Director Positions

LSU Museum of Art Executive Director
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

The Louisiana State University Museum of Art is searching for a charismatic, energetic leader who is passionate about the arts and has applicable experience in an art museum setting. This individual must possess the vision for continued advancement of the organization’s resources, mission and potential. In addition to providing strong personal and organizational leadership, the Executive Director must be a highly accomplished fundraiser. The Executive Director will further develop awareness and create relationships that will result in increased private and institutional financial support, private/public partnerships and positive public recognition. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Human Resources and Facilities Management, the Executive Director will demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting the value of the visual arts in a research university environment and in the diverse community beyond. The individual should be enthusiastic about collabo! rative, innovative projects, with a goal of supporting LSU’s academic mission and the cultural enrichment of the Baton Rouge community.


The Executive Director will:
  • Develop and execute the vision for the LSU Museum of Art going forward that aligns with the University’s goals and mission;
  • Establish productive working relationships with the Vice Provost and other administrators, the Museum staff, key members of the LSU faculty including key relationships in the Department of Art + Art History, and other stakeholders;
  • Build strong relationships with the members of the Advisory Board and find ways to bring forth their best ideas, efforts, resources and contacts; continue to build and strengthen the Board;
  • Assess the collection in concert with the Collections Manager and Curator;
  • Determine short- and long-term fundraising needs in the context of the Museum’s strategic and programmatic goals; cultivate individual, corporate and foundation supporters in collaboration with the Advisory Board and the LSU Foundation’s development staff;
  • Enhance the Museum’s role as a teaching and research resource; ensure integration of exhibition and education objectives; build relationships with LSU’s academic departments;
  • Ensure, by effective leadership and management, that the day-to-day operations and programs of the Museum are professionally and efficiently administered; cultivate, nurture and hold staff accountable; support staff’s professional development;
  • Evaluate and expand the Museum’s marketing and communications including oversight of the Museum’s website;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with key civic, foundation and corporate partners in the Baton Rouge community;
  • Fulfill all requirements to maintain the museum’s accreditation with the American Association of Museums.
  • Be a visible and energetic spokesperson and ambassador for the Museum and LSU.
The LSU Museum of Art (MOA) first opened in 1962 and in 2005, the museum strategically moved to its current location in downtown Baton Rouge in the Shaw Center for the Arts. The Museum is a significant public face for the University and serves as a bridge between LSU and the community at large. The MOA is the only dedicated art museum in Greater Baton Rouge. Comprising 13,000 square feet of gallery space, the museum has one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South. The LSU Museum of Art presents exhibitions of regional, American, and European painting, sculpture, decorative arts, works on paper, and photography. The curatorial strengths of the Museum lie in its collection of Southern fine and decorative arts, including significant collections of antebellum silver and Newcomb pottery. The Museum continues to develop its holdings of regional southern and African American art and photography. The museum has a full-time staff of 10 and a budget of $1.2 ! million.

LSU is the State’s flagship research university and carries the designation of “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2014, for the seventh consecutive year, LSU was ranked in the first tier of “Best National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. It is one of 21 universities nationwide holding land, sea, and space-grant status. LSU enjoys a lively and diverse community of nearly 35,000 faculty, staff, and students from every state and more than 120 countries. Occupying 2,000 acres on the Mississippi River in Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge, LSU is approximately 80 miles northwest of New Orleans in the heart of the culturally diverse delta region. LSU’s campus, largely of Italian Renaissance-inspired architecture, is regarded as one of the top 20 most beautiful campuses in the United States with 57 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and over 1,200 magnificent Live Oak trees.

  • Master’s degree.
  • At least five years experience in an art museum building permanent collections and developing exhibition and education programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of executing a successful fundraising operation that builds community trust along with financial security.
  • Experience in building institutional identity, including clear and proactive brand vision.
  • Expertise in developing and maintaining public/private partnerships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, computer literacy, and the ability to use current technology to further the museum’s educational and artistic goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, lead and support a professional staff, including experience managing operations and budgets.
  • Broad knowledge of the arts and commitment to museum best practices.
  • Knowledge of the museum world and key players nationally and the ability to capitalize on those relationships for loans and exhibitions.
  • An advanced degree in art history, art or a field closely associated with the executive director duties from an accredited school is preferred.
  • Strong fiscal skills with experience in preparing and managing budgets of $1,000,000 or greater is preferred.
Inquiries and nominations may be addressed to the search committee chair, Alkis P. Tsolakis, at Applications will be accepted online on the LSU Careers website: position number 005955.

Candidates must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, a vision statement for the LSU Museum of Art and contact information for five (5) professional references with online application materials. The review of applications will begin March 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.


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This job posted by MERC from January 27 through April 28.

President and CEO
The Frazier History Museum
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

The President and CEO will work closely with the Board to realize the founder’s vision and define a strategic plan for the museum. The next leader will also provide financial acumen, Board engagement, external relations/community engagement and general oversight of operations and staff. The position oversees an existing management team of six direct reports and will evolve and grow the leadership structure to meet the future needs of the Museum.

The next President and CEO will be charged with executing a strategic planning process, which is to include both the development of a clear and exciting vision, as well as an action plan to achieve well-defined goals and metrics. In particular, there is a strong desire for the museum to achieve accreditation and this will be a key focus for the next President and CEO. S/he will serve as the chief ambassador for future success and active partnerships that advance the museum as an integral contributor to a broad range of community interests and audiences. These interests are diverse, educationally engaging, family-oriented, business-friendly and collaborative, both locally and in the wider community/region. This next leader is charged with successfully packaging and telling the Frazier’s story to those diverse audiences, bringing a fresh perspective and best practices.

Founded in 2004, the Frazier History Museum is a world-class museum that provides an unforgettable journey through more than 1,000 years of history with ever-changing and interactive exhibits, daily performances by costumed interpreters and engaging special events and programs. The museum is located on downtown Louisville’s “Museum Row” in a beautiful 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility originally called the “Doerhoefer Building,” a late 19th century, Chicago-style commercial structure. For more information on Museum Row, please visit

To apply, candidates must complete the online application at and thereon submit their cover letter and resume.

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This job posted by MERC from January 23 through April 24.

MSU Museum Director
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

MSU Museum Director Position

Michigan State University seeks a dynamic leader with significant museum experience to serve as director of its AAM-accredited science and culture museum. Founded in 1857 as part of the university’s land-grant mission, the MSU Museum,, serves university and world-wide academic communities, scholars and public audiences through collections, research, exhibitions, public programs and services. MSU itself began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and the Museum reflects its broad, multi-disciplinary scope and commitment to excellence.

The new director will advance the Museum’s mission of research, scholarship and public engagement, provide sound management and fiscal direction, and balance the unique needs and interests of multiple constituencies. The new director will obtain extramural funding, and strengthen university investment in support of scholarship, technology, education, exhibition and distance learning activities of the Museum. The new director will enhance collaborations among the MSU Museum, other academic units and other organizations where they intersect with teaching, research, exhibits, and public programs.

The MSU Museum has significant science and culture collections that include approximately one million specimens and objects in Anthropology, Natural Science, Folk Arts and History. It is comprised of 30 full and part-time administrative, faculty, curatorial and support staff. The public museum building contains exhibits, natural science collections, and office space. Additional science and culture collections are housed in three other campus buildings. The collections are accessible through multiple national and international electronic databases. The staff members are engaged in exhibition development, including a traveling exhibition service. They are involved locally, nationally and internationally in research, scholarship, the development of collections and electronic access to collections data. Staff members also work with diverse communities in research and programming. The MSU Museum is a CITES-registered scientific institution, and a partner with the Michigan Council! of Arts and Cultural Affairs in select statewide programs.

The MSU Museum is administered by the Office of the Provost; the director reports to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. MSU Colleges of Arts and Letters, Social Science, Natural Science, Education and Agriculture and Natural Resources/Extension provide funding and staff to the museum. The Museum cultivates and maintains interdisciplinary linkages across campus, particularly in college-based programs in the sciences, arts and humanities, and international studies.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • an innovative vision for a multidisciplinary university museum
  • extensive executive leadership experience in a museum
  • a proven record of sound administrative and fiscal management, and experience with accreditation and/or best practices in professional museum standards
  • demonstrated success in extramural grants, fundraising and growing membership base
  • evidence of successful collaboration with diverse stake-holders
  • a terminal degree in a discipline related and complementary to the work and collections of the Museum
  • a significant record of scholarship and research
For inquiries and additional information, contact the chair of the search committee, Professor Margaret Crocco (

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2015. To apply, please submit a cover letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and three representative scholarly publications through the MSU COMPASS application system for job posting #0659.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and members of minorities are strongly encouraged. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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This job posted by MERC from January 22 through April 21.

Museum Director
Mennello Museum of American Art
Orlando, Florida, USA

Museum Director – Contract
Mennello Museum of American Art
Closing Date: February 22, 2015
Recruit #14-169

This is a full-time CONTRACT position with the same benefits as Permanent full-time. Most contracts are renewable for terms of one year.

Starting Salary: $59,113 to 75,749 per year, depending on qualifications (Grade NB114)

Responsible for implementing policies established by the City of Orlando, for the management and operation of the Museum and the Public Art Program to include supervision/management of the staff and volunteers, grant writing, programming, care of collections, organizing Museum exhibits, and marketing.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Master degree in museum management, art history, or related field; and four years museum and/or public-art program experience, including at least two years as supervisor or manager; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Prior experience working with citizen boards; and business and community leaders desired. Florida driver license required.


APPLY ONLINE at using Recruit #14-169. Or call 407-246-2062 for more information.

City of Orlando values a diverse workforce and encourages all to apply.

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This job posted by MERC from January 22 through April 23.

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Washington, D.C., USA

The Opportunity

The Lemelson Center seeks a new Director who will lead historical scholarship, exhibitions, and programmatic initiatives. The Director will guide the Center as a distinguished expert on the history of invention and innovation, and serve as the champion for the Center’s educational outreach effort. This is an opportunity to lead a motivated staff and fulfill the Center’s strategic mission, drawing on consistent, protected funding from the current Lemelson endowment.

The ideal candidate must be passionate about the history of invention, its relevance to modern innovation and historical scholarship. S/he is an interdisciplinary interpreter, teacher and storyteller who can inspire diverse audiences, create interest in the Center’s content and, through strategic programming, inspire young and old to explore their innate inventiveness.

To learn more, please see the detailed position profile here.

About the Organization

One of America’s most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson believed that invention and innovation play a critical role in shaping our future. Jerome and his wife Dorothy Lemelson made a generous donation to establish the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Within the Smithsonian Institution, the Lemelson Center is distinguished as the hub for testing bold, new ideas, and stepping beyond traditional boundaries.

Learn more about the Lemelson Center, previous events, research, publications, exhibits and programming on the Center’s website.

Desired Skills and Experience

Candidates should bring a discipline for strategic content and operations planning, taking into consideration revenue generation, staff planning, on-site and traveling exhibits, curatorial partnerships and published research.

Candidates must have a compelling background that demonstrates relevant professional and/or academic experience in the history of invention, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Experience in a museum and curatorial setting is not required. However, exposure through board, consultation or advisory experience is desirable. We are also open to non-traditional candidates that might come from industry, academia, or other fields. An advanced degree is required, and a Ph.D. is preferred.

To Be Considered

Please submit your resume to and include a cover letter that describes how your skill set and background aligns with the demands of the position. Letters should be addressed to Tom Waldron.

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This job posted by MERC from January 21 through April 22.

Director of Historic Resources
Jekyll Island State Park Authority
Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA

Job Summary: The Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) seeks a Director of Historic Resources to manage and direct the Historic Resources of beautiful Jekyll Island Georgia. Under limited supervision and utilizing broad objectives and guidelines, the Director of Historic Resources is responsible for directing and managing activities of the Historic Resources departments; Museum, Curatorial, Programs and Archives. Responsibilities include developing and implementing the Historic Resources strategic plan and priorities that promotes the visibility, awareness, and utilization of the Historic District, Historic sites, and programming. The Director will develop and manage the staff, the operating budget and various projects.

  • Develops strategic direction of the Historic Resources according to JIA mission, vision and strategic plan.
  • Serves as primary spokesperson for the JIA on Jekyll Island history.
  • Establishes initiatives to increase awareness, visibility, and utilization of Historic Resources and Museum.
  • Develops and manages departmental operating budget.
  • Responsible for the Historic District and sites, including buildings, grounds, signage, use of artifacts and exhibits, etc., will commonly work with other departments to meet objectives.
  • Collaborates with marketing department for appropriate materials to market Museum and Historic District.
  • Act as primary liaison with all vendors, lease holders and contractors associated with Historic District.
  • Maintain positive relations and visibility with relative partner organizations.
  • Coordinates projects and opportunities with funding partners, cultivates relationships.
  • Manage and develop Historic Resources staff including Museum Operations, Curatorial, Programs and Archives.
  • Responsible for the staff management of archive collections inventory and records.
  • Provides direction to staff developing and initiating educational programming.
  • Directs staff in the production of all Museum events and management of the Museum’s annual calendar of events.
  • Analyzes visitation counts and other metrics necessary for assessing the success of the Museum.
  • Serves as Historic Resources staff representative to the Jekyll Island Board Historic Preservation Committee as necessary.
  • Ensure Museum compliance with all regulations, laws, and local ordinances in the daily operation of the Museum and its events.
  • Administers record keeping including payroll time edits, leave approvals, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, history, historic preservation or related field from an accredited university plus 10 years of experience OR Master’s degree from an accredited university plus 6 years of experience.
  • Minimum of 3 recent years in management or leadership role required; knowledge of managing, mentoring and inspiring people; cultivating positive teamwork environment.
  • Ability to interact effectively with others.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Effective public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to manage operating budgets.
  • Must have passionate interest in history, historic sites, and museums with knowledge of Georgia history; knowledge of late 19th- early 20th century American History preferred.
  • Knowledge of planning, designing and implementing effective programming and marketing efforts.
  • Knowledge of standard museum and historic site practices, protocols and ethics required.
  • Must work effectively with Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook).
  • Familiarity with Past Perfect Museum Software
How to apply: Interested applicants can apply online with resume and cover letter. Click here to see job posting and to apply.

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This job posted by MERC from January 19 through February 12.

Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Opportunity to direct healthy, innovative, interdisciplinary university art museum -- model for faculty/student engagement. Renaissance-to-contemporary collection. $1M operating budget. Haggerty’s 30th anniversary includes $2.5-million capital-renovation campaign. Visit:, Qualifications: 5 years’ management experience (8-10 years preferred) at art museum(s); curatorial experience; M.A.; record of cross-disciplinary exhibitions/programs; fundraising/collection-development experience. Jesuit university with service-oriented mission, academic freedom; in downtown Milwaukee, with “hip” art scene, near Chicago Details and to apply by 2/16/2015: Nominations welcome.

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This job posted by MERC from January 15 through February 15.

Executive Director
The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

MISSION STATEMENT: The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of play.

Reports directly to the Board of Directors FULL TIME/EXEMPT

Over the last decade, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) has become a regional destination for interactive learning and PLAY for children and families in South Carolina and the Southeast. CML has continually expanded programs and opportunities to further its mission. In order to carry forth their mission into their next ten years and continue to address the specific needs of children and families in South Carolina, the Board, through a thorough strategic planning process has identified three core overarching principles to help guide the organization's work:
  • Play Framework: Explore, consolidate, and advance CML’s understanding of and distinct approach to play for its audiences; how it will translate its expertise into play and learning experiences and environments and customer service; and how it will communicate its value and benefits to stakeholders and partners.
  • Early Connections – Birth to Three: A comprehensive set of services, experiences, and supporting practices that enables CML to fully serve its youngest audience and their grownups; contributes to the area’s early childhood resources; and distinguishes CML from other early childhood venues through developmentally, “just right” play-based experiences and environments that engage and make young children’s potential visible.
  • Families Together: A broad, flexible approach to engaging families of all backgrounds with varied interests and children of different ages that is capable of serving the family as a cohesive, on-going group as well as supporting relationships and interactions among family members.
We seek a visionary leader with a passion for early childhood education and PLAY. CML’s vision is to be a pioneer in improving the welfare of children in the Charleston Tri-County community; the Board seeks an Executive Director who has a passion and vision for executing CML’s vision. Experience working in an educational setting that values and sustains a strong public-private partnership and a high level of community engagement and impact would be ideal. The desire and ability to easily blend into the community culture is expected, including efforts to reach out to multiple and highly diverse constituent groups.

The person we seek will have the ability to passionately articulate the story of the museum's mission and plans. This person must eagerly and enthusiastically assume the role of the public face of the museum. A background in the successful development of constituent relations that result in major individual gifts, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and other sources of philanthropic support will be a significant factor in candidate selection. Experience using traditional and non-traditional fundraising techniques is expected.

This person must demonstrate consistent success in selecting competent staff and developing a cohesive team of professionals. A leadership approach that is described as accessible, supportive and empowering must be demonstrated, but also balanced by strong decision-making and results-oriented accountability. An understanding of informal, hands-on education programs in a setting like the museum would be highly advantageous. The ability to utilize as well as motivate volunteer resources is strongly valued.

We seek a business-principled leader with a successful track record of astute financial administration and strong operations management. Knowledge and experience gained from working in cultural, entertainment, or destination venues is highly desired. A keen understanding of what it takes to promote highly-effective, customer-centric practices and attitudes from within (i.e. enhancing the visitor experience) is a must. Expertise in the area of childhood development would be a plus.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required; a graduate degree(s) is highly preferable. Evidence of continuing education in museum management, general business, finance, marketing or related disciplines would be expected.

Early Childhood Education and PLAY

  • Inspire and lead CML’s staff and programs related to education and PLAY
  • Oversee and manage organizational and programmatic goals related to educational vision and strategic plan
  • Be an ambassador and thought leader in the community related to early education
  • Management and Administration
  • Provide leadership in developing and managing organizational and financial plans.
  • Carry out plans and policies as authorized by the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee maintenance of financial and donor databases to ensure both are current and accurate.
  • Oversee fiscal responsibility for the annual operating budget.
  • Provide financial oversight and report to the Board regularly.
  • Oversee programming and volunteer outreach and management.
  • Provide direction on operations and exhibits ensuring they are within budget and tied to CML’s Strategic Plan.
  • Oversee the planning and construction of a small (1,200 sq. ft) museum expansion project.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of nonprofit development, museum leadership, and museum operations.
Development and Fundraising
  • Lead a multi-million dollar capital fundraising campaign for the museum. Additional fundraising responsibilities will include oversight of annual campaign, donor solicitation, special events and grant development.
  • Oversee and assist in fundraising efforts including major gifts and other personal individual solicitations.
  • Participate and support ongoing prospecting and donor cultivation programs.
  • Ensures that a diverse development strategy of philanthropic, grants/contracts and Federal/State is adopted and implemented resulting in a diverse revenue stream for CML.
Board Relations and Communications
  • Assist the Board in maintaining and promoting the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Initiate and assist in recommending and setting priorities.
  • Work with the Board to ensure effective and efficient committee structures.
  • Communicate regularly with the Board Chair.
  • Serve as liaison to Board committees.
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection and orientation of new Board members and officers.
  • Assist the Board Chair in planning the agenda and materials for Board meetings and planning retreats.
  • Provide an Executive Director's report at Board meetings.
Stakeholder Relationships
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with key elected officials, community leaders, donors and potential donors.
Public Relations and Communications
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for CML in order to increase awareness for the center and its programs.
  • Oversee all internal and external communications, including fundraising materials, newsletters, donor letters, event programs, brochures, flyers and press releases.
  • Develop and administer Board approved personnel policies.
  • Provide for adequate supervision and evaluation of all staff.
  • Encourage staff development and education.
Characteristics, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Passion for early childhood education and PLAY
  • Demonstrated management experience, including staff development, fundraising experience and working knowledge of non-profit organizations.
  • Proven and demonstrated performance within an area of development: Evidence of clear administrative skills, leadership, ability to work with volunteers.
  • Philanthropic
  • Grant writing and or working knowledge and understanding in this area
  • State and Federal funding
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly motivated and committed to the mission and programs of CML.
  • Ability to immediately establish relationships with leaders in the community, volunteers, board members, staff and donors.
  • High level of energy and enthusiasm.
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

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This job posted by MERC from January 12 through April 14.

Executive Director
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, located in Albuquerque’s historic Old Town, is opening a search for a dynamic leader to administer all aspects of the museum’s operations. This AAM-accredited museum is a collections-based institution with over 50 employees and over a quarter-million visitors each year. The museum includes a planetarium/observatory wing, research labs, exhibit studios, 3D large-format DynaTheater, and multiple exhibition galleries. Through a partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools, the museum also runs the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center which serves over 12,000 students and teachers each year.

The Director should have a demonstrated ability in the administration of a complex organization with multiple partnerships, including a supporting foundation with its own Board of Directors. Significant experience in a senior management position and an advanced degree in a natural history or science-related field are strongly desired. Experience with science-based museum exhibitions, and both formal and informal science education is preferred. A proven record of broad community impact, extending beyond the walls of the museum, is also desired.

This is an exempt position within the State of New Mexico and reports directly to the Museum Board of Trustees and the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. It offers a competitive salary with generous benefits and retirement package.

Detailed curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and 3 reference letters must be received by February 16, 2015 to:

Denise Hidalgo
Museum Director Search
1801 Mountain Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1375

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This job posted by MERC from January 7 through February 16.

Yellowstone Historic Center
West Yellowstone, Montana, USA

Yellowstone Historic Center
PO Box 1299
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Phone & Fax: 406-646-7461

Job Title: Yellowstone Historic Center Manager
Date Posted: January 5, 2015
Posting Expires: Open until filled

The Yellowstone Historic Center (YHC), a 501 (c)(3) corporation, operates a Museum focused on the history of transportation to Yellowstone National Park and manages an extensive collection of archival and display artifacts. The Museum is housed in the 1909 Union Pacific Railroad Depot in the Town of West Yellowstone, Montana, near the west entrance to the Park; it opens seasonally, May to October. The YHC also works closely with the Town to preserve its Historic District, which includes the largest intact assemblage of historic railroad buildings in the country. The YHC employs one full-time Manager, a seasonal Museum Manager, and 4-6 part-time museum workers.

The YHC seeks a dynamic manager to provide effective and enthusiastic leadership, and to direct planning, administration, staffing, and museum operations. The Manager will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the YHC’s fundraising endeavors, exhibitions, collections management, and community outreach. The ideal candidate is a disciplined yet flexible self-starter who enjoys both leading teams to handle multiple activities during busy times, and taking advantage of quiet times to work independently and productively on long-term goals. This is a full-time position and includes occasional weekend, evening, and off-site duties.


Required Knowledge, Skills, Training, and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a management level position, demonstrating a strong working relationship with staff and effective supervision of projects and operations
  • Strong track record of leadership; proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to take initiative to plan, set priorities, organize, delegate and follow through to completion areas of responsibility in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising skills
  • Some understanding of how non-profit organizations operate
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; comfortable learning new software
  • Ability to perform some physical labor, including lifting and climbing stairs
  • Professional integrity with strong commitment to ethical standards
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Training, and Experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field related to history, museum studies, or non-profit management from an accredited college or university, or equivalent
  • Basic knowledge of western American history, especially of transportation and visitation to Yellowstone since its founding
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a culture that attracts, motivates and retains skilled and dedicated staff and volunteers
  • Non-profit experience as an employee or a volunteer in a leadership position
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with boards, staff, volunteers, community leaders, stakeholders, and other museums and professional organizations
  • Experience in managing museum or similar facilities open to the public
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising, especially through grant applications, events, and donor development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations
  • Experience in planning, developing and installing exhibitions
  • Experience and training in collections accessioning, care and preservation
  • Proficiency in Past Perfect museum management software
  • Experience using a dynamic website and social media to increase an organization’s visibility and engagement with stakeholders
  • Ability to use the seasonal cycle of museum operations in a strategic way to move the organization forward
The YHC, at its discretion, may choose to use alternate combinations of knowledge, skills, training and experience, other than those listed above, in determining candidates to interview and/or offer employment.

Salary Range: $40K to $60K, commensurate with qualifications and experience

For more information: Please send an email to with “Manager Job Description” in the subject line. For more information about the YHC, please visit the website:

To apply: Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and a list of three professional references by e-mail to the YHC. Include “Manager Job Application” in the subject line of the e-mail. Please include your answers to the following questions in your letter:
  1. What do you feel is the most important ability or experience that you can offer the YHC? How have you used it successfully in the past, and how might it benefit the YHC?
  2. Name three qualities you think make for an effective leader and tell us why. Give an example of a time you drew on one such quality in yourself, what doing that looked like, and what the result was.
We will acknowledge the receipt of your application via email, and exceptional candidates will be invited for an in-person interview with members of the YHC’s Board of Directors.

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This job posted by MERC from January 5 through April 6.

Museum Director
Historic Indian Agency House
Portage, Wisconsin, USA

Are you looking for a seasonal full-time job in the summer and a part-time job during the school year with flexible hours?
Are you a great story-teller and do you love working with people?
Do you love American history?

The Historic Indian Agency House (HIAH) is seeking a creative, motivated, and responsible individual to serve as its seasonal Museum Director. Located in historic Portage, WI, just 25 minutes north of metropolitan Madison, WI, the HIAH preserves and interprets the c.1832 time-period during which John Kinzie, the Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk Nation (Winnebago), and his wife, Juliette Magill Kinzie, lived at the portage. The house stands on its original foundation at the portage between the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers, an important link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. Built by the U.S. government in 1832, the house and its surrounding 225 acres of land are recognized as nationally significant on the National Registry of Historic Places. More information about HIAH can be found at

The Museum Director position is a seasonal full-time position for the open season May 15 – October 15, and part-time during the off-season. The new Museum Director will: oversee the Museum collection, actively pursue fund-raising opportunities, supervise a small staff, give tours to visitors and school children, manage a budget, implement programs and educational activities, and administer all of the everyday operations of the Museum.

The candidate must have demonstrated fundraising success, financial management skills, strong written and spoken skills, and a deep passion for U.S. History. The preferred candidate will have a B.A. or equivalent in Business Administration, Museum Studies, or U.S. History. He or she will have the interpersonal skills necessary to work closely with the Board of Directors, the community, volunteers, and the small museum staff. Skills in grant-writing are not required, but will be viewed favorably.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to and write in the subject line “Museum Director Search” on or before January 31, 2015. Interviews will begin after February 1, 2015. Professional and personal references will be required during the interview process. Questions may be sent to the above email.

It is the policy of the Historic Indian Agency House not to discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of age, color, sex, disability, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status.

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This job posted by MERC from December 31 through January 31.

General Manager
Faena Art
Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Reports To: Board Chair

Overview: The General Manager will manage the space, activities and execute programing to serve the vision of the Board chair, the Board of Directors and the Faena Circle. The General Manager identifies, in tandem with the Board Chair, the goals, objectives, and strategies to ensure the financial stability and artistic vitality of the institution. The General Manager implements the organizational objectives by overseeing Faena Art’s programming, strategic partnerships, educational activities, financial management, and operations. Working together with the Director of Development, the General Manager must ensure the stable financial condition of the organization through a balanced operating budget. The General Manager maintains a positive public image for Faena Art with all constituencies. The general manager must assess, manage and communicate risk. With the Board of Directors, the General Manager works towards achieving organizational advancement and governance goals. Th! e General Manager must communicate and synchronize Faena Art programming with Faena Group Executive Staff, Executive Director and Special Events Director. The General Manager will also liaise with Communications and Public Relations team.

  • Prepares and monitors all operating budgets;
  • Maintains highest quality programming;
  • Works with the chair and the Faena Circle to organize the calendar of exhibitions and events;
  • Oversight of production and execution of the cultural activities of the Foundation;
  • Works with the Chair to develop appropriate policies to ensure a successful organization on every level;
  • Works together with the Director of Development to ensure balanced budgets and a healthy financial operation for the institution as a whole;
  • Supervises projects and development of key performance indicators including: project specifications, standards, production timelines, and budgets;
  • Leads and evaluates staff against key performance indicators;
  • Inspires and motivates the staff and board through leadership, constant presence and passion;
  • Apprises the Chair and the Board of Directors of all activities and opportunities and/or threats facing the organization in order that timely action may be taken;
  • Oversight of all legal and accounting affairs with the support of external consultants;
  • Supports the Board Chair as primary spokesperson for the organization and acts as spokesperson of the organization in the chair’s absence;
  • Liaises with other arts organizations locally;
  • Solicits funding from government entities (US NEA, US NEH, the State of Florida and City of Miami Beach) and promotes the interests of Faena Art, as appropriate.
  • Synchronizes an coordinates Faena Art program with Faena Special Events program and calendar; Maintains communication between Faena Events/ Hotel/ Faena Arts Buenos Aires;
  • Responsible for Institutional Calendar for Faena Art and Faena Forum.
About Faena Art
FAENA ART is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create a cultural program transcending disciplines to encourage collaborations across geographical and intellectual borders.
FAENA ART believes in the fusion of art, philosophy, sustainable architecture and technology, bringing together the greatest talent across these fields in order to redefine the way we live in cities by creating communities that firmly place culture at their core.

FAENA ART is a conceptual framework encompassing a wide range of activities that are housed within the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires and the newly launched FAENA FORUM in Miami Beach. The connection between these sister institutions encourages cross-cultural collaborations and highlights the synergy that exists between artists and cultural practices throughout the Western Hemisphere. From South to North and back again, this dialogue fosters movement across borders and between these two cultural capitals, moving beyond geopolitical divisions and firmly placing Latin-American cultural practices within a broader international conversation.

Faena Art has been established to:
  • Present and commission cultural programing including: performances, lectures, readings, exhibitions, and multidisciplinary projects for the general public in Miami Beach, nationally and internationally;
  • Create space for a re-imagination of cultural programming with the primary objective of creating site-specific projects that are experimental and relevant both locally and globally;
  • Develop and support individual artists and collectives through the commission of new works, artist residencies, and juried competitions;
  • Provide international exhibition standards, state of the art technology and creative freedom in the creation of new and cutting edge programs.

Minimum 5 + years in a leadership role with a nonprofit arts organization. Proven results in managing complex organizations, achieving successful fundraising, institutional advancement efforts, artistic and educational impacts, and operational efficiency.

Bachelor’s degree required and Post Graduate Degree in business, arts administration or a related field highly desirable.

Experience in planning, designing and implementing effective programming, marketing and fundraising efforts. Demonstrated track record of working with a Board of Directors to generate financial support, cultivate community relationships and appropriately govern the institution. Prior experience managing, mentoring and inspiring people of diverse backgrounds strongly preferred. Spanish fluency is an asset.

Send letter and resume (preferably via email) by with demonstrable accomplishments by Saturday, January 31, 2015 to:

Please include FAENA ART General Manager in the subject line of the email

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This job posted by MERC from December 31 through January 31.

Museum Director
The Museum of Western Art
Kerrville, Texas, USA

The Board of Directors is conducting a search of a dynamic Museum Director to lead The Museum of Western Art located in the Texas hill country at Kerrville, Texas.

This person would become an expert in understanding the museum’s mission and collection. With this expertise, the Director leads and manages the museum to include planning, organizing, staffing, fund raising, and directing the museum, its collection, events, and physical plant. The position requires someone with strong business experience and proven skills in running a profitable business. Prior museum experience is helpful.

The Museum of Western Art in the Texas Hill Country is dedicated to excellence in the collection, preservation, and promotion of Western Heritage and the education and cultural enrichment of our diverse audiences

The Museum of Western Art is located in Kerrville, Texas, only a short drive from San Antonio. It sits on prime real estate in the heart of the famed Texas Hill Country. This outstanding facility provides the opportunity for one-and-all to relive Western heritage through great Western art.

The Museum of Western Art opened on April 23, 1983, and was first known as the Cowboy Artists of America Museum. In the years since, thousands of visitors have walked the Museum galleries and have seen the West brought to life through the artwork on display. The hardworking cowboys, the Native Americans, women of the West, settlers, mountain men and others are featured through various themed exhibits. Through other displays, the history of famous ranches as well as other diverse aspects of our Western heritage, are shared with an ever-widening audience. In addition, area educators, students, writers, as well as the public make frequent use of the Museum's 3,000 volume Western art and history research library.
The Museum is an architectural work of art in its own right. Its unique design was initiated by distinguished Texas architect O'Neil Ford, renowned for establishing the guiding principles of Southwestern style architecture.

Featuring heavy timbers and rugged retaining walls of stacked limestone, the building's exterior resembles a fortressed hacienda. Heroic and life-size bronzes dot the landscape of the outer grounds. Inside the 14,000 square foot facility, 23 bovedas in the ceiling give visitors a glimpse of artisan work rarely seen today. Floors of end-cut mesquite wood and Saltillo tile are polished to a warm glow, complementing the Western artwork displayed in the galleries. In 2004, the Masel S. Quinn Pavilion of the Western Art Academy was completed and made ready for use in the Museum's art education program.

In preserving and promoting the heritage of the American West, the Museum is committed to exhibiting the very finest artwork including art created by today's best known Western artists. Periodic exhibits feature famous masters of the past. The Museum's goal is to represent authentically the life of the West, in both its historic and contemporary context. This rich cultural heritage is also shared through the display of artifacts from the era, and ongoing Western art and history education programs.

Finally, in all that it does, the Museum serves as a bridge between the past and the present, insuring that the legacy of the American West will be preserved for the future. We invite our guests to be part of that mission. Experience the West as it was and as it is at the Museum of Western Art ... Where the Legend Lives!


Qualifications, Experience and/or Requirements

Must be a creative business manager able to manage people, marketing and advertising, fund raising and create new events.

Must be a highly skilled communicator and mediator in order to work well with the museum’s board, staff, donors, sponsors and the public.

Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule – some weekends, holidays and evenings for special events and networking.

Must live or move within 30 minutes of the city of Kerrville, Texas. Prefer museum operations experience in leading a non-profit and/or other museum. Prefer interest in western art and or art history.

Responsibilities Include:
  1. Business management and development - Responsible for all aspects of financial, budgeting, none profit, monthly income and expenditure, museum staff and volunteers, property maintenance – development and retail store management.
  2. Staff, volunteer, docent and daily operations management - A good communicator and team leader, networking both on and off site with a variety of resources and agencies; able to recruit and train staff, volunteers and off site supporters including sponsors, donors, board directors and city and county representatives.
  3. Event – program creation and planning - Help organize, oversee, creating, planning, executing, fund raising, budgeting, grant writing and museum manpower needs. Education – art and student development programs.
  4. Museum development, advertising and marketing - Providing information, photos and articles to promote events, web site, Facebook, newsletter, press, posters, western art displays, bus tours, museum tours, off site speaker programs, as well as working with City, State and other outside agencies
  5. Interests and work related requirements - Must have experience with none profits or have worked in a museum environment; be willing to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the museum and events schedule, attend off site engagements and functions: an interest in western art history would be useful.
Compensation range: $40,000 to $55,000 based on qualifications.

Interested candidates should telephone Gladys Simon at (830) 896-2553, and submit their resume to or fax it to (830) 257-5206. Call us first if you want this job!

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This job posted by MERC from November 26 through February 25.

Japan Society Gallery
New York, New York, USA

Established in 1907, New York's Japan Society is an internationally recognized nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides access to information on Japan, offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture, and fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia.


Japan Society seeks a dynamic Gallery Director to develop and implement engaging and innovative exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary Japanese art and culture. Reporting to the President of Japan Society, the Director must have a demonstrated record of outstanding curatorial experience, artistic vision, and leadership skills to be able to engage and inspire American and global audiences and the arts community.

The main areas of responsibilities include: crafting a balance of traditional and contemporary art exhibitions that will establish the Gallery as a leading venue for exhibitions of Japanese art and culture of all periods and genres; communicating a vision that reaches diverse American and international audiences; financial oversight and fundraising, including keeping costs in line with budgets while building government, foundation, individual and other support, and creating new avenues for financial support; and effective management of Gallery personnel, including lead guest curators, publishers, editors, art handlers, and other outside contractors and adjunct staff.

The Director will be expected to expand the Gallery’s national and international visibility to a broad and diverse public through exhibition gallery tours and programs, press promotion, and targeted outreach; and planning collaborative projects with partner museums and institutions here and abroad, while also developing new approaches for the exploration of Japanese arts, aesthetics, and culture. The Director will evaluate exhibition proposals, negotiate exhibition terms and conditions with lenders, develop exhibition and catalogue concepts, overseeing catalog preparation and publications in collaboration with guest curators, publishers, editors, translators, and designers; and assure that the handling, registration, and display of all works of art will be carried out and maintained to the highest professional standards, compliant with international norms. In conjunction with exhibitions, the Director will build the Friends of the Gallery, cultivating new members with events to encourage individual giving, and will structure lecture and educational programs to complement exhibitions, all in collaboration with Development, Gallery, Lecture, and Education staff. Also, he/she will develop contacts and maintain networks with museum curators, artists, and scholars worldwide. In addition to exhibition-related activities, the Gallery Director should seek to develop new formats for the presentation of Japanese art from a global perspective, and respond to the local community and a wider network for Japan Society’s outreach.


The ideal candidate for Gallery Director will demonstrate a combination of outstanding curatorial, managerial, and leadership skills. Qualifications include: MA or equivalent in Japanese art history or a related field; excellent Japanese reading and conversation skills; and a significant record of researching and presenting traditional and contemporary Japanese art. The ideal candidate should also have a national and international scholarly reputation; a strong professional network inside and outside of Japan; at least five years’ professional experience, both curatorial and managerial, working in a museum or gallery; proven fiscal management skills; a strong work ethic and professional integrity, excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills, and a highly collaborative approach to work.

TO APPLY: Candidates should email a letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources,

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This job posted by MERC from November 14 through February 15.

The last update to this page was 1-27-15.