Brian P. Kennedy Leadership Fellow

Website The Toledo Museum of Art

Job Title:  Brian P. Kennedy Leadership Fellow
Department:  Administration
Reports to:  Director of the Toledo Museum of Art
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Employment Status:  Full-Time, Temporary
Duration:  2 Years, starting on or around September 1, 2022
Compensation:  $55,000 annually


Please submit applications directly on the Toledo Museum of Art website

Since our founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of our collection, our innovative and extensive education programs, and our architecturally significant campus.

And thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, TMA remains a privately endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public, free of charge.

The Brian P. Kennedy Leadership Fellowship at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) seeks to train the next generation of art museum leaders through an innovative, experiential program that combines curatorial and executive level leadership responsibilities. This opportunity provides direct experience in strategy and policy development, curatorial and programming leadership, outreach and community engagement, board development, philanthropy stewardship, and financial and resource management.  The Museum seeks a fellow with a background in the art of the Middle Ages, defined broadly as art made between the 4th and 15th centuries in Europe and/or Asia.

Works closely with the director and other leadership team members on projects related to the day-to-day management of the museum at the executive level.
Performs responsibilities related to the TMA collection to include:

-Working with curatorial staff to establish the strategic collections plan and vision, most notably participating in planning for the reinstallation of the Museum’s world-class collection for the first time in 40 years.
-Participating as a member of the curatorial team in developing and coordinating exhibitions, programing, and publications.
-Conceptualizing, defining, initiating, and conducting research to prepare and present to curatorial staff and leadership team.
-Assisting with the initiation and implementation of collaborations with other arts institutions to create new exhibition and scholarship opportunities.
-Working with the Learning & Interpretation Department to assist in the creation of interpretive materials related to our collection.
-Responding to inquiries regarding the TMA collection.
-Shepherds a specific project (e.g., exhibition, publication, program) from start to finish, which includes responsibility for proposing, planning, implementation, and completion of the project. The project and its proposed timeline will be determined during the fellow’s first year. Works with the Development and Finance Departments to develop and manage the budget for the culminating project.
-Participates with the Museum’s leadership team and staff in the implementation and evaluation of the TMA Strategic Plan.
-Supports the Director of Belonging & Community Engagement in implementing the Museum’s Belonging Plan.
-Works with the CFO and other senior leadership team members to identify and establish new earned revenue opportunities.
-Receives professional training and development including, but not limited to: Structured immersion program to introduce Museum operations with curriculum framing key issues in the field. Ongoing coaching from either HR or an external resource. Stipend for travel to conferences and other benchmark institutions.
Within the first year, has an opportunity to act as a manager for a project or program supporting the Museum’s strategic plan.
-Participates in the day-to-day activities of the Museum, completes independent work, and is mentored by senior curatorial staff and members of the senior management team.
-Performs other duties as required or assigned.

Candidates must have completed either their M.A. or Ph.D. within the last three years in art history or a related discipline with a focus on the art of the Middle Ages.

-Specialized knowledge of the Art of the Middle Ages with a strong preference for candidates with knowledge of Islamic traditions.
-Strong academic performer with an interest in museum leadership positions in the future.
-Demonstrated interest in key issues affecting the Museum field.
-Must be committed to the Toledo Museum of Art for the full two-year duration of the appointment.

Frequently attends Museum and development events inside and outside of TMA, with non-standard, often extended work hours, weekends and occasional overnight travel. Standard open office work environment shared with co-workers, with related phone, computer and printer noise. Position requires ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery and audio/visual equipment such as a copy machine, printer and phone and sound systems.


-25 Days of Paid Time Off Annually
-6 Paid Holidays Annually
-2 Floating Holidays Annually
-3 Paid Volunteer Days Annually
-Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance
-403b Retirement Savings Plan
-Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Term Life and AD&D Insurance Plans
-Paid Parental Leave
-Pet Insurance
-Employee Assistance Plan
-Museum Family Membership
-Employee Discounts in the Museum Store, Café, Studio Art Classes, & More!

The Toledo Museum of Art provides equal opportunity for employment and promotion to all qualified employees and applicants. No person shall be discriminated against in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal or state statutes. The Museum is committed to maintaining an environment in which all employees are treated equitably and given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the workplace. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by contacting Human Resources at or (567)-666-0387.

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