Skip to main content
Fall Classes Now Open!
Learn, practice and explore Scandinavian folk arts and cultures through an array of educational and hands-on programs, workshops, and public events for all ages.
Explore all programs now

Careers

About / Careers

Join the ASI team!

Known as one of the leading museums and cultural centers in the Twin Cities, the American Swedish Institute offers inclusive, transformative arts and culture experiences centered around learning, reflection, and collaboration. ASI presents a rich array of exhibitions based on its permanent collections as well as on works from public and private collections around the globe. With a decades-long commitment to community engagement and outreach, ASI offers educational programs and activities that benefit the lives of more than 150,000 Minnesotans each year, and many more who connect to programs worldwide.

ASI’s Values – stewardship, hospitality, learning, difference, innovation and sustainability – guide a work culture of trust, respect, innovation, and collaboration. Large enough to create lasting impact, and small enough to remain nimble, ASI is a place where great ideas can come from anywhere – and anyone.

Please apply to any listed openings.

ASI Full-Time Employee Benefits and Perks

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • HSA Account with Employer contribution
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Short-Term & Long-term disability insurance
  • Paid time off upon hire
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid time for personal volunteering
  • ASI Community Fund committee volunteer opportunity
  • Free Parking/Bike Racks
  • Free and discounted tickets to programming
  • Employee discount at Fika and Museum store
  • Remote hybrid work schedule option for some positions

The American Swedish Institute, a vibrant arts and cultural organization that connects globally and engages locally through innovative programs, events, and exhibits, seeks an inclusive and experienced leader to be the next President and CEO (CEO). As defined by its mission, ASI is “a gathering place for all people to explore diverse experiences of migration, identity, belonging and the environment through arts and culture, informed by enduring links to Sweden.” ASI is a vital community resource and global in its scope.

Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant and newspaper publisher Swan Turnblad, his wife Christina and daughter Lillian, ASI has been a mainstay for cultural education and engagement in Minneapolis and beyond. Since its inception, ASI has resided in the historic Turnblad Mansion in the Phillips West neighborhood of Minneapolis and serves as the iconic landmark museum in the region. ASI added the LEED Gold certified Nelson Cultural Center in 2012, enabling expanded programming (new gallery, studio classroom and event hall), the critically acclaimed Nordic-inspired FIKA café, and a retail shop specializing in Nordic-designed products.

Following the successful tenure of Bruce Karstadt, who will be retiring in 2023 after more than 30 years of leadership at ASI, the next CEO will join an organization that has significantly increased in size, scale, and impact. ASI is a leading cultural institution, and its prominence draws national and international audiences. Today, ASI has an operating budget north of $4.5 million, a staff of 35, and a dedicated team of 120 volunteers. The CEO will continue ASI’s trajectory by providing strategic leadership in collaboration with the Board, staff, volunteers, and partnering organizations. The next CEO will lead a dynamic internationally recognized cultural center and museum dedicated to engaging, inclusive programming that invites meaningful exploration of diverse experiences.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will have a sophisticated and compelling vision for local and global engagement and will be a genuine relationship builder dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This role requires a values-driven leader who is committed to maintaining a collegial and affirming workplace environment and supporting innovation and excellence. The CEO will have an entrepreneurial approach to forming partnerships and fundraising to support ASI’s sustainable future, capital campaign, and overall growth.

ASI has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the President and CEO Search Committee in its identification and review of candidates. Inquiries, referrals, and resumes accompanied by a letter of interest should be directed in confidence electronically below.

Ben Tobin is leading this search with Ryan Leichenauer and Maria Connor.

The American Swedish Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All our employment practices, benefits and programs will be administered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, status with respect to receipt of public assistance or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

More details about the search (including application and nomination information) can be found on our search firm Isaacson, Miller’s website here.

The Development Manager is responsible for annual fund development and donor stewardship that strengthens the foundation for growth in individual major gifts. Specifically, the Development Manager is responsible for annual fund planning, budgeting, implementation and evaluation including prospect identification and gift solicitation of select individuals, funders and/or sponsors. The Development Manager will work as part of the Engagement Team and collaborate in order to accomplish ASI’s monetary fundraising goals and donor initiatives. The Development Manager will supervise the Member & Donor Services Coordinator role and mentor and develop entry level staff.

Apply now. 

ASI is looking for Part-time/Seasonal Retail Associates to join the team. As our ASI Retail Associate you will get to welcome all customers, provide information on products, answer questions and assist with merchandise selection in the Museum store as well as the Julshop which is open during the Christmas season.

Apply now. 

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role by lending their time and talent to the institution and are central to the ASI experience. A variety of flexible opportunities are available year round and offer ways to connect with others, spark your curiosity, and share common interests.

Learn More