Home > Muskegon jobs > Muskegon management/professional

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:02 AM


Executive Director
Muskegon Museum of Art
Posted as of 21 June 2017

New executive leadership opportunity in Autumn 2017 to direct a vibrant and growing, AAM-accredited (since 1989) art museum in the beautiful, West Michigan lakeside community of Muskegon. The Muskegon Museum of Art (“the Museum”), http://www.muskegonartmuseum.orgcelebrating its 105th anniversary in June, 2017, originally opened to an elaborate dedication ceremony and to international acclaim as the Charles H. Hackley Art Museum.
Our Mission Statement: The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts by strengthening, preserving, and exhibiting its collections; offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary exhibitions; stimulating learning and creativity through diverse public and educational programming; and enhancing community involvement and support in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment.
The Museum has an expanding collection of 5,700 works; with the core of the collection reflecting Early-American works from 1890-1940, as well as 16th Century Dutch and German printmaking. A classically-built facility, with exciting programs led by an energetic and dedicated staff of 11, the Muskegon Museum of Art provides an opportunity for an entrepreneurial executive to lead a AAM-accredited museum with a $1.7 M-annual-budget; inspiring a new strategic direction, and implementing an effective partnership with a visionary Board, creative staff, and a diverse visiting public.
The Board is inviting interested candidates to apply before 17 July 2017; preferably individuals who have demonstrated significant leadership in the social/charitable or private/business sectors, who have demonstrated management and operational expertise, including a general knowledge of art history and a passion for and love of the visual and fine arts. Previous fundraising experience also preferred.
Imagine working in gorgeous West Michigan along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Muskegon, where the creative climate of one of the fastest growing regions in the state produces a friendly, diverse, and inspiring atmosphere; where community leaders support the arts and expect the same high-quality exhibitions as capital-city museums. Educational programs for schoolchildren and lively events for young professionals and adults round out the comprehensive, creativity of our programs.

Lead a financially healthy, growing museum with a positive, can-do organizational culture and an eagerness to try new things and engage new audiences.
Provide and execute the future, strategic direction for the Museum as it enters its latest centennial.
Lead and manage the day-to-day operations of the Museum, including provide leadership guidance, direction, support and services to the staff team.
Be a mentor for the next generation of talented staff of professionals and interns.
Collaborate with Muskegon and West Michigan civic and cultural leaders on a cultural master plan for Muskegon, including the potential creation of an innovative consortium of other regional museums to share ideas, exhibits, and promotional opportunities.
Desire to make a mark and leave a living legacy leading the Museum, constantly exploring and piloting new ideas that advance the mission and inspire greater support for the Museum.
Work and engage in greater Muskegon, a friendly community with a small-town feel, passionate arts supporters, and an affordable cost of living, right on the shoreline of beautiful Lake Michigan.

Minimum of ten (10) years’ leadership experience in a social sector or private sector director, deputy, or management position.
Experience managing staff, especially loyal, energetic, creative professionals. Evidence of an effective track record of hiring, mentoring, and retaining staff, and of welcoming newcomers and volunteers. Work directly with the curatorial staff to manage the collection through acquisitions, accessions and deaccessions using the collection plan as a guide.
BA or BS requested, MA or advanced degree preferred. Broad knowledge of American art helpful; passion for visual arts a requirement.
Big-picture, strategic leadership capabilities to advance the Museum and to participate in cultural community planning for a growing, changing city. Future-oriented leader who will take risks and try new things to enlarge membership and attract new audiences, grow and build the loyalty of the base of supporters, and empower staff to do the same. Good listener, open to new ideas.
Fundraising experience, preferably including individual, endowment, and corporate major gifts, grants, and events. Understanding of membership programs, annual membership campaigns, and major gifts is desirable. Ability to attract new members and donors and to steward current relationships is essential.
A competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and a benefits package is provided; including health insurance, vacation, and a retirement matching feature.

Nominations welcome. Qualified applicants please apply in confidence:
Email cover letter,
Résumé (PDF document preferred),
Salary requirement, and
Names of three references with contact information

Kindly provide by July 14th, 2017 and email to:
Colleen D. Mitchell, Founder & Principal
VENTURE3Philanthropy LLC
Please place in your email SUBJECT LINE: MMA Applicant

Equal Opportunity Employer. This job posting or this position description should not be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.

• Location: Muskegon

• Post ID: 33550083 muskegon is an interactive computer service that enables access by multiple users and should not be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. © 2017