Phillips Oppenheim

Director, Waltham, MA



The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is among the nation's premier university museums dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Founded in 1961, the Rose is a center of cultural and intellectual life on campus. The Museum serves as a living textbook for object-based learning, a home and resource for artists, and a catalyst for artistic expression, scholarly innovation and the production of new knowledge through art. With its internationally renowned collection, changing exhibitions and diverse public programs, the Rose affirms and advances the values of freedom of expression, academic excellence, global diversity and social justice that are the hallmarks of Brandeis University.


The Rose Art Museum's internationally distinguished art collection is comprised of more than 8,000 works and represents New England's preeminent collection of modern and contemporary art, with particular strength in American art of the 1960s and 1970s. Major paintings by de Kooning, Johns, Lichtenstein, Louis, Rosenquist and Warhol anchor the collection, and recently acquired works by Mark Bradford, Al Loving, Jack Whitten, Melvin Edwards, Sam Gilliam and Charline von Heyl build upon this strength, while reflecting the Museum's commitment to works of both artistic importance and social relevance.

The Museum has an engaged Board of Advisors, partnerships across University schools, departments and programs, and enthusiastic support from faculty, students, and art world colleagues at home and abroad. Recent Museum highlights include the installation of the campus public sculpture by Chris Burden, Light of Reason (2014), the establishment of the New Media Arts Consortium, new acquisitions of work by African American artists accompanied by robust programs on Art, Race and Activism, partnerships with national and international museums, and the receipt of the commission as representative of the U.S. Pavilion, presenting artist Mark Bradford at the 2017 Venice Biennale.


The Director will champion the legacy of the Rose and Brandeis and further promote the Museum's role as a leading cultural institution.

A senior administrator at Brandeis University, the Director of the Rose is responsible for the artistic leadership and management of the Museum. With a broad mandate and a highly visible platform, the Director will: envision and implement short-term and long-range strategic plans for the Museum's institutional stability and growth; further integrate the Rose into the education and cultural life of Brandeis University; ensure the Rose remains internationally relevant through partnerships and scholarship; provide curatorial leadership regarding the care, development and display of the Museum's permanent collection; supervise and work closely with a dedicated professional staff; engage the campus community, the Museum's Board of Advisors, Boston colleagues in the arts, and the general public; and actively cultivate donors for the Rose.

Working in partnership with the Provost, Brandeis faculty and the Museum staff, the Director will conceptualize a strategic plan to promote and advance the Museum's mission. He or she will embrace the demanding social schedule of a cultural leader and cultivate community partners at home and abroad. The Director is expected to become a familiar and active presence on campus and in the greater Boston arts community. The Director will have the opportunity to further enhance the collection and the Rose's robust exhibition programs. In collaboration with the Provost and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Director will play a key role in advancing the integration of the arts throughout campus.

The Rose has a dedicated and collaborative team of nine full-time employees and a $1.8 million operating budget.



  • Advance the mission of the Rose as a major contributor to the University's educational mission
    • Foster synergies and collaborations across campus.
    • Engage the Museum's campus stakeholders - mainly students, faculty and living artists.
    • Develop collaborative working relationships with the Provost, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the faculty, and other key members of the University's administrative staff in order to enhance broad-based support for the Rose throughout the Brandeis community.
    • Increase visibility and promote the Rose throughout campus through participation in campus and other programs, meetings, and occasional teaching; contribute to publications and exhibition didactics, when appropriate.
    • Support an innovative curatorial vision for both temporary and collection-based exhibitions.
  • Cultivate relationships with artists and emergent movements in contemporary art.
    • Engage and collaborate with peer institutions and collections internationally.
    • Contribute to scholarship in the field.
    • Advocate partnerships within the art community with the goal of becoming a leading member of the greater Boston cultural community.
  • Support access to the collection through its preservation, scholarship, website and publications


  • Report to the Provost and work with the administration to advocate for the Rose to further the educational mission of Brandeis; prepare monthly reports for the Provost including curatorial, educational and financial plans.
  • Serve on appropriate committees of the University and participate in administrative meetings.
  • Fiscally responsible; develop, oversee and manage overall budget.
  • Manage three direct reports including Deputy Director, Director of Development and Curator, as well as oversee, motivate and develop the staff of 14, plus student guards, gallery guides and art handlers.


  • Develop sustainable financial strategies, which will support the pursuit of new initiatives.
  • Serve as the external face of the Rose to donors and prospects; working in partnership with the Director of Development and the Office of Institutional Advancement, pursue support for operations and programs, new endowments, capital needs, and acquisitions of art.
  • Cultivate, solicit, steward and recruit new and existing members of the Rose Board of Advisors in partnership with the Director of Development, Brandeis University administration and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Clearly communicate expectations and opportunities for Board members and hold them accountable to commitments on the Museum's behalf.
  • Identify opportunities to engage the University Board of Trustees to raise awareness of Museum activities.
  • In partnership with the Director of Development, cultivate and steward a portfolio of donors and prospects to grow the Museum's annual support.
  • Conceive of new fundraising streams, including corporate and membership support, to be executed through the Director of Development.


The Rose Director will embrace the mission and values of the Museum and Brandeis University. He or she will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Dynamic leadership skills; ability to take well-considered and tenable risks in pursuit of excellence;
  • At least 10 years' managerial experience in a museum environment; knowledge of AAM standards and practices; MA in art history or equivalent required, though doctorate preferred;
  • Expertise in an area of modern or contemporary art; knowledge of and networks in the art world and its key participants; the ability to select and evaluate works of art relevant to the mission of the Museum;
  • Commitment to arts in education and proficiency in working within and on behalf of an academic context; teaching experience a plus; a collaborative working style;
  • Administratively adept; ability to lead, organize and support a professional staff, manage a museum board and liaise with administrative bodies;
  • Ability to serve as spokesperson and ambassador for the institution and its programs, with outstanding verbal and written communications skills; practiced communicator who conveys information readily and often in order to ensure broad investment;
  • Proven fundraising experience; capital campaign experience strongly desired.

Please send applications or nominations to Becky Klein or Sarah James at

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