The International African American Museum seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial Chief Executive Officer to build and lead our new museum.

The museum will be located at the site of the former Gadsden’s Wharf, a major center of the Atlantic slave trade in Charleston, South Carolina, where nearly half of enslaved Africans brought to the North America mainland took their first steps. Here, we will tell often untold stories of resilience, courage and creativity, while situating them within the framework of South Carolina, the nation and the larger African diaspora. These objectives will be achieved through compelling exhibits and educational programming; a preeminent genealogical research center; and an African Ancestors Memorial Garden.

This position offers a unique opportunity to lead the organization at an exciting time. The funds needed to construct the museum have been raised—over $100 million— including funding from the City and County of Charleston, the state of South Carolina and many corporate and individual donors.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will report to the Board of Directors and lead our expert staff in further expanding the organization, as we complete construction and open the museum in 2021, on time and on budget. The CEO will lead the organization from its current “start-up” phase to a more mature, operating entity capable of delivering on the Board’s long-term vision of creating an institution worthy of honoring one of America’s most significant historical sites.

The ideal candidate will have at least ten years of leadership experience; excellent managerial and team building experience; strategic planning skills; proven ability to cultivate, solicit and steward large gifts; and the ability to tell the museum’s powerful story to our diverse community of stakeholders. All inquiries, nominations and applications may be directed in strict confidence to IAAMCEOSearch@iaamuseum.org. Link to position: https://iaamuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/IAAM_CEO-Application.pdf