Illinois State Museum
Springfield, Illinois, USA

The Illinois State Museum is seeking applicants for the position of Director. Please visit this link for information on how to apply.

The Museum Director reports to a Governor-appointed Board of Directors and to the Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Museum Director provides leadership and administration of the whole Museum system under policies developed by the Illinois State Museum Board.

The Director of the Illinois State Museum is responsible for the overall leadership, operation, planning, and management of all programs and activities of the Museum in conformance with professionally accepted museum practices and standards for the management of collections held in the public trust and for interpretation of those collections through research, exhibits, educational, and public programs.

The Director embraces, models, and encourages museum best practices and upholds American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Accreditation standards; and ensures that the Museum lawfully meets all its State and Federal obligations. To accomplish these duties and responsibilities, the Director formulates and administers an annual budget; works with union bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit staff to accomplish the Museum's programmatic goals; serves as the final authority over the day-to-day operations of the Museum; directs the Museum's strategic long-term planning; and actively strives to promote the Museum's excellence in art, education, public service, and science.

The Director guides the Board and staff in statewide engagement and enhanced programmatic excellence that is diverse and inclusive; understands, articulates and encourages institutional image-building and marketing to represent the Museum in the larger regional, national and international museum community, and to state and federal governmental units; and is a skilled oral and written communicator who exhibits a passion for the field and who energizes the citizenry of the state as current and future stakeholders of the Museum's mission and values.

The Illinois State Museum Director also interfaces with the Illinois State Museum Society, a 501 (c) 3 organization established by Illinois statute to promote and support the Museum. The Museum Director must have a willingness and comfort in developing the organization forward through private and public fundraising by working directly with the Museum Society Board.


The Museum Director shall have substantial relevant senior level leadership experience at a museum or other similar organization. An advanced degree in a field related to the Museum's interests or commensurate experience is essential. Demonstrated successful experience and comfort is desirable in the following areas: museum operations, staff and fiscal management, strategic planning, governmental and other external relations, and fundraising. The ideal candidate will be a highly skilled communicator with experience in private and public fundraising, including complex federal grants. Success in building or growing an organization is highly desirable. Must be able to show sound understanding of effective fiscal management and administration, along with the ability to work with boards and government departments. Experience in building widespread public support and working with an organization in transition shall be highly valued. Preference will be given to candidates with a substantial record of scholarly publication and public presentations and/or participation and leadership in national professional organizations. With agreement by the Board of Directors, scholarly research may be pursued. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to those articulated in this and prior sections.


Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, 1-hour lunch, Saturday & Sunday off

The museum is open to the public every day of the year except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Due to scheduled public programs or special events, some evenings or weekends may be required.

Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL 62706 (Sangamon County)

Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, CMS100 Employment Application, and contact information for three professional references by e-mail to Please contact Tammy Wheeler, HR Coordinator/IL State Museum, by e-mail or phone (217-785-4919), with any questions concerning the position.

Applicants should note that this position is exempt from the State Personnel Code and is under the Board of the Illinois State Museum. This is not a Bargaining Unit position.

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This job posted by MERC from December 14 through December 21.

Museum Store Manager

Falling Water
Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a highly motivated, experience professional to manage its Museum Store. Responsibilities include managing all aspects of the store, including operations, buying, budgeting, business analysis, staff management, inventory control, merchandising, customer service and product development and licensing. The position reports to the Vice President/Director of Fallingwater. The ideal candidate will have at least five years supervisory and business management experience, preferably in a high volume retail or museum store setting. Must have buying experience in books, fine craft, art or architecture related items. Must have proved supervisory and managerial skills and be able to produce results through staff coaching and motivation. Requires strong computer skills, including knowledge of point of sale, word and excel software. Must be flexible with schedule and able to work weekends, as needed. This position will require the ability to travel several times a year to various product markets.

Additional skills required are excellent verbal and written communications skills, customer service and sales skills, and well developed organizational skills.

This is a full time position, providing a competitive salary and excellent benefit package. To apply, email a cover letter, resume and salary expectations to and list Museum Store Manager in the subject line of the email. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.

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This job posted by MERC from December 9 through January 15.

Director of Development

North Carolina Museum of Art
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Position Description: Director of Development
Applications will be accepted until January 4, 2019 or until position is filled.

The world-renowned North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) seeks a new Director of Development at an exciting time of transition and opportunity as Valerie Hillings, Ph.D., the new Director of the Museum and CEO of the NCMA Foundation, begins her tenure. The Museum’s next fundraising leader will bring the vision, drive and creativity to reach ambitious fundraising goals with an eye toward growing high-end stewardship, membership, principal and major gifts, campaigns and opening new revenue markets. The Director of Development will be a passionate and knowledgeable advocate for the arts, an inspiring and effective leader and manager, an articulate and persuasive communicator and a relationship-builder of the highest integrity. This is a unique opportunity to serve on the Museum Director’s leadership team, to work with a cadre of talented colleagues and Museum and Foundation leaders, and to position a strong development program for significant growth in the future.

Position Highlights

Reports to: Valerie Hillings, Ph.D., Director and CEO

The next Director of Development and the development team will create an environment where the Museum Director can be most successful working with the NCMA’s top donors and prospects. The Director will need a strong leader who can articulate both the challenges and the possibilities of funding opportunities and will be her partner in working with the Board of Trustees and the Board of the Foundation in reaching development goals. The Foundation is a separate nonprofit created to support and implement the Museum’s development program.

The Museum’s Director of Development will need to be a highly skilled and effective fundraiser and manager who has a proven track-record of securing six-figure gifts and will carry a significant portfolio of top donors and prospects along with the responsibility for growing and managing a top-tier development operation. This will require a professional who can envision new partnerships and engage new audiences, set and exceed goals and expectations, initiate and grow authentic relationships, motivate and inspire action in others, all while raising more unrestricted support, restricted support for key initiatives and endowed funds that will build a strong foundation for the Museum’s growth.

The Director of Development will lead a nine-member team including five direct reports: Senior Development Officer, Senior Membership Officer and Development Business Manager, Senior Corporate Development Officer, Senior Grants Officer and Manager of Donor and Board Relations. (The Director of Development and the other members of the development team are employees of the Foundation.) This is an experienced development team that last year raised nearly $11.5M. They are looking for a skilled leader who can provide a strategic vision and an integrated development plan with clear goals. The team will welcome an inspiring leader who knows how to mentor and bring out the best in everyone but is not afraid to make changes or difficult decisions.

The next Director of Development must be an effective manager with a history of improving systems and processes. Currently, there is a heavy reliance on the membership model of individual giving and a core demographic of older members and donors. To be successful in the future, the development team will need to refine practices for inspiring existing members and donors to greater levels of commitment including 5-, 6- and 7+ figure gifts. Attractive new programs, such as evening and weekend events, concert programs and park activities are drawing a more diverse and younger population. Creative and cost-effective processes must be envisioned and implemented to move transactional givers into members and on to long-term involvement as donors. Increasing the Foundation’s endowment through major unrestricted and planned gifts must be an integral part of the Director of Development’s annual fundraising plan.

This position offers an ambitious, energetic and forward-thinking leader with a passion for the arts the opportunity to partner with the Museum’s new Director in taking the NCMA into its next great era of excellence and to continue to grow its reputation as a leader and innovator.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide innovative, visionary and strategic operational planning and leadership for all Museum development activities.
  • Serve as an active and collaborative member of the Director’s leadership team.
  • Facilitate communication among development team members and between development and other Museum departments.
  • In collaboration with the Director, be an effective partner with the NCMA’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board regarding development goals and keep them informed with regular reports on development progress, challenges in meeting goals, data analyses and projections and stories of donor giving.
  • Be a passionate, visible and informed advocate for NCMA and serve as one of its key spokespersons, actively seeking opportunities to engage with the broader community and to participate in events that position the Museum for improved fundraising or visibility.
Fundraising and Stewardship
  • Identify, cultivate and successfully solicit major gifts from a diverse group of individuals, corporations and foundations. Ensure high-quality and appropriate stewardship of donors at all gift levels.
  • Increase membership at all levels and develop effective strategies for inspiring new members, retaining existing members, and creating stimulating benefits and programming.
  • Manage a portfolio of top donors and prospects, and assist and support the Director with her portfolio of top donors and prospects. Assign, monitor and evaluate the portfolios of other team members and provide support and guidance when needed.
  • Ready the Museum for future campaigns.
  • Train, mentor and support Museum colleagues and NCMA Board of Trustees and Foundation Board members in their donor and prospect engagement activities. Seek ways to maximize their personal giving and participation in philanthropic programs.
Planning and Management
  • Align development department activities by creating an ambitious, comprehensive, written annual development plan and calendar with clearly defined goals, objectives, timelines and assignment of responsibilities.
  • Create, manage and monitor an annual development program budget and track progress through monthly and annual reports.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Visitor Services to ensure that development and marketing materials are unified and consistent with the Museum brand.
  • Motivate, supervise, evaluate and mentor development staff. Create a supportive, collaborative, productive and healthy work environment based on respect, teamwork and clear expectations and responsibilities. Set performance standards and provide timely, constructive feedback. Support opportunities for professional development.
  • Oversee and evaluate all processes and procedures related to prospect identification, donor engagement and stewardship activities, and contributions management.
  • Oversee a transition to a new donor technology platform, vetting policies and procedures for entering data, moves management, contact notes and reports.
  • A bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree desirable.
  • At least eight years successfully leading a significant multi-million-dollar development program. Experience in a nonprofit organization, cultural or educational institution, or equivalent preferred, with a working knowledge of all areas within development, including major gifts, annual giving, membership, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, campaigns and research. Experience with arts-related organizations a plus.
  • A proven record of personal achievement exceeding ambitious revenue targets including: securing gifts of six figures or more, securing gifts in a campaign environment, and creating new and/or reinvigorating existing programs.
  • Ability to work successfully in a setting that prioritizes membership, development of new audiences, and active donor discovery and engagement.
  • Proficiency in setting goals and evaluating and communicating success.
  • Experience raising funds throughout a large geographic region and/or nationwide. Specific knowledge of North Carolina’s philanthropic landscape is a plus.
  • Ability to understand, extract and analyze data for effective prospect strategy and programmatic reporting and tracking.
  • Strong skills with CRM or prospect databases, MS Office suite, project management software, and similar apps and programs.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills. Results and detail-oriented with the ability to set and meet deadlines. Able to construct, articulate, implement and evaluate written development plans and budgets.
  • Successful, collaborative supervisor who encourages new ideas and creativity. Able to build a strong team and a creative, healthy work environment, yet willing to make tough decisions when necessary.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; attentive listener; and engaging storyteller able to plan and execute strategic communications to advance philanthropic initiatives and achieve goals.
  • Ability to engage diplomatically with and engender the trust of donors, colleagues, board members and other stakeholders at all times.
  • Able to attract, influence, engage and build long-term relationships with all types of donors and key stakeholders.
  • Energetic and skilled networker who enjoys community engagement, attending events and participating in activities to position the Museum for success.
  • Commitment to diversity and a history of working effectively with all people irrespective of their economic status, ethnicity, gender, educational level or sexual orientation.
  • Flexible and adaptable work style with the ability to work nights and weekends, manage competing demands and work independently.
  • In-state and out-of-state travel is required.
  • Confident self-starter.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the NCMA’s mission and a passion for art.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and abilities and reflective of salary levels in similarly sized cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations.

To apply: Submit one document that includes your cover letter (providing your salary requirements and how you learned about the position) and your resume and send via email to:

Ms. Liza Roberts
Chair, Search Committee
North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Applications will be accepted until January 4, 2019 or until the position is filled. The North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workforce.

Writing samples, a short presentation and five references will be required from finalists. Academic, credit and criminal checks will be conducted before a final offer is made.

The consulting firm of moss+ross ( has been retained to assist with the search.

Diversity Statement: The North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc., is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive environment—one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members’ contributions. The NCMA Foundation makes this commitment because diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability; Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences; Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society; Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens. The NCMA Foundation encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who visit and who live in communities nearby. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The NCMA Foundation is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam-era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact

About the Museum
Beginning in 1947 as the country’s first state-supported public art collection, the NCMA of 2018 is recognized as an innovative institution at the forefront of cutting-edge museum programming, collections, special exhibitions and facilities including an outdoor performing arts amphitheater. The expansive 164-acre Museum campus includes its renovated 1983 Edward Durrell Stone designed East Building, the acclaimed West Building, a 127,000-square-foot glass-walled structure designed by internationally renowned New York architects Thomas Phifer and Partners that houses the permanent collection, and the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, one of the largest museum art parks in the country.

The light-filled galleries of the West Building showcase the Museum’s permanent collection and are surrounded by landscaped sculpture gardens, reflecting pools, and courtyards. The NCMA’s collection spans more than 5,000 years making it one of the premier collections in the Southeast and internationally celebrated with important major holdings in international contemporary art, European painting from the Renaissance to the 19th century, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and American art of the 18th through 20th centuries. Galleries are also devoted to African, ancient American, and Jewish ceremonial art—one of only two permanent displays of Jewish art in an American art museum. Since 2005 the Museum has added significantly to its collection with a gift of 29 sculptures by Auguste Rodin from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation making it the largest repository of Rodin sculpture in the American South; exceptional and transformative gifts of modern and contemporary art from the collections of Josie and Julian Robertson and Jim and Mary Patton and most recently the purchase of LIGHT OF LIFE, by Yayoi Kusama.

The Museum’s reputation has been magnified by the range and quality of its ticketed, special exhibitions presented in the East Building such as last summer’s blockbuster You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences, and others including Monet in Normandy, Rembrandt in America, Ansel Adams: Masterworks, Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and ’40s and The Worlds of M.C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination. The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art is currently showing.

Museum Highlights:
Programming and Visitation: NCMA annually provides award-winning programming to pre-kindergarteners, teens, and college students including dynamic educational programming. NCMALearn, the Museum’s online professional development program serves 25,000 teachers onsite, online, and across the state. In 2017, more than 71,000 visitors engaged with the arts through thought-provoking programs, symposia, seminars, films, concerts, performances, and social events in the galleries and the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. Today, the Museum welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year through all of its activities and programs and currently enjoys the annual support of more than 21,000 members.

Governance: NCMA is a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. A 25-member Board of Trustees (primarily state-appointed) guides the Museum’s operations and is fiscally responsible for the portion of funding provided through state appropriation. An institution of this scale cannot succeed on state funding alone. The NCMA Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) governed by a 20-member Board, oversees private fundraising, membership development and earned income support on behalf of the Museum. The Museum employs more than 200 staff and is greatly enhanced by 500 dedicated volunteers.

Finances: The NCMA is in a strong financial position. Its operating budget for FY18-19 is $26,628,832 ($9,696,539 – State allocation and $16,932,293 – Foundation). Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park is free. There is a charge for some special exhibitions and programs, such as concerts, films, classes, and performances.

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This job posted by MERC from November 19 through January 15.

Director of Education

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Skokie, Illinois, USA

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (IHMEC) is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.

Reporting to the Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, the Director of Education provides leadership to the Education department and supervises all educational initiatives, programs and trainings that include: student tours, teacher professional development, leadership programs (students, law enforcement, and attorneys), teaching trunk program, docent volunteers and enrichment, Survivor and Second-generation Speakers’ Bureau, all public programming and special projects.

We seek a dynamic candidate with a passion for human rights and Holocaust education. Knowledge of the Holocaust, genocide, and/or human rights is needed. Prior experience developing innovative and creative programs that are presented in attractive and comprehensible ways to different public audiences is required.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work with and lead a staff in the development and implementation of education and outreach programs. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer and have grant writing experience and knowledge of other funding strategies.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of seven or more years of management and leadership experience, conducted in museums, historic sites or other appropriate settings preferably in the area of education. A minimum of a B.S. or B.A. in education, public history, museum studies or related field of study is required. Graduate study is preferred.

Applications and nominations are being received by Noetic Search. Please click here to submit a current resume and letter of introduction. For more information, please see our website at or the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center website

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This job posted by MERC from November 19 through February 18.