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Executive Director

Company: Howe-Lewis International
Location: New York
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

ABOUT AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE LOUVRE: American Friends of the Louvre (AFL) is a tax-exempt charity organized in the United States. It was established to strengthen ties between the Louvre and the American public and to formalize the longstanding generosity of American patrons. Through its support, AFL raises awareness of the Louvre's collections and museum expertise and helps make the Museum's exhibitions and permanent collections more accessible in the U.S. and around the world.
Since its inception, AFL has secured more than $40 million for the Louvre benefitting the curatorial departments, research and restoration programs, education and accessibility initiatives, projects in the Tuileries Garden, international programs, and the Louvre Endowment. In addition, through its fundraising efforts and endowment/reserve funds, AFL finances its own operating budget each year.
AFL has developed a loyal constituency of donors across the U.S. and overseas. The New York office was established in 2004, and in 2018, a strategic decision was made to expand operations to Los Angeles to further develop AFL's donor base. Expansion to other regions may be planned in the future. For more information, please visit .
FUNDING: AFL generates approximately $2-$3 million annually-and in some years much more-through dedicated trustees, members, and special events including an annual gala. The annual operating budget is approximately $800,000, and AFL has endowment and reserve funds with a combined current market value of $8 million.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Board of Directors of AFL has launched a search for an Executive Director to take the reins from its founding Executive Director, who is departing in mid-2023. The role is a unique opportunity to build upon the organization's accomplishments to date and assist -the first woman to helm the Louvre-in realizing her exciting vision for the museum. Americans are the largest group of foreign visitors to the Louvre, and the museum has ongoing partnerships with museums across the U.S.
The Executive Director reports to the Chairman and the Board of Directors and will lead a team currently comprised of a Director of Development and Communications; Director of Programs and Events; Development and Events Coordinator (part-time); and Finance Assistant.

  • Deep appreciation for museums and the Louvre as one of the premier art museums in the world.
  • Fluency in conversational French and French reading comprehension is highly desirable.
  • An outstanding development professional in the arts, culture, education, or other related field with a successful track record of leadership in philanthropy. Experience working for another American support organization for an international charity is a plus.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful leadership, strategic planning/visioning, and problem-solving.
  • Experience developing and working collaboratively with an engaged board of directors and other volunteers.
  • Thorough understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies including membership programs, major gifts, grants, planned giving, and online campaigns.
  • Demonstrated success as a frontline major gift fundraiser.
  • Ability to envision the organization from a broad perspective, and with the Board, map out its future growth.
  • Experience elevating the profile of an organization; marketing/branding expertise.
  • Excellent management skills and the ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Sound financial acumen and knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring, and administration.
  • Able to provide clear direction and to motivate, support, and hold a team accountable for ambitious, attainable goals.
  • Able to serve as a visible, charismatic, and compelling ambassador.
  • A sophisticated communicator; superior writing skills and expertise in producing compelling fundraising materials.
  • Media savvy.
  • Current with commonly used software programs and an understanding of how to maximize technological resources in support of communications, fundraising, finance, and planning.
  • A connector and networker; knowledgeable about the NYC/LA civic, cultural, government, philanthropic, and corporate communities.
  • High "EQ", an informed global citizen who is sensitive to and respectful of differing cultures.
  • Collaborative and resourceful.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial.
  • A warm, approachable style.
  • Unquestionable integrity and strong personal ethics.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the U.S. and abroad and to attend evening events as required.
  • Bachelor's degree is required with specialized or substantial coursework in art history; an advanced degree is a plus.

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Keywords: Howe-Lewis International, New York , Executive Director, Accounting, Auditing , New York, New York

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