Director, Brind Center for African and African Diasporic Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia, PA 19130




Jun 29, 2023

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) seeks an accomplished scholar who is also a visionary and enterprising leader to serve as the inaugural Director and Curator of the Brind Center for African and African Diasporic Art. The new center is dedicated to the study, acquisition, and care of art from continental Africa and the African Diaspora. The Director and Curator will have the opportunity to lead a transformational endeavor for the future of the museum with the Center’s specific goal of expanding the scope and reach of the collection, a key objective of the newly published PMA Equity Agenda. The Brind Center will initiate and promote scholarship, organize gallery installations, special exhibitions, public programs, and publications to build broader awareness of the global, historical, and contemporary contributions of the art of Africa and the African Diaspora across time.

The Director and Curator will oversee the budget of the Brind Center and manage a team of 4-6 staff members. An additional new curatorial position for African and African Diasporic art will be established, as well as a fellowship program dedicated to the training and mentorship of graduate students in this expanding field, an important goal of the Center. The position is also responsible for developing long-term strategies that will inform the growth and capacity needs of the Center to meet priorities. The museum has a total annual operating budget of $62 million and an endowment valued at $600 million. PMA recently concluded a $600 million capital campaign, the largest for any cultural organization in Philadelphia’s history.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to conduct this assignment. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to Isaacson, Miller:

Sarah James and Ryan Leichenauer
Isaacson, Miller

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. PMA welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from marginalized and underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by its shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.