Executive Director

No Longer Empty

No Longer Empty (NLE) curates site-responsive exhibitions, education, and programs in unconventional locations around New York City. We create artistic platforms for collaboration and dialogue around social, cultural and political issues, amplifying existing community networks and cultural resources.

NLE’s exhibitions and programs are free and accessible to everyone. At the heart of our model is community engagement. A synthesis of local interviews and historical research drives the curatorial process. In turn, emergent narratives and the architecture of the site provide artists with new opportunities to expand their practices through commissioned work. We work with a diverse group of residents, curators, and artists in the co-creation of all aspects of our programming, and foreground art as a catalyst for community-led conversations about place; identity; and visions for the


No Longer Empty seeks an Executive Director to lead the 501(C3) nonprofit organization into a new phase of growth. Building on the success of NLE’s 10 years of curating in an expanded field and developing innovative and impactful educational programming, NLE is now poised to re-vision and expand the organization and its programmatic reach.

Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall success of the organization. He/she is a strong and visionary leader with a proven track record in fundraising, arts programming, and organizational management.

The Executive Director will exercise initiative and independent judgment to tackle complex programmatic challenges and work effectively with a wide range of audiences, the Board, staff, contract personnel, and volunteers. He/she will lead NLE’s artistic and curatorial vision, and engagement with complex social issues central to contemporary culture and the communities and audiences NLE serves.

The Executive Director is a natural leader and partner who will grow current relationships and establish new links with community stakeholders, foundations, government, artists, partner organizations, , and others.

Working closely with the Board, staff, and stakeholders, the Executive Director will identify strengths, challenges, new opportunities, and execute the steps necessary for the attainment of short, medium, and long-term objectives.



  • Refine the artistic vision and mission of NLE to build on its history, amplify the impact of programs, and address urgent issues that impact the field, stakeholders, and communities.

  • Oversee fundraising and development activities, including:

Growing foundation, individual giving, government support, and corporate sponsorship;

Planning and implementation of annual benefit and special events;

Ensuring compliance with grants and non-profit fundraising guidelines.

  • Oversee financial management and ensure stability including but not limited to budgeting, cash flow, and oversight of accounting functions.

  • Work with the Board of Directors to:

Prepare annual and quarterly budgets to ensure NLE functions within its financial limitations;

Provide effective and timely information to facilitate

informed decisions, including but not limited to policy, fundraising and financial management;

Support the growth, diversification, and edification of the Board.

  • Collaborate with staff, curators, and educators to

ensure effective development, management and implementation of existing and new programs, including:

Site-specific exhibitions;

A range of public, multidisciplinary, youth and legacy programs;

Development of partnerships with complementary organizations.

  • Ensure consistent evaluation and reporting of impact, including qualitative and quantitative information and performance metrics.

  • Direct external and internal communications, including:

Advocacy on behalf of the arts and social practice, and ensure strong relationships and information flow in the communities in which NLE works;

Work collaboratively with staff responsible for communications; Identify outreach opportunities, including press and social media.

  • Lead the strategic recruitment, development, and recognition of a small, hard-working staff. Maintain a positive and productive work environment that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse group of top-quality employees, interns, and volunteers. Perform annual reviews and assess capacities and opportunities for growth within.


  • Demonstrated artistic and curatorial vision

  • Leadership, motivational and team building skills

  • Agility in navigating fields including arts, social justice, education, urban planning, and community development

  • Proven record of growing a non-profit organization including:

Demonstrated success in fundraising, foundation and individual giving, government support, corporate sponsorship, and special events

Strong program development (experience with curators and educators a plus)

Ability to navigate operational challenges

Meaningful collaborations with community stakeholders and partner organizations

  • Strong interest in financial management, budgeting, and planning

  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills, including public speaking and engaging diverse communities

  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience

  • Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field, or equivalent experience

How to Apply

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter detailing your interest in the position and demonstrating your qualifications. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file and sent to nolongeremptydirector@gmail.com.

Applications will be accepted through November 30. No phone inquiries, please.

No Longer Empty is an equal opportunity employer is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, national orientation, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, (dis)ability, or political affiliation. No Longer Empty will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics, and we encourage applicants of all ages.

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Posted on November 3