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Museum Director

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Advancement, Other, Arts/Museum, Center for the Arts

The Museum Director defines and administers the mission an creative vision of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art by planning and organizing a series of changing art exhibitions by nationally recognized artists for the educational enlightenment and aesthetic enjoyment of the university and greater community. The Weisman Museum enhances the educational experience at the university for all students and provides a professional laboratory to train students in the arts.


  • Exhibitions: Researches and curates original art exhibitions. Reviews and selects appropriate traveling exhibitions. Secures loans of art from private and public collections. Writes exhibition catalogs and interpretive material.
  • Public relations: Promotes exhibitions. Writes press releases and marketing materials. Serves as museum spokesperson for TV, radio, and print interviews. Oversees website and social media presence.
  • Education: Writes all interpretive materials. Develops and leads exhibition tours. Trains university students to lead K-12 school tours. Identifies curricular connections with Seaver College and Fine Arts faculty. Plans and gives convocations and public lectures.
  • Collection Management: Reviews all acquisitions of art, implements professional standards of collections care, maintains object records as digital and paper files, and oversees safe storage of collection. Maintains archives.
  • Installation: Oversees all art handling, framing, and installation. Supervises all packing and shipping of art. Supervises consultants and student staff in installation/deinstallation. Coordinates senior exhibition with Fine Arts department.
  • Administrative: Formulates policies to meet professional standards of collection care and academic interpretation. Works with general counsel to approve loan and contractor contracts. Manages museum budget.
  • Facilities: Oversees condition of museum's physical environment, striving to maintain professional standards of environmental control for art collections. Creates lighting designs to meet various requirements.
  • Development/Fundraising: Actively cultivates relationships with existing major and potential donors, collectors, foundations, and artists. Searches for foundation, corporate, and private funding for exhibitions. Writes grants.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: M.A. or M.F.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, Art, or the equivalent. 5 years curatorial experience in a professional art museum. Word, Excel, Power Point, Google Docs, and Google Mail applications.

Preferred: Ph.D. in Art History or Curatorial Studies. More than 5 years curatorial experience in an accredited professional art museum. Raiser's Edge, Photoshop, and Graphic Design applications. Fluent understanding of social media.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: $70,000-$86,000

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