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Director, Augustana Art Museum

Position Deleted on 5/11/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Rock Island, IL
Admin - Arts and Museum Administration
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
$50,000 to $60,000 USD Per Year
Overview: The Augustana Art Museum was established in 1989 and serves as a "culture and art laboratory" for our students and faculty. The Museum holds a collection of over 4,000 works that are displayed not only in the museum but also across campus. The Museum collection is regularly used as an instructional resource for several departments/programs. The Director is responsible for planning, overseeing, implementing and evaluating a range of programs and projects to accomplish the mission of the museum and support the goals of the college.

Job Duties:
1. Create and implement a vision and strategic plan for the future of the museum. Involve appropriate members of the Augustana community to create alignment with College objectives and widespread support.
2. Create and execute a plan for digitizing the collection and development of a searchable database. Oversee student workers and/or interns as needed.
3. Develop online publications on representative collection artwork on the museum website and engage in outreach efforts as appropriate.
4. Secure grant funding for exhibits, acquisitions, conservation and collection management, in collaboration with the Office of Advancement.
5. Manage the annual budget, collection accession/deaccession, and museum personnel. Develop programs and activities to maximize the budget while accomplishing overall museum objectives.
6. Oversee the installation of exhibits, including exhibitions from studio art faculty and students; collaboration with art history faculty curators when they organize exhibitions; and creative adaptation of ever-changing exhibition needs across campus.
7. Build connections and develop collaborations with individual faculty and with academic departments throughout the college to insure that museum exhibitions and other activities will expand every student's understanding of the visual arts through intentional programming designed to attract students from every discipline.
8. Develop and coordinate lectures related to exhibitions.
9. Increase visibility and encourage increased use of the museum as a pedagogical resource.
10. Engage faculty/students, independently and in classes, through hands-on learning about art.
11. Participate in fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Office of Advancement including planning and assisting with the evaluation and execution of a plan for construction of a new physical location.
12. Establish new relationships and sustain existing relationships with donors.
13. Play a significant role in the design, space planning, and construction of a new or expanded Art Museum facility in cooperation with other members of the planning team.
14. Other duties as assigned.

Education: Hold an advanced degree in museum studies, museum administration, or art history; Terminal degree preferred

Skills & Experience:
  • 5 or more years of hands-on experience in museum management
  • Ability to develop and articulate a clear vision for an art museum at a liberal arts college and possess significant planning and implementation skills
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and collaboration abilities with a diverse campus community
  • Demonstrated successes in fundraising and grant writing
Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift 25 pounds on a frequent basis. Also required is the ability to listen, hear, speak, read, write, climb stairs, bend, stoop, and stand for intermittently long periods of time. Must be able to use a computer to accomplish a variety of job tasks.

Special Requirements:
This position requires some evening and weekend work and limited travel for professional development and donor relations.
Augustana is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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