Executive Director – NMC Dennos Museum Center      

Reports To:   President
Anticipated Starting Date:   July 1, 2019
Starting Salary:   $86,650.00 annually plus a generous retirement and benefit package including medical, dental, vacation, paid sick leave, and tuition benefit. For more details about benefits, go to https://www.nmc.edu/hr/ and click on Salaries and Benefits, or request a copy from the Office of Human Resources.


Established in 1988, and bolstered by support from a uniquely philanthropic community, the Dennos Museum Center (DMC) is a flagship of Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) with a mission that “seeks to engage, entertain and enlighten its audiences through the collection of art, the presentation of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences and performing arts.” The Museum’s signature collection is Inuit Art from the Canadian Arctic (largest in the U.S.) and a permanent art collection (in addition to the Inuit collection) including regional and international contemporary artists with newly expanded galleries to showcase the permanent collection; and a 367 seat Auditorium for lectures and concerts.
NMC is inviting applications for the position of Executive Director, seeking an individual adept at creating connections with colleagues, community partners, and philanthropic supporters, to nurture investment in the strategic directions of the college and the community. The successful candidate will join a highly talented staff seeking to extend the reach of the museum both on campus and the community.
This hands-on position provides vision, planning, and management of collections, programs, and operations consistent with NMC and the professional standards of the American Alliance of Museums.
Northwestern Michigan College is located in Traverse City, Michigan, a community valued for its quality of life in a region nationally recognized for its natural beauty. The region is proud of its vibrant arts and culture communities and organizations.


  • Able to assess quality in the visual and performing arts for the purpose of developing the museum’s collections, exhibition and performing programs
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Computer skills, including knowledge of Internet, email, calendaring software
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, organize and promote exhibitions and concert programming and/or oversee the same
  • Demonstrated ability to design, layout, install, and light exhibitions working with museum’s staff and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds via grant writing and donor engagement
  • Master’s Degree
  • Preferred experience at least 5 years
  • FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Essential for all NMC employees
  • Ethical behavior and integrity
  • Commitment to quality service, responsible stewardship, continuous improvement
  • Agility/adaptability/tolerance for ambiguity
  • Accountability/personal responsibility
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Create/Contribute to a culture of innovation and thoughtful risk-taking
  • Collaboration/Team work
  • Value all people


Supervises others in accordance with NMC’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, recognizing employees; addressing performance problems or gaps.


This is a full-time, 40+ hour per week position.


Applications submitted by May 3, 2019 will receive first consideration.  Applications must be submitted online at http://www.nmc.edu/jobs.   For assistance call 231-995-2612 or 1-800-748-0566 x52612 or email hr@nmc.edu .
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Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions.  nmc.edu/nondiscrimination
Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.
Required Skills:
All applicants are required to review the job description prior to applying. Click here to review.
Please upload a cover letter, resume and submit answers to each of the following questions in 200 words or less:
  1. Describe a situation in which you advocated for the inclusion of a visual artist or performing group that may have been considered a ‘stretch’ for the audience/organization.  What was your reason for doing so?  What was your approach to advocacy?  Were you successful?  How did the audience respond?
  2. The Dennos has grown and evolved through commitment to a mission consistent with the vision and values of Northwestern Michigan College, built upon a history of innovation and entrepreneurial experience,and on community and individual philanthropy.   Based on your experience, describe your approach to developing a vision for the next 3-5 years.
  3. Leadership requires managing diverse and divergent perspectives from stakeholders. Describe a specific initiative in which you sought to balance divergent interests. What were the challenges you had to overcome? Reflect on the decisions you made that determined the measure of success achieved.

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