Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Trustees

Summary: Reporting to the Board of Trustees, individual provides conceptual leadership for the institution as a whole; develops strategic planning for Museum objectives; serves as a spokesperson for the museum; Plans organizes and directs activities through Museum staff; and acts as liaison between staff and Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

To serve as the principal public persona of the Museum.

To provide the vision and personal leadership for the institution’s growth and development and to achieve the goal of national prominence and recognition.

To develop strategies and initiatives to fulfill Museum’s mission, increase its audiences, and insure its financial stability and growth.

To raise funds and solicit major gifts to provide the finances available to the Museum to fund programs and acquisitions for the collection.

To direct and supervise all Department Heads.

To be responsible for long-range planning and strategic planning; work with Trustees on developing new ideas for fund raising support of the Museum; work with the Board to develop and ensure that the Museum is moving towards implementation of its strategic plans.

Maintain responsibility for all professional practices and Museum policies including acquisitions, deaccessions, conservation, research interpretation and presentation, and financial management.

 Other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master of Arts degree in art history or a related field. Ph.D. or equivalent experience in art history preferred.

5+ years experience in many aspects of the art museum field.

Must have proven scholarly ability as demonstrated through publication and exhibitions.

Must have solid experience in fund raising and museum administration.

Must have excellent supervisory and organizational skills as well as communication skills and time-management skills.

Must be able and willing to interact with community leaders, the general public, and potential donors to the Museum.

Submit a letter of application, resume, and references to employment@everson.org

The Everson Museum of Art offers excellent benefits with health, dental, life and 403(b).  The Everson Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. 


For a rewarding volunteer experience in a beautiful setting, become a volunteer at the Everson Museum of Art, one of Central New York's most treasured cultural organizations.

Volunteer opportunities abound at the Everson. Positions include staffing the Museum Shop; greeting visitors at the Welcome Desk; working in the administrative office answering phones and assisting with mailings and other projects; and serving on committees organized by Members' Council, such as the Everson Trip Committee and Festival of Trees.

To volunteer at the Everson Museum, e-mail everson@everson.org or call (315) 474 6064.


Thousands of people are offered informative and educational tours through the Everson Museum's galleries each year - thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers called "docents". Everson Museum Docents welcome visitors, conduct museum tours for school groups, clubs and organizations, and present outreach programs. Docent led tours and programs can be customized for a particular curricular focus or age group, and are also available in French and Spanish.

While just a few of our docents have a degree in art, they all appreciate art, learning and teaching, and are energized by the enthusiasm of students and adults responding to works of art in the museum.

Docent education begins in September with continuous education two Monday afternoons per month through May. Candidates also participate in an intensive three-day workshop held in November. Upon graduation, docents continue to meet two Mondays per month and volunteer at least one day a week. This may include mornings, afternoons, evenings or weekends.

Contact Kimberly Griffiths at (315) 474 6064 x310 for more information on how to become an Everson docent.


Everson internships have an experiential learning focus by design. Students work closely with museum staff and volunteers. Internships are project-based and support current museum initiatives. Matching student interests with museum initiatives helps ensure the internship will be a skill building opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Curatorial Intern:

Work closely with the curatorial team and assist all curatorial duties including research on permanent collection, exhibitions, publications, loans, art handling, database management and object inventories.

Development Intern:

Gain a broad understanding of the business operations of a museum and fundraising. Focus is on revenue generation including marketing, special events, grant writing and retail sales.

Education Intern:

Develop gallery guides, research exhibitions and organize workshops for children and families. Oversee programming for the Children's Interactive Gallery; create educational and promotional literature; and participate in general educational programming and departmental operations.

Public Relations Intern:
Position filled for Fall 2013. Applications for Spring 2014 being accepted.

Develop promotional campaigns in support of Everson exhibitions, programs and special events. Hands on opportunity to create PR and marketing plans; develop press releases; write articles and Website copy; pitch coverage opportunities; coordinate coverage with the media; and design support pieces.


To apply for an internship, send your resume and cover letter to everson@everson.org, and indicate which internship(s) you wish to be considered for. If an interview needs to be arranged you will be contacted directly.


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