Deputy Director - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

The Norton Museum of Art was founded by Ralph Hubbard Norton and is wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton. An industrialist who headed the Acme Steel Company in Chicago, Mr. Norton retired in 1939 to make West Palm Beach their permanent home. Avid philanthropists and collectors, the Nortons chose to share their collection with the public, commissioning Marion Sims Wyeth of the firm Wyeth, King & Johnson to design the Museum. The Art Deco building opened on February 8, 1941. Mr. and Mrs. Norton's gifts of art brought the first 317 works to the Museum.

Since its founding in 1941, The Norton Museum of Art has grown and evolved to become one of Florida's major cultural institutions. The Museum is internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Davis, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O'Keeffe, Pollock and Sheeler. The Museum presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours and programs for adults and children throughout the year.

The Museum is currently engaged in the most comprehensive expansion and renovation in its history. A new 42,000-square-foot wing and adjoining landscaped gardens will be the culmination of six years of planning by the Board of Trustees and the staff, working with the world-renowned architectural firm of Foster + Partners. The resulting campus will further the museum’s mission to be the center of the cultural life of its community and to offer the public access to the arts through a multiplicity of ways.

The expansion and renovation will: 

• Create a strong architectural presence worthy of the Norton’s outstanding collections and make a welcoming public entrance on S. Dixie Hwy.

• Expand gallery space for the permanent collection and for special exhibitions. The Museum will gain 12,000-square-feet of new galleries providing a 35% increase in exhibition space.

• More than triple the educational program space for adult, family and school audiences.

• Add a purpose-built 210 seat auditorium with high quality facilities including state-of-the-art audio/visual. 

• Improve visitor amenities including a new restaurant, Museum store and special event spaces. The new restaurant will be able to function independently, with a separate, detached entrance, as well as being accessible from the Museum.

• Create a campus for the Museum by placing it in a series of gardens that will take advantage of the subtropical climate and allow the Museum to develop an outdoor sculpture collection.

The Campaign for the New Norton has already raised $70 million towards a $100 million goal. The Museum operates with a budget of $8 million and has a full and part-time staff of 80. The endowment is $74 million.


The Deputy Director serves as a Proxy for the CEO/Director and intermediary between the CEO/Director and the management of the Museum’s primary staff or line functions of the Museum: Curatorial, Education, Operations, Development and Community Relations. 


The Deputy Director reports to the Museum CEO & Director.


• Participates in long range planning and overall management of the museum.

• Assists with planning strategies, projects and programs to increase audience and enlarge financial support for the Museum. 

• Takes the lead in the re-installation of the Museum galleries prior to the public opening of the new Norton in Feb. 2019. 

• Participates in all donor and fundraising activities, as well as all public programs. 

• Is completely familiar and aware of the museum environment in all aspects, and will lead the weekly Operations Meeting as the eyes and ears of the Museum.

• Has strong staff, budget and project management experience.

• Coordinates and understands all aspects of the intersecting activities of multiple Museum departments.

• Has strong day to day presence in Museum. 

• Works with Director, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Development on legal and community issues.

• Willingness to participate in various community groups, such as the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.


The successful candidate will be a strong manager with 5 to 10 years of experience in museum management, with an advanced degree in Art History or a related field. The Deputy Director must have demonstrated management skills; proven leadership ability; strong budgetary management skills; excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 

S/he will have the ability to work with all levels of the museum community, including trustees, consultants, donors, and the general public and will demonstrate a commitment to the mission and goals of the Museum.


The position will offer a competitive salary and benefit package and includes a recently renovated house.


The position is vacant and will be filled at the earliest possible opportunity


To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references to:

Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. 
Attn: Linda Sweet or Bill Appleton

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The Norton Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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