Director of the South Dakota Art Museum – South Dakota State University

The South Dakota Art Museum at South Dakota State University seeks candidates who are visionary, creative, scholarly and motivated to engage diverse audiences through art as Director of the South Dakota Art Museum. This position is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position that reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Since 1970, the South Dakota Art Museum has been a destination for people from around the world to enjoy the artistic legacy of South Dakota. Exhibitions are curated from the Museum’s extensive collection of Harvey Dunn and Paul Goble paintings, Native American art, Marghab Linens, fine art prints from the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s in the Cockerline Collection, as well as from the Museum’s wide connections to emerging and internationally known artists and traveling exhibitions.

The South Dakota Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The Museum is consistently recognized for the quality of its exhibitions and educational programs, including being named one of the top 25 museums and galleries in the U.S. in 2017, 2018, and 2019 by American Art Awards.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

LOCATION: Brookings, South Dakota

• Provide strategic leadership for all aspects of the daily operation of the Museum.
• Prepare and implement budget requests and manage all financial affairs of the Museum with appropriate input from the South Dakota State University Administration, SDSU Foundation, and Museum Advisory Board.
• Hire and supervise all Museum staff, including the Coordinator of Exhibitions, Collections Coordinator, Marketing and Membership Coordinator, the Museum Store Manager, and other support staff as needed.
• Provide guidance for the Museum Guild and other volunteers.
• Provide leadership for Museum facility enhancement projects.
• Develop and implement long-range plans to build and maintain Museum collections, support exhibitions, build and maintain capacity for facilities and personnel, and educational activities.
• Maintain an on-going fundraising program in conjunction with the South Dakota State University Foundation to enhance financial support for the Museum and its initiatives.
• Collaborate with art institutions and organizations across the state to expand awareness of the Museum and improve understanding and support for the arts throughout the state of South Dakota via touring exhibitions, education, and outreach. Further, to develop and present educational programs and workshops, offer tours, and work in collaboration with faculty to expand Visual Thinking Strategies education and training within the state, region, nation, and world.
• Collaboratively support SDSU’s Museum Studies program.
• Administer the South Dakota Art Museum Internship program.
• In collaboration with SDSU’s Department of Facilities and Services, develop appropriate plans for the proper maintenance, repair and utilization of the facility.

• An earned Master’s degree in Fine Arts, Art History, Museum Management or equivalent degree, or an applicable Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of relevant experience by date of application.
• An appreciation and understanding of the art and culture of the region including Native American art.
• Ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including students, the public, and volunteers.
• Experience with strategic planning and establishing strategic goals.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
• Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs.
• A commitment to maintaining a campus environment free from discrimination and harassment as articulated by federal law and university policy.
• Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.

• Demonstrated record of successful management as a director of a museum or a major department within a large museum operation.
• A record of successful fundraising activity, including private gifts and grants.
• Experience with financial management of museum operations.
• Experience with museum renovation or construction projects.

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Travel, Overnight stays, Weekends/Holidays, Valid Drivers License

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