CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, is a unique national treasure founded by collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969). Home to three generations of the du Pont family, Winterthur was opened to the public in 1951. Winterthur is known internationally for its world-class collection of American decorative arts, naturalistic garden, research library, and graduate programs.
· Winterthur Museum houses the premier collection of American decorative arts with more than 90,000 objects made or used in America circa 1640 to 1860. The collection is displayed in the elegant 175-room house much as it was when the du Pont family lived here. Selected works also are exhibited in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.
· The 60-acre Winterthur Garden is one of the oldest continually operating naturalistic gardens in North America, with year-round color and successively blooming plantings. As a preserved historic landscape, the Winterthur Garden is a resource for scholars, landscape architects, and horticulturists.
· The Winterthur Library provides staff, students, and the public with research materials about American decorative arts. Since opening in 1952, it has become an internationally-renowned research center for advanced study of America’s artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the 20th century.
· Winterthur’s roots as an academic institution are founded in two graduate programs sponsored in conjunction with the University of Delaware: the two-year Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (founded in 1952) and the three-year Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (founded in 1974). More than 700 alumni fill leadership roles in museums, universities, and other institutions dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding of American decorative arts and material culture, and advancing the study and preservation of cultural heritage.
With guidance and support from a motivated and engaged Board of Trustees, the Director will be the prime mover in enhancing Winterthur’s profile to increase its visibility and its recognition among peer institutions. As chief executive officer, the Director will guide Winterthur and its professional staff in pursuing its mission “to inspire, enlighten, and delight its visitors while preserving and enhancing its buildings and landscape, its collections and programs, and its history as a great American country estate” and assuring a sustainable future.
Winterthur’s next Director will be a seasoned executive with high energy and creativity, as well as a record of accomplishment of achievement, management skills, and business acumen. With a demonstrated passion for American decorative arts and material culture, history, and gardening, s/he will be a tested, persuasive, inventive leader who is inspired by the Museum’s mission and can inspire others as well. Competitive candidates will possess the intellectual vigor and vision, professional reputation, and personal magnetism needed to encourage trust and galvanize support for the Museum. An advanced degree, at least at the Master’s level, preferably in one of the fields represented by the institution’s primary assets is expected. Candidates with equivalent professional and leadership experience, along with a passion and interest in American decorative arts, will also be considered.ysicians and practice managers).