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Director of Museum

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Director of Museum

Working Title Director of ASU Museum

Position # A00048

Department Museum

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Employment Status:

Full time (29-40 Hrs)

Type of Employment:


# of openings:




Proposed Salary Range:

Commensurate with Experience



Please note: All postings close at 12 A.M. CST on the closing date. A-State participates in E-Verify.

Position Summary:

Provide mission-focused vision and conceptual leadership to the Museum through professional knowledge of museums. Direct and administer the Museum (operations, collections, registration, exhibitions, and educational programs) in compliance with law and in accordance with national standards in the museum profession. Assure the safety and preservation of the collection for future generations and its accessibility for research and educational purposes. Responsible for the Museum's compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA)

Oversee and assure completion and implementation of strategic planning, policy development, and activities prerequisite for re-accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums. Significant grant-writing required.

Develop and oversee strategies for increasing funding base and resources of the Museum. Oversee accounts and budget, supervise full-time staff, and oversee personnel matters in compliance with University procedure. Responsible for program contracts with peer museums. Participate in curatorial endeavors as chair and member of the Museum's Curatorial Committee

Create new knowledge through hands-on participation in the development of informal learning opportunities, such as exhibits and programs. Represent the Museum to ASU Museum Advisory Council, University offices, faculty and staff, peer institutions, City officials, the community, tribal representatives of Native American nations, professional peers, media, etc. Models ideals of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion as consistent with University directives and valued within the museum field at large

Duties & Responsibilities:

+ Direct and assume accountability for all Museum operations

+ Manage financial accounts and capital inventory in accordance with university procedures

+ Collaborate with the leadership of other units in fulfillment of Museum's priorities

+ Provide accountability for collections and operations in accordance with state and federal law

+ Supervise staff and oversee Museum's role in personnel matters (position requests, position descriptions, searches, hiring, payroll, evaluations, terminations)

+ Provide a work environment that embraces principles of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, and such that staff may experience needed professional growth and execute their duties and obligations effectively

+ Assure professionalism in curatorial research on collections, academic support, educational programs, public relations, and interpretation and presentation of collections

+ Oversee implementation of ASU Museum Strategic Plan

+ Write and administer grants for Museum operations and programs

+ Responsible for maintaining operational premises, interacting with Facilities Management and other university offices to report deficiencies, assure repairs and maintenance, design and implement upgrades and renovations, monitor custodial standards and conservation environment, de-infest, and manage emergencies

+ Assure premises comply with ADA protocols and promote the safety of guests. Assure the readiness of premises and staff for emergency and recovery operations

+ Maintain and monitor secure access protocols with University Police, Facilities Management, and University emergency and safety personnel

+ Develop and maintain effective rapport with ASU Museum Advisory Council and provide support in accordance with ASU Museum Advisory Council Bylaws

+ Negotiate and oversee program and loan contracts with peer institutions, working with ASU System Legal Counsel as appropriate

+ Maintain relations with vendors of professional museum services, such as contractors, preparators , and conservators

+ Other duties as assigned


• Knowledge of AAM standards and best practices in all museum disciplines (collections management, collections care and conservation issues, educational programming, exhibition design, curation and connoisseurship, risks management and disaster recovery, promotion and marketing as it applies to museums)

• Knowledge of state and federal regulations governing care and management of collections

• Thorough knowledge of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA)

• Ability to review and draft museum contracts to ensure that (a) the Museum's interests are provided for and (b) contract language is in keeping with museum best practices and standards in the field

• Knowledge of national conversations regarding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion as well as commitment to these principles

• Knowledge of small business management, budgeting, and principles and practices of organizational management

• Knowledge of supervisory management, practices, and procedures

• Knowledge of effective STEM/STEAM educational methodologies and other informal learning practices

• Ability to plan and administer museum programs

• Ability to develop museum exhibits and supervise others in the development of exhibits

General Days/Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.- 40-hour work week; occasional weekend or evening as per programming needs

Additional hours as requested and/or needed

Regular and reliable attendance


Please note: all position postings close at 12:00 A.M. CST on the position closing date

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Master's Degree in art, history, or a related field

Five (5) years' experience in museum administrative position with two (2) years curator-level experience in museum exhibits or the curation of collections

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in related field; experience with contractors and facilities planning

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