JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM OF ART,
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Summary of Position
Washington State University (WSU) seeks a visionary, energetic, and strategic leader to serve as Director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMOA). The Director will join JSMOA at an exciting time, with the opening of a new purpose-built museum that will dramatically increase its ability to engage the community with the arts. In addition, the Director will implement the rebirth of the current Museum space into The Collections & Learning Gallery, and spearhead the development and opening of a downtown gallery space. During this time of growth, the Director will be responsible for fully integrating JSMOA into the academic mission of WSU, increasing access and visitation, securing accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, and diversifying JSMOA’s financial support.
About The Museum
As stated in its mission, “The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University serves as the intellectual center for the visual arts, combining academic needs with community connections, to enliven, educate, and transform the lives of WSU students, faculty, and staff, while offering enriching encounters of regional and national artists to the Inland Northwest.”
The Museum of Art at WSU was established in 1973 to fulfill the educational mission of the University in teaching, research, and service. Currently housed within the Department of Fine Arts building with 4,500 square feet of gallery space, the Museum will become the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art when it opens its new, state-of-the-art facility in April 2018. The expansion will more than double the museum’s size, with 10,000 square feet of space in six galleries, and 6,500 square feet of office and support space. Architect Jim Olson, founder of the award-winning Seattle firm Olson-Kundig, developed the iconic building, referred to as the “crimson cube,” which is situated in the center of campus.
The new JSMOA will greatly increase opportunities to present the Museum’s permanent collection, which consists of approximately 3,500 works of American and European art, with a focus on Post-War art and artists of the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to the new facility, the existing Museum space will be reborn as The Collections & Learning Center to provide researchers, students, faculty, and staff access to JSMOA’s teaching collection. And a satellite branch of the Museum, Gallery Coug, will be developed and opened in downtown Pullman to extend the reach and impact of JSMOA to the surrounding community.
JSMOA has an operating budget of approximately $750,000 and employs 5 full-time and 1 part-time staff.
A minimum of five years of museum leadership and management experience in progressively responsible positions. Possession of a Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience is required.
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Position is open until filled.
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