Director Positions

Executive Director
Harbor History Museum
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA

Full Time, Experienced

The Harbor History Museum (HHM) Executive Director (ED) is the chief executive of the Museum and is responsible for the leadership and management of the organization. The ED is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of the organization in a fiscally sound and sustainable manner. The ED plays a leading role in developing and implementing the strategic plan of the Harbor History Museum while maintaining positive relations with the board, volunteers, and community.

Other job responsibilities include:
  • Act as the public persona of the HHM, promote HHM to local and surrounding community
  • Lead all long and short term fundraising efforts
  • Oversee event management for major income producing events
  • Oversee exhibit selection, execution and marketing
  • Develop business and marketing plans and reports for management and board use
  • Recruit, retain and manage staff and volunteers
  • Manage day to day museum operations
  • Develops and uses appropriate administrative systems and management practices
  • Take care of the physical plant and leverage site attributes to HHM benefit
Key qualifications for this position include: outstanding leadership, innovation, communication, and fundraising skills. The applicant should have a Bachelors degree and at least five years of management experience. Museum and non profit experience will be considered in evaluating submissions.

Salary Competitive, including benefit package.
Reports to Board of Trustees through President
Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Harbor History Museum is an AA/EO Employer. HHM is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest and unique qualifications along with CV including professional experience, education, publications, awards, projects, presentations, membership (affiliations) and references.
Actual position description available upon request. E mail requests to

Application Instructions:
Please submit application to the Board President by September 5, 2014.
Mary Grubbs, President
Harbor History Museum
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

No telephone calls please.
Museum Website:

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This job posted by MERC from August 13 through September 8.

Museum Director
Town of Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA

Responsible for the leadership and overall operations, development, management, planning, administration, facilities, security, curatorial affairs, marketing and fund raising for the museum. The mission of Florida’s historic Mound House is to preserve and share 2,000 years of cultural and natural history on Estero Island with residents and visitors worldwide.

  • Oversees the Museum
  • Responsible for revenue enhancements including fund raising, grants, contributions and donations.
  • Coordinates and evaluates museum programs and special events.
  • Organizes and coordinates personnel in the implementation of museum programs and exhibits.
  • Prepares and submits reports relating to the museum programs and facility.
  • Plans, designs, and implements onsite exhibitions relating to art, history, and anthropology.
  • Directs, curatorial program and directs volunteer workers/staff efforts pertaining thereto
  • Keeps financial and artifacts records, submits payroll and develops budget requests.
  • Minimum of graduation from an accredited college or university with a concentration in history, museum studies, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three years’ experience in museum work with some experience at the administration level.
  • Any equivalent demonstrated combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be substituted.
Salary:  $55,842 - $86,555

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This job posted by MERC from August 12 through September 7.

Executive Director
The Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of the Redwood Library & Athenæum is responsible for the leadership and management of the entire organization. Responsibilities include: ensuring implementation of the Board’s strategic focus, fundraising, administrative staff supervision, strategic planning, financial management, overseeing outreach programs, forming partnerships with other organizations, oversight of marketing activities (including print and digital), and community and donor relations.

The Redwood, founded in 1747 in Newport, RI (then a prosperous colonial city of unique cultural and religious diversity) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) open membership, circulating library and athenaeum that still pursues its original purpose: “having nothing in view but the good of Mankind.” Today, the Redwood is home to collections of books, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and furniture of the colonial period, and a book collection of 200,000+ volumes. The Redwood currently has a professional staff of 12 full-time and 11 part-time employees - including full-time directors for Institutional Advancement and Finance & Administration. It is governed by a volunteer Board of 24 Trustees and has a growing membership of approximately 1,850 individuals. This year, the Redwood will operate with a budget of $1.6 million.

To sustain its high level of academic competence and to continue expansion of its respected outreach programming, the Redwood has recently begun to plan a major capital campaign with help from the Boston-based, cultural advisory firm, TDC. This summer, a fundraising consultant will help the Redwood with the feasibility phase of this campaign.

The ideal candidate for the Executive Director position must be prepared to assume a leadership role in this multi-year, fundraising effort being undertaken to sustain America’s oldest, continuously operating lending library along with its various historic collections. The position requires a proven leader with exceptional communication and inter-personal skills, excellent fundraising skills, strong management capabilities, and a passion for the Redwood and its mission. Candidates must have past success in working with and engaging a board of directors and demonstrated success in fundraising and attracting major gifts.

This position offers a unique career opportunity for an energetic, self-starter, relationship-builder who has a passion for managing people, historic preservation and community involvement.

The Executive Director position requires an individual with strong leadership and management skills who can assume the following responsibilities with enthusiasm, confidence, a strong belief in collaboration, and a spirit for innovation:

• Fundraising Leadership – Lead the Redwood’s fundraising strategy to attract financial donors from the Newport area and to develop additional support nationally.

• Strategy - Ensure that the Redwood has a long-range strategy for attaining its mission and that timely and consistent progress toward its established goals is made.

• Board Liaison - Be the organization’s primary liaison with its Board of Directors and report directly to the Board’s President. Keep the Board fully informed, in a timely fashion, of any developments affecting the organization or its property.

• Operational Leadership - Lead and oversee all operations of the institution to:
  • maintain and grow its collection of 200,000+ volumes,
  • curate, protect and showcase its various historic collections, and
  • develop programs that both educate and entertain library users and the public.
• Staff Management – Direct administrative staff in the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers. This involves working with the Director of Finance & Administration to ensure that job descriptions are current, regular performance evaluations are held, and that effective human resource policies are in place and respected. The Executive Director will create and maintain an employment culture that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff. The Executive Director will report regularly to the Board on personnel matters.

• Community Outreach - Be the Redwood’s “ambassador” to the Newport community and beyond by actively participating in efforts to join with other cultural not-for-profits in efficiently serving both their separate and combined constituents.

• Research Outreach - Lead and oversee all efforts to reach out to academics and others who use the Redwood’s special collections and historic documents in their research, academic and educational pursuits.

• Fiduciary Controls – See that official records and documents are maintained, and ensure compliance with all regulations and legal covenants. Work with staff, the Board’s Finance Committee and Board to prepare an annual budget and ensure that the organization operates within that budget and has adequate funds to carry out its work.

The Executive Director should:

• Have a Master’s Degree in library science, museum studies or public administration or similar advanced, academic degree and a minimum of 7–10 years of high-level managerial experience in a not-for-profit cultural organization, library, museum, or academic institution.

• Be able to provide specific examples of having formulated and implemented strategic plans that have taken an organization to the next stage of its growth. This will include experience and proven success in fundraising.

• Be intuitively collaborative with a track record of excellence in:
  • building and managing effective, high-performing teams,
  • creating and fostering a working environment based on employees’ respect for one another,
  • reaching consensus among various constituents, and
  • setting and achieving strategic and operational objectives.
• Possess a solid level of financial literacy and good business judgment that includes having experience in establishing and managing budgets.

• Have experience Board-level experience.

• Be a persuasive and passionate communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be relaxed in a position of being this organization’s spokesperson and effective in articulating the Redwood’s mission. The Executive Director must comfortably interact with small groups, as well as successfully deliver formal presentations to large audiences, both local and national.

• Have a profound commitment to the changing role of libraries and museums in contemporary society, and be willing to experiment with various models for serving the public in new and creative ways.

• Exhibit a level of cultural and social sophistication that will facilitate interaction with existing Redwood members/audiences, Board members, invited speakers/scholars, existing and potential donors, and the public.

• Demonstrate organizational and management skills that allow for him/her to easily balance various roles within a small organization that is committed to operating with fiscal responsibility while recognizing its full potential for service to users.

• Demonstrate a successful track record:
  • as a leader in a library or other nonprofit institution that has successfully gained recognition by academics, scholars and the public for its various collections and their accessibility, and
  • for being a demonstrable part of an effort to expand a not-for-profit organization’s outreach to new constituents both for use of the facility and for its funding for the future.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Fall 2014

Please e-mail a cover letter, current résumé, salary history and contact information for three individuals who would recommend you to The Redwood Library & Athenæum Board of Directors’ Search Committee at “” Please include “RLA Search” in the e-mail subject line. Your cover letter should offer examples of the experience you have had in leading a team of professionals that has attained measurable goals in the areas of responsibility outlined in this job description. Résumés must be received by August 31, 2014.

In 1747, Quaker merchant Abraham Redwood and 45 fellow Newporters founded the Company of the Redwood Library as a community library. In one of the most significant philanthropic acts of the 18th century, Abraham Redwood donated funds to purchase 1,338 books in London that would be “suitable for a publick library” that he envisioned for the English colony. The building, designed by Peter Harrison in 1749 to house those books, is this country’s first public example of the Palladian architectural style in the United States and a treasured National Historic Landmark. Today, the Redwood is home to research collections of books, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and furniture of the colonial period. In addition to rotating exhibits of the Redwood’s collections, lectures, concerts, theatrical performances, seminars and gala events take are held regularly to bring this historic institution to life for its members, scholars and the public.

The Redwood was modernized 10 years ago to the highest standards of temperature and humidity control, two years ago doubled its book capacity so that all collections could be retrieved from storage for cataloguing and access, and a year ago completely replaced and modernized its technology platform. The Redwood has meticulously maintained its original 1750’s collection and its venerable collection of early books, manuscripts, furniture, and colonial portraiture. It serves the public as a membership library open to all. The Redwood values its established ties with the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and other non–profits in the Newport community.

Located between Boston, MA and New York, NY, Newport is within a 45-minute drive from Rhode Island’s capital, Providence. The City has a year-round population of 25,000, but its seasonal popularity as a yachting capital and beach resort, along with its architecturally significant buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries, swell the community during the summer months to about 60,000. Additionally, more than 3.5 million tourists visit the City annually. Its geographic position on the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay, along with a long-standing reputation for supporting the arts, makes Newport a popular venue for cultural activities focused on classical, folk and jazz music, dance, film, and art. The diversity of its residents reflects its roots as a tolerant sanctuary for those of all religions and ethnic backgrounds during colonial times. Newport is home to a U.S. Naval Station (the 3rd largest employer in Rhode Island) and its graduate-level Naval War College, Salve Regina University and a community hospital employing almost 900. Both Roger Williams University (in Bristol) and the University of Rhode Island (in Kingston) are 20 minutes away.

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This job posted by MERC from August 7 through August 31.

Executive Director
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) was founded in 1977 as a project of the Mayor's Office to preserve Baltimore City's rapidly disappearing industrial heritage. In 1981, the BMI incorporated as a private non-profit educational institution and moved into the historic Platt Oyster Cannery building in South Baltimore

BMI Mission:

“We collect, preserve, and interpret the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public by presenting educational programs and exhibits that explore the stories of Maryland’s industries and the people who created and worked in them.”

The BMI has identified four institutional goals to serve this mission:
  1. To reinforce the financial foundation of the BMI.
  2. To ensure the continued stewardship and conservation of the collection and holdings.
  3. To enrich the legacy of and the respect for the history of industry in Baltimore.
  4. To grow the public awareness and support of the BMI and to promote the brand.
Summary of Position:
Working in partnership with the Board of Trustees, the BMI Executive Director has comprehensive administrative responsibility for the organization covering leadership, development, marketing, museum collections and financial management. The Executive Director oversees a wide range of related activities including, but not limited to, staff, board development, fundraising, facilities management, collections, special project administration, long-range planning, and event management.

Duties and Requirements:
  • Is the face of the organization; attends meetings with tourism alliances and other like groups, represents the museum at conferences, gives presentations about the museum and the value the institution brings to the community.
  • Develops and nourishes partnerships with current and potential funders.
  • Develops and implements multi-year strategic initiatives including long range planning and fund development.
Fundraising and Development
  • Takes a leadership role in all fundraising activities in order to strengthen the financial base of the museum, including all corporate, governmental, foundation and individual solicitation materials, identifying new sources of funding
  • Demonstrated ability to be the leadership face of the organization and to be involved in all facets of in the Baltimore community
Budget and Finance Administration
  • Develops and manages the museum’s operating budget. Develops restricted budgets for special projects and grants as needed
  • Oversees the annual audit process
  • Ensures the museum is up to date, registered and in good standing with state and federal taxes and with annual charitable registrations
Primary Board Liaison
  • Works closely with the Board in securing resources to sustain the Museum’s facilities, staff, programs and collections
  • Coordinates all general board and board committee meeting activities
  • Communicates with board members progress and challenges toward meeting aggressive goals
  • Assists with identifying and cultivating relationships with new and potential board members and ensuring new board member orientation
Special Project Management
  • Sees that there are special programs with regard to visitors, sponsorships, budget, etc.
  • Manages all aspects of capital improvement projects (budget, contractor selection, bond bill implementation, grants (etc.)
  • Oversees the development and implementation of all exhibitions
Collection Management
  • Ensures that the collection is cared for and maintained in a way that is consistent with professional standards
  • Responsible for all facility issues.
The BMI’s Executive Director will be self-motivated and highly organized, with experience in all phases of non-profit management and a passion for the preservation and display of American history. Graduate degree in History or Museum Studies and 5 – 7 years of museum experience with increasing responsibility for institutional management.

Apply to: Carole Baker

Application procedure:
Please submit a résumé, the names of several professional references and a cover letter All applications will be treated as confidential. References will not be contacted without an applicant’s knowledge.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please place “Executive Director Search” in the subject line.

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This job posted by MERC from July 30 through October 30.

Executive Director
Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst, Illinois, USA


Elmhurst Art Museum, an exceptional building of glass and steel encompassing Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House, five galleries and a thriving center for arts education, seeks an Executive Director to lead the Museum into the next phase of advancement. Located in the western suburb of Elmhurst, thirty minutes from downtown Chicago and accessible by train, the Museum’s award-winning architecture is matched by its high caliber, ambitious exhibitions of contemporary art, robust public programs and events, artist-led community-based projects, exciting roster of art classes and camps for people of all ages and skill levels and one of three houses in the United States designed and built by pioneering modern architect, Mies van der Rohe.

The next Executive Director will be positioned to leverage the support of a strong Board of Directors, a dedicated staff and a reputation for adventurous undertakings to realize future goals, including an education initiative in modern design and architecture, expanding the scope of artist commissions, artist-in-residency programs and exhibitions and ultimately, restore and open to the public, the entire McCormick House.

EAM seeks a thoroughly experienced and visionary leader with high level development experience, deep knowledge of the arts and its significance in society, proven fiscal management and entrepreneurial spirit for its next Executive Director.


I. MISSION OF ELMHURST ART MUSEUM Elmhurst Art Museum is a welcoming center to view and experience the visual arts of our time. The Museum galleries, Mies van der Rohe McCormick House, and Education Center enrich people’s lives by deepening their knowledge of art, architecture and design, increasing their understanding of the relevance of visual art in our society and sparking the development of individual creativity.

II. SUMMARY OF POSITION The Executive Director implements the mission and policies established by the Board of Directors. The ED has overall responsibility to establish and sustain all aspects of Elmhurst Art Museum, including the institution’s mission and vision, fiscal and operational integrity and standard of exhibition and education excellence. The ED represents the Museum in all external affairs and develops the annual budget and strategies to meet EAM’s financial requirements including development and earned-income goals.

A. Fiscal Management
With final approval of the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for meeting all corporate and legal financial obligations. The ED, with the Director of Finance, will:
  1. Establish the Annual Budget.
  2. Account for all funds within the Annual Budget in compliance with State and auditing policy and procedure.
  3. Provide accurate and timely financial reports to the Finance and Executive Committees.
  4. Engage in long-range financial planning and forecasting with senior staff members and the Finance Committee.
B. Development and External Affairs
The ED provides leadership in all fundraising activities, working in partnership with the Board of Directors, identifies, builds and maintains positive relationships with individual, corporate and foundation donors. The ED will:
  1. With the Development Committee, set the annual development goals to meet all categories of the fundraising budget and strategize and provide leadership for individual and corporate campaigns and fundraising events.
  2. Develop and sustain relationships with members, major donors and cultivate new donors with the capacity to support EAM.
  3. Build and maintain successful relationships and strategies with corporate contributors and sponsors.
  4. With senior staff members, conceptualize, develop and produce successful proposals for foundations and government grants.
  5. Maintain positive relationships with the City of Elmhurst, the Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst Artists’ Guild and news media.
  6. Represent EAM at public events in Elmhurst and the Chicago region.
C. Marketing and Community Relations
The ED advances the broadest awareness of EAM’s mission and programs to engage, expand and diversify museum audiences. With marketing staff, the ED, will:
  1. Develop a strategic marketing plan that establishes and maintains the Museum’s brand identity.
  2. Set the marketing budget and ensure consistent, accurate communications through all marketing platforms.
  3. Ensure standards of quality and consistency for design, copy, and content of printed and media communications.
  4. Initiate collaborative projects with community organizations to build positive awareness and fruitful relationships throughout the region.
  5. Ensure positive visitor relations, including phone, personal, and social media.
  6. Represent the Museum at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences, and participate on business-related panels and committees.
D. Human Resources
The ED creates and nurtures a positive, fair, and productive work culture for staff members, volunteers, instructors, and affiliates of EAM. The ED will:
  1. Hire all Museum staff members based on fair hiring practices and regulations.
  2. Maintain all HR policies and procedures outlined in the EAM Personnel Handbook.
  3. Review each staff member on a regular basis.
  4. Establish raises and bonus amounts within established guidelines.
  5. When necessary, terminate staff members according to guidelines established in the Personnel Handbook.
  6. When necessary, restructure staff positions according to budget and financial conditions.
E. Exhibitions, Education and Public Programs
The ED ensures that Elmhurst Art Museum meets its exhibition and educational mission and goals. The ED, Chief Curator and Director of Education will:
  1. Create and maintain standards of excellence for all Museum exhibitions, education and public programs.
  2. Institute effective evaluative methods for the annual review of exhibitions, education and public programs.
  3. Build partnerships with artists, public institutions, and private donors to advance and strengthen the Museum’s activities.
  4. Represent the Museum to the arts community, and to arts and cultural institutions.
  5. Set guidelines for responsible acquisition, reacquisition, care, storage, moving, and archiving works of art owned by or lent to the Museum.
F. Facility, Operations and Administration
The ED ensures professional management of the EAM facility and all regular Museum operations. The ED, with senior staff members, will:
  1. Maintain adequate levels of Insurance coverage.
  2. Manage the proper care and maintenance of the Museum facility.
  1. Deep knowledge of and professional experience in visual arts and the principles and practices of museum and not-for-profit administration.
  2. Proven experience and expertise in high level fund development.
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Experience and comfort in public speaking.
  5. Fluency in computer and electronic media skills, including Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge.
  1. Minimum of five years’ experience as an Executive Director or senior level staff within a museum, arts and/or cultural institution.
  2. Minimum five years of management experience in fundraising, finance, human resources, marketing and/or program development.
  3. Proven record as successful fundraiser
  4. Visionary, innovative thinker, leader
  5. MA or MFA in art or museum services preferred. Undergraduate degree in art, museum services or related field is required.
VI. STATUS: Salary rate commensurate with experience.

VII. HOURS: 40 hours, flexible, some events and special events as necessary.

VIII. IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Reports to the President of the Board and Executive Committee.

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This job posted by MERC from July 24 through October 24.

General Manager
Whitney Plantation Museum of Slavery
St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, USA

The Whitney Plantation is seeking a full-time General Manager. The Whitney is located on River Road in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana and will open to the public as a Museum of the History of Slavery in late 2014. It features the original buildings dating from the 1700s and a newly constructed Visitors' Center with a museum and gift shop. The General Manager will be responsible for managing and developing a budget, pre-opening plan and staff hiring, training and development. This is a full time position that we are looking to fill ASAP. This role will initially be focused on working with current staff to ensure that the museum is ready to be open on November 15, 2014. The General Manager will be responsible for working with the owner on hiring staff, developing and executing a pre-opening plan and successful opening as well as putting processes in place to run a sustainable organization.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Developing budget, pre-opening plan, timeline and benchmarks
  • Hiring museum staff and tour guides
  • Developing an orientation and training program for new staff to ensure the content and frame of the Whitney story is communicated to every guest
  • Establishing and maintaining a clear communication and accountability structure with all departments and staff
  • Working with current museum leadership and consultants to achieve a successful opening event in mid-November
  • College degree
  • Experience in managing paid staff within a business setting
  • Ability to meet deadlines and achieve goals while handling multiple projects
  • Clear and effective communications skills
  • Preferred: retail management and experience in strategic planning for a tourism business
  • Preferred: experience or passion in the field
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Applicants should be prepared to move to Louisiana and work out of Wallace, LA.

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This job posted by MERC from July 24 through October 24.

Museum Director
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois, USA


DESCRIPTION: The University Museum of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, founded in 1979, is a repository and interpretive center whose interdisciplinary collections include two- and three-dimensional objects of art, architecture, history, ethnology, archaeology and the natural sciences. Highlights of the collection include the Louis Sullivan Ornament Collection donated by the architectural photographer Richard Nickel and the Harrington Collection of over 15,000 artifacts with strengths in Native American, Asian and African ethnology, as well as fossils from Cenozoic through Paleozoic eras. The collection also includes significant fine artworks and collections such as Rodin’s “Walking Man,” and the largest collection in the USA of works by the internationally acclaimed Cuban artist, Emilio Sanchez. The University Museum has exhibit spaces ranging from a new Art and Design Gallery and the community-based Edwardsville Arts Center, to cases in Lovejoy Library and the Anthropology Department. The director will be a dynamic and creative leader who has proven success in visioning and implementing a museum’s Forward Plan. He or she will have a passion for diverse disciplinary object-based learning, and practical managerial experience in fundraising, budgeting and community outreach. S/he will have excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with members of a variety of disciplines, volunteers, student interns, administrators, donors, and other constituents and stakeholders. This is a unique opportunity for a strategic leader to make a mark by integrating the University Museum collections into the SIUE education and research mission, and to raise its visibility and thereby value locally, nationally and beyond.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director has primary responsibility for the administration of The University Museum and all collections, programs and projects of the unit in support of the educational and public service missions of SIUE, as well as the Art & Design Gallery. The Director provides oversight for the acquisition of objects for the collections and for the management of the collections, including necessary and appropriate documentation (in both written and electronic database formats), conservation, preservation, protection, preparation, research, exhibition and interpretation of objects belonging to or in the temporary custody of SIUE. The Director is responsible for working with other departments or units at SIUE, other Universities, museums, cultural and educational organizations and museum professional organizations, to develop and implement educational programs and projects. The Director, in collaboration with other SIUE administrative units and the SIUE Foundation, coordinates all development activities of The University Museum, including seeking and generating external support from private and public entities. The Director is expected to maintain active and continuing affiliation with local, regional, state and national museum professional organizations. He or she is expected to remain current with regard to developments in the field including changes in relevant statutes at the federal and state levels, as well as professional ethical standards.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: This position requires a minimum of an undergraduate degree in one of the focal areas of the collections, an advanced degree in Museum Studies or related discipline, and 10 years of progressively responsible experience in a museum, gallery or related environment.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT: Professional staff, non-bargaining, 12-month continuing, 100%.


SALARY RANGE: Competitive and commensurate with experience.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2014 and will continue until position is filled.

Candidates should include, with their resume, a letter of application describing their relevant experience and interest in the position, along with academic transcripts. Please include the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least four references. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.

Please submit all nominations, applications, and communications to (electronic pdf submission preferred or mailed in hard copy):

Chair, Museum Director Search Committee
College of Arts and Sciences – Dean’s Office
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Box 1608 Edwardsville, IL 62026-1608

SIUE is a state university - benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status in violation of Title VII.

The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at The report contains campus safety and security information, crime statistics, fire safety policies, and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, titled the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” and the Higher Education Opportunity Act also known as the “Campus Fire Safety Right to Know.” For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained, with a 24-hour notice, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228, 618-650-2536.

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

Executive Director
Virginia Air & Space Center
Hampton, Virginia, USA

Job Description

The Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC) is seeking an accomplished, strong, visionary leader who will bring an enthusiastic and engaging style to the position of Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has responsibility for planning, directing, and overseeing the work of the Center, staff, and volunteers; leading successful fundraising campaigns; and maintaining and enhancing the permanent collection and educational programs.

Located in Hampton, Virginia, the birthplace of America’s space program, the VASC is the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley AFB. The Center features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, over 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space gallery, unique space flight artifacts, and a giant screen digital 3D IMAX Theater.

The mission of the Virginia Air & Space Center is to educate, entertain, and inspire explorers of all ages. The Center is supported by a staff of 19 full-time professional employees, approximately 160 volunteers, and 31 board members.

Job Requirements
The successful candidate must be a dynamic communicator with experience in implementing the strategic direction of a board of directors. The candidate should also have an entrepreneurial spirit, including the capacity to develop innovative strategies for cost-effective programming, audience building, and revenue generation. The candidate must have a proven history of identifying, cultivating, and generating significant financial support, especially through corporate and individual giving and grants. The candidate should be willing to be an active participant in the community, focused on strengthening ties to political, civic, and philanthropic organizations. The candidate will cultivate relationships with local educational institutions to promote educational opportunities for student exposure STEM programs.

Commensurate with experience

Desired Qualifications and Experience
  • Minimum seven years mid or executive level managerial experience; museum, non-profit or educational background
  • Master’s degree in business, education or related field of study
  • Proven track record in broad-based, non-profit fundraising and direct solicitation
  • Experience with strategic planning, conceptualization, and implementation
  • Ability to develop, motivate, and supervise staff and volunteers
  • Experience working with public bodies such as city councils, etc.
  • Strong, effective organizational leadership and administration skills, budgeting and financial oversight abilities, facilities oversight skills, and organizational development expertise
  • Strong marketing, community relations, public speaking, and written skills
  • Ability to facilitate a regular strategic planning process
  • Experience in endowment campaign activities
  • Thorough knowledge of the workings and best practices of non-profit boards and organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, with flexible problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively, independently, and as a team member
  • Familiarity with NASA programs
To apply submit letter and resume to or mail to Jenny Kelly, Virginia Air & Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669.

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This job posted by MERC from May 24 through August 25.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

An ambitious, forward-looking organization and the third-largest independent public art gallery in Ontario, the AGH is home to one of the finest permanent collections in Canada: over 10,000 works of art, primarily Canadian historical, 19th–Century European, African, and contemporary holdings. Founded in 1914, the AGH has grown and developed along with the communities it serves. Located in a stunning, 87,000-square-foot facility in downtown Hamilton, the AGH delights audiences across southern Ontario and beyond Canada’s borders.

This is an opportunity to build upon a foundation of transformational growth and success. The next President and Chief Executive Officer will be a visionary leader who is passionate about engaging the public with arts and culture. Entrepreneurial and creative, you have a respected track record of executive leadership success that includes innovative programming, organizational growth, and enhanced reputation. You have developed positive relationships with governments and key stakeholders, and have established productive and inclusive networks, alliances, and partnerships around the world. You have built a culture of aspirational philanthropy, having participated in capital campaigns, major gift fundraising, and endowment building. A catalyst for growth and innovation, you will enhance public engagement with and support for this remarkable institution and its outstanding collection.

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This job posted by MERC from May 21 through August 22.

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