Chief Audience Officer
|Sponsor||Grounds for Sculpture|
|Location||Hamilton , NJ|
About Grounds for Sculpture
Grounds for Sculpture combines art and beckoning spaces to welcome, surprise, and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. Grounds for Sculpture (“GFS”) is a museum, sculpture garden, and arboretum located in central New Jersey near Trenton and Princeton. Opened to the public in 1992, it has become one of the premier cultural destinations in New Jersey, welcoming and enchanting 250,000 visitors annually. GFS was founded by artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson, who saw the potential of the neighboring bygone New Jersey Fairgrounds as a place where artwork could be sited within the landscape, and visitors could delight in discovering contemporary sculpture in an approachable setting. GFS was designed to provide visitors with a space to engage with contemporary sculpture in an intuitive and self-directed way. Creating opportunities for a visceral, unscripted interaction between visitor and art remains one of the primary goals.
Under the leadership of its highly regarded Executive Director, Gary Garrido Schneider, GFS is poised for a chapter of transformation, exciting growth, and development.
The Chief Audience Officer (“CAO”) is a new role explicitly designed to build audience diversity and engagement at a local, regional, national and international level. The CAO will lead the Curatorial, Education and Marketing teams in the development of an institution-wide positioning and engagement strategy aimed at identifying, engaging, and captivating the audience of the future. Will lead/establish/foster a transparent, collaborative and, audience-centric planning process for exhibitions and program development.
In addition to overseeing a team of 10 across the Curatorial, Education and Marketing departments, the CAO will be a strategic partner to the Executive Director and the Board of as they build a vision for the future. This vision will include a bold value proposition that allows for increased accessibility and relevance, a culture shift that encourages creative thinking and experimentation, and developing a 21st-century engagement plan to diversify GFS’s audience and visitors.
The CAO will play a critical role in prioritizing equity and inclusion initiatives both within Grounds for Sculpture and the broader arts community.
This leadership will span GFS’s efforts to diversify its audience and workforce, to strategies that create a pipeline for equitable leadership within the field, to investing in programming and strategies that promote access and inclusion in all communities it serves. The CAO will bring expertise, an innovative and open mindset, and a commitment to inclusive practice in their approach. The position will serve on the board and staff DEI Task Force, exerting organization-wide and systemic influence on a process that will drive the evolution of the organization. Additionally, the CAO will work across the organization to further position GFS as an important, relevant, and impactful anchor institution worthy of philanthropic support, investment and, collaboration across the region and the arts sector more broadly.
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How to Participate
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this search. Anne McCarthy is leading the engagement. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
This opportunity has been submitted by Anne McCarthy. The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact Grounds for Sculpture with questions or for more information.