Director of External Affairs, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

Director of External Affairs, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art provides a platform for artistic exploration through multifaceted queer perspectives. We embrace the power of the arts to inspire, explore, and foster understanding of the rich diversity of LGBTQIA+ experiences.


Director of External Affairs

Employment Type: At-will

Reports to: Executive Director

Direct Reports: Communications Strategist, Development Associate, Various Outside Consultants

Employment Status: Full-time, exempt position


About LLMA

Based in Soho, NYC since 1969, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is a vibrant platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted LGBTQIA+ perspectives – serving as a home for queer art, artists, scholars, activists, and allies, and a catalyst for discourse on art and queerness. As the Museum reopens after the darkest moments of our 2020-21 pandemic closure with a focus on public engagement, we are at a critical inflection point in our story and poised for significant growth. While the hallmarks that informed LLMA’s beginnings—creativity, inclusion, and activism—continue to serve as guideposts for the future, the new Executive and Curatorial leadership are intent on amplifying our legacy through radical thought-leadership and support of new artist-led activities. Our aim is to center inspiring queer narratives, celebrate humanity, and forefront dignity during this complex time of sociopolitical evolution.


LLMA offers several major exhibitions a year, film screenings, performances, artist and curator talks, and panel discussions. The Museum has a collection of over 25,000 objects spanning three centuries, and an artist archive that contains information on over 2,000 LGBTQIA+ artists—both those represented in the collection and others of interest to LGBTQIA+ audiences. The Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with official accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

Job Summary

The Director of External Affairs for the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is an experienced communicator and fundraising leader who steers its continued expansion as a critical cultural institution in New York City with national and international impact. The Director of External Affairs provides vision and leadership for all aspects of the Museum’s fundraising / development and communications. This executive-level position reports to the Executive Director and plays a critical role within the Museum’s core leadership team as the Museum enters its next phase of growth and further positions itself for long-term success. This position provides a unique opportunity to work at a fast-moving, forward-thinking Museum alongside the Executive Director, the Board of Trustees, donors, and staff to build impact and strengthen the organization for the future.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and execute the Museum’s overall development strategy to meet short-term and long-term fundraising goals through a focus on board relations, individuals, foundations, corporate partnerships, government relations, and special events/annual gala.
  • Direct innovative high-level fundraising efforts that enable the organization to raise significant gifts from new and existing prospects and donors.
  • Refine and execute the Museum’s strategies for securing support that drives social justice impact.
  • Play a major role in trustee relations and experience including serving as the staff liaison to the Board Development Committee.
  • Play a strong leadership role integrating development considerations and efforts into all areas of the Museum; e.g., programs, events, education.
  • Lead, motivate and supervise a team that assists in achieving the Museum’s overall goals and objectives including a Development Coordinator, Digital Media Manager, as well as outside development consultants (grant writer, event producers, lobbyists).
  • Creatively and strategically build the Museum’s membership levels and donor councils.
  • Further the Museum’s efforts to reach and engage new audiences.
  • With key staff, develop creative and compelling public communication strategy primarily through digital and social media; educating the Museum’s communities and raising the visibility of the Museum amongst diverse constituencies.
  • Stay abreast of shifts and learnings in the field of philanthropy by attending webinars and research that addresses funding inequities and gaps, with an interest in building meaningful connections to social justice funders.
  • Help lead the fundraising efforts for the Museum’s capital campaign.
  • The Ideal Candidate will Possess:

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Minimum of five years experience in non-profit development at various levels with a minimum of 2 years in a managerial role.
    • Inspirational communicator with excellent writing skills; ability to connect with a wide variety of communities.
    • Proven fundraising record and capacity to formulate both traditional and entrepreneurial strategies.
    • Successful record of achievement soliciting major gifts, thinking outside the box, building and cultivating relationships, and utilizing a strong network of contacts.
    • Experience strategically managing a capital campaign project.
    • Experience in developing and managing budgets.
    • Familiarity with donor database management software and email marketing and social media platforms.
    • Highly organized strategic thinker. Experience in establishing clear direction, operating against objectives, and meeting deadlines.
    • Experience working successfully and collaboratively with trustees, volunteers, senior management, and professional colleagues.
    • Energetic and enthusiastic leader, comfortable with both the creative and administrative aspects of the role.
    • High levels of resilience, patience and a big sense of humor.
    • Passion for the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art’s mission and vision.

    This is a hybrid work position with some remote work and approximately 2-3 days weekly required days in office.

    The Leslie-Lohman Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. The Leslie-Lohman Museum will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. The Leslie-Lohman Museum encourages applicants of all ages.

    The Leslie-Lohman Museum strives to provide a welcoming environment to all visitors and applicants. We are located at 26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013 (between Grand Street & Canal Street). External steps lead to our entrance doors; a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible, and a single-occupancy accessible restroom is located behind the visitor services desk; all restrooms are gender-neutral

  • Please send a resume along with a cover letter addressing both your interest in LLMA and your qualifications for this position as well as your salary requirements to All attachments should be in PDF format.

  • 03/31/2022
  • Senior-Level | Full-time
  • Museum
  • Operations | Other
  • Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
  • 26 Wooster Street
  • New York
  • New York
  • 10013
  • (212) 431-2609
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