Director of the Schingoethe Center at Aurora University (full-time) – Aurora, IL

Aurora University seeks qualified candidates for the Director of the Schingoethe Center.  This position supports learning by leading and enhancing the position of the museum as a vibrant and interdisciplinary cultural center for exhibitions, programs and events that benefits both university and surrounding community life as an important regional museum.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • BA in Art, Art History, Art Education or Museum/Curatorial Studies with an advanced degree in an appropriate discipline such as an MA in Art History or Museum/Curatorial Studies, MFA in Studio Art, or MA in Art Education are required.


  • Knowledge of American Indian art and history is preferred.
  • Three or more years experience as a museum director or in an equivalent nonprofit executive-leadership or department-head position; art-museum experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated curatorial success is required with a strong aesthetic sense and knowledge of contemporary art.
  • Extensive background in museum/art center programming and operations.
  • Teaching experience in higher education preferred.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of curatorial work including exhibition research, development and installation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums and non-profits.
  • Knowledge of state and federal law as regards museum collections and non-profit management.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Experience with graphics programs such as Canva or Photo Shop is a plus, working knowledge of Past Perfect museum software or a similar database product.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse campus community.

 To apply, please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.


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Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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