Executive Director

The mission of MacDowell is “to nurture the arts by offering talented individuals an inspiring residential environment in which to produce enduring works of the creative imagination.”MacDowell believes that the arts, artists, and creative processes are of primary importance. MacDowell was founded in 1907 around a belief in the inherent value of providing artists with uninterrupted time and supportive spaces in which to work.

We believe in the worth and dignity of all people. We aspire to understand and value the complex lives of the artists, staff, trustees, and all others who continue to support our mission.

We believe in a world that works for artists because art makes a better world. We strive to match the love that artists have of their work with our love of them as people. We support their vision through care, passion, and an unwavering belief in their importance to our society. We believe that when we give our very best to our artists, they give their very best to the world. The path of an artist is hard enough. We strive to ease that burden through care and a joyful, supportive community.

We believe MacDowell must play a role in fostering equity within the arts, with equity itself calling for the recognition of historically unequal starting points. We will use our wealth of experience and resources to create opportunities for people who have in the past been excluded from access to the arts and advancement within the organizations that serve them.

And we believe in the responsible stewardship of our ecological and financial resources. We are committed to taking care of our land, our physical plant, our endowment, and our community.

Contact Name
Christy Wall
Contact Email Address
Type of Employment
Full time
Type of Role
Leadership or Executive-level
Salary Level or Range
This is a remote position

New York, NY
United States

How to Apply

Please visit the URL below to read a complete job description and begin the application process. 

Jonathan West and Shruti Adhar make up the team from Management Consultants for the Arts leading this important search. To be considered for this position, you must submit pertinent information including name, contact information, and salary requirement and attach a current résumé, a cover letter (no more than 1½ pages describing why this post and organization is attractive to you and what about you and your work makes you a potentially strong contributor as a leader of MacDowell), and four professional references (name, work relationship, email, phone) using the online application system. Once all materials have been submitted online, the applicant will receive a confirmation of their submission via the email address provided in the application. For clarification on any of this information, please contact Christy Wall at cwall@mcaonline.com.

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Description and Qualifications

MacDowell welcomes applications from strong leaders committed to nurturing artists – including composers, writers, theater makers, architects, filmmakers, visual, and interdisciplinary artists – to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. 

The Executive Director is the senior staff leader and public face of the renowned artist residency located in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and of its office and event space in New York City (the position is based in N.Y.C. with frequent travel to N.H.).

Chief among the incoming ED’s responsibilities will be to develop existing and new avenues of support and to communicate a clear vision of MacDowell’s future while honoring its historical success. Artistic engagement and the removal of barriers to the creative process are at the core of MacDowell’s mission, and the Executive Director should be interested in representing those values through a genuine commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. The Executive Director will be a clear communicator, strategic thinker, and skilled manager who builds relationships based on trust, follow-through, and a strong work ethic. Mastery of any artistic discipline is not required by the incoming Executive Director; instead, the new leader should be driven by cultural curiosity and open to lifelong learning about the artistic and social landscape. This skilled individual will succeed in shepherding the organization into the future by listening, connecting, responding, and then activating plans that are deeply collaborative.