The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute that houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The core collection was presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929). Augmented by acquisitions made since the Center opened in 1977, the collections reflect the development of British art and culture from the late medieval period to the present.


The Director provides overall leadership, strategic vision for, and management of the Center, including care of the collection, collaboration with university schools and departments, and partnerships with global museums and research centers focused on British Art. This executive is an integral part of the University’s academic leadership, ensuring the continued use and exploration of the Center’s rich collections and applying innovative approaches to teaching, research, and publication. The Director is appointed by the President and reports to the University Provost.

The Director works as a team member with other cultural heritage directors at the University, including the Institute for the Preservation for Cultural Heritage at Yale’s West Campus, under the direction of the Deputy Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication. The Director will serve on the Board of the Paul Mellon Centre in London and will work closely with its director.

As the chief executive officer of the Center, the Director is responsible for overseeing an annual operating budget of $25 million and an endowment of $483 million as of June 2017. The Director leads a staff of 109 full-time employees plus an additional 30 part-time employees including security, and 100 student employees/interns.

The Director serves as an articulate and compelling advocate for the Center and the importance of the arts within the University, to prospective donors and collectors, the museum community, and potential collaborators. Along with a broad knowledge of the British and American art worlds, the Director must have the strategic vision to identify new opportunities for the institution, the ability to inspire and empower staff, and a commitment to raising the Center’s visibility within the University, the local and regional community, and around the world.

The Director must be able to work adeptly and collegially with senior administrative leadership, as well as with deans and other academic and administrative leaders. This leader must also be able to work with independent-minded faculty across the institution. The Director must be committed to two-way communication, to fostering trust, and to building community at campus, national, and international levels. The Director must be capable of leading a dynamic organization, with attention to the skillful and strategic allocation of the Center’s resources in ways that advance the Center’s quality and activities.


The next Director of the Center will be a persuasive and inventive leader who is inspired by the unique mission of a public art museum and research center, deliberately situated within a robust academic setting. Top candidates will demonstrate evidence of progressively increasing organizational leadership within complex environments where relationship building and influencing skills are key to success. Yale seeks candidates with leadership experience in an art museum setting, arts institution, or similar organizations, with a record of strong institutional and financial management. Other key qualities include a talent and enthusiasm for outreach and collaboration, and a commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive staff. An advanced degree in an art-related field is required; a Ph.D. is expected, as is equivalent professional and leadership experience in a comparable setting.


The Yale Center for British Art has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Naree Viner and Stephen Milbauer. Please submit a cover letter and resume here or email Naree and Stephen at the following:

Naree W.S. Viner

Managing Director

Stephen Milbauer



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