Overall charge of the Museum’s budget, finances, personnel, and operations and reports to the Provost through the Senior Vice Provost. With a new $12M museum addition ready to break ground in 2020, will help oversee construction, bring in new operating and capital funds, and develop a long-term strategic financial plan to strengthen endowment and amplify staff resources in the coming years.
Seeking an inspiring leader with a track record of building resources and integrating diverse operations to serve broad constituencies and leverage long-term assets. The next director of the Museum will be a strategic thinker and a pragmatic manager with keen intellectual curiosity. They will have the vision and skillset to plan, negotiate, coordinate and grow museum support and operations to even better serve the university, global research communities, and museum visitors.
With an annual budget of $3.2M and 64 full- and part-time faculty, staff and student employees, the Museum serves faculty, staff and students, the citizens of Lubbock, the wider West Texas region, and a global community of research scholars. With strong roots in research and teaching, the Museum and its encyclopedic collections continue to serve as a basis for curatorial and academic research, while also connecting with community audiences to showcase new research and interpret cultural, scientific and artistic ideas through changing exhibitions and robust educational programs.
Must be a visionary thinker, skilled fundraiser and a deft manager with a strong ability to analyze and solve problems and oversee operations of a large, multi-faceted museum organization.
Provide thoughtful and dynamic leadership that engages and inspires stakeholders, faculty, and staff, enhances the visitor experience for broad audiences, and continues to clarify the museum’s role at TTU and in the community.
Oversee the Museum’s exhibitions, education and research programs, and enhance opportunities for traveling exhibitions, partnerships, loans, and interdisciplinary research.
Review and fine-tune the Museum’s manifold operations, setting priorities and maintaining standards of excellence and innovation.
Strengthen nationally important programs under the Museum’s umbrella, including the NSRL and the LLL.
Lead the Museum’s development efforts; identify and cultivate new private, government, and institutional sources of revenue; establish and implement plans to grow endowment and strengthen operational income streams. Coordinate with TTU’s Office of Advancement and the Museum Association to identify and cultivate donors in accordance with the policies of Texas Tech University.
Oversee efforts to increase funding generated from grants and sponsorships that support Museum programs, exhibits, research and operations.
Be an astute financial manager, able to develop and keep a balanced budget and comfortable with complex financial reporting. Work with appropriate university departments and staff to develop budgets and reports on the Museum’s financial situation.
Provide leadership to a high-powered staff whose specialties encompass diverse disciplines. Steward a high-caliber product and sense of accountability from staff.
Strengthen all outreach platforms, including marketing, publications, digitization and education programming, and develop human resources to adequately deliver sophisticated museum products and experiences.
Help oversee the construction of a new $12M wing, slated to break ground in 2020.
Lead the development and implementation of the Museum's next strategic plan to accomplish its goals and objectives and align the Museum's strategic plan with that of the University.
Uphold the Museum’s commitment to ethical standards, legal responsibilities and best practices established by museum accreditation, state and federal law and international law.
Master's Degree required, terminal degree preferred. Eight years progressively responsible management experience required. Education beyond the master's level may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Strong interest in the sciences preferred, especially the natural sciences, with interdisciplinary interests crossing into the arts and history.
8 years’ experience as a museum director or at a senior management level at a large museum or equivalent cultural institution. Education beyond the master's level may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis.
A record of fundraising successes including cultivating relationships with private donors, foundations and other funding sources, and raising money for endowment and operations.
Excellent financial management skills and demonstrated success with operational budgeting and reporting, multi-stream revenue development, and long-term financial planning.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively advance the mission and vision of the Museum.
An articulate and dynamic manager with proven success in developing cooperative and effective relationships with stakeholders, donors and staff.
A collaborative and collegial thought leader, someone who celebrates and fosters staff and community input.
A self-starter, resourceful and pragmatic, focused on delivering services and creating the plan to get there.
An intellectually curious mind, deeply interested in the connections between science, the arts, and culture and how those can be manifested in museum activities.
A personality that enjoys fundraising and someone comfortable fostering relationships and participating in social interactions with donors in a variety of settings.
Cover Letter, 3 Professional/Personal References, Resume / CV
How to Apply
Applicants will submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae and the names of 3 individuals, with contact information, who may be contacted as references, through the TTU portal below. All applications will be screened by retained executive search consultant firm Museum Search and Reference. For further details about this position, visit www.museum-search.com/open-searches. All inquiries and nominations may be sent to Connie Rosemont, senior search consultant, at SearchandRef@museum-search.com. The preferred deadline for accepting applications is through November 18, 2019.
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Cover Letter, Professional/Personal References, Resume / CV
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.
Up to 25%
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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