Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Director – Michigan State University, East Lansing

Link: https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/515007/executive-mgtmt-directorexec-mgt

Job no: 860018
Work type: Executive Management
Major Administrative Unit / College: University Arts And Collections
Department: Art Museum 10050506
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: $175,000-$220,000
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Library/Museums/Archives, Executive Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Director

Position Summary

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum seeks a Director to maximize the museum’s position as a dynamic arts institution at the heart of a major research university. The Director will explore and communicate art’s importance in cross-disciplinary inquiry and an understanding of the role the museum plays in creating a vibrant community on Michigan State University’s campus and in the region. An active and engaged presence in the university and community at large, the Director will keep the museum connected to opportunities, needs, and timely issues.

The Director will build and sustain relationships with campus constituents, communities, and national and global networks. In partnership with university leadership, the Director will leverage the museum to engage its constituency more deeply with the museum and the university. The Director must have a deep commitment to and understanding of diversity – in all its dimensions – as a force for academic and artistic excellence and as a deeply held commitment at the heart of the institution’s mission. In particular, they will be attentive to engaging with diverse local, regional, and state-wide communities, as well as ensure that the museum sustainably establishes, maintains, and expands curricular and co-curricular connections across campus.

With a commitment to collaboration, the Director will work with staff to create exhibitions and programs that inspire, challenge, and connect. The Director will be a mission-focused leader who involves staff and other in designing and implementing strategic programming. The Director will help to promote a shared culture of engagement both for the museum’s audiences and for its staff. The Director will also understand the importance of engaging past, current, and future donors in the museum’s mission and vision and will partner with University Advancement to cultivate and steward donor relationships.

The Director will report to the Vice Provost for University Arts and Collections.  In this role the next Director will:

  • Develop and implement a strong interdisciplinary vision that connects the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum both to Michigan State University’s strengths and to broader community and global issues, furthering research, creative activities, and innovation for global impact by:
    • providing strategic direction in the generation of knowledge and scholarship, through exhibitions that engage the academic campus and community and raise the profile of the museum;
    • connecting the museum with academic units across campus and establishing, maintaining, and expanding curricular and co-curricular connections across campus;
    • developing and helping to nurture strong relationships with national and international artists, galleries, museums and other arts organization to ensure the museum can provide high-quality, innovative exhibitions and programs;
    • overseeing the development and implementation of innovative education initiatives that contribute to student success, both for MSU students and K-12;
    • overseeing the creation of public programs that engage campus and community audiences;
    • overseeing the development, direction, care of and access to the museum’s collection.
  • Serve as the MSU Broad’s chief liaison with the university and external communities, ensuring that the MSU Broad’s impact is felt campus-wide, locally, and internationally by:
    • engaging with campus partners to position the museum as an integral part of the MSU student, faculty and staff academic experience;
    • positioning the MSU Broad to be a leader in the MSU Arts Strategy;
    • developing local, national, and global networks and partnerships to ensure that MSU Broad’s impact reaches beyond the MSU campus;
    • serving as primary spokesperson for the museum with media, sponsors, and VIPs, and working closely with communications staff at the museum and the university to sustain a strong museum profile.
  • Ensuring a strong, secure organizational future for the museum by:
    • working with stakeholder groups to create a strategic plan that aligns with MSU 2030, MSU’s DEI report and plan and the MSU Arts Strategy;
    • recruiting, retaining, and mentoring a diverse and highly qualified staff, fostering an inclusive organizational culture centered on cohesiveness and collaboration, and providing opportunities for professional and personal growth for staff at all levels.
    • working with the MSU Broad Advisory Board and providing opportunities to grow and ensure board engagement and participation;
    • understanding and adhering to the highest standards of museum practice, in accordance with national and international standards and best practices;
    • ensuring that the museum maintains its accreditation, and preparing the unit to meet accreditation standards, guidelines, and timelines;
    • following fiscal management and operational practices that are in accordance with university policies, procedures, agreements, and guidelines;
    • maintaining a positive financial position, working within the approved budget and in close coordination with university financial officers;
    • actively partnering with University Advancement to expand the portfolio of contributed revenue, to cultivate and effectively steward past, current, and future individual donors, and to identify and secure gifts, and sponsorship from foundations and business;
    • identifying and securing, directly or with university and community partners, public funding opportunities and strengthening relationships with local, state, and federal community and arts agencies;
    • ensuring the museum actively identifies and applies for appropriate grant opportunities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Art History, Curatorial,Mus.Stud.,Bus.Ad

Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

A master’s degree in a relevant field, including but not limited to art history, curatorial or museum studies, or business administration. The candidate should have significant relevant experience in a leadership role in a museum, gallery, or other cultural institution, with a proven track record of successful management and fundraising. Strong financial and budget management skills are essential, as is experience with strategic planning and implementation. The candidate should have a deep understanding of museum best practices, including collections management, exhibition development, and educational programming. Additionally, the candidate should have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of museum operations.    

Skill and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction at the institutional level.    
  • Demonstrated ability as a results-oriented leader with a team-oriented working style, helping to build a shared vision, quality performance, and strong morale, empowering and cultivating staff through active and effective communication, feedback, and delegation, while actively promotion teamwork and collaboration.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written and oral communications, and the facility to connect effectively with audiences of varying levels of expertise.    
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with a variety of audiences, including visitors, academic and community partners, donors, and to connect with and build bridges among various stakeholders within and across the university and broader community.    
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee fiscal and personnel decision-making, with the perspective to consider the impact of decisions, strategic plans, initiatives, and new programs on the museum at the university more broadly.    
  • Demonstrated ability to partner in development efforts to secure new gifts and to steward existing donors.
  • Demonstrated commitment to leading with personal and professional integrity of the highest degree and holding public interest and public trust in the highest regard.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to contemporary art and culture.    

Required Application Materials

  • Letter of interest that addresses the leadership priorities described in the profile.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • A statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
  • List of 3 references.



Department Statement

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum connects people with art through experiences that inspire curiosity and inquiry. With a focus on the art of our time—in dialogue with the historical—the museum encourages engagement with timely issues of local relevance and global significance. Through exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists, a permanent collection of over 10,000 works, and dynamic public programming, the museum advances MSU’s values of excellence, inclusion, and connectivity. Opened in 2012 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it is one of only five international museums designed by Pritzker Prizewinning architect Zaha Hadid.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Aug 1, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 31, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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