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Director - Grinnell College Museum of Art (GCMoA)
Company: Grinnell College Museum of Art (GCMoA
Location: Grinnell, IA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 06/18/2021
Expire Date: 08/18/2021
Job Categories: Education, Executive Management, Development and Fund Raising, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Director - Grinnell College Museum of Art (GCMoA)
JOB PROFILE
Director

Grinnell College Museum of Art (GCMoA) seeks an experienced and forward-thinking director to take the helm of this enterprising and highly valued 22-year-old museum. Formally established in 1999, GCMoA is known for presenting regional, national and international exhibitions with strong ties to course curricula, and for working extensively with both campus and external partners to deliver high-caliber programs and activities. The director will engage with faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, and community members to foster an inclusive culture of innovation, collaboration and diversity. The director will enhance the museum’s national and international networks, with an eye toward bringing world-class exhibitions, loans, artists, and artists-in-residence to the museum, and increasing opportunities for scholarship and collections research. This position requires a person who is passionate about art and museums and the many ways art serves individuals, campus and community life. Connecting the museum to Grinnell students is also essential work. With the strong motivation of Grinnell students to make a positive impact in the world, the museum offers a platform to engage positive change through the medium of art.

The director will provide intellectual leadership and lead donor cultivation to ensure the GCMoA remains a relevant and effective 21st-century museum. That includes taking risks and exploring new platforms and approaches to curatorial work – including digital engagement – supporting a wide array of programs and partnerships, and planning for capacity needs, such as staffing, space, collections growth and stakeholder engagement.

In addition to nearly a dozen exhibitions yearly, the small staff organizes and hosts over 250 programs and events, including virtual events and educational outreach activities for the community. The museum’s collection comprises approximately 5,000 objects, predominantly works-on-paper, much of which is held in the Print and Drawing Room in Burling Library. There is a robust acquisitions budget and a commitment to collecting contemporary work and works that reflect the social justice commitment of Grinnell College.

The director will oversee five full-time and two part-time staff, and will manage an annual budget of $450,000, plus significant in-kind university support from departments ranging from marketing and advancement to HR, security and facilities. This position reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. The museum has two advisory boards, a GCMoA Leadership Council comprised of alumni and arts friends from across the US, and a GCMoA Advisory Committee that participates in collections review, comprised of current Grinnell faculty, museum staff and students.

OPPORTUNITIES
• Leverage the museum’s existing financial resources, scholarship, interest, and support across all campus constituencies to expand and solidify its position as a respected 21st-century museum embedded in a world-class, residential liberal arts college.
• Continue to build on the museum’s already-strong reputation as a site of artistic and intellectual exploration and innovation.
• Work with an academic community committed to interdisciplinary engagement and social justice goals, including identifying and dismantling systems of cultural oppression, through collection development, exhibitions and programming.
• Direct a hardworking and creative staff and build capacity for future staffing as programming opportunities develop.
• Inherit well-established community relationships and further develop outreach initiatives and off-site museum activities.
• Develop measurement tools to better understand who uses the museum and how, in order to optimize programs, reach a wider and more diverse audience of visitors, and develop new initiatives.
• Continue to care for, assess and build the museum collection with a generous acquisitions endowment.
• Develop collections research opportunities.
• If interested and qualified, teach/co-teach a course at Grinnell.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provide vision and leadership for the museum so that it remains a significant and relevant cultural and academic resource for the campus, community and region.
• Work towards diversity, equity, and inclusion through collection development, exhibitions and programming, community outreach and audience development, as well as in future staff development.
• Successfully build and maintain complex relationships through clear and proactive communications, collaborative planning, and meetings with all the museum’s stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, community and external partners.
• Provide significant leadership and engage in long-term planning with relevant college administrative units for capacity-building, especially for facilities and staffing needs.
• Bring strategic management expertise to lead and inspire staff. Develop and foster talent and a culture of teamwork and excellence among staff, interns and volunteers.
• Provide significant leadership in identifying and raising money for the museum, helping to personally cultivate, solicit and steward major donors, working in partnership with the college’s office of Development and Alumni Relations, and identifying and pursuing local, regional and national grant opportunities.
• Oversee acquisitions, maintain and strengthen collections policies, and ensure for the care and future use of the collection.
• Market the museum, its brand and reputation. Expand campus, local and regional visitation and participation.
• Be the face of the museum and represent the museum on campus, with alumni, in the community and among regional and national museum professionals.
• Engage in campus life, including serving on select committees and convening the museum’s advisory boards. Attend events and be available to be onsite on weekends and evenings for museum functions.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
• A master’s level degree required, preferred in art history, studio art, museum education, museum studies, or a field related to the mission. A PhD is an asset.
• Five or more years’ experience as a museum director or in an equivalent nonprofit executive-leadership or department-head position. Museum experience required and experience at an art institution preferred.
• Experience managing professional staff, including hiring, motivating, developing, and retaining talent. Must be a diplomatic person who understands the nuances of motivating and directing a multi-talented staff, as well as delegating oversight of annual interns.
• Ability to lead and facilitate. Strong communication and bridge-building skills and commitment to collaboration.
• Demonstrated success with operational budgeting and long-term financial planning to set strategic priorities and align outcomes with resources.
• Experience working in an academic institution is an asset.
• Desire to work with a small staff and willing to wear many hats when needed.
• Excellent written, verbal and listening skills.
• Knowledge of and passion for art and museums. Able to enthusiastically advocate and transmit art’s value to civic life to specialists and general audiences. Respected as a steward of a prominent academic museum.
• An individual who supports Grinnell College’s strong social justice goals and who actively advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion in programming, collecting, staffing and strategic planning.
• Can establish residence in central Iowa in or near the city of Grinnell, in order to be a part of the community.
DESIRABLE
• A record of expertise and/or scholarship relevant to an aspect of this museum or its collection.
• Curatorial experience, engagement with digital platforms, and/or experience working with living artists.
• Connections in the art and museum world, to facilitate borrowing works and bringing in traveling exhibitions.
• Experience leading or developing a small arts institution through a growth phase.

Compensation
• $100,000 - $150,000 per annum (commensurate with experience)
• Comprehensive benefits package

Grinnell College seeks candidates that align with our values and have the ability and desire to advance diversity, equity, social justice, and belonging within our community and the communities we engage. Ideal candidates will be prepared to collaborate and contribute to the mission and values of the college across all constituencies. A career decision is a life changing moment; please utilize the following links to learn more about our institution and why making the career decision to work at Grinnell College would be a positive life change for you.
• Mission and Values
• Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Diversity Plan

To apply in confidence: email cover letter and résumé (Word documents preferred), salary request or range, and names of 3 references with contact information by July 30, 2021, to Connie Rosemont, Senior Search Consultant, at: Searchandref@museum-search.com. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant, and all applications and nominations are kept confidential. Nominations are welcome.

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and working environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Grinnell College Museum of Art (GCMoA) was founded in 1999 to create a dedicated space on campus for major art exhibitions and to steward the college’s growing art collection. The museum includes both the Faulconer Gallery, housed in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, and the Print and Drawing Study Room, housed in Burling Library. GCMoA produces approximately 10 exhibitions a year, including shows of regional, national, and international significance, and organizes several hundred programs and events yearly for both the campus and the community. It is a space for display, but also a hub for intellectual exchange and innovative learning, an opportunity to explore societal questions through artistic expression, and an open door to world-class exhibitions, collections, and programs. The museum has 4 goals: 1) to bring outstanding regional, national, and international art to campus; 2) to shape and preserve a select permanent collection, primarily of works on paper; 3) to provide a variety of learning opportunities with art as the primary source; and 4) to build community through art.

The Faulconer Gallery is a 7,400 square foot, state-of-the-art exhibition space in the heart of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, which also houses the art, music and theatre departments. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the museum annually hosts the Bachelor of Arts (BAX) show, featuring work by third- and fourth-year Grinnell College students. With help from museum staff, students manage all the exhibition details, from the submission of proposals to selection of a juror, to the installation process and creation of an exhibition website. The Print and Drawing Study Room is in the Burling Library and holds the museum’s collection of works on paper. It originally opened in 1983 and became part of the museum in 1999. The adjacent Burling Gallery is used for exhibitions that focus on the permanent collection and to display objects directly related to Grinnell College classes during the spring and fall semesters. Faculty and students use the space to study original works of art from the collection in their teaching and learning.

The museum’s collection began more than a century ago. Since then, gifts, bequests, and judicious purchases with endowed acquisition funds have helped to build a collection of more than 5,000 works of art. The collection is distinguished by its works on paper and includes pieces by Rembrandt van Rijn and Pablo Picasso and artists who have used the media for social and political commentary. The museum has a robust acquisitions budget, and recent acquisitions are significantly comprised of contemporary works that align with Grinnell College’s social justice values. The museum also collects works that are assets for faculty research and teaching.

ABOUT GRINNELL COLLEGE
Founded in 1846, Grinnell is a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college. About 1,700 students attend the College; twenty-four percent identify as people of color and 20% identify as international. The College's mission is to provide students with a broad, deep, life-enhancing education that fosters professional success, personal growth and social responsibility. The 120-acre campus includes several listings on the National Register of Historic Places as well as a César Pelli-designed ultra-modern student center, integrated academic complexes, and state-of-the-art athletics facilities. Down the road from the campus is the 365-acre Conard Environmental Research Area. The College is known for its rigorous academics, innovative pedagogy, and commitment to social justice. Grinnell has the sixth highest endowment-to-student ratio of liberal arts colleges, enabling need-blind admissions and substantial academic merit scholarships to boost socioeconomic diversity. The College has more than 150 student groups and a $2 billion endowment supporting academics and student life. It is consistently ranked among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges. Social responsibility, cultural awareness, and mutual respect are big for Grinnellians. Among Grinnell alumni are 14 Rhodes Scholars, 5 Marshall Scholars, 8 Truman Scholars, 119 Fulbright Scholars (since 2005), 79 Watson Fellows, 13 Goldwater Scholars, and one Nobel laureate.

ABOUT GRINNELL, IOWA
Grinnell is located in central Iowa, just off I-80, an hour west of Iowa City and an hour east of Des Moines. Its population in 2020 was 9,100. The city of Grinnell was incorporated in 1854. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the Mormon Trail touched its southern tip. The town is best known for its Louis Sullivan-designed Jewel Box bank downtown, and for being home to Grinnell College. The town has excellent public schools. Just a few blocks from campus you’ll discover specialized shops, a movie theatre, a farmers’ market, art galleries, parks, and over 30 eateries to choose from. Enjoy the low cost-of-housing and choose a Victorian or Craftsman’s house in a lovely residential neighborhood near the college and cycle or walk to work.

Nearby Des Moines has a renowned contemporary-art museum, botanical gardens, major league sports, a vibrant dining scene and an international airport with easy connections to many major US cities, and non-stop flights to Chicago, Denver, New York, Austin, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and more. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, numerous cultural attractions, and a major medical center. Chicago, St. Louis and Minneapolis/St. Paul are all about a 5-hour drive.

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Qualifications & Requirements
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

• A master’s level degree required, preferred in art history, studio art, museum education, museum studies, or a field related to the mission. A PhD is an asset.
• Five or more years’ experience as a museum director or in an equivalent nonprofit executive-leadership or department-head position. Museum experience required and experience at an art institution preferred.
• Experience managing professional staff, including hiring, motivating, developing, and retaining talent. Must be a diplomatic person who understands the nuances of motivating and directing a multi-talented staff, as well as delegating oversight of annual interns.
• Ability to lead and facilitate. Strong communication and bridge-building skills and commitment to collaboration.
• Demonstrated success with operational budgeting and long-term financial planning to set strategic priorities and align outcomes with resources.
• Experience working in an academic institution is an asset.
• Desire to work with a small staff and willing to wear many hats when needed.
• Excellent written, verbal and listening skills.
• Knowledge of and passion for art and museums. Able to enthusiastically advocate and transmit art’s value to civic life to specialists and general audiences. Respected as a steward of a prominent academic museum.
• An individual who supports Grinnell College’s strong social justice goals and who actively advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion in programming, collecting, staffing and strategic planning.
• Can establish residence in central Iowa in or near the city of Grinnell, in order to be a part of the community.


DESIRABLE
• A record of expertise and/or scholarship relevant to an aspect of this museum or its collection.
• Curatorial experience, engagement with digital platforms, and/or experience working with living artists.
• Connections in the art and museum world, to facilitate borrowing works and bringing in traveling exhibitions.
• Experience leading or developing a small arts institution through a growth phase.
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Company Name: Grinnell College Museum of Art (GCMoA
Company Description:
Grinnell College Museum of Art (GCMoA) seeks an experienced and forward-thinking director to take the helm of this enterprising and highly valued 22-year-old museum. Formally established in 1999, GCMoA is known for presenting regional, national and international exhibitions with strong ties to course curricula, and for working extensively with both campus and external partners to deliver high-caliber programs and activities.
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