Senior Vice President, Programs & Exhibitions


The Role
Location: Detroit, MI
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

As a member of the Museum’s Executive Management Team, the Senior Vice President of Exhibitions & Programs reports to the President & CEO and will serve as a key ambassador for the Museum as it relates to all its public facing programs and services. In partnership with the President & CEO, establish short and long-range vision, general operating plans, and annual goals, objectives, and priorities for all the Museum’s exhibition, public programs and engagement, performance and educational activities.

Key Responsibilities:
• Serve as a member of the President’s senior management team.
• In collaboration with the President & CEO, establish the Museum as a visionary and innovative
creator of cultural and historical programs focused on the African American experience.
• In collaboration with the President & CEO, spearhead the Museum’s strategic efforts to provide
its programs and services to a growing online constituency.
• Think holistically about strategic programming initiatives to make informed choices about
program creation and enhancements.
• Lead and collaborate with Museum colleagues in the Curatorial, Exhibition Design, Education,
Public Programs, and other departments to create impactful learning experiences for all
visitors and stakeholders.
• Provide a supportive and outcomes-driven environment for direct reports that include the
Directors of Collections & Exhibitions, Design and Fabrication, and Learning & Engagement.
• In collaboration with the President & CEO, spearhead initiatives to engage diverse communities
within the City of Detroit, across the nation, and around the world.
• Further develop, build upon, and manage partnerships with external entities – including
cultural institutions, educational professionals, community groups, thought leaders, and
government agencies.
• Monitor and measure the success and impact of exhibitions and program initiatives.
• Work in close collaboration with the Senior Vice President of for Institutional Advancement to
develop and implement marketing strategies for the Museum’s programs to achieve maximum
reach and impact.
• Strategically align programs with the Museum’s Mission, new Strategic Plan, and broader
organizational priorities.
• Educate, inspire, and engage a broad range of audiences through a variety of programmatic
formats and platforms.
• Establish annual goals, objectives, and priorities with each team of direct reports.
• Collaborate with the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement to identify and apply
for funding opportunities from individual, government, foundation, and corporate sources.
• Work closely with the Vice President of Organizational Development and direct reports to
manage program budgets.
• Maximize earned income from programs while preserving aesthetic and educational integrity.
• Other duties as assigned.

The Person:
Education and Experience:
• A bachelor’s degree in African American Studies, Museum Studies or a related field or the
equivalent background derived from work experience. An advanced degree such as an MFA or
PhD degree is preferred.
• Demonstrated experience of at least ten (10) years of contemporary and innovative educational
or programmatic leadership in a senior role.
• A strong track record of providing best-practice, creative and innovative leadership to design
and deliver impactful public programming and community building experiences to fulfill and
amplify the Museum’s missions.
• Successful background in leading highly successful teams, mobilizing resources, maximizing
the potential of team members to achieve division goals.
• Excellent project management skills with the ability to guide team members and colleagues on
the path to best-in-class implementation.
• An enterprising and pioneering approach, with knowledge of best practices in program design,
evaluation, and curriculum development.
• Comfortable, skilled and engaging in an externally-facing role, including representing the
institution in public forums and the local community, and articulating vision and impact.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills, with the ability to establish rapport and
cultivate relationships across all levels of the organization.
• Excellent strategic decision-making and problem-solving skills, comfortable with ambiguity
and drives to interrupt the status quo.
• Disciplined with the ability to plan and execute multiple projects and initiatives to a standard
of excellence, while honoring creativity and innovation.
• Strong communication skills, a dynamic speaker and presenter.
• Leads and manages teams with empathy, a high standard of excellence, accountability, and
inclusivity, allowing for consensus building and recognition of teamwork.
• The ability to work closely with the President & CEO to offer creative and entrepreneurial, yet
practical, ideas to achieve the strategic direction of the Museum with a deep understanding
and commitment to the institutional vision the President puts forward.

• The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History offers highly competitive
compensation and comprehensive benefits.
• Salary range is $160,000 to $180,000 per year, depending on experience.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact;

Tory Clarke
Partner, Bridge Partners

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