Vice President of Exhibitions


The International Spy Museum (SPY) is searching for an innovative, strategic, and collaborative museum exhibitions expert to lead the planning, design, and implementation of cutting-edge and impactful exhibits for all ages and abilities. The VP will manage and develop a talented team of four full-time, experienced museum professionals. As a member of the senior leadership team, the VP also will build collaborative relationships across the organization and help shape SPY’s long-term vision, strategy, and planning. The top candidate must bring a proven record of creating innovative museum exhibits for diverse audiences and experience building engaged and energized teams. The VP will have exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.  

Key Responsibilities

Exhibitions Vision, Strategy, and Planning

  • Develop and implement a vision and strategy for SPY’s exhibitions with clearly defined values, priorities, and metrics.
  • Collaborate with curators, guest curators, and exhibit designers to prepare innovative and dynamic exhibitions, interpretive programs, and multi-media content for the Museum’s diverse audiences.

Exhibitions Management and Innovation

  • Oversee the care, exhibition, acquisition, research, study, and interpretation of the collection promoting scholarship and public understanding.
  • Respond to public inquiries concerning the collection and special exhibits; disseminate accurate information and establish positive rapport and respect.
  • Develop and support collaborative relationships with other museums, educational organizations, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations that further the Museum’s education and community initiatives.
  • Stay abreast of intellectual and programmatic developments in the field and participate in relevant professional organizations and meetings to understand and, as appropriate, incorporate trends and new approaches.
  • Develop relationships and cultivate current and potential donors to expand object donations.

Department Operation Management 

  • Prepare, maintain, and present reports that are necessary to carry out departmental functions.
  • Develop, recommend, and monitor operating/capital budgets. Advise management on performance and budget variances and significant changes in conditions and issues.
  • Direct and coordinate the department’s activities to ensure goals are achieved.

Cross-Organization Collaboration

  • Manage the Board’s Exhibitions Committee and builds relationships with all Board members.
  • Collaborate proactively with the Development department to provide timely and helpful information for grants and fundraising.
  • Collaborate with the Communications department to ensure strong, coherent, and accurate public messaging.
  • Contribute to a consistent customer service standard across all departments.

Executive and Team Leadership

  • Serve as a critical member of SPY’s senior leadership team, collaborating across departments on organization-wide initiatives such as philanthropic giving, content development, and educational program planning.
  • Create a collaborative and inclusive team culture that inspires and empowers our staff to live our mission to its highest standards.
  • Lead and inspire a talented team in creating innovative and leading-edge programs for all ages and abilities.
  • Provide team with clear objectives, evaluate performance, and offer constructive coaching; offer opportunities for professional development.
  • Work to ensure customer service is ingrained at the core of the team and is reflected outward to our guests and other staff.

Success Traits

  • Creative connector – Able to successfully connect audience passions with what the Spy Museum is and does.
  • Collaborative problem-solver – Seeks understanding and makes smart decisions through consistent, effective communication, positive influence, and leading by example.
  • Flexible innovator – Thrives on a dynamic environment. Is comfortable pivoting to meet opportunities while paying attention to strategic priorities. Curious and able to quickly absorb information and make it actionable.
  • Creative, persuasive, and sophisticated communicator – both written and verbal, both in groups and one-on-one.

Education, Experience & Skills Required

  • Proven experience developing the vision, strategy, and implementation for innovative museum exhibitions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire, and coach a talented team; experience cultivating an inclusive and collaborative team culture.
  • Experience partnering with other senior leaders, including Development and Communications staff, to align goals and share resources and best practices.
  • Communication skills as an advocate and spokesperson for the department’s activities and initiatives both within and outside of the organization.
  • Experience managing a department’s budget.

How to apply: 

To Apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and any additional supporting documentation on the LeaderFit Application Form.