Director Positions

Museum Director
City of Ketchikan
Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Museum Director - 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 welcoming community of 14,000 located on an island in beautiful Southeast Alaska. Ketchikan has daily jet and ferry service, and is a 90-minute flight from Seattle, WA. Spectacular natural beauty with mild climate, 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 Vanessa Booth at (907) 228-5631 or

$60,708 - $70,454/annually DOQ plus benefits. Position Open Until Filled; EOE/AA.

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This job posted by MERC from March 31 through June 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FLSA: Exempt

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

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

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

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


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

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

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) invites applications for the position of Director, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This institution is part of the Presidential Library System, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located in Boston, MA.

Presidential Libraries preserve and make available the papers, records, and other historical materials of the President they represent. Holdings include millions of pages of records including letters, reports, and other documents that chronicle U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs during the Presidency. These Libraries also have collections of thousands of objects and audiovisual items (including photographs, videotapes of news broadcasts, audiotapes of speeches and press briefings, film of public events, and televised campaign commercials). Through the Museum, the President’s life and public service are documented through a series of exhibits and programs that are designed to stimulate learning, reflection, and a sense of democratic citizenship among the thousands of students, scholars, government officials, journalists, and others who visit each Library annually.

The Library Director plans, directs, and administers all programs and activities of the Library and Museum, including archival, exhibit, public and educational programs. The incumbent works closely with NARA officials to ensure Library operations are in alignment with the Agency’s strategic goals. The Director maintains close working relationships with the former President’s family and the privately funded support organization; develops cooperative relationships and partnership ventures with academic and other institutions in support of the library’s mission and goals; and conducts extensive public relations and fundraising activities in support of the library and museum.

This position is an excepted service Senior Level (SL) appointment within the Federal Government and serves at the pleasure of the Archivist of the United States. The salary range for the position is $124,406 - $172,100. Relocation expenses may be paid. Detailed information about NARA and the national Presidential Library System is available at The deadline to apply is May 19, 2017.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Extensive experience directing a historical, archival, cultural, philanthropic, educational, or governmental institution.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and maintaining public-private or other coalitions and partnerships to advance the programs and missions of a public or private institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and to create a dynamic working environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a large, complex organization.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Creative and thoughtful regarding the utilization of new technologies
  • Innovative thinker in leveraging NARA and Foundation assets to market the museum to drive attendance
  • Excellent judgement and creative problem solving skills
  • Exceptional negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Interest and understanding of events and issues of the 20th Century sufficient to contribute appropriate historical perspective and intellectual leadership to the work of the Library and Museum and its presentation to the public.
  • U.S. citizenship is required for this position.
To Apply:

The deadline to apply is May 19, 2017. Applicants should submit a resume and a statement addressing how their qualifications and experience relate to the qualifications outlined above to the following address:

Office of Presidential Libraries (LP) – Room 2200F
National Archives and Records Administration
Attention: Library Director Application
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Fax: 301-837-3199

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This job posted by MERC from March 24 through May 19.

Executive Director
National Children’s Museum
Washington, DC, USA

The National Children’s Museum has been inspiring and educating children between the ages of 2 -14 and their families since 1974. The museum leadership has focused on building a nationally-recognized cultural and educational institution designed especially for children. NCM served over 300,000 kids and families from December 2012 to January 2015 both at its temporary museum facilities located at National Harbor in Maryland and its “Museum without Walls” Programs. In late 2014, the NCM Board made the decision to return to Washington, DC and during the transition, it has operated as a “Museum on the Move” by serving the region through community and school outreach programs, traveling exhibits and partnerships with other organizations. NCM has identified a new space to house the museum in downtown Washington, DC and is involved in lease negotiations.

The Executive Director is charged with carrying out the vision and mission under the direction of the Board of Directors. Together with the Board, the Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing the start-up of the museum in the new facility and ensuring the health and vitality of the organization long-term. This will include setting its strategic direction, running a fiscally sound operation, and creating an educationally rich environment that inspires, enlightens, and engages children and their families.

The National Children’s Museum is seeking a skilled museum professional with a track record of leadership, business management, innovation and sound financial control at a senior level. The ideal candidate will have a personal history of taking a project from concept to completion. S/he will have a deep commitment to the NCM mission and the ability to create experiences that address a thematic focus of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Experience in growing an organization via operational and philanthropic income generation is needed. Evidence of managing and motivating a complex organization as well as success in managing board level relations are essential. A successful fundraising track record is necessary. An undergraduate degree from a four-year college or university, or equivalent, is required. A Postgraduate degree is preferred.

Applications and nominations are being received by Noetic Search. If interested, please click here to submit a current resume and cover letter. For more information, visit or

National Children’s Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from March 20 through June 19.

Director of Operations and Facility Management
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

Director of Operations and Facility Management – Exempt Position


The Director of Operations and Facility Management reports to the Executive Director and manages the physical plant and the areas of Security, Visitor Services and Museum Shop, Facility Rental, and Maintenance. The Director of Operations and Facility Management is responsible for the successful functioning of all mechanical and electronic systems pertaining to the building, creating a safe and secure environment, and ensuring the building and grounds are impeccably maintained. Makes executive decisions pertaining to museum operations, emergencies, and personnel issues; assisting in museum administration; maintaining building security; maintaining responsibility for daily cash handling and recording of gift shop; serving as the building coordinator and primary contact for facilities issues; supervising museum operations staff; attending meeting and events as necessary; and performing other related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Monitor MOCA’s physical plant including HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, utility usage, structure and roofing; work closely with the City of VB to maintain its maximum effectiveness’.

Conduct regular inspections of the building and grounds to determine maintenance needs and recommendations for improvements and repairs.

Develop a 5 and a 10-year plan for building maintenance, lease hold improvements and replacement and renewals. Manage the plan to achievement.

Manage the scheduling of building inspections, renovation and capital improvement projects and landscaping needs with City of Virginia Beach Departments of Building Maintenance, Parks and Recreation and/or vendors.

Provide operational support for all staff regarding telecommunications and computer networking. Conducts the recruitment and selection of outside contractors as needed for all major office equipment and AV.

Supervise Museum’s operational staff and/or contract services in security, maintenance, visitor services, gift shop and facility marketing.

Manage building and staff schedules.

Manage visitation data collection for grant information and analysis.

Work closely with Executive Director to formulate the Museum’s strategic goals and initiatives and monitor their progress.

Work closely with senior staff to foster advancement initiatives to include: fundraising activities, donor solicitation and grant development.

Oversee budget development and expense management for the Operations, Facility Rental, Taxable Sales and Administration budgets.

Responsible for meeting departmental budget goals and initiatives.

Provide Operations staff with training, support and resources needed to perform their jobs at the highest standard and to comply with but not limited to OSHA requirements, EEOC and DOL regulations and Museum injuries/incidents reporting procedures.

Build strong relationship with MOCA’s broad constituencies that include: Board of Trustees, members, donors, artists, collectors, educators, philanthropic organizations, corporate leaders, peer institutions, media, vendors, and city representatives.

Maintain working knowledge and understanding of American Alliance of Museums standards and best practices, staying abreast of emerging trends and practices in museums.

Work collaboratively with all staff to facilitate a positive working environment and visitor experience. Assist all departments in determining requirements of new exhibitions, programming and special events.

Assist with opening and closing of the Museum as needed.

Represent the Museum at public events, participating in professional development with peers when possible.

Required Qualifications

Bachelors’ degree in Business, Museum Studies or related work experience required. Minimum of 3 years, 5 years preferred of related museum, facility management or operations experience. Demonstrated management success, strong administrative and interpersonal skills, excellent writing, communication and computer skills, and proven budget and multi-tasking skills desired. Must have strong leadership and planning skills with proven effectiveness in managing staff. Knowledge of modern computer programs, including database entry and Microsoft Office. Occasional nights and weekend are required. This position requires confidentiality. Physical requirements include prolonged standing and sitting, must be able to balance, bend, climb, crouch, reach, stand, sit and twist. Must have the finger dexterity to operate mechanical and office equipment. Must be able to lift/move up to 50 lbs. Must exhibit mobility to monitor and maintain systems organization wide and to meet the daily demands of the position.


The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a nonprofit institution founded in 1952 to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. Regularly changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its four primary activities--gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational outreach programs and outdoor art shows--MOCA seeks to involve a diverse regional public in the rich and active language of contemporary visual art.

MOCA does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.

Mail or email resumes and letter of interest to:
MOCA Human Resources
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2200 Parks Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
fax: 757.425.8186

No phone calls please

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This job posted by MERC from March 16 through June 15.

Instructor or Lecturer and Art Gallery Coordinator
University of Central Florida / School of Visual Arts and Design
Orlando, Florida, USA

The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a full-time 12-month Art Gallery coordinator. This is a non-tenure earning position at the rank of instructor or lecturer. The UCF Art Gallery coordinator will create an innovative exhibition and lecture program that inspires and informs SVAD arts and designs majors and also appeals to the broader university and regional communities. The successful candidate will teach, perform service, and participate in campus and community life. UCF supports and rewards teaching excellence and offers undergraduate B.F.A and B.A degrees as well as M.F.A and M.A degrees in Emerging Media. The School of Visual Arts and Design has approximately 2,700 majors across five areas that include Architecture, Art History, Digital Media, Film, and the Studio Arts. The position’s anticipated start date is August of 2017.

The school is seeking an energetic, resourceful, and creative professional with a minimum of two years of full-time experience in a gallery or museum. The Gallery coordinator will develop curatorial projects and implement an exhibition program that enhances UCF’s educational mission and curriculum. The Gallery coordinator will collaborate with the SVAD exhibition committee to envision, plan, and produce exhibitions and programming; develop collegial relationships with faculty and students; and cultivate the pedagogical role of exhibitions.

The UCF Art Gallery coordinator will direct and manage all gallery operations including, but not limited to: managing a budget; training and managing gallery staff, supervising volunteers and interns; planning, preparing, and promoting exhibitions and programming; overseeing the collection and acquisitions; fostering public relations by initiating community outreach; and collaborating with established public art programs.

Position Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in Studio Art or a related field from an accredited institution for instructor rank or a terminal degree (Ph.D. or M.F.A.) in Art, Fine Arts, Art Practice or a related field from an accredited institution for a lecturer rank; at least two years of experience in gallery programming; teaching experience at the college level; solid administrative and organizational skills; effective communication skills; technical proficiency.

Ph.D. in Art History, Comparative Art, Art Education, or Design from an accredited institution or M.F.A. in Art, Fine Arts or Art Practice from an accredited institution; grant writing and fundraising ability; collection management experience; curatorial and exhibition design practice.

Special Conditions
The work locations are on the UCF main campus in East Orlando (primary location) and downtown at the Center for Emerging Media.

Additional Application Materials Required
The university requires that all candidates apply online at In addition to the online application and in order to be fully considered for the position, please upload the following individual PDF documents: 1) letter of application, 2) CV, 3) curatorial philosophy, 4) teaching philosophy, and 5) contact information for three professional references. In addition, applicants must submit a single multi-page PDF that includes: up to 20 images of student work, exhibition installations, exhibition catalogues or related publications with descriptions of contributions to the exhibits shown (i.e., relevance to criteria outlined in the position description).

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be uploaded at that time. The site will not accept more than 10MB total per applicant. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit documents at a later date.

Complete applications must be received by April 6, 2017. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts.

The review of applications will begin immediately. For any questions, please contact the search committee chair, Molly Reilly at

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women veterans and individuals with disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is an emerging preeminent research institution and America’s Partnership University. Our 13 colleges provide education and opportunities to more than 63,000 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is one of the largest universities in the country with 212 degree programs from which to choose. UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

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This job posted by MERC from March 13 through June 12.

Museum Director
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
Spring, Texas, USA


The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (PFMFA; The Pearl) seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, and business-minded individual to lead the museum during its next stage of growth. The Director will be responsible for furthering the goals and mission of the Pearl and directing development, fundraising, marketing, general management, financial management, and fostering member/volunteer/docent/board relations of the PFMFA. The Director will also be responsible for maintaining and fostering the museum’s image of exceptionalism. The Director must be able to capitalize on the PFMFA’s existing strengths and provide leadership and management for the next chapter in the PFMFA’s history. The Director is expected to be an active participant in the community and in all areas of responsibility. The Museum Director is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

About the Museum

The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in March 2008. The museum is a non-collecting museum located in Spring, Texas that serves the greater northwest Houston communities of over one million people. It is the only museum of fine arts outside the central museum district of Houston. Together with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Foundation for the Arts and Cultural Enrichment (FACE), and the Cypress Creek Christian Community Center, the PFMFA is part of the Cypress Creek Cultural District. The museum has become an important social, cultural, and educational center for the area.

From its humble beginnings, the museum has progressed to being named the Houston Press Best Small Museum in 2010 and, again, in 2015. The Houston Press stated, “The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts has snagged a Best Small Museum nod before. It wins again this year for the very simple reason that it's doing excellent work. The brilliance in its programming is that it showcases works rarely seen publicly from small, private collections held locally.”

More than 185,000 visitors, including 60,000 school children, have visited the Pearl since its opening, experiencing world-class art. The galleries have exhibited 46 shows since opening. Exhibitions have ranged from exquisite European paintings, Texas paintings, Japanese objects, American paintings, contemporary pieces, African Gold, ceramics, pottery, glass, metal, recycled objects into art, Hispanic art, French collections, and many more.


To be the leading fine arts museum in greater Houston, outside the downtown museum district.


While upholding the highest ethical and professional museum standards, the Pearl’s mission is:

1. Provide direct, first-hand access to original works of art and other culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant objects to a regional, national, and international audience.

2. Offer outstanding and inclusive educational and public programming.
Education has been a key element of our mission since the very beginning. That vision has expanded to include school children to university students to senior adults. The school program is outstanding, serving 8,000 children each year as part of their scheduled school field trips. The museum has recently launched a leading-edge special needs program serving visually impaired and autistic children.

The physical space of the museum encompasses about 11,000 square feet. The duration of each exhibition is approximately four months. A strong volunteer base by an active Guild, docents, and community service organizations provides needed assistance in operations.

The Pearl is funded by grants from businesses and charitable foundations, donations from our dedicated donor base, and an Endowment Foundation.


A. As Museum Director, manage the operational and administrative duties of the Pearl in an efficient and effective manner.
  1. Oversee budget development and financial management; ensure the accuracy and integrity of complete financial and accounting records and reports.
  2. Develop plans for exhibitions and programs including exhibition sponsorships.
  3. Direct the personnel and employment of human resources that includes interviewing, hiring, training, encouraging, coaching, and disciplining and terminating employees.
  4. Ensure the efficient operation and maintenance of the facility, including HVAC systems, technology systems, janitorial staff, and grounds maintenance.
  5. Maintain and oversee the effective safety and security of the museum.
  6. Enhance the PFMFA’s marketing program to raise awareness and grow audiences.
  7. Facilitate the development of web-based marketing and strong social media presence.
  8. Collaborate with community partners to enhance the arts in the Northwest Houston area.
  9. Participate in Board meetings as Director and administrator of the museum.
B. As Chief Fundraiser, engage vigorously and effectively in development and fundraising.
  1. Consistent with the PFMFA’s current and long-term needs, lead fundraising events, annual fundraising initiatives, specific grant proposals, capital campaigns, and membership campaigns.
  2. Develop and monitor gift and endowment contributions for the Endowment Foundation.
  3. Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communications with members, Board of Directors, donors, and supporters of the PFMFA.
  4. Providing a high degree of visibility in the community, strengthening community relationships and serving as chief spokesperson for the PFMFA.
C. As Chief Strategic Planner provide visionary leadership in long-range planning and implementation.
  1. Advance the current long range plan established by the Board of Directors.
  2. Lead the Board of Directors in an annual strategic plan update.
Candidate Profile
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred.
  • Relevant executive experience working with a board of directors and leading a staff; minimum of five years of successful and progressive responsibility, executive experience in a museum environment.
  • Exceptional skills in development, fundraising, marketing and financial management.
  • Experience in successful grant writing.
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communication and organization.
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, including the capacity to develop innovative strategies for income generation, audience-building, and programming.
  • Possess the capacity to develop and maintain positive relationships with members, donors, and community constituents.
  • Possess a strong work ethic and high level of energy.
Salary Range:
  • Compensation will range between $65,000 - $75,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Attractive benefit package is provided
To Apply:

Send a letter of interest, resume, copy of college/graduate school transcripts and a list of three professional references with contact information by email to Position will remain open until filled; however, it is the desire of the Search Committee to have an approved candidate ready to assume the position in early May 2017.

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This job posted by MERC from March 8 through June 7.

The last update to this page was 5-17-17.