Executive Director

Website Antenna Gallery and Paper Machine


Antenna is seeking a full-time executive director for its office in New Orleans, LA. An ideal candidate will possess knowledge and experience in contemporary art and artist-run spaces, an exceptional capacity for strategic direction, and willingness for on-the-ground action. Antenna is a leader in its home community, therefore a solid grounding in racial equity and social justice and a sophisticated approach to community engagement and partnership are a must. The executive director will collaborate with the board of directors, staff of 8 and artist collective to promote Antenna’s mission, vision and values.


Antenna is a New Orleans-based art organization committed to being a vital participant in the life of the city through the creation and support of artist and writer-driven programs. Antenna programming began as a relief from rebuilding and a tool for the city’s recovery during the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes. It has since expanded to offer a robust slate of literary, visual arts, and arts education programming. It serves as a welcoming entry point into the arts for New Orleans audiences and an engine for cultural production, especially creative endeavors with transformative approaches to social justice.

Through its programming, Antenna supports creator-driven projects featuring new and relevant contemporary visual art and literary works. It has an impressive programming schedule that supports a yearly exhibitions program in its gallery spaces on St. Claude Avenue, Paper Machine, a printshop housing cutting edge print technologies, a national artist residency program named Spillways Residency, our popular online podcast Antenna::Signals, and a citywide 24-hour Draw-A-Thon. Additionally, Antenna’s regranting program,  Platforms Fund, in partnership with Ashe Cultural Arts Center (www.ashecac.org) provides support for the development and presentation of self-organized artistic projects in and around New Orleans. All of our programs engage a diverse group of artists, wildly ambitious projects and draw audiences from across the Greater New Orleans area. Antenna’s second space is Paper Machine, a 5000 sq ft printshop that houses the organization’s printing and publication studios for print-based artists and the Artist Book Collection.

Antenna maintains two leased facilities, Antenna Gallery and Paper Machine.  It has an annual budget of $800,000 which includes $60,000 that is re-granted through the Platforms partnership with Ashe Cultural Arts Center.


In alignment with Antenna’s commitment to creating a community rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a space that is free of racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, classism or other bias. Antenna does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical characteristics or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We encourage diverse applicants to apply.

Apply here by sending a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and writing samples related to one of the above areas of responsibility (not to exceed five pages) or via email to Antenna’s Search Committee  (searchcommittee@antenna.works).  Expected hire date of August 1, 2021; relocation to New Orleans required.  Position open until filled.


Leadership:  Leads by example, helping to facilitate an effective staff and aiming to build an organization that supports New Orleans’ artists, culture bearers and creative practitioners. They are passionate about the work Antenna does and have an integral understanding of the spirit, history and mission of the organization. This thoughtful art leader will plan Antenna’s growth onto the national stage, continue to recruit a diverse staff and be committed to a healthy work environment.

Financial Management:  Oversees the development of the annual budget in collaboration with the board treasurer, setting priorities in alignment with board policies and with input from staff, manages fiscal sponsorships, and drives the prudent fiscal management of the organization’s resources.

Resource Development:  Leads Antenna’s resource development plan and fundraising efforts that include individual, corporate and foundation solicitations, relationships and stewardship, special events and earned revenue.


Program Management:  Sets the tone for and oversees the artistic vision of Antenna programming in collaboration with the board and staff. They are an articulate representative of these programs and the organization’s mission to a wide array of audiences.


Public Relations/Cultural Policy: A creative changemaker who inspires the staff, board and artist collective to be engaged in relevant discourse and action in the local and national art field. They work to elevate the profile of Antenna by being engaged with audiences as well as peer organizations locally and nationally.


Personnel:  Responsible for developing an effective staff that shapes and implements Antenna’s work; maintaining an environment that attracts and motivates other art leaders, both professional and volunteers. The executive director manages all operational issues, including contracts, employment matters, technology, leases and building management, publication and other agreements.


Collaborative Work with the Board of Directors:  A non-voting member of the board and artist collective. They will ensure that the board is kept fully informed of the condition of Antenna on all important factors influencing its development and health, both internal and external.


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·      A bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field, such as Arts Administration, Fine Art, Business Administration or Public Administration or equivalent experience.

·      A proven track-record and demonstrable senior level experience managing and overseeing a non-profit, arts organization and facility with exemplary financial oversight and fundraising.

·      A dynamic leader with tested problem-solving abilities in all operations of a non-profit art organization and experience to lead its staff through growth stages.

·      Experience in all aspects of program development, from concept to execution.

·      Relationships with national funders and an established track record of securing contributions from private, corporate, and government funding agencies and institutions.

·      Experience in collaboration, teambuilding, communication and conflict management skills.

·      An effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and a motivating spirit.

·      Excellent oral and written skills.

Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000

Time Commitment: This is a full-time position with benefits and paid time off. A commitment of 40 hours per week is required with the understanding that additional hours, including on weekends, may be required. Out of town business travel can be expected.

To apply for this job email your details to searchcommittee@antenna.works