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Kansas State University Museum Director in Manhattan, Kansas

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rMuseum Director




rAbout This Role:

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art seeks a charismatic and collaborative leader to become the next Museum Director. The Director will lead the staff, set programmatic priorities, and oversee all operations and activities of the Beach Museum of Art. The Director will provide leadership, vision, and direction for the museum's development initiatives, and will lead the museum in the creation of workplace and programmatic diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ideal candidates will cultivate and maintain relationships with university and community constituents, donors, and Friends group, as well as lead the museum's strategic plan update to coincide with updates to the Kansas State University strategic plan. The director will serve as the curatorial authority on the University's collections, ensure a balance of cultural relevance, diversity, and value for the University's constituents, and directs and participates in community engagement and media interaction.

The successful candidate will be a persuasive, resourceful, and energetic leader, able to inspire and empower the Board, staff, and other key stakeholders to advance the mission of the Museum. Demonstrated financial acumen, strong analytical abilities, as well as experience with strategic planning and developing a visionary path for an organization is also crucial to long term success.

This position reports to the Chief of Staff and Director of Community Relations in the Office of the President.

Vision and Leadership:

Provide vision and creative leadership for the staff to ensure that the museum carries out K-State's land grant mission through visual arts programming and innovative collaborations with campus and community partners. Engages in long term and short-term strategic planning. Participates in community engagement and media interaction.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Provide leadership in using the arts to promote ideals of equity, empathy, Represent the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values of K-State in the permanent collection, workplace, exhibitions, and public programming.


Monitor and work to secure and improve the financial well-being of the museum in close cooperation with the Office of the President and the KSU Foundation. Provide leadership, vision, and direction for the museum's development initiatives. Cultivates and maintains relationships with university and community constituents, donors, and friends' group. Engage with donors and supporters, including individuals, corporations, and foundations; city, county, state and federal agencies and departments; private organizations; and neighborhood leaders to create and maintain long-lasting partnerships and funding opportunities.

Art Collection:

Oversee care and appropriate growth of the art collections which the museum holds as a public trust.


Makes decisions and provides leadership during the annual budgeting process. Directly supervises 10-12 full-time and two part-time employees and provides annual evaluations. Other duties as assigned by supervisor. Maintains AAM accreditation with best professional practices. Leads Advisory Council meetings bi-annually and attends Friends Board meetings bi-monthly.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits (https://apptrkr com/get_redirect.php?id=3135111&targetURL=https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/overview/)

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

+ Bachelor's degree and five to 10 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

+ MA degree or equivalent experience in related field.

+ 10 years in art museum or similar organization.

+ Self-directed, motivated, and team oriented. Ability to work with the Advisory Council, donors, collectors, the public, and co-workers professionally, empathetically, and diplomatically.

+ Knowledge of current issues within the museum profession.

+ Proven record of leadership and ability to work productively with people across a broad spectrum, including a demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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