Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) is a dynamic arts center serving diverse audiences and advancing the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts. MWPAI fulfills its mission through three program divisions: Museum of Art, School of Art, and Performing Arts. Founded in Utica, New York in 1919 and opened in 1936, MWPAI is named after the three generations of family members who had a love for art and fine collectables and were inspired by the creation of “an artistic, musical, and social center” with a commitment to this vibrant area in Upstate New York.
The Museum of Art began with the family home, Fountain Elms, a Victorian-era Italianate mansion. The house was utilized as exhibit space, meeting rooms, and offices until 1960 when a new museum building, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, was completed and opened to the public. At this time, Fountain Elms was restored back to its original floor plan and the home was once again furnished with period pieces to reflect the style of its original day. In 1995 the two buildings were connected and in 2010 were added to the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to one of the nation’s greatest collections of 19th century American decorative arts, paintings, and sculptures numbering more than 12,000 articles, the museum hosts eight to ten special exhibitions and a wide range of public programs each year.
The School of Art has grown dramatically from the original community arts education program, which was first developed in 1941. In 1948 the State of New York approved the ability for MWPAI to give program attendees a two-year degree in the field of fine arts. In 1999 the prestigious Pratt Institute developed a partnership with MWPAI to offer guaranteed continued education at the Brooklyn campus to complete a four-year bachelor of fine arts degree. PrattMWP College of Art and Design is a residential program with a ten to one student to faculty ratio and a student body from all over the world. The School of Art also offers a strong community arts program with courses for youth, teens, and adults in the region.
The Performing Arts Division presents more than a dozen live performances, featuring rising stars, famous soloists, and ensembles. Programs include recitals with commentary, cinema, family programs, outdoor festival concerts, special events, and educational activities. MWPAI also offers a summer arts festival, art and music libraries, an active membership program, a museum shop, and rental facilities for private events.
Annual attendance at all MWPAI arts and educational programs is approximately 150,000. Led by an active 12-member board, MWPAI has an expansive urban campus that includes 19 buildings, a staff of more than 75, an annual operating budget of $12.2 million, and an endowment approaching $100 million.
Located in the beautiful Mohawk Valley, the City of Utica is the tenth most populous city in the state of New York. Rich in history and scenic beauty, the region is nestled at the base of the foothills of the Adirondack Preserve in the Mohawk Valley. The region is at the epicenter of the major commercial centers in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Montreal. Utica is a diverse city with a vibrant community of more than 40 different nationalities. According to the most recent census, the city’s demographics are 69 percent White, 15 percent Black, and 10 percent Latino. Six colleges are located within the city limits, offering a myriad of degrees and doctoral programs for students from all over the world.
With a growing population of 62,000 residents, the City of Utica is home to a range of businesses, including national brands, small business startups, expansions, and entrepreneurs. The city is a key part of the larger Utica-Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which boasts a population of roughly 300,000 residents. Utica’s parks system consists of 677 acres of parks and recreation centers. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., who designed New York City’s Central Park, designed the Utica Parks and Parkway Historic District. In 2009 USA Today chose Utica as one of the Ten Greatest Places with International Flair. Country Home magazine also ranked the Utica-Rome area as one of the Top 25 Greenest Communities in the United States.
Sources: greateruticachamber.org and cityofutica.com
Reporting to the board of directors, the President will be the chief executive officer of MWPAI, charged with leading the organization into the next phase of its journey, with a clear vision, strategic leadership, community engagement, and financial stability as a guide. The President will be a visionary with a passion for art, culture, and education. This individual will serve as the organization’s chief spokesperson, representing MWPAI to many external stakeholders. The scope of responsibility includes providing leadership and strategic direction in the oversight of the various program divisions. Growing earned and contributed revenues, leading senior staff, and ensuring quality facilities and operations are equally important. The President will guide, advise, and diversify the board as members embrace their roles as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors.
Vision, Strategy, and Leadership
The President will provide leadership and stimulate an evocative vision that inspires and motivates the entire institution and its stakeholders. This individual will recognize the strategic flexibility and distinct missions of the three program divisions that requires each to function as part of a larger organization with a shared vision and common direction. In keeping with this view, the President will:
Revenue Enhancement and Community Engagement
The President will be responsible for promoting and solidifying external alliances and partnerships with public, private, and corporate sector constituents. In doing so, this individual will:
Governance and Financial Stewardship
The President will be responsible for articulating a common set of values and establishing policies and levels of accomplishment in a culture of mutual respect, constructive cooperation, and purposeful collaboration inherent in financial accountability. This individual will need to persuasively communicate the direction and strategies both internally and externally with qualitative and quantitative information that builds enthusiastic commitment to the mission of MWPAI. With these factors in mind, the President will:
The President will be a dynamic, people-oriented leader who can see the big picture and values frequent interaction with internal and external stakeholders, both locally and nationally. This individual will appreciate the skills, experience, and input of others in formulating plans and achieving successful outcomes. A true leader with the ability to understand and embrace MWPAI’s unique operations, the President can inspire the development of a long-term vision with achievable goals and a strategy that embraces many stakeholders. The selected individual will bring energy, tenacity, passion, and an appreciation for arts, culture, and education.
Other key competencies include the following:
A master’s degree and eight to ten years of senior leadership experience in a cultural organization, educational institution, or similar entity are required. A demonstrated commitment to the arts, arts education, and community collaboration in working with faculty, staff, board, and an array of external stakeholders is necessary.
Compensation is very competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, and participation in a matching 401(k) retirement plan. The Mohawk Valley and surrounding regions also offer rustic outdoor experiences with easy access to several major metropolitan areas.
Please submit a letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225
Fax (888) 284.6651
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is an equal opportunity employer
that welcomes any qualified applicant and values diversity of all kinds.
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