Anchorage, AK


The Anchorage Museum seeks an entrepreneurial Director and CEO to continue to strengthen the museum financially, and shape engaging exhibition and education experiences of the art, history, culture and sciences of Alaska for the state’s citizens and visitors. A complete position description can be found here.

Founded in 1968, the Anchorage is the largest museum in the State of Alaska and internationally in the Circumpolar North. In 2009, the Museum completed a $110m expansion that included absorbing the Imaginarium “hands-on, minds-on” science museum into a new Discovery Center, opening the new Thomas Planetarium and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, among other enhancements. These accomplishments have positioned this multi-faceted institution for further expansion of its gallery space, collections, exhibitions, educational and public programming.

The Anchorage Museum has an unparalleled collection of over 25,000 objects, 500,000 photographs and 12,000 books relating to the art, history, and cultures of Alaska. The Museum also collects and displays a wide range of artifacts from different eras and regions of Alaska that have aesthetic, anthropological and ethnographic significance, as well as Alaska Native cultural items, including carvings, baskets, masks, and textiles. A long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institution is displayed in a state-of-the-art gallery space in the Arctic Studies Center of the Museum, complete with multiple technology-driven presentation elements. The Imaginarium Discovery Center and the Thomas Planetarium have drawn new generations of visitors to the Museum with hands-on science exhibits that enable visitors of all ages to explore scientific phenomena.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director and CEO is responsible for leading the Anchorage Museum Association and managing the day-to-day operations and activities of the Museum’s staff. This includes directing all revenue, fundraising, exhibition, evaluation, curatorial, preservation, education, external relations, financial oversight and administrative work at the Museum. The Director and CEO is responsible for ensuring balanced investment across all departments of the Museum, while delivering cohesive, comprehensive, engaging exhibitions and programs for visitors of all ages.

For additional information, please see the complete Position Description or contact Matthew Holgerson or Mark Oppenheim at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com

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