Career Opportunities: Head of Development

The National Gallery of Ireland invites applications for the following position:

Head of Development, National Gallery of Ireland 

Established in 1854, the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) is Ireland’s major national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. The collection comprises some 15,000 works and includes masterpieces by many of the most celebrated figures in the history of western European art. In addition, the Gallery houses the most representative collection of historic Irish art. Its mission is to care for, interpret, develop and showcase art in a way that makes the NGI an exciting place to visit. The mission will be realised through its ambitious plans to advance both the on-site and virtual visitor experience. A donation by a generous benefactor has recently made it possible for the NGI to engage the services of a game-changing professional for its Development Office. The Board now seeks to appoint this pivotal resource on a contract of employment, for circa three years, to grow and develop the function and in particular to unlock its treasures for international audiences.

The Head of Development will work closely with the Director of the NGI to shape a strategy in line with its Strategic Plan, to build a world class development function. Success for this appointment will be a highly functioning department ready to take its place in international fora and the mobilisation of a significant network to deliver results on both short and long term ambitions. The Development Office will be strategically positioned to scale its activity and build on the momentum established.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional with preferably a background in the visual arts. With a track record in development roles demonstrated through successful programme fundraising, capital building programmes and collections endowment, he/she will be excited by the opportunity to work with the team and the collection at the NGI. He/she will see its potential and have the ability to frame its attraction for established international networks. The successful appointee will build the capacity for a sustainable approach to development across the Gallery.

This is a unique opportunity to work with a significant cultural institution to build its capacity and reveal its potential while supporting its ambitious plans.

To discuss the role, please call Ellen Roche, Director, PwC Executive Search at 00 353 87 6370812 (cell) or 00 353 1 7926703 (direct) or email