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The Museum Director is responsible to the University President for the management and operations of the Museum of Art at Midwestern State University which houses over 1,000 pieces in the Permanent Collection. The Director coordinates museum initiatives with the Museum Advisory Board; defines policies and standards; provides leadership and supervision for museum staff; cultivates support and fundraising initiatives; and has oversight of strategic and long-range planning for the mission of the Museum.
Serves as the public spokesperson for the museum; works with private and public constituencies; and serves as a liaison between the museum, the university, and a diverse community. Responsible for administration of the museum; coordination of professional art exhibitions, and oversight of educational programs. Provides management oversight of the acquisition, conservation, and exhibition of the museumís collections. Provides direction of museum staff, public programs, and educational development. Engages with faculty and staff in the development of programs that support the curricular goals and stimulate relevant contributions to the scholarship of the campus and the art museum community. Provides supervision to ensure that the museum staff functions professionally and effectively in areas of fund raising and grant development, professional activities, research, and promotion. Develops long-range strategic planning, financial objectives and operational budgets of the museum. Maintains a relationship with other university departments to enhance the academic role of the museum.
Primarily sedentary work; however, must possess adequate physical condition to travel and work irregular hours and weekends.
Four or more years experience in arts management, preferably in a museum environment, including collection management, accreditation, budgeting and fund raising, and personnel supervision.
Extensive knowledge of museum administration and management; knowledge of fundraising techniques. A record of personal scholarship, relevant to an aspect of the work of a museum, is highly desirable. Demonstrated commitment to civic engagement, enriching the visitor experience, and developing new resources. Must be familiar with relevant technology.
Masterís degree in art, art history, museum studies, or a related field, required. Terminal degree preferred.
Requires excellent leadership and managerial skills. Ability to engage with faculty and staff in supporting the curricular goals of the university's various disciplines, through the museumís programs. Must be able to work with the advisory board and to attract volunteers. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills essential to communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies. Must be an enthusiastic representative for the museum and interested in increasing cultural awareness of patrons of all ages. Must be available to work a non-traditional schedule including evenings and weekends and travel occasionally. *Regular reliable attendance is required. * May be required to teach one course in the Fain College of Fine Arts during each regular semester. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.