Clark Art Institute - Chief Advancement Officer

MA, Williamstown

In 1950, Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to the public in 1955, the Clark has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a research and academic program, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history, and is further distinguished by its renowned art history library. Continued additions to the collection, and the Institute’s long history of collaborating with contemporary artists and art historians, ensures vibrancy and relevance in an ever-changing world. Olivier Meslay, the Hardymon Director of the Clark, leads the Clark’s staff of more than 90 professionals.

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) of the Clark is the executive leader of the Advancement Department and the overall development effort at the Institute. Working in partnership with Director Meslay and the Clark’s leadership team, the CAO is responsible for the development and execution of strategic capital and annual fundraising programs to increase the Clark’s contributed and earned revenue. The selected candidate will hire and manage personnel in the areas of capital campaign, membership, advancement services, prospect research, grants, patrons, foundation, corporate, and planned and individual giving. They will also oversee and execute a broad-based, integrated effort to achieve recognition, interest, and participation in the Institute’s activities on the part of the philanthropic community and art world at large. 

Over the last decade, the Clark made tremendous strides in fundraising and expansion of both its physical plant and its programmatic ambitions. This dramatic transformation was realized through the support of strong relationships with its Trustees and a network of donors, resulting in a capital campaign that raised nearly $150 million. This accomplishment fueled a dramatic capital expansion and created the foundation for the next phase of programmatic innovation that is currently underway.

Entering the Clark community at this exciting moment in time, the CAO will be asked to clearly define the role of advancement at the Institute as well as accomplish a number of other objectives:

  • Continue to develop a more robust and expansive advancement program
  • Help lead the Clark’s evolution in becoming a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible institution
  • Lead the development and execution of the Clark’s comprehensive campaign
  • Cultivate a wider community of donors, especially those with high-impact potential
  • Assist in deepening strong relationships and partnerships with leading regional nonprofits

By achieving these goals, the new CAO will help launch a new era for the Clark, focused on an inclusive, ambitious vision for both the art world and the Williamstown community.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the Clark Art Institute in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made.

Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Greg Duyck, Dennis Barden, and Kim Brettschneider


Employment at the Clark is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant. The Clark is an equal opportunity employer.