Hamiltonian Artists | Job Opportunity: Executive Director

By Editorial Team on September 11, 2019

Deadline: Sat, 25 June 2022

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Hamiltonian Artists, a 12-year-old visual arts organization based in Washington DC, is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization into its next chapter. Dr. Paul So, Professor of Physics at George Mason University, founded Hamiltonian Artists and the affiliated Hamiltonian Gallery in July 2007.  As a scientist with a passion for the arts, he wanted to create an incubator program based on the post-doc experience found in the science field. Hamiltonian Artists is most notable for its esteemed Fellowship program, an incubator for emerging visual artists that fosters career mentorship and professional development. Since its founding, over 50 artists have gone through the program, working with nationally and internationally recognized mentors. In addition, Hamiltonian Artists’ public programs provide wide support for the vibrant Washington, DC artist community.

Hamiltonian Gallery provides an exhibition venue for the Fellows to show new work and to connect with collectors and the market. The gallery is regularly accepted into prestigious art fairs such as Pulse (Miami) and Volta (New York City) and has notable success in placing artworks into private collections. The Gallery also coordinates off-site exhibitions. In June 2019, the Board of Directors of Hamiltonian Artists decided to merge the two organizations into one unified non-profit organization.

The incoming Executive Director will be the first to lead this new merged organization, will be responsible for the continuation of the Fellowship, and will work with staff and volunteers to continue producing exhibitions and programs that advance the mission to support emerging artists in the Mid-Atlantic region. The incoming Executive Director will also be responsible for managing the organization’s budget, embarking on a strategic plan, and building upon regional relationships and partnerships.


Strategic leadership

  • Work with Board and staff to develop and implement short-term and long-term strategic plans for the merged organization

  • Engage and collaborate with staff, current Fellows, alumni, Fellowship mentors, and other key stakeholders and community partners

  • Develop accountability systems for monitoring and tracking staff and organizational performance

  • Build upon existing financial and management systems to ensure financial and operational integrity

  • Act as representative of Hamiltonian Artists at community events and in front of corporate, institutional, and public funders

  • Hire and develop staff, providing mentorship to interns and volunteers

  • Foster a culture dedicated to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion

Fundraising and Earned Income

  • Build-out strategic fundraising plan, cultivate individual and institutional supporters, and conduct robust prospect research

  • Work with staff to update and streamline fundraising processes using CRM software

  • Research and submit grant applications to public, foundation, and corporate funding sources

  • Develop and maintain public-facing programs and initiatives that will serve as earned income opportunities, in collaboration with Program Director

  • Work with Exhibitions Director to facilitate artwork sales

Financial Management 

  • Develop and manage organizational budgets, and work with program and exhibition staff to develop departmental budgets

  • Secure sufficient operating funds and strengthen organizational financial position with new and expanded revenue streams

  • Oversee day-to-day financial operations including working with contracted accountant and bookkeeper to produce monthly financial reports

  • Work with contracted accountant and bookkeeper to create annual IRS 990 filings and organizational audits

  • Implement risk mitigation across the organization

  • Serve as Board liaison to ensure financial transparency and accountability

Marketing and Communications

  • Effectively market the Fellowship and public programs to broad audiences

  • Create awareness in the Mid-Atlantic region about Hamiltonian’s mission, programs, and successes

  • Develop connections and contacts in the region, establish key partnerships to enhance and support Hamiltonian Artist’s mission of supporting emerging artists


  • Support the Fellows by managing resources to provide annual stipend

  • Support the Fellows by engaging leading artists to serve as mentors

  • Effectively delegate and empower staff to build robust professional development programs tailored to the needs of each class

  • Effectively delegate and empower staff to build robust exhibition opportunities for Fellows, both within the gallery footprint and with external venues

  • Engage professional network to bring expertise and insights to the Fellowship in a variety of formats


  • A track record as a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader within the visual arts or non-profit sector

  • Skills and experience in corporate, foundation, public and individual fundraising for the arts

  • Demonstrated experience developing new initiatives and driving programmatic growth, including earned income opportunities

  • Demonstrated experience in building community relationships and partnerships

  • Significant experience managing personnel, both individually and as a collaborative team

  • Ability to effectively delegate tasks and allow staff to be self-directed

  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated financial management experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to implementing diversity, equity, access, and inclusion initiatives

  • Graduate degree in art history, arts management, studio art or related field or commensurate experience in contemporary art

  • At least three years of experience in a leadership role, 10 years of professional experience


  • Experience working with or within organizations experiencing significant transitions, e.g., retirement of a founder, transition from volunteer-led to staff-led, mergers/acquisitions, new facilities, etc.

  • Possess a willing and able character to take input from various stakeholders

  • Excellent extroverted interpersonal skills with high-level emotional intelligence

  • Strong understanding of marketing, including print, digital, and social media

  • Active membership in professional organizations.

To apply, submit cover letter and resume to: jobs@hamiltonianartists.org.

Applications accepted until position is filled. Start date no later than January 1, 2020.

Salary Range $75,000-85,000, plus health benefits and 401k contributions after the first six months.