Works closely with the Director of Development, the University’s Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs and the University of Florida Office of Advancement on all museum fundraising activities. Actively solicits outside private support. Cultivates gifts and bequests as well as relationships with past, current, and new funding sources. Works to establish new funding relationships among individuals, foundations, and corporations by making in-person solicitations. The Director has responsibility and decision-making authority for the overall management of the Harn Museum of Art, including its physical human, and financial resources as well as its programs and future growth and development. Ensures the museum is in compliance with laws and regulations as it relates to collections, collecting activities, financial, and other related matters. Provides the leadership, vision, and long-range strategic planning for the Museum’s financial stability, programmatic excellence, inclusiveness and equity, and continued growth and success. Takes a proactive approach as spokesperson for the Museum. Represents its goals and possibilities to a national audience, the University community, and throughout the region to establish productive relationships with collectors, the business community, faculty, and students to generate enthusiasm, participation, and support. Selects and maintains a highly qualified and motivated professional staff, delegating specific responsibilities and appropriate authority to staff. Communicates clearly and effectively to ensure that departmental strategies are integrated, coordinated, and consistent with the Museum’s policies. Maintains communication with the Dean of the College of the Arts, and other UF department deans, directors and chairs to explore opportunities for collaborative programs, drawing on their knowledge and expertise. Works closely with the curatorial and education staffs to develop original exhibitions from the Harn Museum of Art’s collections, identify and secure important incoming traveling exhibitions, and plan public programs that are of the highest quality. Creates the framework and establishes the links that will enable the institution to expand its education and public programs to reach out to widely to disparate audiences and a broad constituency, regionally and nationally. Demonstrates an aptitude for sound fiscal management and works with the Director of Finance and Operations to ensure that proper financial controls are in place. Develops and presents the annual budget/program review for the Provost’s approval. Maintains standards promoted by the American Alliance of Museums. Expected to work variable hours based on museum and fundraising activities. Involves evening and weekend hours, and extensive travel. Has access to highly confidential information from prospects, donors, alumni, corporations and foundations.
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Master’s degree in an appropriate area and six years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and eight years of relevant experience.
The successful candidate will have strong museum experience that has yielded in-depth knowledge of curatorial practice and exhibition planning, education programming, operations, fundraising, public relations and/or marketing, and budgetary management. The ideal candidate will have management experience based on a collaborative work style and team-building skills. The candidate will be energetic, intrinsically motivated, and a self-starter. They will have demonstrated excellent communication and presentation skills and the ability to build trusted and collegial relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders. This person will have demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness and equity. This individual will have an international perspective and interdisciplinary approach that invites collaboration broadly. They will possess the ability to establish credibility with the faculty and relate intellectually with a wide range of disciplines across the University. The successful candidate should possess at least a master’s degree in art history, studio art, or other relevant field or research area (PhD preferred). In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following: Setting Strategy The ability to create and articulate an inspiring vision for the Museum. An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the Harn and push the boundaries within the field. The ability to effectively balance the desire for continued innovation with an understanding of how much change needs to happen in the unique context of this institution and the University. Creates realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful. Executing for Results The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to excellent performance. Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty. The ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations. A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in their approach to making decisions. The ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always taking into account what is best for the organization. Leading Teams The ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance. Widely viewed as a strong developer of others, enabling the curators’ and staff’s creativity. The ability to persevere in the face of challenges, and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to high standards which commands respect from followers. A leader who is self-reflective and aware of their own limitations. Leads by example and drives the organization’s performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement. Relationships and Influence Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively. An ability to inspire trust and followership in others through compelling influence, charisma, passion in their beliefs, and active drive. Encourages others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team. A comfortable and effective fundraiser, capable of engaging and inspiring current and prospective supporters of the museum nationally. PhD degree