Director of The Museum of the White Mountains – Plymouth State University

Summary of Position

Plymouth State University (PSU) seeks a Director for the Museum of the White Mountains (MWM) responsible for leadership and management of the Museum, creation of exhibitions and educational programs, and supporting PSU’s Integrated Cluster Model. The Director is a prominent representative of PSU and the Museum, serving as a spokesperson to public, local and regional agencies, the PSU community of faculty, staff, students and alumni, and patrons, partners, and key stakeholders cultivating interest and investment in the MWM’s mission and programs.

The mission of the Museum of the White Mountains is to obtain, maintain, and provide access to resources and activities that educate and engage its audience with the region’s artistic, historical, geographic, and cultural treasures. Its purpose is to enrich the life and scholarship of the Plymouth State University community, researchers, and the broader public. The Karl Dreup Art Gallery (KDAG) is integrated into the MWM in collaboration with PSU Art faculty and serves as a center for educational exploration and artistic collaboration.

The Director provides leadership, strategic vision, and managerial oversight for the Museum’s exhibition program. Exhibition sites will include the MWM, Silver Center for the Arts, and collaborative opportunities across campus and community. The Director works collaboratively to develop, coordinate, and successfully implement, the conceptual, artistic, and operational aspects of exhibition planning and management. The Director will also work collaboratively with guest and/or PSU curators (faculty and students) to shape a dynamic exhibition program that advances the MWM and KDAG integrated missions and strategic goals while achieving high standards for scholarship, creativity, high impact learning opportunities, and supporting the Integrated Cluster Model.

Additional Job Information

Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University’s discretion.

Please provide contact information for three professional references that can speak to your work experience will be requested in the PSU application.

Posting Number/Job Order #: PS1114FY19

Acceptable minimum level of education: Master’s

Acceptable minimum years of experience: 3 years

Other minimum qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • 3 years of experience with gallery or museum management and operations in a higher education setting
  • Ability to work with and relate to a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to assess situations, negotiate with clients and staff, and to accomplish projects within established time frames.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with gallery or museum management and operations in a higher education setting
  • Strong leadership, management, and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Experience with interdisciplinary project-based learning
  • Experience supporting open lab learning environments
  • 4 years of supervision experience
  • Arts and integrative arts educational programming experience
  • Curatorial and programmatic creativity and vision

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Grade: 21

EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Posting Date: 12/13/2018

Job Category: Salaried Staff (Exempt)

Appointment Type: Regular

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Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Leadership and Management of the MWM and the KDAG including vision, operational management, budget oversite, and supervision of staff
  • Development and coordination of exhibits in the MWM and KDAG across campus and in collaboration with PSU faculty, staff and students and external partners
  • Coordination and facilitation of the MWM Advisory Council to promote the vision and mission, public awareness, and support of the MWM
  • Collaboration with University Advancement to promote the financial sustainability of the MWM
  • Support the MWM as an open lab in collaboration with academic programs across campus and external partners to support student engagement in project-based learning aligned with the vision and mission of the MWM and KDAG and PSU’s Integrated Cluster Model.
  • Oversite of the collections for the MWM and the KDAG and ensure compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to the collection and to collecting activities.
  • Authority to hire, structures and assigns work, provides direction to staff, conducts performance reviews, handles disciplinary actions, makes salary decisions, provides functional supervision and training
  • Be available for evening and weekend commitments including advisory board meetings, exhibitions and other museum related activities
  • Other duties as assigned by the Provost or their designee

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