Executive Director – Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University


Posting Details
Applications will be accepted until midnight (Eastern Time Zone) on the ‘Posting End Date’ shown below.
Position Information
Job Title Executive Director, Kennedy Museum of Art
Applications Accepted
From Public: Open to the public
Special Instructions to
This position is being re-posted for an extended recruitment period. If you have already applied for this position, your application is still being considered and you do not need to apply again.
We are seeking candidates with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. To apply, please complete and submit the online application and be prepared to attach 3 separate
documents: Current resume, Cover Letter, and a list of 3 professional references with current contact information. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please apply by
11:59 p.m. EST on February 9, 2024.
This position is eligible
for the following benefits: medical, vision, dental, basic and supplemental life, winter break closure, paid holidays, educational benefits for you and eligible dependents, sick leave, vacation, and retirement.
Posting Number 20165895S
Job Description Mission
The Kennedy Museum of Art is an integral part of the educational, research, and public service missions of Ohio University. The purpose of the Kennedy Museum of Art is to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of Ohio University and
the region through quality national and international exhibitions, collection-based research, and diverse formal and informal learning opportunities. The Kennedy Museum of Art exercises its public trust by focusing its collections on those
works of art that it has the resources and capabilities to house, preserve, study and exhibit.
As an academic museum with a teaching mission, the Museum provides Ohio University students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater community, with engaging and thought- provoking encounters. Exhibitions, programs and events
are designed to acknowledge that art is best experienced when presented in a contextual and interdisciplinary environment. To that end, the Museum serves as a learning laboratory for Ohio University, community schools and visitors.
The permanent collections form the core of exhibitions and programs. The collections include 8,000 objects: Southwest Native American textiles, ceramics and jewelry; American paintings; drawings and photography; contemporary prints;
ceramics and sculpture. Selected works within the collections have been featured in important national and international exhibitions. https://www.ohio.edu/museum
Ohio University has a vibrant residential campus that attracts top-quality students. Athens, Ohio, is a quintessential college town. We are located in picturesque Athens, OH, which provides a classic residential learning environment for
over 20,000 students on the main campus and is a family-friendly and culturally rich community located amidst scenic state and national parks just 75 minutes southeast of Columbus, Ohio. The College of Fine Arts is the center of arts
activity in the region with Schools of Music, Art+Design, Dance, Film, Theater, and Interdisciplinary Arts.
Job Description
The Executive Director of Kennedy Museum of Art is responsible for the leadership and strategic vision of the museum and museum studies program. This position requires a deep understanding of museum management, collections care
and development, curatorial practices, and the arts. The Executive Director must be able to collaborate with faculty, staff, and external partners to create impactful exhibitions and programs, and provide students with opportunities to
develop skills in museum studies. The museum studies program currently consists of cross-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate certificate programs and a Master of Arts Administration with a specialization in Museum Studies. The
Executive Director of Kennedy Museum of Art plays a critical role in the institution’s efforts to promote the arts and provide students with opportunities to develop skills in museum studies.

  1. Oversees and directs the museum’s daily operations. Manage and support a team of museum professionals and staff members. Develop and manage the budget for the museum and museum studies program. Oversee best practices
    in the management of museum collections including object acquisition, care, security, research, and scholarship. Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of museum exhibitions and programs and make recommendations for improvement.
    Represent the museum through active membership in local, regional, national, and global organizations.
  2. Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, policies, and procedures related to museum management and maintain accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM); ensures compliance to all university policies and
  3. Reports to and confers with the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, participates in other university or college committees as needed; collaborates with the OHIO Museum Complex (OMC) on integrative museum practices; grow the impact
    of the museum on the university and community, such as through innovative curricular collaborations.
  4. Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the museum and museum studies program and teach Museum Fundamentals I & II; provide guidance and support to faculty on incorporating the museum into the OHIO curriculum.
  5. Collaborates with University Advancement colleagues to identify and engage donors to continue building support for the museum; identifies, researches, writes, applies for, manages, and sustains grants, including external data and
    reporting; develop and maintain partnerships with external organizations to provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience and develop professional networks.
    Candidate should possess the following:
    Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
    Strong understanding of collections care and development, curatorial practices, program design and implementation, museum studies curricula, and the arts
    Demonstrated success in developing and implementing museum exhibitions and programs that achieve measurable outcomes
    Excellent leadership and management skills, with the ability to lead a team and work collaboratively with others
    Experience developing a long-term vision for the museum and museum studies program
    Minimum Qualifications Master’s or PhD degree in museum studies, art history, arts administration, or related field; or equivalent experience
    Minimum of 10 years of experience in museum management
    Experience with grantwriting, fundraising or equivalent
    Experience managing budgets, grants, and resources effectively
    Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively build community with faculty, staff, and external partners
    Preferred Qualifications The ideal candidate for this position is innovative, collaborative, and committed to the management of permanent collections and creating impactful cross-disciplinary exhibitions and programs.
    Department Kennedy Museum Of Art
    Pay Rate Pay is commensurate with experience and credentials and is accompanied by our generous university benefits such as tuition for self and dependents, a comprehensive insurance package (including but not limited to health, prescription,
    vision, dental, and life insurance), an excellent retirement plan including company contributions, parental leave, adoption reimbursement, and more. OHIO is also proud to offer wellness programs, on-site wellness facilities, and a
    generous employee assistance program. Additional Information is available at https://www.ohio.edu/hr/benefits/.
    Job Open Date 12/15/2023
    Posting Close Date 02/09/2024
    Job Category Administrative at-will appointment
    Months 12 month
    Planning Unit College of Fine Arts
    Work Schedule
    Campus Athens
    Expected hours worked
    per week
    Expected duration of
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    Sally Delgado, delgado@ohio.edu
    Diversity Statement Ohio University is proud of its rich history, diverse campuses, international communities, and beautiful Appalachian settings. As part of our ongoing efforts to provide and support a transformative learning experience, we affirm our
    commitment to fostering a welcoming, respectful, diverse, and inclusive workforce and community. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion,
    age, ethnicity, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information. Ohio University is an equal
    access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
    Job Information
    Employment Type full-time regular
    Job Family/Subfamily Library Services/Museum-Museum
    Career Track & Level M 3
    Pay Grade CA&P|21|
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  7. Cover Letter
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