Director: University of Wyoming Art Museum

The University of Wyoming seeks applications for the position of Director, University of Wyoming Art Museum (UAM). We are seeking a creative, visionary leader in the arts to advance the museum as a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative environment for the academic and local communities and statewide constituents that it serves.

The UAM is a place for learning, interdisciplinary discourse, and cultural engagement for all ages. All programs build on a diverse collection of more than 8,000 objects that date from the 11th century BCE to the present, and represent a range of cultures, genres, time periods, and locations. It presents more than 15 exhibitions annually, drawn from the collection and curated from outside sources, expanding the museum’s holdings and addressing topics and ideas that are relevant today. UAM is the only art museum in Wyoming to embrace the full breadth of creative expression from national and international sources. A dynamic Preschool – 12 education program centered on object and inquiry-based learning serves more than 10,000 students annually. A Teaching Gallery, class visits, public and community programs, cross-college partnerships and a new academic engagement curator are advancing direct connections between the UAM resources and actively advancing intellectual and cultural investigations. As a significant part of a land grant institution with a statewide constituency base, the UAM has programs that deliver original art and learning opportunities to even the most remote communities across the state.

The director is supported by a national advisory board and leads a staff of 11 FTE positions and numerous part-time employees, volunteers, and interns. The museum’s team of curators, teachers, and staff support creative thinking, interdisciplinary discussions, and a safe environment for diversity, inclusion, and equality. UAM fosters best practices in care and development of the collection and engages broad public audiences in educational opportunities and outreach to statewide audiences.

As its chief administrative officer, the director provides strategic leadership to advance the UAM mission and its support of the larger academic mission of the university. The Director is responsible for all aspects of UAM’s operations including fiscal and personnel management, and represents the museum to other academic and administrative departments and various external constituents including alumni and donors, public audiences, and the museum and arts professions. The Director’s development efforts include cultivating donors and securing financial support from individuals, corporations, businesses, foundations, and government agencies as well as working with the museum’s National Advisory Board to execute a planned capital campaign.

The Director will oversee the museum’s general operations, exhibitions, permanent collection, fundraising, educational programs, and engagement with the state and regional arts community. The Director will be committed to integrating the museum into the University’s overall educational mission by providing opportunities for teaching and learning through exhibitions and outreach activities, and enhancing the connection to, and collaboration with, the university’s academic programs, faculty, students and staff. Enhancing the museum’s visibility, scholarly activity, and student experience and utilization is also desirable.

The UAM Director reports to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. This is a 12-month, full time appointment; a full compensation package is based on qualifications and experience. The preferred start date is October 1, 2017.

Minimum Qualifications

* A master’s degree in art history, curatorial studies, or related area or a combination of education and significant experience in the field.

* 5 years of progressive leadership and development experience in an arts institution.

* Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

* Significant administrative experience in budget and personnel management

* Knowledge of art museum and curatorial best practices

* Familiarity with contemporary art

* Experience in an academic setting

* Demonstrated ability to manage collaboratively

* Abilities to identify and grow broad audiences, communities and constituencies

* A strong record of success in donor relations, fundraising, and capital campaigns

* Demonstrated success in working with inclusive and diverse populations

* Record of publication and/or creative activity

* Experience with educational outreach

* Proven leadership in strategic and long range planning

* Understanding and knowledge of museum education

Required Materials

Complete the online application, including uploading the following as one document: a letter of interest, resume/CV and contact information for five professional references.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with review of applications beginning immediately. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit materials by June 30th.

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