Executive Director Candidate

Philadelphia 19141, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

An Executive Director with 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience specializing in the management, development, and growth of cultural and historic institutions. Recognized leader in creative program development. Analytic thinker and problem solver who delivers strategic plans and effective solutions. Skilled communicator in person and on paper.



Educational Consultant - The Unbinding Prometheus Project, Pennovation Center, Philadelphia, PA | June 2017 – Present

  • Facilitate access to intellectual resources by creating open programming accessible to educators and the general public
  • Integrate knowledge across academic disciplines by bringing together faculty and students from many institutions, hubs, and centers of learning to participate in a collective, ongoing, multifaceted project
  • Engage artists, poets and scholars from different institutions to teach, learn and participate in seminars, thus deepening connections to the global academic community


Director of Barnes – de Mazia Education and Outreach, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA | June 2015 – June 2017

  • Served as education director and successfully unified two separate education programs after merger with Violette de Mazia Foundation.
  • Successfully restructured adult art and aesthetic education program
  • Responsible for creating and administering $550,000 budget and all departmental finances
  • Increased student enrollment by 55%
  • Instituted scholarship program to increase opportunities for diverse populations in the Philadelphia area
  • Developed partnership with Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts enabling Barnes Foundation’s students to receive college credit
  • Designed off-site educational sculpture and architecture walking tours
  • Presented over 75 lectures for visiting groups
  • Initiated Student Campus Outreach Council program in conjunction with the UPenn Wharton School
  • Served as chair of the Steering Committee and successfully restructured the committee
  • Initiated events and programs that resulted in increased attendance and heightened publicity, including Slow Art Day and The Monroe Beardsley Lecture of the American Society for Aesthetics
  • Established and directed the annual Violette de Mazia Lecture series bringing in outside scholars


Executive Director,  Violette de Mazia Foundation, Wayne, PA | September 2008 – May 2015

  • Managed non-profit private foundation providing educational programming in aesthetics and art appreciation
  • Successfully administered $950,000 annual budget for foundation with $9,500,000 endowment
  • Increased student enrollment by 375% over a seven-year period by increasing the number of venues and the number and variety of classes offered
  • Created and developed youth art enrichment program and curriculum for underserved 4th and 5th graders
  • Drafted grants and fundraising development plans in collaboration with the Development Coordinator
  • Represented the Foundation in public lectures, radio and TV interviews as the chief spokesperson
  • Developed sculpture, fountain, and architecture walking tour program
  • Created, directed, and approved all print, video and radio marketing initiatives
  • Successfully developed, designed, and led an archival preservation project to create quality storage and metadata documentation for an extensive collection of artwork, historic photographs, and documents


Executive Director, Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA | May 2004 – August 2008

  • Rebranded historic cemetery into heritage tourism destination site. Founded in 1836, the 78-acre cemetery is a National Historic Landmark.
  • Successfully managed grant writing, fundraising, operations, finance, and development strategies
  • Created and monitored a $380,000 budget and administered all organizational finances and audits
  • Increased financial support by $400,000 in a four-year period by writing grants and soliciting contributions to secure external funding from private foundations, state grants, and individuals
  • Increased membership from 300 members to 1,500 members by implementing a guerilla marketing campaign, and founding the annual Gravediggers’ Ball fundraiser
  • Created over 20 new educational and heritage tourism programs and tours
  • Successfully created, developed, and obtained $100,000 in grant funding for the Urban Mourning Project, a creative healing outreach program serving the surviving families and friends of violent crime victims
  • Received multiple PA Historical and Museum Commission grants, as well as other preservation grants
  • Direct reports included: Executive Assistant, Urban Mourning Project Director, Director of Development and Programming, and Archival Researchers. Volunteers included 15 Tour Guides


Gallery Director, The Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA | February 1989 – September 1997

  • Director of multiple institutional departments with financial and budgeting responsibilities including oversight of the gallery, collection, physical plant, visitor services, conservation, and security.
  • Successfully led the $14 million renovation project of the original gallery building in Merion
  • Planned and directed the de-installation, storage, and re-installation of the entire Barnes art collection
  • Supervised the replacement of security and HVAC to state-of-the-art museum quality systems
  • Assisted in the coordination, planning, packing, and transportation of the art collection’s world tour


Grant Writer, Lower Merion Historical Society, Bala Cynwyd, PA | February 1998 – April 2004

  • Successfully wrote state, corporate, and private foundation grants, and solicited private donations.
  • Raised $440,000 of funding for major preservation of 1812 Lower Merion Academy building


Senior Associate, Viart Corporation, New York, NY | December 1997 – January 1998

  • Office Manager for art consulting firm overseeing international corporate art collections for Fortune 500 firms.
  • Coordinated art commissions, purchases, and collection inventory control on international basis




  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA | 2000
  • Certificate in Art and Aesthetics Barnes Foundation, Merion Station, PA | 1987




  • President and Board Member, Philadelphia Sketch Club, 2008 – 2012
  • Commissioner, Lower Merion Township Historical Commission, 2011 – 2012
  • Board Member, Violette de Mazia Foundation, 2004 – 2008
  • Steering Committee Member, Creative Montco, (Montgomery County Arts Planning Committee), 2012
  • Vice President and Board Member, Lower Merion Historical Society, 2000 - Present
  • Grant Reviewer, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2006
  • Grant Reviewer, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 2015 and 2017
  • Art Advisory Committee Member, Montgomery County Community College, 2012 – Present
  • Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2005 – 2015

Contact: Ross L. Mitchell

Phone: 610-608-2333

E-Mail: rlm@rossmitchell.co

From the blog

I Give, Therefore I Am

Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 7 December 2018, 7:44 am

As nonprofits are pondering just how much money will come in over the remaining days of the calendar year, it seems fitting, in a sad, sadistic way, I suppose, to report on a study with the subtitle, “American donors are far less generous than they think they are.”  But maybe some donors will read this and as a result decide to go back to their checkbooks. This study, the second in a series of research called “The Donor Mindset,” looks at American donor’s actual generosity and in comparison to the donors’ self-assessment of their generosity.  While generosity can be defined.

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