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President & Chief Executive Officer

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President & Chief Executive Officer

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Newfields is recognized for revolutionizing the museum and garden experience for the 21st century. Given the continued expansion of Newfields, the organization restructured in 2019 and created the role of President & CEO. The incoming President & CEO of Newfields will work collaboratively with staff at all levels of the organization, including direct reports and their teams:

• The Melvin and Bren Simon Director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
• The Ruth Lilly Director of The Garden & Fairbanks Park
• Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
• Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
• Vice President and Chief People Officer
• Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
• Vice President for Marketing and Communications
• Vice President for Advancement

Strategic leadership, business planning, day-to-day staff management, external relations and stewardship of all entities under the Newfields’ name are the primary responsibilities of the CEO. This passionate and entrepreneurial person will oversee a $30M annual budget and over $350M in endowment assets, $90M in buildings and land assets, and an incredible art collection consisting of 43,000 works of art.

Key responsibilities will include:

Organizational Leadership, Assessment and Management
• Provide visionary enterprise-wide leadership for Newfields’ short-term and long-term success, growth and sustainability.
• Bring together all Newfields entities to align on a cohesive strategic vision and business strategy. Partner with direct reports to approve comprehensive implementation plans across collections, exhibitions, curatorial, conservation, design, education, public programs, advancement, hospitality and events, marketing, retail, horticulture, natural resources, grounds, facilities, building, operations, custodial, security and operations.
• Recruit, mentor, support and retain a diverse staff from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
• Operationalize the organization’s stated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) by implementing policies and procedures – inclusive of compensation, benefits and work conditions – to ensure a culture of mutual respect, safety and belonging.
• Conduct annual performance evaluations and provide regular feedback for all direct reports and their teams.

Board Development and Governance
• Serve as the primary organization contact to the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors.
• Cultivate productive working relationships with current board members and develop relationships with potential board members, bringing diverse voices, perspectives and lived experiences to Newfields.
• Practice transparent communication.
• Provide timely updates, reports and performance metrics regularly to the Boards.

Community-Building and External Relations
• Work to rebuild trust and lead Newfields’ efforts to engage with all neighborhoods, communities and constituencies in a more authentic and meaningful way.
• Serve as the national spokesperson for Newfields. Actively promote the work of the organization through speaking engagements, conferences, symposia and all forms of media.
• Cultivate and steward lasting relationships with supporters, members and friends of Newfields.
• Engage with and steward relationships with year-round docents and volunteers that bring energy to the museum, garden, park, collections, programs and seasonal experiences.
• Forge partnerships with a wide range of cultural institutions and peer organizations locally, regionally and nationally.

Finance and Advancement
• Oversee the financial performance of Newfields. Work with the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and direct reports to develop annual budgets and maintain a sound financial plan for the entire organization. The CEO is ultimately responsible for Newfields’ fiscal health.
• Partner with the advancement department to secure funding from individual, corporate, foundation, government and other partners.
• Lead ongoing relationship-building efforts with donors and supporters through in- person, phone and/or virtual forms of communication.
• Regularly evaluate and identify new opportunities to diversify funding (earned and contributed) and assess feasibility to execute based on organizational capacity.

Authentic Builder of Relationships Across Staff, Board and Community
• Culture builder with high emotional intelligence that nurtures the professional development and training of staff.
• Clear, thoughtful and open communicator across board, staff and the community.
• Inspirational leader who engenders trust and works with staff to create a positive and transparent culture.
• Empathetic listener.
• Culturally self-aware and humble.
• True collaborator.
• Bridge builder with a high level of intercultural competence and a deep commitment to connecting with audiences of all ages, races, cognitive and physical abilities, genders, gender expressions, gender identities, national origins, sexes, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, religions and/or veteran statuses.

Champion and Advocate for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA)
• Action-oriented and accountable leader with authentic commitment to anti-racist values and a track record of operationalizing DEIA values into progressive results.
• Individual with the ability to oversee implementation of DEIA across 30+. departments as an integral part of the fabric of the institution.
• Confident and courageous voice for DEIA.
• Culturally competent organizer with proficiency in managing intercultural conflict.
• Continuous learner with a willingness to evolve their approach and mindset, while taking ownership of mistakes or missteps along the way.

Mission-Driven, Innovative, Agile, Dynamic and Strategic Leader
• Team leader with passion for the arts, nature and the mission of Newfields.
• Demonstrated track record of institutional leadership with an organization of comparable scope and scale.
• Strategist and strategic planner for a multi-faceted organization with multiple lines of business.
• Naturally curious and inquisitive thinker.
• Visionary leader within an arts and cultural organization (museum, botanical garden, zoo, aquarium, historic site and beyond); nonprofit organization; business; educational institution; government entity; or related setting.
• Transformative leader with ability to manage through change.

Leader in Finance, Advancement and Business Planning
• Entrepreneurial team leader with business mindset.
• Savvy budget and financial planner.
• Proven fundraiser with expertise diversifying revenue streams both contributed (annual giving and capital campaigns) and earned revenue.
• Honest and trustworthy person with unquestionable integrity.

Newfields has more than 300 employees, interns, and fellows in a wide range of positions within various areas including conservation, curatorial, advancement, education, natural resources and security. The organization employs full-time, part-time and seasonal personnel within an inclusive and creative environment.

Newfields is an equal opportunity employer committed to a policy to recruit, retain and promote without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other protected category. This commitment extends to all aspects of employment.

Education and Experience

Candidates of all degree and academic certification levels are welcomed. Candidates with the requisite professional experiences, skills and values outlined in this position specification are encouraged to apply.

Position Application

Inquiries, interest and recommendations may be sent to the Korn Ferry Team