Executive Director: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Quinnipiac University seeks an Executive Director of its Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. The position reports to the Vice President for Public Affairs and Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is responsible for the development, execution, and management of the policies, programs and initiatives of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum.

About the Museum:
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum contains the largest collection of art related to the Irish Famine/Great Hunger (1845-52) by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists and works by some of Ireland’s most important 19th-century artists. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit and study its collection of art in order to educate audiences of all ages.

To learn more about the museum, please visit: https://websitecheck.quinnipiac.edu/canit/urlproxy.php?_q=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5pZ2htLm9yZy8%3D&_r=cXVpbm5pcGlhYy1lZHU%3D&_s=ZWNsZW1lbnQ%3D.

About Quinnipiac University:

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit www.qu.edu.


  • Provides general management and oversight of all administrative and financial operations of the museum.
  • Develops a long-range strategic plan for the museum including proposed exhibitions (traveling and in-house).
  • Establishes and oversees the care and maintenance of the art collection including new acquisitions.
  • Oversees the curator(s) and recommends (with the curator) new acquisitions when possible.
  • Hires, oversees, and evaluates all staff members and consultants as needed.
  • Develops programming for the museum including educational events for students of all ages.
  • Works with faculty and staff to incorporate the museum into the life of the campus.
  • Collaborates with the development office to seek funding opportunities and build a strong donor base.
  • Responsible for managing the process toward AAM accreditation.


  • Bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree in Irish studies, museum studies, or art history, is preferred.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years experience in a museum or non-profit management, ideally in an arts/museum organization.
  • Strong written and verbal skills are essential, particularly public speaking, as is the ability to comfortably operate in the public arena.
  • Evidence of working with the public, with a Board of Directors, and an academic community, including senior leadership.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

Quinnipiac University is considering only those applicants who have valid authorization to work in the United States. Quinnipiac University does not sponsor employment based visas for this position.


Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a resume and a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who would enhance that diversity.

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Code: 2017-2172

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