Director Positions

Museum Director
Illinois State Museum
Springfield, Illinois, USA

Position announcement

The Illinois State Museum, an Office of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, seeks candidates for the position of Museum Director. Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Museum is the steward of 13.5 million objects that document the natural and cultural heritage of Illinois. The Museum has a long and distinguished history of scientific research, the study of artistic traditions, and innovative educational programming, all of which fosters community engagement. At present, the Museum system consists of the Illinois State Museum and the Research and Collections Center in Springfield, Dickson Mounds near Lewistown, and the Lockport Gallery in Lockport, Illinois. 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. 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 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 will be highly valued. Preference will be given to candidates with a substantial publication or professional presentation record and/or participation and leadership in national professional organizations.

The Illinois State Museum Director also manages the day-to-day operation of the Illinois State Museum Society, a 501(c)(3) organization established by Illinois statute to promote and support the Museum. The Director coordinates Museum Society activities with a membership-elected Board of Directors.

A copy of the complete position description and benefit package is available at

Applications, including CV/resumé and three references, and any initial inquiries should be directed by email to Tammy Wheeler ( Application deadline: July 21, 2017.

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This job posted by MERC from June 8 through July 21.

Director for Egypt
American Research Center in Egypt
Cairo, Egypt

For more than 68 years, The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has represented American efforts to study Egypt’s cultural history through research, excavation, and conservation. ARCE facilitates the work of American institutions and scholars through communications with various Egyptian government ministries and it works together with other foreign missions to support a variety of cultural heritage projects. Over the last 20 years, ARCE has worked in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities (MOA) with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The result is that over 80 projects of monument conservation and specialized training have been completed and over 800 Egyptian archaeologists and conservators have been trained in preserving Egyptian culture.

ARCE is looking for a Director for Egypt who will represent the expertise of the organization in preserving the cultural heritage of and advancing research into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Director for Egypt will manage ARCE’s Cairo office and provide expert oversight for a network of projects being carried out throughout Egypt and funded by USAID and other external grant funds. Reporting administratively to the Executive Director in the U.S. and to the Board of Governors at Board meetings throughout the year, the Director will provide subject matter expertise and exceptional organizational and relationship-building skills in order to ensure the quality and visibility of ARCE’s work within Egypt. S/he will take primary responsibility for overseeing a team of Egypt-based Project Directors, serve as ARCE’s primary public representative in the country, and work with ARCE’s international staff to help steer the organization to be the leading global force in facilitating research and collaborative partnerships in Egypt.

The ideal Director for Egypt will have:
  • At least five years of experience in a position of authority within academia or the private/ public sector.
  • Familiarity with the principles of archaeological preservation and conservation and the ability to assess and audit adherence to them in field work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in Egypt’s cultural heritage, as evidenced through academic background or time and effort spent within the country, and a passion for the advancement of research on Egyptian culture and history.
  • Arabic language speaking skills are preferred.
  • PhD in Egyptology, Anthropology, or cultural heritage of Egypt up to the Ottoman era.
  • Strong interest in making a home in Egypt and working with Egyptian people on ARCE’s behalf.
DRi is leading this search for ARCE. For more information about the position, please see Submit all inquiries and applications to All inquiries and applications are due by August, 1, 2017. Please be sure that emails state where you learned of the opening.

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This job posted by MERC from May 31 through August 1.

Executive Director
Evanston Museum featuring Horology & Glass
Evanston, Illinois, USA

Responsibilities of the job:
  • Provide strategic and visionary long-range planning and implementation under the direction of the Board.
  • Responsible for overseeing the start-up of the museum in its new facility.
  • Serve as the overall leader of the Museum with the mandate to manage, mentor and guide all the department managers.
  • Support and work with the Guest Services Manager to oversee the efficient daily operation and maintenance of the Museum, including the physical plant functions (HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems) and all grounds and facility maintenance. Conduct regular inspections to determine maintenance needs and provide recommendations to the Board for improvements and repairs.
  • Support and work with the Events Manager in all sales efforts to ensure a profitable rental program.
  • Support and work with the IT Manager to ensure the Museum uses new technologies to best highlight the collection. In addition, work to optimize the website to increase the visibility of the Museum and provide needed features and functionality to web visitors.
  • Work to develop the future position of a Store Manager and support this individual by ensuring that the quality of merchandise and the layout and operations of the gift shop meets Museum expectations.
  • Work to develop the future position of a Programs Manager and support this individual by proactively seeking and suggesting exhibitions and programs. Assess and evaluate the impact of these programs once implemented. In addition, work with the Programs Manager to create educational opportunities that relate to and encourage participation of diverse constituencies, including younger visitors.
  • Work with a PR agency to develop a sound marketing strategy with appropriate marketing materials for creating a media presence that successfully informs the public about this new Museum while simultaneously developing a strategy to move these responsibilities 100% in-house in the future.
  • Create and manage the development of a strong social media presence using in-house staff in order to increase public awareness of the Museum and grow its audience.
  • Develop a formal business plan which supports the strategic vision of the Museum.
  • Oversee budget development and ensure both the accuracy and integrity of the financial and accounting records. Ensure that the Museum is always operating in a fiscally sound manner.
  • Participate in Board Meetings and provide timely financial information as well as metrics and statistics that measure key performance indicators.
  • Provide stewardship of the Museum's assets, ensuring the safety, security and maintenance of both the Collection and the facility.
  • Showcase the Museum's collection by developing collaborative partnerships with other museums - both within the US and internationally. Additionally, build productive working relationships with collectors, educators, philanthropic organizations, corporate leaders, peer institutions, media, vendors and city representatives.
  • Represent the Museum at public events, participating in professional development with peers when possible.
  • Ensuring all forms of communication with the public, including all marketing materials, social media postings and website updates reflect the image and reputation of the Museum.
  • Manage all contracts and legal interactions with the approval of the Board.
  • Motivate and inspire the entire staff to create a successful work environment that will in turn ensure that the Museum become an enlightening, engaging and educationally rich place for the public to visit.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (an M.F.A. is a plus) and seven years of management experience in a similar position as outlined above - or an education & work history that provides an equivalent match for this position.

Please send a resume and cover letter by email to

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This job posted by MERC from April 9 through July 9.

Museum Division Manager
St. Mary's County Government
Leonardtown, Maryland, USA

POSITION: Museum Division Manager, C10, $64,501- $74,797 (B.O.E.) + FRINGE BENEFITS
DEPARTMENT: Recreation & Parks
OPENING DATE: 04-05-17
CLOSING DATE: 05-03-17

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
Experience: Seven or more years of management experience related to Museums, historical attractions or related facilities.
Note: Any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities cited below may be considered.

  • Negative drug test result from pre-employment drug screen;
  • Successful candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States prior to employment.
JOB SUMMARY: Provides leadership and management of the Museum Division. To include; strategic planning, fundraising and developing collaborative external and internal partnerships, overseeing museum operations, establishing procedures and assessing the work of assigned staff to facilitate the achievement of Museum Division goals and objectives; works under the supervision of the Recreation and Parks Director with a wide latitude for independent action and judgment; performs other duties as assigned.

  • Manages and administers the operations of the St. Clement’s Island-Potomac River Museum, Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Park and Drayden African-American School house including exhibits and daily activities;
  • Collaborates with the Director of Recreation & Parks and the Museum Board of Trustees to develop and implement a strategic plan incorporating best practices and maintaining museum accreditation;
  • Writes grant applications for museum funding and researches and implements new grant opportunities;
  • Oversees and manages the effective marketing and promotion of Museum exhibits, activities and programs;
  • Works with Local and State elected officials, Boards and Committees and the community to promote and enhance the Museum Division and to develop fundraising opportunities;
  • Assists the Director of Recreation and Parks with the development of the Museum division budget and with management of the Capital Improvement Projects relating to the County's Museums;
  • Conducts research, preserves, conserves, exhibits, interprets and collects those particular archaeological and historical features which are of significance to the prehistory and history of the County;
  • Oversees the development and implementation of educational materials, publications and outreach programs to be utilized in the interpretation of the history of St. Mary’s County;
  • Oversees the design and fabrication of museum exhibits;
  • Oversees the registration of museum collections utilizing acceptable techniques recommended by the American Alliance of Museums;
  • Insures that all of the museum’s collections remain in a stable condition by designing guidelines for handling, storage, exhibition and travel of objects and specimens;
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned staff and volunteers;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Ability to gain advanced knowledge of St. Mary’s County Government policies and procedures;
  • Ability to act as a representative of St. Mary’s County Government to the public and to communicate effectively;
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of administrative management, and the ability to interpret them to the staff and the public;
  • Extensive knowledge of governmental fiscal policies, procedures, and legal mandates including the budget process;
  • Extensive knowledge on modern research and investigative techniques and procedures;
  • Extensive knowledge of the laws, statutes, and ordinances of the State of Maryland and St. Mary’s County;
  • Ability to keep the Director and all relevant parties informed of all major issues and programs and to recommend changes as appropriate;
  • Ability to supervise, plan, and coordinate the work of diverse staff in order to accomplish departmental goals and objectives;
  • Ability to review, evaluate, and initiate appropriate action on technical and legal reports, contracts, and documents concerning departmental matters;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county officials, associates, subordinates, representatives from other agencies, and the general public;
  • Knowledge of electronic resources, including the Internet and database information retrieval;
  • Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines; knowledge of museum practices and methods, including the design and preparation of exhibits;
  • Ability to design informative historical exhibits.
Work requires no unusual demand for physical effort.
Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g., use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls.

Hiring Salary: $64,501 - $74,797 (B.O.E.) annually.

FLSA: Exempt

St. Mary’s County Government offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and long-term disability. We offer a 457 deferred compensation plan, employee assistance program, and education reimbursement. All employees are required to participate in the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (SRPS).

SELECTION PROCEDURE: Applications will be screened for those who meet job requirements and have related experience. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. All candidates will be notified of their selection or non-selection for interview.

Governmental Center- Potomac Building,
Third Floor, Dept. of Human Resources
23115 Leonardhall Drive, Leonardtown, MD
Phone: 301-475-4200 extension: 1100 Fax: 301-475-4082 Must press the * key before the extension
Email: Website:

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please contact the ADA Coordinator: or (301) 475-4200, Extension: *1110.


St. Mary's County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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This job posted by MERC from March 31 through July 1.

The last update to this page was 6-19-17.