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Administrative & Professional Staff Position FY14-99
June 13, 2014

Position Title
Museum Director

Hiring Unit
College of Arts and Sciences – Dean’s Office

Job Description
The University Museum of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), 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 other campus locations. 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. He or she will have excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with members of a variety of disciplines, volunteers, student interns, faculty, 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.

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

Competitive and commensurate with experience.

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

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2014 and will continue until position is filled.

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