Director Positions







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:
Leadership
  • 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
Other
  • Responsible for all facility issues.
Requirements:
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
Email: cbaker@thebmi.org

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.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from July 30 through October 30.







Director
Fort Collins Museum of Art
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

After nine years, the former Fort Collins Museum of Art director has taken a new position in Colorado. The six-member FCMOA board seeks her replacement. Salary is negotiable between $35,000 and $50,000 depending on qualifications and experience.

Position Summary

The Executive Director of the Fort Collins Museum of Art (FCMOA) plans and directs all museum activities and operations; acts as curator and is responsible for the museum’s artistic direction, scholarship and exhibition programming; directs the museum’s fundraising programs; oversees the museums budgeting and financial reporting functions; and works with the Board of Directors to set the museum’s strategic direction.

Qualifications

Master’s degree (preferable) in Art History. Minimum five years museum management experience. Demonstrated experience in grant writing, fundraising, exhibition development, marketing, supervision of staff and volunteers and financial management.

Essential Functions
  1. Provides the vision and personal leadership for the institution’s growth and development and to achieve the goal of regional prominence and recognition; develops strategies and initiatives to fulfill the museum’s mission, increase its audiences, and insure its financial stability and growth.
  2. Develops the museum’s annual operating budget and provides the Board of Directors with monthly budget and financial reports.
  3. Develops the museum’s annual fundraising plan and acts as the museum’s chief fundraiser by actively soliciting private and public support and cultivating gifts and bequests.
  4. Develops the museum’s exhibition schedule and curates the museum exhibitions. Coordinates with traveling exhibition services to rent exhibitions organized by other institutions, curates and oversees all exhibition installations.
  5. Maintains high standards of professionalism in all areas including, but not limited to, exhibitions, interpretation, public programming and preservation of the museum’s facility.
  6. Initiates the preparation of proposals for review and approval by the Board of Directors, including current and long-range program and facility plans.
  7. Oversees the museum’s educational programs, organizes educational programs as needed.
  8. Manages all museum staff and works with staff to create annual work plans, goals and objectives. Performs annual staff evaluations.
Other Functions
  1. Attends all meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees.
  2. Is a member of the Fort Collins community and participates in community activities.
  3. Participates in museum public affairs and educational programs.
Fort Collins Museum of Art Information

The Fort Collins Museum of Art is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is frequently cited in popular media top ten lists as one of the best places to live in the country. The city has approximately 150,000 residents, is located in Northern Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, and is noted as an outdoor, family-oriented community.

Fort Collins is also the home of Colorado State University and its 30,000 students. In addition to all of the amenities provided by a major university, CSU’s Department of Art and Art History is highly ranked in the country and offers BA programs in 12 concentrations and MA programs in seven.

The museum, housed in a 100-year-old historic landmark building in the heart of vibrant Old Town, owns the 2,200 square foot main floor and is debt-free. The 2014 operating budget is $287,000. The museum’s goal is to be recognized as a leading art museum in the region whose exhibitions and programs appeal to a broad, diverse audience. In recent years, the museum has brought in several high profile touring exhibits including Ansel Adams, Dale Chihuly, William Morris and Andy Warhol. The latter drew almost 7,000 visitors. Our next major exhibit is Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon, featuring paintings, photographs and videos of Marilyn Monroe. Exhibitions are financed by grants, donations, memberships and admissions revenue. In addition, our major annual fundraiser, Masks, grossed $139,000 in 2014.

Staff includes a director, full time general manager, and part time office support staff. Other services are contracted and supplemented by volunteers.

Learn more about the museum at www.ftcma.org. For additional information, please contact Mike Powers, Chairman of the Search Committee at 970-310-5665 or Dave Prosser, Interim Executive Director at 970-482-2787 or dprosser@ftcma.org.

Please send resume with salary requirements by August 15, 2014. Starting date is October 1, 2014.

Email resume to: dprosser@ftcma.org

Or mail to:
Dave Prosser
Fort Collins Museum of Art
201 S College Ave Ste 101
Fort Collins, CO 80524-3182

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This job posted by MERC from July 30 through August 15.







Executive Director
Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst, Illinois, USA


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ELMHURST ART MUSEUM

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

III. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
IV. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  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.
V. REQUIREMENTS
  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.

To apply, please email cover letter and CV/resume to hr@elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
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
Qualifications:
  • 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
Please send any resumes with job title in the subject line to donna284@aol.com

Applicants should be prepared to move to Louisiana and work out of Wallace, LA.

See www.whitneyplantation.com for additional information

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



Museum Director
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois, USA


HIRING UNIT: COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES – DEAN’S OFFICE TITLE/RANK: MUSEUM DIRECTOR

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%.

SOURCE OF FUNDS: State

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
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

shavmit@siue.edu

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 http://www.siue.edu/securityreport. 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.

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
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.

Salary
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 jkelly@vasc.org 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.

All responses to Caldwell Partners are confidential.Please indicate your interest in Project 140415 at http://www.caldwellpartners.com/apply.php

Please reference museum-employment.com when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from May 21 through August 22.



Managing Director
Polish Museum of America
Chicago, Illinois USA


MANAGING DIRECTOR: THE POLISH MUSEUM of AMERICA
The Polish Museum of America (PMA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established in 1935, is looking to fill the position of its Managing Director. The job description, duties and qualifications are listed below.

The PMA, one of the largest and oldest ethnic museums in the United States, consists of extensive archival, music and photographic collections, and one of the the largest and most important collection of Polish paintings, sculptures, and prints outside of Poland. The Museum artifacts and library hold over 100,000 volumes. Located in the Polish Downtown neighborhood of Chicago, its purposes are to collect, preserve, and exhibit artistic, literary and historical objects and materials; to continue research and study of items pertaining to Poland, Poles, the Polish American community, and the community-at-large; and to promote the contributions of Poles and Polish Americans in artistic, literary, and historical arenas worldwide. The PMA is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance and is staffed by 12 professionals with experience in the areas of art, history, library science, museum and archives studies.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Managing Director of The Polish Museum of America:
  • Is directly responsible for the operation of the Museum, subject to the direction and control of the PMA Executive Committee. He/she is a non-voting member of the Museum Executive Committee.
  • Reports to the President of The Polish Museum of America.
  • Is the primary individual charged with the implementation of all strategic plans; works closely with the Board to develop long-term and short-term goals, to grow and improve the posture of the Museum in fulfilling its mission.
  • Is responsible for maintaining the Museum budget, as set by the Board of Directors.
  • Assists the Board of Directors in fundraising duties for the Museum, including the solicitation of individual donations and bequests; supervising the PMA staff in grant writing, and trust and foundation donations.
  • Is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all activities regarding human resources, marketing/public relations, event management, and security; and interfacing with the Building Manager.
  • Is responsible for the organizational structure of the Museum, overseeing the Museum and Library staff in their day-to-day operations; as well as in the planning of future Museum exhibits and activities in conjunction with the PMA Executive Committee and/or the Board of Directors.
  • Is responsible for the safety and security of the Museum artifacts, art and library assets; the guarding against any threat of possible theft or damage of these valuable items, as well as the safety of Museum staff and guests.
  • Is involved in all fundraising including events and attendance income, membership, grants, gifts, endowments, and estate gifting.
  • Has the duty of representing the Museum to the public, informing them of the Museum’s position and mission in the public arena.
  • Represents the Museum in collaborating with other cultural, historic, and educational institutions.
  • Is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Museum, including maintaining the organizational chart and clearly-defined job descriptions; as well as managing the staff and volunteers, including supervision, training, and periodic performance reviews for all employees and professional consultants. The Museum currently operates with 12 staff members as well as volunteers and/or interns.
  • On a daily basis, is involved with the revenues and expenses of the Museum.
  • Attends all Board and committee meetings and prepares the staff reports for the Board of Directors meetings.
  • Guides the Museum to abide by all laws of governance, civil as well as moral and ethical.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Strong management, organizational, communication (written & verbal, particularly public speaking), and planning skills.
  • Undergraduate Degree in Finance or Business/Public Administration, Fine Arts, History or Museum Studies. Advanced educational work or degree would be a plus.
  • Fluency in speaking and writing both English and Polish is required.
  • A minimum five years of experience related to the duties and responsibilities as defined above.
  • Fundraising experience including grant writing and donor retention would be advantageous.
  • Marketing and project management experience would also be considered a plus.
  • Necessary computer skills to meet the current challenges of daily operations. This includes proficiency using Microsoft Office applications and QuickBooks, or equivalent programs.
  • Flexibility to work off-hours in support of Museum activities, events and fundraisers.
  • Museum experience is a plus, but not a requirement.
The Museum offers competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Applicants must pass a background check and should provide resume, employment history, education and professional references to:

director-search@polishmuseumofamerica.org
-or-
THE POLISH MUSEUM of AMERICA
Attn.: Richard Owsiany
984 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642-4101

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This job posted by MERC from May 12 through August 14.



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