Asian American Arts Alliance

Job Opportunity: Tenement Museum Executive Vice President for Operations

Under the direction of the President and the Board of Directors, the Executive Vice President for Operations (EVP) will serve as a member of the Tenement Museum's senior leadership team comprised of the President, the EVP for Operations, the EVP for Programs and Interpretation, the VP for Development, and the VP for Marketing and Communications.

While fostering a collegial environment, the EVP will manage and direct all of the Museum's business practices and operations day-to-day, including enterprise programs (museum shop, events, and visitor services), technology, and human resources. The EVP will provide strategic leadership to the Museum and be an integral resource in the development of new systems, enterprise programs and initiatives, renovations and/or expansion efforts. Specifically, s/he will oversee a team of six direct reports, 39 indirect reports, and be responsible for the institution's $10 million budget.

It is critically important that the EVP gain the trust and confidence of the President and the Board, communicating regularly with the audit, finance, and investment committees, and serving as their partner for financial operations and profit-and-loss matters. Therefore, having the technical, as well as the human skills necessary to structure the business activities of a highly complex, multidimensional cultural institution is of the highest priority.

Key institutional priorities and responsibilities for the EVP include but are not limited to:

  • Provide operational leadership for the Tenement Museum; review and strengthen the administration, systems, management, and finances of the organization through measured, thoughtful analysis and response;
  • Quickly become familiar with the Tenement's systems requirements and institute-wide standards for operation; develop protocols and codify plans and procedures which improve efficiencies, clarify roles and responsibilities, and maximize staff productivity;
  • Gain a comprehensive grasp of the Tenement's current budget; formulate and oversee a budget which is realistic, and in alignment with the goals and ambitions of the President and the Board; implement sound fiscal policies, procedures, and controls to ensure the museum's assets are protected;
  • Take ownership of the Tenement's finances; with the controller, communicate financial information and recommendations to the President and the Board in a timely manner; and ensure the delivery of enhanced financial reports, forecasts, and analyses to facilitate decision-making, strategic planning, creativity, flexibility, and responsiveness;
  • Coordinate the maintenance and renovations of the Tenement's landmarked buildings and facilities; execute the Museum's current capital projects, deferred maintenance plans, and ongoing infrastructure needs with specific emphasis on the recently launched renovation of 97 Orchard Street;
  • Equitably manage and balance the museum's finite space, capacity, and financial resources; become familiar with current allocations; closely monitor and manage the Tenement's revenues, expenses, and debt structure; provide all museum departments with the guidance, tools, and resources necessary to ensure increased understanding, ownership, and responsibility for their department's finances;
  • Assist enterprise managers in the development and execution of annual business plans; make recommendations on the optimal growth rate for the various enterprise programs, proper revenue targets, managing costs, and assess the financial feasibility of new ventures;

Additionally the EVP will:

  • Supervise, support, mentor, and retain a highly qualified and motivated professional staff; unify and empower the team; delegate and hold individuals accountable for specific and collective performance and recruit as needed; maintain morale and provide direction;
  • Oversee and coordinate the use of outside legal counsel; create and implement an investment policy and cash strategy as appropriate in coordination with the finance committee;
  • Oversee all information technology and telecommunications systems and the purchase, lease, and maintenance of equipment;
  • With the Director of Human Resources, oversee all human resource functions.


The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented professional with excellent management and analytical skills; a leader who can juggle multiple priorities and have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Operationally skillful and seasoned, with sizeable administrative and financial responsibility and leadership in a significant nonprofit organization and/or from the for-profit sector, preferably with experience in a public-serving institution;
  • Experience aligning strategic plans with organizational capacity and fiscal resources; familiarity with the complexities of a cultural institution, and/or financial experience related to funding from New York City though a bonus, is not a requirement;
  • Proven senior-level, problem-solving, decision-making, and planning capability; successfully demonstrated ability to summarize and present financial statements, projections, and other reports clearly and effectively to key stakeholders, with the ability to develop financial models, apply analytics to institutional decision-making, and course-correct as necessary;
  • Significant management skills and business acumen; the ability to hire, develop, mentor, and retain talented people, define and implement effective management structures and systems, establish and uphold high-performance standards, and delegate; the ability to both lead their own team while also working collaboratively with other members of the senior management team;
  • Results-oriented with strong interpersonal skills; an ability to work well with a wide variety of people and stakeholders at various levels; self-motivated with effective "roll up sleeves" work ethic; decisive, resourceful, and responsive;
  • Someone who can impart credibility, integrity, and enthusiasm, who understands the subtleties of motivating a group of diverse personalities in a team setting; and, ideally, a sense of humor;
  • An advanced degree - such as an MBA, MPA would be valuable.

For additional information, please visit Please send applications or nominations to Becky Klein and Mark Tarnacki at

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