Andrew County Museum
Savannah, Missouri, USA
Mission: The Andrew County Museum engages visitors in learning about the county’s past to understand and appreciate a rural way of life. The Museum does this by collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting the history of Andrew County—its families, farms, town’s social life and community spirit—through dynamic exhibits, programs, publications and events.
The Andrew County Museum and Historical Society, a private nonprofit organization invites applications for Museum Director. The Museum is located in Savannah, Missouri, 15 miles north of St. Joseph and 65 miles from Kansas City. Savannah, with a population of 5,000, is the county seat of this growing agricultural county with about 15,000 residents.
The Historical Society was founded in 1972 and opened a small museum in the county courthouse. A 14,000 square foot museum facility was built and opened in 1989. With the support of the local community, a 4,000 sq. ft. permanent exhibit, “A Rural Way of Life” opened in October, 2009. Andrew County Museum received the 2010 Governor’s Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement through the Missouri Humanities Council.
The Board seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as Museum Director who, working with the Board, will make the Museum a community gathering place where visitors learn and take pride in Andrew County’s rural way of life —its families, farms, towns, social life, and community spirit.
The Museum Director reports to the Board of Directors and has primary responsibility and authority for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission. S/he is responsible for providing leadership in human resources management, program development, outreach, and collection management; administration, budget planning and financial management, fundraising, and public relations. The ideal candidate will have passion for the mission and vision of the museum and be a hands-on team leader.
The Museum Director will:
- provide creative leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of mission-based programs and changing exhibits;
- develop and implement policies, systems, and performance measures to ensure professional museum standards are met;
- work with the Finance Committee to develop effective standard operating procedures, including recommendations made by the organization’s auditor, and insure that all government filings are current;
- foster positive community relations at the local and regional levels and support and participate in activities of other community and professional groups where appropriate.
- work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement effective fundraising strategies;
- develop and cultivate relationships with current and potential donors, including individuals, businesses, corporations, funding agencies and foundations;
- strengthen the long-term financial health of the organization;
- work with appropriate board committees and task forces to develop recommendations to the Board of Directors to formulate short and long-range plans and budgets for the success of the Andrew County Museum and Historical Society;
- oversee the development and implementation of marketing activities related to branding, programming, community visibility, and attracting new and returning visitors;
- provide conceptual leadership in museum operations including collections, education, visitor experience, membership, volunteer development, facilities and retail operations;
- assign responsibilities and mentor staff;
- supervise and assess staff performance;
- serve as a designated spokesperson for ACMHS;
- insure financial and informational reports regarding the organization are distributed to the Board of Directors prior to its regular meetings;
- serve in an ex officio capacity on ACMHS committees;
- perform other duties as assigned.
- Masters degree in administration, history and/or museum studies or equivalent experience.
- Five (5) years in a management position with a proven record of effectively working with a board and managing projects and personnel.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and to think, act and plan in a strategic manner.
- Proven record as a team builder, managing, empowering and inspiring others to set and accomplish objectives and measureable goals efficiently.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively engage, with current and new constituencies.
- Familiarity with current, effective business systems and practices for non-profits.
- Demonstrated success in creating and implementing a comprehensive fund raising plan.
To be considered for this challenging opportunity, please submit a letter of interest and resume with names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three references to ACMJobSearch@gmail.com Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2015 or until position is filled.
About the Andrew County Community
Savannah offers a small-town atmosphere with shops, restaurants, and businesses surrounding the town square and restored county courthouse. Andrew Countians enjoy outstanding schools and a wide range of recreational activities including community parks, playgrounds, swimming pool, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and the award-winning 18-hole Duncan Hills Golf Course that many larger towns would be hard-pressed to match. St. Joseph and Kansas City are easily accessible from Savannah.
Over the past decade, the Museum has:
- Completed an $850,000 capital campaign to support the new exhibit program;
- Passed a county-wide sales tax to support the Museum’s annual operating expenses;
- Actively expanded the museum’s collections to document the county’s history;
- Created records for artifacts, photographs and documents in a PastPerfect database to manage collection records;
- Researched, planned and installed a 4,000 square foot interpretive exhibit on the history of the county from 1841-2001;
- Received a grant from the Messick Trust to purchase a new digital microfilm machine;
- Received a Missouri Historical Records Grant Program grant to fund a genealogy archival inventory which was forwarded to the state archives;
- Converted lighting to LED’s and exhibit lighting with the help of a grant from the Messick Trust and a rebate program through Kansas City Power and Light;
- Installed new projector, screen and sound system in the Duncan Gallery through a Missouri Humanities grant and donations.
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This job posted by MERC from March 3 through March 31.
Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
The Cambridge Historical Society, a living repository for the tradition and history of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is seeking a dynamic new Executive Director. The Society links Cambridge to its past, present, and future by providing programming, exhibits, and publications, caring for historic property, archives, and collections, and supporting researchers of all ages in conducting their own research.
Founded by a group of historians in 1905, the Cambridge Historical Society (CHS) has promoted a better understanding of history as an important factor in the everyday affairs of the City and its residents for more than 100 years. Since 1957, CHS has been headquartered at the late-17th-century Hooper-Lee-Nichols House on historic Brattle Street, the second-oldest house in Cambridge. In 2013, the Society completed a renovation of its home, engaging long-time supporters and new friends. A core part of its work has been public programming delivered both at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House and throughout Cambridge. CHS maintains property entrusted to it and collects, preserves, and interprets items of historical and antiquarian significance and encourages research and involvement in these efforts by its members and the community at large. Please see www.cambridgehistory.org.
Recently, the CHS Council, the Society's governing body, undertook a strategic planning process to set priorities and to guide its programs and investments. The Council articulated an ambitious vision for 2015-18 to demonstrate how the history of Cambridge shapes this vibrant community, informing present-day decision making and planning . The core of this plan encompasses:
- Programs (convenings, tours, talks, school programs);
- Publications (research, newsletters, stories);
- Exhibits (house and exhibits, online materials, community-based exhibits, community-contributed stories);
- Researcher support (physical and digital archives, library, collections, staff support).
The Society currently has an annual operating budget of $200,000 and endowment of $500,000. A strong contingent of volunteers enhances the work of a part-time archivist and full-time Administrative Assistant with the addition of a Program Director planned. An Advisory Council complements the governance work of the Council of 12 members. An Interim Executive Director is actively overseeing the organization during the executive search process.
The Executive Director will bring a passion for local history and skills that will enable the organization to expand its programs and services. Reporting to the Council through its Chair, the Executive Director will work in partnership to carry out the strategic plan by:
- Investing in organizational infrastructure (staffing and internal systems) to support program growth;
- Deepening the impact of programs;
- Fostering a culture of program experimentation and evaluation;
- Strengthening CHS’ financial position by continuing to build a culture of philanthropy.
- Ensure that CHS uses its research and programming resources to maximum advantage.
- Effectively engage the full Council in high-level fundraising and governance, and work with committees.
- Participate actively in Council development, including recruitment, orientation, and training.
- Oversee and evaluate a robust portfolio of programs and educational activities, including research opportunities that reflect strategic goals and the evolving needs of CHS and Cambridge residents.
- Promote partnerships with individuals, companies, schools, government, nonprofits, and others.
- Serve as CHS’ face to members, community organizations, municipal/state officials, the media, allied organizations, etc.
- Serve as CHS’ primary contact with the media (print, electronic and online).
- Increase CHS' financial resources through a comprehensive fundraising strategy incorporating diverse funding sources, effective donor stewardship, and an infrastructure to ensure success.
- In collaboration with the Council and staff/consultants, actively cultivate and solicit individual donors.
- Establish and maintain strong relationships with foundation and corporate supporters.
- Ensure a comprehensive marketing approach encompassing branding, printed materials, on-line presence, and thoughtful media strategy.
- Ensure a robust membership program integrated with the donor relationships program.
- Implement systems needed by a growing organization.
- Ensure fiscal health through sound operations/capital budgeting and monitoring.
- Ensure the organization fulfills its legal, reporting, and contractual obligations.
- Work with finance staff to report to the Council, funders, and other stakeholders.
- Ensure that CHS effectively uses and protects its physical assets (building and grounds, archives, etc.).
- Maintain effective management and human resource policies and procedures.
- Supervise (hire, evaluate, coach, terminate, etc.) staff, outside contractors, and consultants.
- Leadership experience and distinguished record at a senior level in a public-facing organization;
- Ability and desire to help execute an ambitious plan for growth;
- Successful track record of donor cultivation and solicitation and ability to reach out to current and potential donors;
- Strong staff and organization management experience/skills;
- Advanced degree preferred, with comparable experience considered. Expertise in history, historic preservation, museum/cultural resource studies, or related fields preferred.
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This job posted by MERC from February 10 through May 11.
The Benaki Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, and experienced Director to replace Professor Angelos Delivorrias. The new Director will undertake responsibility in coming years for the Benaki Museum, one of the most important museums in Greece.
The Director of the Benaki Museum, with a leading role in planning and implementing the Museum’s strategy, which remains fully in harmony with the identity, tradition, and overall policy of the Foundation as these were shaped by the Museum’s founder and continue to be consistently implemented. Management modernization, growth, and financial robustness are essential for the Museum’s future and the fulfillment of its purpose.
- Reports to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and faithfully implements its decisions
- Proposes strategic and operational priorities, yearly and long-term goals, and reviews of Foundation policies to improve its services and operations
- Leads a staff of 180 and large number of volunteers. Motivates and encourages the Foundation’s staff and closely monitors their progress and performance
- Provides the link between the Board of Trustees and personnel
- Oversees the growth and organization of collections, with responsibility for their enrichment through donations and where possible, purchases
- Promotes research and the use of new technologies for optimum knowledge and use of the Museum collections
- Holds joint responsibility for the Foundation’s finances with the Financial Director
- Plays the chief role in the formulation of fund-raising strategy and is active in related activities
- Formulates and presents the multi-faceted program of the Museum (exhibitions, publications, educational and research activities, etc.) strictly within the framework of the yearly budget
- Is responsible for the further strengthening and advancement of the Museum’s outward orientation, and for promoting the Museum’s activities locally and internationally
- Is responsible for the Museum’s public image and represents it, maintaining direct and ongoing contact with authorities, society, and the Foundation’s supporters as well as with corresponding organizations abroad
The prospective candidate should have:
- Significant experience in a museum, educational, or other cultural organization
- Administrative abilities
- A charismatic and outgoing personality and be at ease in interacting with others
- Excellent ability in spoken and written Greek, English, and at least one additional foreign language
- Experience in the evaluation and management of research, EU, and other programs
- A post-graduate degree (preferably, PhD) in a scholarly field relevant to the broader themes encompassed by the Museum’s collections and/or museum operation
Five-year term with the possibility of renewal
The curriculum vitae can be accompanied by relevant publications. All documents should be submitted email@example.com
Letters of reference will be requested in the next stage of application review.
Review of application files will begin at the end of February 2015 and continue until the position is filled or the completion of the process, at the discretion of the Foundation.
For relevant information, please contact Ms. Myrto Kaouki: firstname.lastname@example.org
To view this position announcement on the Benaki Museum website, visit - http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?lang=en&id=4050101&sid=257
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This job posted by MERC from February 3 through May 4.
New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, Connecticut, USA
The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA), located 20 minutes southwest of Hartford, CT, seeks an energetic, ambitious Director to lead a highly successful, expanding institution. The current Director will retire after 16 years, having nearly tripled annual attendance to about 100,000 and twice-expanded the facility – all while serving as both Director and Curator. The NBMAA’s high visitation and community involvement has been achieved through an efficacious approach of offering broadly attractive exhibitions, extensive family programming, and a welcoming visitor experience. The Museum has an exemplary Board, loyal art collectors and donors, and a creative, energetic staff. An AAM-accredited museum, the NBMAA has 38 staff (24 FT) and an operating budget of $3 million. A quarter of its income derives from endowment, which totals $21 million and has more than doubled since 2000.
Founded in 1903, the NBMAA is considered the first museum of strictly American art in the country. With strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and The Eight, plus a famous mural series by Thomas Hart Benton, the 14,000-work collection ranges from 1740 to today. The Museum mounts changing loan exhibitions, mainly created in-house, bringing the region a range of art from historical figures to emerging artists. Special exhibitions and displays in the NEW/NOW Gallery change every three to four months. A wide array of educational offerings serves the region, made possible in part by a corps of over 400 volunteers including over 100 docents. Learn more on page 3 and visit www.nbmaa.org.
The new Director will arrive following the exciting September/October 2015 opening of a 17,000 square-foot addition designed by architect Ann Beha. The addition will permit a new and expanded interpretation of the permanent collection and enhanced educational and public programming. The expansion is expected to itself generate a bounce in attendance and membership, adding to the prospect of immediate success for the new Director, while he/she develops a longer-term vision for expanded programming, exhibitions, and collection acquisitions. The current capital campaign for the building is expected to be nearly completed before the new Director arrives, with the construction cost of the addition already secured. As of January 2015, the campaign had achieved $17.7 million of its $22-million goal.
The Director will have the opportunity to maintain the Museum’s remarkable momentum and to continue to engage its loyal donor base, while reaching out to new donors, collectors, experts, and artists. Current success has come largely from engaging private philanthropists from Connecticut and beyond, and the Director must enjoy friend-making, social occasions, and fundraising. Essential skills include ability for external outreach and for communicating enthusiasm for art, the Museum, and an exciting new vision to constituencies from local families and government officials to regional and national patrons and foundation officers.
The Director job has been historically formulated as a Director/Curator position, and the new Director will have the option of assuming both roles or hiring a full-time curator. The new Director can determine whether, given the Museum’s larger scale today and its fast-paced forward momentum, two positions would better ensure a successful and manageable tenure. The Board is open to either approach and welcomes a range of candidate perspectives.
The Director reports to the Board of Trustees. He/she will be offered a highly competitive salary, contingent upon experience and whether he/she decides to fill both the Director and Curator roles or to split the job in two by hiring a curator.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
The position requires a combination of professional credentials and the skills for successful social engagement and fundraising. To qualify, applicants should present the following experience and abilities:
- Creative and forward-thinking, with a record of advancing a museum or department in exciting and creative ways.
- History of success and significant achievements as a leader in a recognized art museum.
- Strong strategic thinking skills, with the ability to identify new opportunities for audience engagement and development.
- Excellent knowledge of fine arts, art history, and arts administration with a graduate degree in art history, arts administration, museum studies, or related discipline. Ph.D. preferred. Experience in American art is a plus.
- Creative in developing exhibitions, programs, and services that engage a broad spectrum of visitors.
- Superior written and public-speaking communication skills; able to lecture eloquently about the collection and special exhibitions.
- Proven track record as a dynamic and accomplished fundraiser. Exposure to planned giving and major gifts is a plus.
- Capability and experience to work with a variety of stakeholders, including donors, members and volunteers, civic leaders, and cultural partners.
- Consensus builder, able to generate enthusiasm, inspire others.
- Demonstrated success in training and motivating staff and volunteers. A team builder.
- Experience in financial planning and bottom-line budget management.
- Positive personality. Accessible, welcoming, gracious, and sociable. Politically savvy and diplomatic.
- Resourceful problem-solver with a hands-on, “can do” attitude.
- Well-connected and conversant in national arts circles.
- Conversant in the use of technology and digital media.
- Has desire to live in New England and serve both a multi-ethnic urban community and the suburban/greater Hartford region.
The Board seeks a creative and forward-thinking Director who, guided by the Mission and Strategic Plan, will be responsible for the strategy and direction of the Museum and its overall artistic, operational, and financial health. Primary responsibilities include articulating an artistic vision, stewarding and developing the permanent collection, and ensuring that the NBMAA continues to provide compelling and innovative exhibitions and educational programming, public events, and activities to attract the broadest possible audience.
He/she is also responsible for the fiscal oversight of the Museum and financial management of a budget of $3 million. He/she will strengthen the Museum’s financial position with a strong emphasis on fundraising and resource development including the cultivation of major donors and development of key relationships with constituents. He/she will serve as the primary spokesperson for the Museum and will network with business, government, civic, cultural, and community leaders locally, statewide, and nationally to enhance and expand its reputation. The Director will oversee a staff of 38, galvanizing and empowering staff and volunteers to successfully realize the Museum’s mission to be one of the nation’s most welcoming, distinguished, dynamic, and educationally ambitious art museums; and bring the NBMAA to its fullest potential.
FULL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work with the Board and staff to refine and articulate the Museum’s strategic direction for the future, and formulate an ambitious but achievable plan for its execution.
- Maintain and enhance the values, vision, and mission of the Museum.
- Foster a strong working relationship with the Board and its leadership; ensure that the Board is provided with timely and clear information.
- Work with the Board and its leadership to ensure that existing and future Board members are committed, supportive, and diverse.
- Know whom the organization is serving -- its key players, constituents, and base of support.
- Capitalize on the potential of the 2015 opening of the new addition. In particular, take the lead in planning, marketing, and promoting special events and exhibitions associated with the opening, building on the momentum of the occasion in order to broaden support.
- With the Board, determine the best model going forward for curatorial oversight of collections and exhibitions; utilizing either a Director/Curator model as at present or two separate positions (Director and Curator) with the allocation of appropriate resources.
- Irrespective of the model, work with the Board, staff, and when appropriate, guest curators, to plan and execute a robust lineup of exhibitions, education programs, and events that attract broad and diverse participation.
- Develop and expand programming and exhibition efforts to enhance the Museum’s profile as an integral part of the local, regional, and state community.
- Prioritize an audience-centered interactive approach to programing and community engagement.
- Chart the artistic/curatorial direction for the display and interpretation of the permanent collection and special exhibitions.
- Work with the Board, Acquisition & Loan Committee, and staff to execute and modify as needed the Museum’ strategic Collections Plan. Make acquisitions and ensure collections stewardship.
- Engage other arts organizations in the Greater Hartford area in collaborative programming where mutually beneficial.
- Complete the Art & Education Expansion Capital and Endowment Campaign to the extent not achieved.
- Play a leadership role in fundraising and enthusiastically approach resource building with creativity, including identifying and developing alternative revenue streams.
- Work to increase and diversify financial support from individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders.
- Build on the NBMAA’s past success in engaging and involving donors through exceptional relationship-building and cultivation skills.
- Proactively cultivate high-potential donors.
- Broaden the donor base by working closely with the Board to solicit increased participation beyond the organization’s existing support base.
- Seek out and cultivate collectors in the NBMAA’s collections areas and in other areas that make strategic sense.
- Initiate (or delegate to staff, as appropriate) private tours, visits to dealers and collectors, and domestic and international trips that edify and cultivate members and donors.
- Raise the Museum’s visibility through planning and implementing public-relations, marketing, and communications initiatives.
- Develop strategies to strengthen the Museum’s identity and brand regionally, nationally, and as appropriate, internationally.
- Promote the Museum and its programs to build loyal commitment and develop key partnerships in support of its mission.
- Foster involvement and participation of the whole community in the Museum and broaden the reach of the Museum into the different sectors of the community.
- Build awareness and support among diverse audiences – fostering relationships to increase membership and the donor base while maximizing marketing impact.
- Establish himself/herself as an arts and cultural leader in the region. Build and maintain partnerships and collaborations with regional and statewide cultural and civic institutions as well as with City and State officials such as legislators and the Mayor and Governor.
- Ensure that the collections and facilities are cared for and developed in a way that is consistent with the highest professional standards.
- Lead the alignment of financial resources and operational priorities based on a review of the Strategic Plan.
- Oversee the Museum in a fiscally responsible manner through effective planning, budgeting, and forecasting.
- Work closely with the Director of Finance to prepare annual budgets for Finance Committee and Board approval and to ensure that appropriate financial controls are in place.
- Attract and retain talented, innovative, and competent staff while building a positive and collaborative organizational culture, ensuring administrative policies and procedures are timely and up-to-date.
- Oversee staff performance and conduct annual performance reviews.
- Keep the Board fully informed on all initiatives and serve as the intermediary between the Board and staff.
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Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by March 16, 2015 (end of day) to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com. EOE/AA/ADA. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.
ABOUT THE NEW BRITAIN MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
The NBMAA was founded in 1903. In 2006 a major expansion transformed the original Grace Landers House into a world-class facility. The Museum completed a $27-million capital campaign and opened the 43,000 square-foot Chase Family Building, adding state-of-the-art galleries and an auditorium. Landers House (10,000 square feet) was renovated to hold offices, an Art Studio, the library, and the ArtLab—an interactive, multidisciplinary learning gallery for children and families. Galleries now showcase both permanent and temporary exhibitions on American art. The 2015 expansion will provide 7 more galleries, 3 new art studios, and a tripling of the ArtLab space. A reinstallation of the permanent collection is planned, with 200 more works on view and new installations of Shaker art and New Media.
The Museum offers upwards of 25 special exhibitions per year, ranging from traditional to contemporary. The “Access to Arts” program serves 9,000 in regional schools. Programs for infants, teens, and adults, and regular free community events, summer camps, and family events ensure wide public participation. Activities include lectures, tours, films, performances; openings, and hands-on activities. Members’ and fundraising special events round out the year. The Museum’s 2011 AAM Accreditation report stated, “The Museum’s vibrant educational and public programming amply demonstrates its wholehearted commitment to providing the New Britain community specifically, and the larger region generally, with intellectual access to its many artistic treasures.” For current and upcoming exhibitions, visit: http://www.nbmaa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id2&ItemidV.
The NBMAA collection covers the major artists and movements of American art. Today it numbers about 14,000 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and photographs, including the Sanford B. D. Low Illustration Collection, which features important works by illustrators such as Norman Rockwell.
Among collection highlights are colonial and federal portraits, with examples by Smibert, Trumbull, Copley, Stuart, and the Peales. The Hudson River School features landscapes by Cole, Doughty, Durand, Lane, Heade, Kensett, Bierstadt, and Church. Still life painters range from Raphaelle Peale and Roesen to Harnett, Peto, Haberle, and La Farge. American genre painting is represented by Quidor, Mount, Lilly Martin Spencer, and J.G. Brown. Post-Civil War examples include works by Homer, Eakins, Sargent, Benson, Paxton, and 19 plasters and bronzes by Solon Borglum. American Impressionists include Cassatt, Robinson, Twachtman, Weir, Metcalf, and Hassam, the last represented by eleven oils. Later Impressionist paintings include those by Glackens, Lawson, Frieseke, and Prendergast.
Sixty works by members of The Eight are held, along with early modernists including Hartley, Marin, and O'Keeffe. Regionalist painters include Curry, Wood, and Benton, notably his celebrated five-panel mural. Precisionists include Demuth and Sheeler; and Social realists include Burchfield, Hopper; Shahn, Bearden, Lawrence, and Levine.
Works by the American Abstract Artist group range from Stuart Davis to Milton Avery, while examples of Surrealism include Kay Sage and George Tooker. Abstract Expressionists include Motherwell, Krasner, and Francis; and Pop artists include Warhol, Indiana, Wesselmann, and Dine. Conceptual artists include Christo and Sol LeWitt, while modern sculptors include Manship, Noguchi, Segal, and De Staebler.
Gallery installations in the Chase Building
James Prosek's “Wondrous Strange” exhibition (left) and Dale Chihuly’s hand-blown glass chandelier (right)
ABOUT THE CITY AND REGION
New Britain is a central-Connecticut city of 73,000 inhabitants. It is conveniently located 10 miles southwest of Hartford, about 2 hours from New York City and Boston, and an hour from the beaches of Long Island Sound and 1.5 hours from winter ski resorts.
The “Hardware City” was known historically for its metal-manufacturing industry, today represented by Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. The city has an active downtown and main-street area. Architectural features include many attractive 19th-century churches and the downtown public library, where in 1869 Mark Twain gave the first lecture. The city’s 1,200 acres of public parks include the Fredrick Law Olmsted-designed Walnut Hill Park adjacent to the Museum.
New Britain, surrounded by some of the wealthiest towns in CT, is itself one of economic and ethnic diversity, with over 40 languages spoken. The Museum and the Hospital of Central Connecticut have both been important economic engines for the city’s revival. The hospital employs over 3,500 healthcare workers and physicians, and Central Connecticut State University is also growing. A diverse city of ethnic neighborhoods and rich in immigrant heritage, New Britain is known for its large Polish population -- by 1930 a quarter of the city was ethnically Polish. Also referred to as "Little Poland," the city's Broad Street neighborhood has been home to Polish businesses and families since 1890. In recent years, the Polish community has been credited with revitalizing the area both culturally and economically. Today, the population is 37% Hispanic/Latino, the fastest growing group.
New Britain has 7 theater groups and 14 musical groups, including a symphony, and 5 museums (see: http://www.newbritainarts.org/). The city is known for great ethnic restaurants. Nearby Hartford -- the state capital and the insurance capital of the world -- offers a full array of art, science and history museums including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Mark Twain House & Museum; and multiple cultural, historical, and educational amenities and sports teams. Visit: http://www.hartford.com/. For CT, see: http://www.ctvisit.com/.
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This job posted by MERC from February 2 through March 17.
President and CEO
The Frazier History Museum
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
The President and CEO will work closely with the Board to realize the founder’s vision and define a strategic plan for the museum. The next leader will also provide financial acumen, Board engagement, external relations/community engagement and general oversight of operations and staff. The position oversees an existing management team of six direct reports and will evolve and grow the leadership structure to meet the future needs of the Museum.
The next President and CEO will be charged with executing a strategic planning process, which is to include both the development of a clear and exciting vision, as well as an action plan to achieve well-defined goals and metrics. In particular, there is a strong desire for the museum to achieve accreditation and this will be a key focus for the next President and CEO. S/he will serve as the chief ambassador for future success and active partnerships that advance the museum as an integral contributor to a broad range of community interests and audiences. These interests are diverse, educationally engaging, family-oriented, business-friendly and collaborative, both locally and in the wider community/region. This next leader is charged with successfully packaging and telling the Frazier’s story to those diverse audiences, bringing a fresh perspective and best practices.
Founded in 2004, the Frazier History Museum is a world-class museum that provides an unforgettable journey through more than 1,000 years of history with ever-changing and interactive exhibits, daily performances by costumed interpreters and engaging special events and programs. The museum is located on downtown Louisville’s “Museum Row” in a beautiful 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility originally called the “Doerhoefer Building,” a late 19th century, Chicago-style commercial structure. For more information on Museum Row, please visit http://www.museumrowonmain.com/.
To apply, candidates must complete the online application at http://alfordexecutivesearch.applicantstack.com/x/openings and thereon submit their cover letter and resume.
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This job posted by MERC from January 23 through April 24.
MSU Museum Director
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
MSU Museum Director Position
Michigan State University seeks a dynamic leader with significant museum experience to serve as director of its AAM-accredited science and culture museum. Founded in 1857 as part of the university’s land-grant mission, the MSU Museum, museum.msu.edu, serves university and world-wide academic communities, scholars and public audiences through collections, research, exhibitions, public programs and services. MSU itself began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and the Museum reflects its broad, multi-disciplinary scope and commitment to excellence.
The new director will advance the Museum’s mission of research, scholarship and public engagement, provide sound management and fiscal direction, and balance the unique needs and interests of multiple constituencies. The new director will obtain extramural funding, and strengthen university investment in support of scholarship, technology, education, exhibition and distance learning activities of the Museum. The new director will enhance collaborations among the MSU Museum, other academic units and other organizations where they intersect with teaching, research, exhibits, and public programs.
The MSU Museum has significant science and culture collections that include approximately one million specimens and objects in Anthropology, Natural Science, Folk Arts and History. It is comprised of 30 full and part-time administrative, faculty, curatorial and support staff. The public museum building contains exhibits, natural science collections, and office space. Additional science and culture collections are housed in three other campus buildings. The collections are accessible through multiple national and international electronic databases. The staff members are engaged in exhibition development, including a traveling exhibition service. They are involved locally, nationally and internationally in research, scholarship, the development of collections and electronic access to collections data. Staff members also work with diverse communities in research and programming. The MSU Museum is a CITES-registered scientific institution, and a partner with the Michigan Council! of Arts and Cultural Affairs in select statewide programs.
The MSU Museum is administered by the Office of the Provost; the director reports to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. MSU Colleges of Arts and Letters, Social Science, Natural Science, Education and Agriculture and Natural Resources/Extension provide funding and staff to the museum. The Museum cultivates and maintains interdisciplinary linkages across campus, particularly in college-based programs in the sciences, arts and humanities, and international studies.
The ideal candidate will have:
- an innovative vision for a multidisciplinary university museum
- extensive executive leadership experience in a museum
- a proven record of sound administrative and fiscal management, and experience with accreditation and/or best practices in professional museum standards
- demonstrated success in extramural grants, fundraising and growing membership base
- evidence of successful collaboration with diverse stake-holders
- a terminal degree in a discipline related and complementary to the work and collections of the Museum
- a significant record of scholarship and research
Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2015. To apply, please submit a cover letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and three representative scholarly publications through the MSU COMPASS application system https://jobs.msu.edu for job posting #0659.
Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and members of minorities are strongly encouraged. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
Apply Here: http://jobs.msu.edu
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This job posted by MERC from January 22 through April 21.
Mennello Museum of American Art
Orlando, Florida, USA
The Mennello Museum of Art
Seeking Qualified Candidates for
About the Position
The City of Orlando is seeking a knowledgeable, experienced and disciplined professional to lead the acclaimed Mennello Museum of American Art and oversee the City's Public Art collection. The ideal candidate for the Executive Director position will have broad experience managing a museum including staffing, budgeting, grant-writing, policy implementation, programming and exhibit curation. This is an outstanding opportunity to become part of a robust and progressive city government.
Full-Time CONTRACT position with the same benefits as permanent full-time. Most contracts are renewable for terms of one year.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The director is responsible for implementing the policies established by the City of Orlando, for the management and operation of the museum and Public Art program to include supervision/management of the staff and volunteers, grant writing, programming, care of collections, organizing museum exhibits and marketing.
SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE: Overseeing the day to day operation of the museum to include maintenance of the museum facilities and grounds; work with city facilities management office and subcontractors to provide labor/and or services.
Hiring, training, supervising, scheduling and completing performance appraisals of staff; regularly holding staff meetings.
Supervising the care and management of the museum and public art collections by recommending new acquisitions, maintaining an inventory of collections, supervising conservation efforts, providing adequate storage and maintenance, and determining the significance of the collections.
Planning and overseeing the exhibition installations of permanent museum collection and traveling collections/exhibits.
Coordinating and overseeing the City of Orlando’s Public Art collection exhibition organization/installation, cataloging, storage and maintenance and inventory control.
Researching and planning educational programs.
Communicating regularly and clearly with members, donors, volunteers, city appointed advisory board, the Public Art advisory board, and the friends of the Mennello Museum. Administering the budgets of the museum and the Public Art program.
Assist the City boards and the friends of Mennello Museum in researching, application and administration of grants
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Master’s degree in museum management, art history, or related field; and four years museum and/or public-art program experience, including at least two years as supervisor or manager; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Prior experience working with citizen boards; and business and community leaders desired. Florida drivers license required.
HOW TO APPLY: Visit www1.cityoforlando.net/exo/sigma/joblistings.aspx
RECRUIT # 14-169
CLOSING DATE: 3/8/15
The City of Orlando values a diverse workforce and encourages all to apply.
About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, established in November 1998, is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. This intimate cultural gem in the heart of Central Florida is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of the local philanthropist Dr. P. Phillips. Among the Mennello Museum's many treasures is the permanent collection of paintings by self-taught artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), which was generously donated from the collection of Michael A. and Marilyn L. Mennello. This collection of Cunninghams is the largest in existence and a rotating selection of paintings remains on display.
The Mennello Museum uses its other gallery spaces to showcase changing exhibitions featuring American art of all genres and time periods, including originally curated exhibits and traveling shows. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum has enjoyed tremendous success with exhibitions such as African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond and, more recently, the Smithsonian’s George Catlin’s American Buffalo.
Because of its affiliation with the City of Orlando, the Mennello Museum draws from the City of Orlando Permanent Art Collection, the largest public art collection in the state of Florida, for many of its originally curated exhibitions. Tucked away on the shore of Lake Formosa in Loch Haven Park, the museum has undeniable charm. The Sculpture Garden is always open to the public and is most recognized for the 350-year-old sprawling live oak tree draped with Spanish moss. Numerous sculptures are placed among the surrounding natural landscape and walking paths. Other notable arts & cultural organizations located within Loch Haven Park, just north of downtown Orlando, include the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Science Center.
Orlando, one of the world's fastest-growing cities, is the center of a thriving metropolitan area with a population of more than 2.3 million people. In addition, this dynamic hub for tourism, bio medicine and digital media attracted over 59 million visitors in 2013. By population, it is the third-largest metro in Florida, the fifth-largest in the southeastern United States and the 26th largest in the United States.
The city offers residents and visitors alike the best in entertainment, dining, recreation and arts & cultural options.
With a warm and sunny climate, it's the perfect place for year-round activities like biking, boating, swimming, fishing and hiking. Surrounded by numerous parks, countless lakes and with beaches under an hour's drive away, the Central Florida location has something for everyone.
Orlando is experiencing a remarkable transformation like never before. The award-winning Amway Center arena, home to the NBA's Orlando Magic, opened in October 2010. Since then, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has opened its doors and the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium recently reopened after undergoing a $207.7 million reconstruction. Next up is the MLS stadium, future home of the Orlando City Soccer Club, which is currently under construction downtown and scheduled to open during the 2016 season. With the addition of the 61-mile SunRail commuter train line in 2014 and an expanded LYMMO downtown shuttle route, there are now multiple ways to access these world-class venues and explore the downtown corridor.
As if that weren't enough, there's no personal income tax, it's business-friendly and the local economy is flourishing. There's never been a better time to be a part of this vibrant community.
About the City GovernmentThe City of Orlando operates under a Strong Mayor form of government where the executive branch is headed by a directly-elected Mayor as CEO. The legislative branch consists of six commissioners (City Council) who are elected from districts. The Mayor and city commissioners are each elected to four-year terms. There are no term limits. The current Mayor, Buddy Dyer, has been in office 13 years. The Mayor appoints a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who is responsible for day-to-day operations of the City.
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This job posted by MERC from January 22 through March 8.
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Washington, D.C., USA
The Lemelson Center seeks a new Director who will lead historical scholarship, exhibitions, and programmatic initiatives. The Director will guide the Center as a distinguished expert on the history of invention and innovation, and serve as the champion for the Center’s educational outreach effort. This is an opportunity to lead a motivated staff and fulfill the Center’s strategic mission, drawing on consistent, protected funding from the current Lemelson endowment.
The ideal candidate must be passionate about the history of invention, its relevance to modern innovation and historical scholarship. S/he is an interdisciplinary interpreter, teacher and storyteller who can inspire diverse audiences, create interest in the Center’s content and, through strategic programming, inspire young and old to explore their innate inventiveness.
To learn more, please see the detailed position profile here.
About the Organization
One of America’s most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson believed that invention and innovation play a critical role in shaping our future. Jerome and his wife Dorothy Lemelson made a generous donation to establish the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Within the Smithsonian Institution, the Lemelson Center is distinguished as the hub for testing bold, new ideas, and stepping beyond traditional boundaries.
Learn more about the Lemelson Center, previous events, research, publications, exhibits and programming on the Center’s website.
Desired Skills and Experience
Candidates should bring a discipline for strategic content and operations planning, taking into consideration revenue generation, staff planning, on-site and traveling exhibits, curatorial partnerships and published research.
Candidates must have a compelling background that demonstrates relevant professional and/or academic experience in the history of invention, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Experience in a museum and curatorial setting is not required. However, exposure through board, consultation or advisory experience is desirable. We are also open to non-traditional candidates that might come from industry, academia, or other fields. An advanced degree is required, and a Ph.D. is preferred.
To Be Considered
Please submit your resume to http://candidates.waldronhr.com and include a cover letter that describes how your skill set and background aligns with the demands of the position. Letters should be addressed to Tom Waldron.
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This job posted by MERC from January 21 through April 22.
The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
MISSION STATEMENT: The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of play.
Reports directly to the Board of Directors FULL TIME/EXEMPT
Over the last decade, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) has become a regional destination for interactive learning and PLAY for children and families in South Carolina and the Southeast. CML has continually expanded programs and opportunities to further its mission. In order to carry forth their mission into their next ten years and continue to address the specific needs of children and families in South Carolina, the Board, through a thorough strategic planning process has identified three core overarching principles to help guide the organization's work:
- Play Framework: Explore, consolidate, and advance CML’s understanding of and distinct approach to play for its audiences; how it will translate its expertise into play and learning experiences and environments and customer service; and how it will communicate its value and benefits to stakeholders and partners.
- Early Connections – Birth to Three: A comprehensive set of services, experiences, and supporting practices that enables CML to fully serve its youngest audience and their grownups; contributes to the area’s early childhood resources; and distinguishes CML from other early childhood venues through developmentally, “just right” play-based experiences and environments that engage and make young children’s potential visible.
- Families Together: A broad, flexible approach to engaging families of all backgrounds with varied interests and children of different ages that is capable of serving the family as a cohesive, on-going group as well as supporting relationships and interactions among family members.
We seek a visionary leader with a passion for early childhood education and PLAY. CML’s vision is to be a pioneer in improving the welfare of children in the Charleston Tri-County community; the Board seeks an Executive Director who has a passion and vision for executing CML’s vision. Experience working in an educational setting that values and sustains a strong public-private partnership and a high level of community engagement and impact would be ideal. The desire and ability to easily blend into the community culture is expected, including efforts to reach out to multiple and highly diverse constituent groups.
The person we seek will have the ability to passionately articulate the story of the museum's mission and plans. This person must eagerly and enthusiastically assume the role of the public face of the museum. A background in the successful development of constituent relations that result in major individual gifts, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and other sources of philanthropic support will be a significant factor in candidate selection. Experience using traditional and non-traditional fundraising techniques is expected.
This person must demonstrate consistent success in selecting competent staff and developing a cohesive team of professionals. A leadership approach that is described as accessible, supportive and empowering must be demonstrated, but also balanced by strong decision-making and results-oriented accountability. An understanding of informal, hands-on education programs in a setting like the museum would be highly advantageous. The ability to utilize as well as motivate volunteer resources is strongly valued.
We seek a business-principled leader with a successful track record of astute financial administration and strong operations management. Knowledge and experience gained from working in cultural, entertainment, or destination venues is highly desired. A keen understanding of what it takes to promote highly-effective, customer-centric practices and attitudes from within (i.e. enhancing the visitor experience) is a must. Expertise in the area of childhood development would be a plus.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required; a graduate degree(s) is highly preferable. Evidence of continuing education in museum management, general business, finance, marketing or related disciplines would be expected.
DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Early Childhood Education and PLAY
- Inspire and lead CML’s staff and programs related to education and PLAY
- Oversee and manage organizational and programmatic goals related to educational vision and strategic plan
- Be an ambassador and thought leader in the community related to early education
- Management and Administration
- Provide leadership in developing and managing organizational and financial plans.
- Carry out plans and policies as authorized by the Board of Directors.
- Oversee maintenance of financial and donor databases to ensure both are current and accurate.
- Oversee fiscal responsibility for the annual operating budget.
- Provide financial oversight and report to the Board regularly.
- Oversee programming and volunteer outreach and management.
- Provide direction on operations and exhibits ensuring they are within budget and tied to CML’s Strategic Plan.
- Oversee the planning and construction of a small (1,200 sq. ft) museum expansion project.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of nonprofit development, museum leadership, and museum operations.
- Lead a multi-million dollar capital fundraising campaign for the museum. Additional fundraising responsibilities will include oversight of annual campaign, donor solicitation, special events and grant development.
- Oversee and assist in fundraising efforts including major gifts and other personal individual solicitations.
- Participate and support ongoing prospecting and donor cultivation programs.
- Ensures that a diverse development strategy of philanthropic, grants/contracts and Federal/State is adopted and implemented resulting in a diverse revenue stream for CML.
- Assist the Board in maintaining and promoting the mission and vision of the organization.
- Initiate and assist in recommending and setting priorities.
- Work with the Board to ensure effective and efficient committee structures.
- Communicate regularly with the Board Chair.
- Serve as liaison to Board committees.
- Assist in the recruitment, selection and orientation of new Board members and officers.
- Assist the Board Chair in planning the agenda and materials for Board meetings and planning retreats.
- Provide an Executive Director's report at Board meetings.
- Establish and maintain working relationships with key elected officials, community leaders, donors and potential donors.
- Serve as primary spokesperson for CML in order to increase awareness for the center and its programs.
- Oversee all internal and external communications, including fundraising materials, newsletters, donor letters, event programs, brochures, flyers and press releases.
- Develop and administer Board approved personnel policies.
- Provide for adequate supervision and evaluation of all staff.
- Encourage staff development and education.
- Passion for early childhood education and PLAY
- Demonstrated management experience, including staff development, fundraising experience and working knowledge of non-profit organizations.
- Proven and demonstrated performance within an area of development: Evidence of clear administrative skills, leadership, ability to work with volunteers.
- Grant writing and or working knowledge and understanding in this area
- State and Federal funding
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Highly motivated and committed to the mission and programs of CML.
- Ability to immediately establish relationships with leaders in the community, volunteers, board members, staff and donors.
- High level of energy and enthusiasm.
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.
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This job posted by MERC from January 12 through April 14.
Yellowstone Historic Center
West Yellowstone, Montana, USA
Yellowstone Historic Center
PO Box 1299
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Phone & Fax: 406-646-7461
Job Title: Yellowstone Historic Center Manager
Date Posted: January 5, 2015
Posting Expires: Open until filled
The Yellowstone Historic Center (YHC), a 501 (c)(3) corporation, operates a Museum focused on the history of transportation to Yellowstone National Park and manages an extensive collection of archival and display artifacts. The Museum is housed in the 1909 Union Pacific Railroad Depot in the Town of West Yellowstone, Montana, near the west entrance to the Park; it opens seasonally, May to October. The YHC also works closely with the Town to preserve its Historic District, which includes the largest intact assemblage of historic railroad buildings in the country. The YHC employs one full-time Manager, a seasonal Museum Manager, and 4-6 part-time museum workers.
The YHC seeks a dynamic manager to provide effective and enthusiastic leadership, and to direct planning, administration, staffing, and museum operations. The Manager will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the YHC’s fundraising endeavors, exhibitions, collections management, and community outreach. The ideal candidate is a disciplined yet flexible self-starter who enjoys both leading teams to handle multiple activities during busy times, and taking advantage of quiet times to work independently and productively on long-term goals. This is a full-time position and includes occasional weekend, evening, and off-site duties.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Training, and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent combination of education and experience
- A minimum of two years’ experience in a management level position, demonstrating a strong working relationship with staff and effective supervision of projects and operations
- Strong track record of leadership; proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with diverse groups of people
- Ability to take initiative to plan, set priorities, organize, delegate and follow through to completion areas of responsibility in a timely manner
- Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising skills
- Some understanding of how non-profit organizations operate
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office; comfortable learning new software
- Ability to perform some physical labor, including lifting and climbing stairs
- Professional integrity with strong commitment to ethical standards
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field related to history, museum studies, or non-profit management from an accredited college or university, or equivalent
- Basic knowledge of western American history, especially of transportation and visitation to Yellowstone since its founding
- Demonstrated ability to foster a culture that attracts, motivates and retains skilled and dedicated staff and volunteers
- Non-profit experience as an employee or a volunteer in a leadership position
- Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with boards, staff, volunteers, community leaders, stakeholders, and other museums and professional organizations
- Experience in managing museum or similar facilities open to the public
- Proven track record of successful fundraising, especially through grant applications, events, and donor development
- Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations
- Experience in planning, developing and installing exhibitions
- Experience and training in collections accessioning, care and preservation
- Proficiency in Past Perfect museum management software
- Experience using a dynamic website and social media to increase an organization’s visibility and engagement with stakeholders
- Ability to use the seasonal cycle of museum operations in a strategic way to move the organization forward
Salary Range: $40K to $60K, commensurate with qualifications and experience
For more information: Please send an email to email@example.com with “Manager Job Description” in the subject line. For more information about the YHC, please visit the website: www.yellowstonehistoriccenter.org
To apply: Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and a list of three professional references by e-mail to the YHC. Include “Manager Job Application” in the subject line of the e-mail. Please include your answers to the following questions in your letter:
- What do you feel is the most important ability or experience that you can offer the YHC? How have you used it successfully in the past, and how might it benefit the YHC?
- Name three qualities you think make for an effective leader and tell us why. Give an example of a time you drew on one such quality in yourself, what doing that looked like, and what the result was.
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This job posted by MERC from January 5 through April 6.
The last update to this page was 3-3-15.