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The Peale Center seeks Executive Director

Director, Peale Center

The Peale Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to re-opening Baltimore's Peale Museum as a history and architecture center and as a public venue for exhibitions and events, seeks a director to spearhead fundraising and strategy. This part-time (20 hours per week) position reports to the Peale's Board of Directors. The director will work independently and in concert with the board mainly to identify and pursue funding opportunities, provide administrative oversight of grants and programs, plan events, and raise the profile of the Peale Museum in the region.

Background: The Peale Museum, built in 1814, is the first dedicated museum structure in North America. Originally a popular attraction featuring curiosities, art, and natural history, it later served as Baltimore's first city hall, the city's first secondary school for African American students, and the Municipal Museum of the City of Baltimore. It closed in 1997. Efforts to revive the museum began in 2001.

The Peale hosts periodic events, including a recent high-profile art installation by Abigail DeVille and The Contemporary, but the historic building requires significant upgrades to enable it re-open permanently for public use. The Peale Center has raised $1.5 million towards a $3.5 million capital campaign. The restored Peale Museum will house permanent exhibits on the history and physical development of the City of Baltimore, the unique history and architecture of the Peale Museum building, and the Peale family of artists. It will also host rotating community-generated exhibitions and events inspired by Baltimore's unique culture, history, and neighborhoods. We envision an "open museum", an adaptive hub for residents of all ages and backgrounds to tell their stories and articulate their visions for the city.

We are seeking an individual with:
-- Demonstrated ability in fundraising, financial planning, and administration of arts, culture, and/or history nonprofits.
-- Strong interest in community-building and connecting the public with cultural resources in Baltimore City.
-- Experience in capital campaigns and building relationships with major donors including foundations, government sources, and individuals.

-- Knowledge of Baltimore's museum and nonprofit landscape; ability to cultivate and collaborate with diverse institutional partners on fundraising, events, and programming.

-- Excellent writing and communication skills.

Salary range: $30,000 - $40,000

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and two references to James D. Dilts President, The Peale Center 4611 Keswick Road Baltimore, MD 21210 410-235-9733 [email protected]

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