at a moment of exciting change and reinvention.


The responsibilities of the Chief Curator / Director of NA Affairs will include:

  • Work with executive director and curatorial team to develop and implement long-range curatorial vision and priorities
  • Work with curatorial team to set annual exhibition calendar
  • Curate exhibitions, artist commissions, and related projects and publications, with a specific focus on contemporary art and architecture
  • Work with curatorial and collections team to manage the donation and stewardship of Diploma Works by National Academicians
  • Develop close working relationships with National Academicians to help shape exhibitions programming and the collection
  • Provide vision and direction for National Academician Affairs, including the nomination and election of new Academicians, annual Induction Ceremony of new members, meetings, and more
  • Work directly with the Board of Governors, committees, and National Academicians to advance curatorial initiatives
  • Work with collections staff to develop innovative strategies for making the collection more accessible and available to researchers, scholars, and the public
  • Work with education and programs staff to develop thoughtful and innovative exhibition and collections programming
  • Work with executive director to develop annual departmental goals and budgets
  • Work with executive director and development staff on fundraising and donor stewardship
  • Identify and manage strategic institutional partnerships to extend the National Academy’s audience and reach


  • At least 10-15 years of progressively responsible curatorial, collections, and arts management experience
  • MA/PhD in art history, or related discipline, with a focus on contemporary American art preferred, or equivalent work experience
  • A track record of curating and producing exhibitions, curatorial projects, and publications with demonstrated impact
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a track record of published articles, books, or other texts
  • Proven success in fundraising and donor stewardship
  • Ability to successfully manage departmental and project budgets
  • Working knowledge of TMS/TMS Collections a plus
  • Collaborative and open management style with success in managing teams and partnerships
New York, NY
Due Date: 
Monday, May 31, 2021
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on April 27, 2021 - 8:03am