Director Positions

Assistant Director (Coca-Cola Space Science Center)
Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia, USA

Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center is seeking a dynamic and passionate individual for the position of Assistant Director. This position reports to the Executive Director and is responsible primarily for overseeing the daily operation of the facility, coordinating group visits and special events, and assisting with all aspects of the Center’s public interface. For fullest consideration, please submit your application immediately. Review of applications will begin May 30, 2016.  Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

All applications and required documents must be submitted using the Columbus State University’s online employment site.   To access the Columbus State University’s online employment site, please visit

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This job posted by MERC from May 3 through August 4.

Museum of Arts and Design
New York, New York, USA

New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks an experienced, visionary Director to partner with its distinguished Board and talented staff to position MAD as the must-visit destination for international contemporary art, craft, and design audiences. Situated in the heart of New York City at 2 Columbus Circle, MAD has an annual operating budget of $10M and a 28-member Board of Trustees.

MAD was founded in 1956 by Aileen Osborn Webb as the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and later became the American Craft Museum. In 2002, it was renamed the Museum of Arts and Design, and in September 2008, it opened the Jerome and Simona Chazen Building at the southwest corner of New York’s Central Park. MAD celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2016 and today welcomes more than 100,000 visitors onsite annually and serves 6,500 school students and over 4,000 members each year. MAD’s compelling visitor experience and curatorial content are complemented by its award-winning retail arm, THE STORE AT MAD, and the restaurant, ROBERT, an OpenTable Diner’s Choice 2016 award winner.

MAD is an American Alliance of Museums Accredited Institution with a mission to collect, display and interpret objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art and design. In its exhibitions and educational programs, MAD celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.

MAD seeks to inspire the public to engage with modern and contemporary art, craft and design by offering an encounter with process and materials in an accessible manner. Through its exhibitions and educational programming, MAD provides diverse audiences with an understanding of the ways art, craft and design are conceived and realized, demonstrating interconnectedness across a spectrum of disciplines and fields.

MAD prides itself on being an artist-centered institution, focused on the ways in which artists and designers transform the world around us. Through exhibitions that explore process, a studio residency on the education floor, and a wide range of interpretive programs that pair time-based media, performance and education with curatorial content, the museum occupies a unique space in the contemporary art landscape—one where dynamic experiences of the creative process are key.

Onsite, MAD’s 12,000 SF of exhibition space hosts rotating special exhibitions and also include the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, a groundbreaking presentation and study of studio jewelry. MAD’s permanent collection is global in scope and includes art, craft, and design from 1950 to the present day. The Sarah and Seth Glickenhaus Education Center is an important destination and houses classrooms and studios for master classes, seminars, and workshops; its Open Studios engage visitors directly in the creative processes of artists at work. Lectures, films, performances and symposia are held in a 143-seat auditorium.

The Museum of Arts and Design seeks an experienced, visionary chief executive to serve as a strategic and innovative cultural leader of the institution. MAD’s new Director will have at least 10 years of experience leading an art museum or comparable institution, and a strong track record in management, creativity, fundraising and finance.

A Cultural Visionary: MAD’s new Director will play a leading role in affirming the Museum’s position as a leading institution in the field of arts, craft and design. His/her leadership will raise the profile of the institution, garner important partnerships, and focus public attention on MAD as an influential museum, at the center of innovation.

An Unparalleled Opportunity: MAD’s new Director will join a thriving institution poised to achieve new levels of public recognition. In recent seasons, MAD has capitalized on its unique geographic location in the heart of Manhattan by curating strong programming that has drawn diverse audiences, garnered excellent press, generated public notoriety, and attracted strong fundraising. MAD’s institutional profile has grown, and its new Director will have the opportunity to leverage this recent success into a national and global cultural brand and to inspire a talented and energetic senior management team.

An Exciting Future: MAD will soon launch a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to increase the size of its endowment, fund new capital improvements, and provide additional support for MAD’s curatorial, public and educational programming. The Museum’s new Director will catalyze this effort and serve enthusiastically and successfully as the Museum’s chief fundraiser. S/he will be an exceptional and persuasive communicator, with strong public speaking skills, who can inspire others and enroll diverse stakeholders in an exciting shared vision for the future of MAD.

A Visionary Partnership: MAD’s new Director will report to the Board with full responsibility, authority and accountability for implementing a collaborative vision for the future of the Museum. In this, s/he will work in partnership with MAD’s distinguished trustees, whose tenures range in length from one to 35 years. The ideal candidate will be a persuasive and dynamic leader, with a passion for arts, craft and design, a discerning eye for acquisitions, proven ability in developing teams, and experience advocating publicly for the value of culture.

A Strategic Moment: MAD’s new Director will arrive just as MAD completes a five-year strategic plan, funded by The Booth Ferris Foundation. The plan has been developed by a joint Board and senior staff group to support MAD’s curatorial vision and achieve six key strategic initiatives:
  • Fully align MAD’s curatorial, education and public programming;
  • Attract a larger, more diverse audience to the Museum;
  • Offer a stronger, better integrated visitor experience to visitors, including a large cohort of international tourists;
  • Expand MAD’s Board of Trustees and major donors;
  • Support and develop MAD’s professional staff; and
  • Solidify MAD’s long-term financial position.
A World Class Location: MAD’s new Director will have an opportunity to optimize the Museum’s current facilities in a prime location, smartly analyzing its real estate opportunities and capitalizing on the unique strategic revenue opportunities associated with both this particular site and with MAD’s busy retail and restaurant businesses.

A Team Builder: MAD’s new Director will be an experienced team- and organization-builder who is committed to recruiting, nurturing and retaining talented staff and community volunteers to realize MAD’s future plans. S/he will identify, understand and encourage each stakeholder’s personal growth, and through his/her leadership and high personal integrity, foster a positive workplace atmosphere where talent is rewarded and individuals have an opportunity to grow.

To download a detailed Position Guide for this opportunity, please visit Telephone calls are welcome and encouraged before applications are made. Please call Emma Dunch at (212) 877-0500 for a confidential discussion of this role.

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This job posted by MERC from April 26 through July 26.

Museum Director
City of Ketchikan
Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

The City of Ketchikan, Alaska seeks a multi-talented individual to direct and participate in the operation of two city-owned museums: the Tongass Historical Museum, a small community museum; and the Totem Heritage Center, which preserves 19th century totem poles, in addition to conducting classes and workshops in the traditional arts of Southeast Alaska Natives. The Museum Director oversees a staff of eight.  

The successful candidate will be an accomplished communicator and manager with broad museum experience, including administration; budgeting and planning; staff supervision; collections care; and exhibit and program development. Demonstrated leadership, creativity, and style are essential. With a small staff and limited resources, the person selected will be expected to deliver exhibits and programs that not only engage the community, but also educate and entertain visitors.

Ketchikan is a community of 13,500 located on an island in Southeast Alaska, accessible only by air (1.75 hours from Seattle) or Alaska State Ferry. The climate is mild, but rainy. Spectacular natural beauty, small town life, a vibrant arts scene, boating, fishing, and outdoor activities are among the reasons why people love to live here.

A full job description and City of Ketchikan employment application (REQUIRED) are available at Information about the museums can be found at  Direct inquiries to Marie Miller, Human Resources Manager at (907) 228-5623 or

$59,518 - $76,660 DOE plus benefits. Position open until filled; EOE/AA.

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This job posted by MERC from April 26 through July 26.

Interpretive Programs Officer
Library of Congress
Washington, DC USA

Job Title: Interpretive Programs Officer (Chief of the Interpretive Programs Office)
Job Announcement Number: 160067
SALARY RANGE: $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to Monday, June 20, 2016
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1001-15
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington , DC, US
WHO MAY APPLY: Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

This position serves as Chief of the Interpretive Programs Office (IPO) and is responsible for the leadership, oversight, and direction of IPO and the Library of Congress exhibitions program. The Chief works in close coordination with the Director of Scholarly & Educational Programs, who outlines duties in broad, general terms, working to meet the objectives of the Library of Congress (LC) and with the resources that are available.

This position is located in the Interpretive Programs Office, Scholarly and Educational Programs Directorate, National and International Outreach.

The position description number for this position is 341335.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.


Consults with key managers and stakeholders to develop priorities for using resources. Ensures that all implications are identified, weighed, and considered in study and discussion. Contacts other agencies and organizations to obtain information and models for managing various issues. Identifies and resolves problems that are barriers to achieving goals.

Actively participates in policy formulation and reviews liaison activities for agency-wide programs. Informs stakeholders of changes in organizational programs and operations, conducting briefings on major program changes.

Plans, directs, and executes liaison operations for critical agency-wide programs with national or international implications. Establishes and fosters effective working relationships and information networks with business and industry associations, domestic and foreign universities, technologists, and stakeholders in all levels of government, i.e., local, state, and federal government, including Congress. Advises and recommends innovative approaches for mission accomplishment.

Plans and manages a national and international program for providing exhibitions and related educational materials to scholars, schools, Members of Congress, libraries, the general public, etc. Responsible for the administration, planning, budget development, policy formulation and recommendations, and direction of LC's exhibition program. Oversees the conception, development, funding and execution of LC exhibitions and educational materials which support this program, including multimedia and interactive exhibits.

Develops and administers the design, production and installation of exhibitions in accordance with LC's standards of preservations and security. In so doing, also coordinates the conception and execution of related interpretive materials firmly based on sound intellectual and scholarly principles consistent with the educational objectives of LC.

Based on an expert level of knowledge in the field of interpretive media, develops and administers LC's efforts at using interactive multimedia in support of the exhibitions program. In doing so, maintains an expert knowledge of developments in this field and is an acknowledged leader therein. Reviews and approves the research and writing of materials in support of LC's exhibitions.

Directs administrative support services and operations, performing highly complex, diverse, and controversial analytical and evaluative studies related to the assessment and improvement of agency- wide administrative systems covering all aspects of LC's exhibitions program. Determines strategies for achieving objectives and analyzes problems requiring the development of creative and pioneering solutions. Plans and develops new organizational structures or configurations, and coordinates exhibition support activities that cross agency lines.

Serves as the lead in developing strategies for planning and developing major agency programs of national scope and impact through serving with NIO as LCs principal representative to national and international cultural organizations in relation to the planning and development of exhibitions in general, and the loan of LC materials for exhibition.

After consultation with relevant custodial divisions and the Preservation Directorate, exercises final agency authorization for the loan of LC materials.

Advises the Architect of the Capitol and the Library of Congress about general aesthetic appearance of public spaces within all LC buildings. This advice may include recommendations in the areas of furniture design, lighting design, interior design as well as restoration architectural design.

Participates in the development and documentation of long- and short-range planning efforts. Reviews long-and short-range plans, resource projections, priorities, justifications, etc. Makes recommendations on planning efforts that can be undertaken within existing resource levels and advises on the impact of efforts that require additional resources.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions related to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and completes work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Prepares work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as needed. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to plan, manage and administer exhibitions and educational programs, including multi-media and interactive exhibits in a library, educational, or cultural institution.**

Knowledge of electronic interpretive media sufficient to develop and administer both interactive and multimedia components of a major exhibition program.**

Ability to build coalitions or professional networks.**

Ability to supervise and manage a diverse workforce.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

The Supervisor leads his/her staff toward meeting the Library’s vision, mission, and goals by acting decisively, leveraging diversity and inclusiveness, demonstrating flexibility and resilience, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, and fostering integrity and honesty. To view the Library’s Supervisory Core Competencies click the following link:

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.
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Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The certificate of disability may be issued by a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date and must be submitted with your application. For more information contact the Library's Office of Opportunity, Inclusiveness & Compliance at 202-707-3960 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period, if this is his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library.

A “Not to Exceed“ (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate an employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

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This job posted by MERC from April 22 through July 24.

Executive Director
Moton Museum, Longwood University
Farmville, Virginia, USA

Moton Museum; Academic Affairs
Full-Time, Administrative and Professional Faculty, Exempt Position #GA224

Longwood University, a historic public liberal arts institution that will host the 2016 U.S. Vice Presidential Debate, in partnership with the Robert Russa Moton Museum, invites candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director of the Moton Museum. The Executive Director serves as the chief development officer, administrator, and spokesperson of the Moton Museum at Longwood University and to the public.

The Museum Profile
The Robert Russa Moton Museum, a National Historic Landmark and Virginia’s leading civil rights museum, is located in Farmville, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. The mission of the museum is to preserve and constructively interpret the history of civil rights in education, specifically as it relates to Prince Edward County, and the leading role its citizens played in America’s transition from segregation toward integration. Moton strives to promote dialogue and advance positions that ensure empowerment within a constitutional democracy.

The former R.R. Moton High School was the site in 1951 of a student strike, which led to Prince Edward County’s inclusion as one of the five localities involved in the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. In the wake of Brown, the state of Virginia launched a campaign of Massive Resistance to thwart racial integration in the state’s public schools. In 1959, in defiance of a federal court order to desegregate, Prince Edward County officials defunded the public schools, effectively closing them. Schools in the county remained closed for five years, until the Supreme Court ordered their reopening in 1964 in Griffin v. Prince Edward. During the 1963-1964 school year, the U.S. Department of Justice helped to establish the Prince Edward Free Schools to provide school-age children with free education while the constitutional issues were fought out in the courts.

The Moton Museum was established in 1996 by the Martha E. Forrester Council of Women in an effort to save the former R. R. Moton High School from demolition. In 1998, the Moton High School was added to the National Historic Landmark registry. The Museum opened officially in 2001, operated by a volunteer Board of Directors.

In early 2008, the Board of Directors hired the Museum’s first full-time Executive Director and set as its primary goal the renovation of the school building in order to house a permanent, professional exhibit. The $5.5 million project was completed in April 2013 with the opening of a six-gallery, 5,500 square foot exhibition entitled The Moton School Story: Children of Courage. Today the museum is governed by the Moton Council, representing local community stakeholders, and a Board of Trustees, created in 2012 to advance the museum’s aspirations for statewide representation and national impact. The museum currently employs two full-time staff members and benefits from volunteers and interns who assist with tours, educational programs, and fundraising.

In July 2015, the Moton Museum and Longwood University, Moton’s neighbor to the north, finalized an affiliation agreement in which Longwood would provide operational, financial, and administrative support for the Museum. The Moton Museum will continue to maintain its independent status as a non-profit organization.

A comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts foundation, Longwood has a distinctive mission to develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good. Longwood recently celebrated its 175th anniversary and is the third-oldest public university in Virginia, behind William & Mary and the University of Virginia. Longwood is part of the proud tradition of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today Longwood has more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 34,000 alumni.

Roughly one hour’s drive from Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Richmond, the Moton Museum is located in the historic two-college community of Farmville, the county seat of Prince Edward County, Virginia, with a population of almost 23,000 people. Farmville is a commercial, shopping, and recreational hub for the region, and sits at a historic crossroads near where the Civil War drew to a close and powerful strides in the civil rights movement began.

Position Description
The Executive Director collaborates positively and professionally with Moton Board of Trustees members, Moton Council members, Museum staff, volunteers, the Longwood University community, and other stakeholders to further the mission of the Museum. Annual evaluations of the Executive Director will be conducted by the University Liaison to the Moton Museum, in conjunction with the Moton Council.

As the Museum's chief development officer, the Executive Director is responsible for all fundraising activities including the establishment of strategies, plans, and goals; prospect and grant research; creation of proposals and budgets; and donor cultivation, stewardship, and recognition. The Executive Director will work in coordination with the Longwood University Office of Institutional Advancement and Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. The Executive Director also collaborates with the Moton Board of Trustees, the Moton Council, and Longwood University to develop a strategic vision and plan for the Museum.

As the Museum’s chief administrator, the Executive Director supervises all financial and operational activities. The Executive Director supervises all Museum personnel in accordance with all personnel policies and procedures. The Executive Director also guides the development of educational programming, including professional development for staff members and docents, and works with Museum staff to plan and execute group tours and special events. The Executive Director also works with the Moton Council and Board of Trustees to schedule and staff board meetings, maintain relations with members, and update and engage members in Museum activities.

The Executive Director serves as Chief Information Officer for the Museum, responding to inquiries and concerns about the Museum from reporters, scholars, museum guests, and the general public. The Executive Director works with Museum staff to ensure that all social media, publications, and marketing materials are consistent with the Museum's mission and brand. The Executive Director positively represents the Museum and its mission within the broader community and maintains and enhances, in conjunction with the University Liaison, community relations and the integrity of the affiliation with Longwood University.

The Candidate Profile
The successful candidate should be an energetic and collaborative leader who fully embraces the Museum’s mission and the Museum’s contribution to the educational mission of Longwood University. She or he serves as an advocate for the knowledge that can be gained from the direct study of, and engagement with, Prince Edward County’s civil rights history.

The successful candidate should possess experience in setting direction and developing and implementing strategic initiatives within an organization, as well as a track record of successful fundraising. The successful candidate should possess a dynamic leadership style and proven ability to build a team of staff, volunteers, and interns to carry forward the Museum’s mission.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to professional communities to advance and promote an understanding of Prince Edward County's unique contribution to American history. Advanced degree in field required; terminal degree (PhD, JD, MFA, etc.) preferred. Field of specialization of candidate is open. Specialists in American and civil rights history, constitutional law, public policy, education, museum studies, non-profit management and public history are all encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should possess substantial experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities described above. Experience in a museum setting, non-profit or cultural institution strongly preferred.

Strong interpersonal skills in public relations and in communicating and collaborating with constituents from the university, community, and K-12 school partners
and audiences are essential. The candidate must be able to establish credibility and genuine exchange with visitors, the community, and faculty and students from a wide range of disciplines.

This is a restricted- administrative and professional position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Commonwealth of Virginia benefits accompany this position. A successful finger-based print background investigation is required. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will be opened until filled. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. Submit a letter of interest, contact information for three references, resume, “Release of Information,” and “EEO Data Collection Form” (found on our website at, under “Recruitment and Hiring” – the EEO form is voluntary) (indicate position #GA224) to:

Human Resources
Longwood University
201 High Street Farmville, VA 23909
Phone: 434-395-2074
Fax: 434-395-2666.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Longwood University will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in need of accommodations in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. You are not required to note the presence of a disability on your application. If, however, you require accommodations in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395- 2074 or

The Annual Fire and Security Report(s) include campus security information, campus fire statistics, safety procedures, and provides statistics for criminal and disciplinary offenses. The report(s) are provided annually in compliance with the Clery Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). Longwood University’s Annual Safety and Security report and the Annual Fire Safety report is available at: 2015.pdf

A hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety reports and/or a copy of the Fire Log are maintained at the Longwood Police Office and will be provided upon request.

A diversified workforce is an important part of our strategic plan. EOE/AA (03/3/2016)

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This job posted by MERC from April 8 through July 8.

Museum of Jewish Heritage
New York, New York, USA


Since the Museum first opened its doors in 1997, visitors of all ages and backgrounds have gained a vital perspective on the broad tapestry of 20th and 21st century Jewish history and heritage. Now in its second decade, the Museum has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors from all over the world, who come away with a message of memory and hope that is of universal significance.

Called “one of the most moving cultural experiences in the city” by Time Out magazine, this Museum is one of New York City’s most impressive destinations.

The Position:

The leadership of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, made up of some of the New York’s leading Jewish philanthropists, views the appointment of a new President as a unique opportunity to lead a major New York City Jewish cultural institution at a critical moment in its development.

They seek a leader with executive leadership and management skills to lead this first class institution, boasting a beautiful physical campus, into its next phase of growth; a leader who can develop short and long-term plans to address current challenges around visibility, mission and fundraising, as well as to set a future direction that enhances the Museum’s key mission, while expanding its reach and impact.

The ability to craft and articulate a new and compelling vision for the Museum in the New York City and Jewish cultural and educational landscape is a key critical success factor being sought from the new President.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage seeks a senior, executive professional with demonstrated experience and success in three critical areas: fundraising, executive management and marketing/branding. The successful candidate will also have the understanding of, and interest in, the content of the museum and the Jewish cultural landscape. The President will lead the executive team, consisting of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer, Artistic Director, Director of Operations, Director of Marketing/Communications, Director of Educational Programs/Lectures and a Scholar/Spiritual Leader in Residence.

For a full job description, please visit this link:

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This job posted by MERC from April 5 through July 5.

Executive Director
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History
Danville, Virginia, USA

The Executive Director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is the chief executive of the Museum; this person is responsible for the general and fiscal leadership, as well as, management of the entire organization, including programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets, and internal/external relations.

The Executive Director provides executive leadership for the management of a dynamic cultural arts institution. Ultimately responsible for the general management, financial growth and development, financial management, program and collection development, and the facilitation of city/board/volunteer relations of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

Under the general supervision and direction of the Museum Board of Directors; provides direct and indirect supervision to the staff of Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.

The following list is illustrative and is not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this job. The omission of specific statements does not preclude the Board of Directors from assigning specific duties not listed if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
  • Cultivates relationships with major stakeholders for the purposes of fundraising, including major gifts, for special projects, operations and development of the Museum collection.
  • Plans, coordinates, and directs the operation of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History which includes carrying out the policies and programs, as determined by the DMFAH Board of Directors, including the collection, exhibits, maintenance and educational outreach.
  • Utilizes traditional, print, social, and other forms of media to foster museum attendance and growth
  • Collaborates with community partners to enhance the arts in the Danville Regional Community; Develops relationships with community organizations and staff to communicate the museum’s vision.
  • Oversees the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History budget including planning, preparation, monitoring, and administration.
  • Identifies, recommends, and procures potential revenue streams and new opportunities for the museum’s growth and development.
  • Performs a variety of public relations activities; coordinates communication both internal and external concerning all aspects of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, works closely with City Administration and other governmental and non-governmental agencies, collaborates with additional non-profit organizations to increase citizens' exposure and access to fine arts and history, identify and nurture relationships with potential donors,
  • Demonstrates effective staff development and organizational skills in areas such as hiring, coaching, collaboration, problem solving and goal setting. Empowers internal staff to proactively identify, plan, and act as a collaborative team.
  • Ensures the operations and administration of the Museum are in compliance with City policies, City ordinances, and local, State and Federal regulations.
  • Serves as principal advisor to the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History Board of Directors, City Manager, and other City officials, as well as other departments regarding art museum related concerns, programs, and/or projects.
  • Attend meetings of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History Board of Directors.
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings and/or engagements as are vital the achievement of the organization’s mission.
  • Assist in the selection, evaluation, and orientation of new Board members.
  • The ED must be identified as an articulate, pro-active, visible, and fully engaged symbol of the DMFAH.
  • The ED must present an overall professional appearance and image.
  • The ED must interact effectively with many constituencies: volunteers, students, members, visitors, participants, donors/funders, school and civic organizations, and local and state government agencies.
  • The ED must establish effective relationships with a number of individuals and/or groups to include DMFAH board of directors, city council, city management, community agencies, government agencies, and community leaders.
  • The ED is expected to provide leadership by monitoring public trends in fine arts and history and provide recommendations for appropriate programming in keeping with the Danville region’s needs and desires.
  • Understands the role of technology in information exchange and ensures the Museum employs current and innovative methods necessary for the engagement of multiple demographic groups.
  • Effectively supervise and development museum personnel implement objective and comprehensive evaluations of staff performance. Model and demonstrate leadership skills to effectively participate as a team member in carrying out the museum’s mission.
  • Prepare and present clear and comprehensive written reports.
  • 4+ years of successful managerial and leadership experience as an executive director and/or administrator
  • 2 years successful leadership in a fundraising capacity with a proven track record of both public and private fundraising abilities
  • Experience in financial management, including budget development and monitoring
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and relationship ¬building/networking skills
  • A high degree of cultural competence and experience working with and serving diverse populations
  • A deep commitment to supporting and promoting community arts/history programming
  • A thorough knowledge/understanding of fine arts and history; museum management theory; fundraising principles and techniques; public relations; exhibition design and installation; modern management principles and techniques.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree required

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications can be submitted via email to or candidates can apply online by clicking here.

Candidates must 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 March 29 through June 28.

Director of Exhibits and Museum Programming
Air Zoo
Portage, Michigan, USA

The Air Zoo is seeking an experienced Director of Exhibits and Museum Programming: a person with an inspiring, motivating, “can do” attitude, a passion for positively impacting community through interactive exhibits, and a proven track record of consistently developing exhibits that attract and educate diverse audiences, incorporating technology and media in new, interactive, and unexpected ways. This key leadership position will lead all aspects of the Learning Experience function for the Air Zoo, which include directing teams responsible for the exhibit floor experience, the artifact collection, and the museum programs. Your creativity and innovation will flourish while you are providing vision for, creating, and implementing the exhibit and program strategies for the Air Zoo; designing and delivering an engaging, educational, and inspirational exhibit floor experience for guests of all ages; ensuring the care, security, and preservation of all artifacts in the Air Zoo collection; and expanding and diversifying the Air Zoo’s partnerships.

For more information and application instructions please visit our website: Cover letters, including salary requirements, and résumés should be submitted to

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This job posted by MERC from March 10 through June 9.

Executive Director
Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota, USA


The Bell Museum of Natural History was established in 1872 as the official natural history museum for the state of Minnesota. As part of the University of Minnesota, the Bell Museum has grown to encompass world-class collections and award-winning public programming. In 2011, the Minnesota Planetarium Society joined the Bell Museum in a merger that expanded the capacity and increased the range of educational experiences for youth and adults.

A new, state-of-the-art museum facility with improved exhibits space, a versatile 120-seat planetarium/digital theater and expanded educational areas is scheduled to open in St. Paul on the University of Minnesota campus in 2018. This new, $64M facility will showcase University of Minnesota research, scholarship and education in natural science. The Museum’s exhibits and public programming will foster scientific literacy for all ages and will serve as a vital interface between the University and the larger community.

The University of Minnesota seeks an Executive Director who will oversee the Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium’s (BMNHP) mission through its personnel, research/programs and facilities. The BMNHP mission is to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world. Specifically, the Executive Director will:
  • Be a visible leader at the University, local, regional, and national level who will represent the BMNHP and build support for the institution;
  • Advance innovative educational programs and visitor experiences that deepen science literacy and serve the educational needs of a diverse, urban community;
  • Engage in fundraising efforts and events to develop major donor support;
  • Ensure strong, evidence-based operations that are efficient and fiscally responsible;
  • Create a dynamic social gathering space for life-long learning and informed discussion of scientific and environmental issues;
  • Oversee and facilitate the museum’s curatorial mission.
This full-time (12-month) Professional and Administrative position works closely with its advisory board, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota leadership to increase the quality and reach of research and public education programs. The position oversees a $5M annual budget and is accountable for the leadership of mission, goals and operations.


Leadership and Strategy
  • Articulate a vision for BMNHP that fulfills its mission and provides clear institutional goals;
  • Develop and lead—with the input of BMNHP staff and advisory board—the implementation of a strategic plan to build attendance and membership, grow financial support and increase the community impact of BMNHP’s programs, partnerships and initiatives;
  • Be a visible leader at the University, local, regional and national level who will represent BMNHP and build support for the institution and science education;
  • Actively inform and engage the advisory board regarding issues of importance to the operations and strategy of BMNHP to reinforce institutional strength;
  • Create and foster partnerships and collaborations between BMNHP and other faculty, staff and unit within the University;
  • Build a robust and valuable set of external strategic partners to develop broad-based support for the institution.
Fundraising and Advocacy
  • Marshall existing resources to raise the funds required to maintain a high standard of operations and facilitate the strategic plan in keeping with the goal of organizational sustainability;
  • Be the public voice of BMNHP; effectively representing the organization to increase visibility and grow support for programs and operations;
  • Work in partnership with the BMNHP advancement director to engage in fundraising efforts and events to grow major donor support;
  • Develop and maintain key relationships in local, regional, state, and federal government, foundations and other granting agencies;
  • Support advisory board members in strategic activities, allocate appropriate staff time to facilitate and train the advisory board in fundraising and advocacy on behalf of the organization;
  • Actively reach out to a broader set of constituents to meet the needs of underserved communities with respect to STEM education.
Internal Leadership
  • Oversee implementation of the strategic plan including an effective communications and fundraising strategy to grow awareness and support of BMNHP;
  • Oversee development of revenue streams and programmatic budgets, business operations, financial planning and marketing plans that contribute to the financial sustainability of the overall unit;
  • Oversee BMNHP operations and programs--ensuring progress toward strategic goals while maintaining consistency with its mission;
  • Develop a sustainable master plan, in conjunction with staff, for exhibitions and public programming that will attract broad audiences and meet their needs;
  • Engage with University of Minnesota leaders, researchers and scholars to ensure that the impact of the University is strongly represented in the museum;
  • Recruit, nurture, and challenge a highly-qualified and motivated professional staff;
  • Foster innovation and open communication;
  • Lead ongoing development of organizational policies and practices—including assessment of the use of technology in order to effectively plan and manage programs and facilitate tailored communication with various audiences and supporters;
  • Work with educational staff to design, implement, and administer innovative educational programs and a visitor experience that reflects and deepens science standards and serves the educational needs and funding opportunities of diverse groups of audiences;
  • Develop robust and visitor-centric programming that builds the BMNHP brand and invites engagement with University partners.
Operational Management
  • Work with staff to ensure a culture of operational excellence throughout the unit including adopting procedures and technologies that increase the effectiveness of the unit;
  • Ensure retention of quality personnel through effective communication, performance feedback, professional development and recognition;
  • Ensure that the strategic plan is executed with a sustainable operational plan;
  • Set assessable benchmarks to ensure that the organization is achieving its goals;
  • Ensure strong operational systems so that resources are used effectively, valuable data are collected, efficiencies are gained, and a balanced budget is maintained.
Academic Engagement
  • Work with the curatorial lead and faculty curators to advance the academic and curatorial mission of the museum in the areas of scholarship, undergraduate education, and graduate education and training;
  • Work with academic units within CFANS and across the University to strengthen collaboration and support faculty curatorial appointments serving the central mission of BMNHP;
  • Develop a strategic plan to grow, sustain, and make accessible the natural history collections of BMNHP.
Leadership Competencies:
Our search process will include a review and discussion of leadership competencies necessary for this position, specifically in the following areas:
  • Driving Results – creating a culture of innovation, accountability, high quality and service.
  • Vision – establishing direction through clear communication and aligning resources with priorities.
  • Engagement – building, respecting, sustaining and retaining high performance individuals and teams.
  • Collaboration – effective at building consensus, valuing diversity and inclusion, influencing others, and problem-solving.
  • Accountability – high standards for self and team, fostering a strong culture of accountability.
  • An advanced degree (Masters and/or Ph.D.) in a relevant field including biology, environmental science, earth science, business administration or education;
  • Five years of relevant experience in leading and managing complex organizations with a public outreach or education mission;
  • Experience with complex budgets and strategic planning;
  • Experience developing successful funding and concept proposals;
  • Experience as an advocate;
  • Experience working with diverse audiences;
  • Demonstrated success in leading fundraising efforts and extensive public speaking experience;
  • Demonstrated experience building partnerships with diverse organizations, communities and partners.
  • Demonstrated interest in promoting the use, care, and growth of biological collections including experience in collections curations and informatics;
  • Active participation in professional societies;
  • Ability to analyze monthly financial reports and strategically use them to monitor and balance the annual budget;
  • Expertise, skills, and desire to engage a broader, more diverse audience, to best reflect the population profile of our region;
  • Experience managing staff with proven record of hiring, evaluating, mentoring, and retaining staff;
  • Experience effectively leading an organization of similar size and complexity—preferably with a museum or science center;
  • Experience in planning and designing a new facility;
  • Demonstrated interest in promoting the major disciplines served by natural history museums and planetariums;
  • Experience and knowledge of audience development, visitor experience and/or brand development;
  • Sound understanding of and advocacy for the importance of academic and public aspects of natural history museums and planetariums in a research university setting.
Candidates with interest in and qualifications for tenure in an academic department are encouraged to apply and may be eligible for tenure at the University of Minnesota in their relevant academic unit.

Nature of Appointment
This is a 100%-time, twelve-month administrative appointment with an initial appointment period of three years. Reappointment to annually renewable terms is contingent upon a successful performance. The Executive Director is responsible administratively to the Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and is a member of the college’s leadership council.

Application Instructions:

Apply on-line at: and search for posting #307546

Submit a letter of interest/application that includes a description of your leadership style. In addition, a current curriculum vitae is requested. Names and contact information for references are not requested before the initial screening of applications--confidentiality of all applicants is of utmost importance.

During the interview process, applicants will be asked to describe their commitment, experience and approach to working with colleagues, staff, students and constituents from diverse populations.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements:
Office environment including standing and sitting at desk, periodic use of PC, occasional light lifting generally less than ten pounds.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator an opportunity educator and employer.

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This job posted by MERC from February 17 through May 15.

The last update to this page was 5-3-16.