We at Museum Search & Reference recognize the multifaceted attributes museums look for in their leaders. We can help you identify professionals who want to work at your museum and who have experience with a broad range of activities: managing people and budgets, raising money, overseeing construction and renovation projects, building strong relationships with stakeholders, and inspiring audiences and staff without losing sight of your museum’s mission.
We work for you to recruit top-notch talent, and we identify both experienced and up-and-coming museum leaders for their expertise and fit. Whether current directors or senior professionals, we understand the importance of finding the best candidates to match your museum’s needs.
In addition to placing dozens of museum directors, we have also placed chief curators, deputy directors, directors of education, and other museum leadership, trained and experienced in content-specific areas. We have helped our clients hire curators of American art, Asian art, contemporary art, European art, Islamic art, and South Asian art, as well as museum education and engagement specialists.
We work nationally and internationally from our office in the greater Boston area and our search consultants are located in Washington, DC, Maine and New York State.
From drafting the job description and placing ads to recruiting exceptional candidates and writing the employment contract, we provide a full range of search services.
We recognize that managing transition goes hand-in-hand with changes in leadership and we assist clients in developing a well-managed path forward.
We work side-by-side with you from start to finish. With your designated trustees or senior manager, we together establish the scope of services and, if desired, offer advice on forming a Search Committee. We guide you step-by-step to a successful hire. We do the advertising, recruiting and reference checks for desirable candidates through our extensive networks, and we prepare you to interview candidates and ultimately hire a finalist. We actively stay in touch throughout the process and solicit your ongoing feedback. In addition to taking care of the details of the search process, we can help your Search Committee plan and manage transition tasks that may result with the new hire.
Our museum-only business focus insures you have our undivided attention for a more reasonable fee than other firms. We always use a fixed fee and never a percentage of salary, and we work with you to determine the scope and fee before the project begins. Except in unusual conditions, we offer a warranty for all of our hires.