Director, the Institute of Fine Arts

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New York University


New York University (NYU), the preeminent global research university, seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the next Director of the world-class Institute of Fine Arts (IFA). The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar and an inspiring leader with significant administrative experience to lead the IFA into the future.


The IFA, established on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1932, is NYU’s school for graduate teaching and advanced research in the history of art, archaeology, and the conservation and technology of works of art. The IFA is committed to global engagement and advancing these fields, with research at the core of its teaching. The chronological range of teaching and research interests spans six millennia, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art and architecture, and a number of professors work across or between periods and geographical areas. The research and teaching cultures at the Institute place emphasis on the importance of on-site study of objects through direct contact with their complexities of form, scale, materiality, and context. The full-time faculty is enriched by colleagues from the Department of Art History, one of the finest undergraduate programs in the country, who contribute to teaching, mentoring, and research at the Institute.


The Institute of Fine Arts is a discrete entity within New York University with its own faculty, administrative staff, and advisory Board of Trustees. Its Director reports to the President and Provost of the University and is part of the University’s senior leadership team. The academic administration of the Institute, including Directors of Graduate and Masters Studies and Chair of the Conservation Center, serve on a rotating basis and report to the Director. The Institute is located on Museum Mile within the cultural corridor of NYU and is housed in two historic buildings on East 78th Street. Research and teaching are supported by two major library collections, a separate facility for the Conservation Center with laboratories and classrooms, an up-to-date visual resources collection, and staff for administration, facilities, and technology support services.


NYU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important recruitment. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, and applications electronically and in confidence to:


Sarah James and Ryan Leichenauer

Isaacson, Miller


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