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Museum Director

Provides vision and leadership while working with the Advisory Board and the Provost to set direction, goals, and priorities for the museum's future. Provides oversight to create an even more dynamic, educational and noteworthy curatorial program of exhibitions. Provides effective financial management for the museum, developing long-range financial objectives, building the annual budget, and bringing in the resources needed to mount a robust schedule of exhibitions and programs that serve the university and the community.


In coordination with the Provost, the MSU Advancement Office, University Foundation, and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR), develops and coordinates a fundraising plan to cultivate individual and corporate donors and enhance grant opportunities. Be the face of the museum and an effective advocate and communicator on campus, championing the museum's relationship with different departments of the university, and reaching out to deans and department chairs in art, history, social sciences, and health, and at other departments and colleges. Be comfortable and proactive in working with various administrative departments within the university, including the Business office and the Advancement office. Effectively liaise and develop collaborations with other organizations in the Wichita Falls community; strengthens community participation and engagement. Oversees appropriate care for and stewardship of the building and collections. Manages and motivates staff, set a strong collegial atmosphere, and enhances professionalism. Works with the Provost and university constituencies to enhance the academic role of the museum and to stimulate relevant contributions of faculty scholarship, and as time permits, to serve the larger museum community. · Coordinates museum initiatives with the university, upholds MSU policies and standards and maintains a high level of museum best-practices and standards.

Physical Condition

Primarily sedentary work; however, must possess adequate physical condition to travel and work irregular hours and weekends.


Four or more years' experience as a museum director or in an equivalent nonprofit executive-leadership or department-head position. Art-museum experience preferred. Managerial and collaboration skills and ability to engage with faculty and staff to leverage the museum's programs, in support of the curricular goals of the university's various disciplines. Experience working within a university system is an asset. Basic familiarity with relevant technologies and social media.


Excellent financial management skills, demonstrating success with operational budgeting, multi-stream revenue development, grant writing, and long-term financial planning. A track record of managing and stretching modest budgets is an asset. Demonstrated commitment to developing new resources. Experience with, or willingness to actively engage in, private-donor development campaigns, major gifts, and planned giving. Demonstrated commitment to civic engagement, and to creating a welcoming, rich and engaging visitor experience. rack record of exhibitions and/or programming that demonstrates creativity, innovation, awareness of current museum trends, and successful marketing. A record of expertise and/or scholarship relevant to an aspect of this museum or its collection is desirable.


MA or MFA in art history, art, museum studies, or a related field. Terminal degree preferred.

Additional Requirements

Requires the ability to work well with diverse populations and maintain positive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the community. A public-facing person and enthusiastic representative for the museum, skilled at liaising with others and promoting a museum; an engaging, inspiring and confident public speaker. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills essential to communicate effectively with a wide variety of constituencies, from professors to children. Desire to work with a small staff and to be hands-on and pitch in, for example, on exhibition installations or event setups. Willing to work an active schedule, including attending openings and after-hours events some evenings and weekends, and available to travel as needed. Able to possibly teach one course in the Fain College of Fine Arts each semester, if qualified and interested and if time permits. *Regular reliable attendance is required. *This position is designated as security sensitive (Mod) and requires a criminal background check.

Last Updated 02-05-2019