Sunday, December 12, 2010

Director Opening

Director of the Museum, Denison University

Lead and manage the Denison Museum and promote its mission through the educational use and access of its collection of cultural heritage. The Director works closely with the Curator of Collections, the Assistant to the Director, relevant faculty and scholars, and the Museum Board. The Director will oversee the Museums budget and actively work to strengthen the collection and its documentation, as well as develop and secure thought provoking exhibitions and programming. The Director is also responsible for developing strategies and policies to contribute to the success of the Museum and its educational importance at Denison University and the surrounding community."

The Denison Museum's permanent collection comprises nearly 8,000 objects from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas in a wide variety of media including textiles, stone, wood, paper, lacquer, metal, ivory, and oils. The Denison Museum has significant holdings from Burma (Myanmar), from the Kuna culture of the San Blas Islands in Panama, and 19th and 20th century European and American works of art on paper. The Director will work closely with the Curator of Collections to maintain the preservation initiatives at the Museum while ensuring that the material in its collection are held legally and ethically in the public's trust. Position requires a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies or related discipline and five years of relevant experience.

Denison is a highly selective residential liberal arts college of 2000 students located in central Ohio 25 miles east of Columbus. Denison University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. Candidates should apply on-line by January 7, 2011.

MA in Museum Studies or relevant discipline with a focus in the art, anthropology, or archaeology of Asia. A minimum of five years of relevant experience. Able to bring enthusiasm and creativity to the Museum with a clearly defined vision for future success. Expertise will include experience in organizing and presenting exhibitions; the ability to help faculty integrate the use of the collections into the teaching curriculum; experience with museum education and outreach; the ability to maintain good relationships with collectors, donors, and the general public; strong organizational and oral and written communication skills; and experience with grant writing and project and budget management. A high degree of organization with strong multi-tasking and problem solving skills. Work with little supervision, as well as have the ability to plan projects independently and bring them to conclusion on a timely basis.

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