Assistant Director Operations and Programs – Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

This position will remain open until filled.

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Position Summary:

The Assistant Director Operations and Programs provides direction and support for the daily operations, administrative functions, and staff to fulfill the museum’s objective, working collaboratively with staff and under the director’s leadership to fulfill the educational mission of the Mulvane through exhibitions, programming, acquisitions, and engagement with faculty, staff, students and the community of Topeka and surrounding areas. The Assistant Director will plan and administer marketing outreach for the museum and participate in membership and donor development and stewardship.

The successful candidate will also:

  • Work with museum staff to assess museum practices relative to accreditation and professional standards. Propose and implement changes to improve practice to benefit the Mulvane and ensure continued AAM accreditation.
  • As a team leader and motivator, maintain a healthy, fair, and inclusive work environment by promoting diversity, exercising teamwork and collaboration. Actively promote a professional workplace culture of mutual respect and collegiality for all members of the institution. Work to build positive and cooperative relationships with staff, encouraging them to work toward individual and departmental goals.
  • Work with museum staff, Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum and/or the Washburn University Foundation to develop and participate in achieving strategies and goals for increasing memberships and donors.
  • Administer the museum’s marketing plan to facilitate and develop marketing materials for distribution through print, digital, and social media, websites and other platforms.

Essential Job Functions of Position:

  • Work with museum staff to conduct research and collaborate in the development of material to provide information and education to Mulvane patrons, donors, members, and the public.
  • Manage the daily operations and administrative functions of the museum.
  • Supervise, support, and manage staff, volunteers, and student workers to maximize performance, customer service delivery and facilitate professional growth.
  • Collect, assess and report information to evaluate activities, attendance, community engagement, programs, and practices.
  • Identify opportunities for web-based program development related to collections, special projects, events, and educational programs at Mulvane.
  • Participate in the planning and presentation of special occasions, membership, events, and fundraising events and programs presented by the Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum.
  • Serve as Acting Director in the Director’s absence.
  • Perform additional job-related duties as assigned or as appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn software related to website management, social media, and fundraising.

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in non-profit management, marketing, art history, museum studies, or related degree.
  • Three years of experience with museums, art programs, art education, and/or cultural programs.
  • Supervisory and staff scheduling experience.
  • Preferred: Fundraising experience.

Special Instructions to Applicant:

  • Required documents include Resume, Cover Letter/ CV, and Portfolio


  • Full time position
  • 40-hour work weeks
  • Regular business hours

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