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Museum Director

Apply now Position Number: 998193
Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: The Kent State University Museum - Kent Campus [100293]

Job Title:

Museum Director

Physical Location:

 Kent, OH



Basic Function:

To provide leadership and direction for the museum in a manner consistent with the University mission. Reports to Dean, College of the Arts.

Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Develop and implement strategic planning for museum collections development and exhibits scheduling; design and execute marketing plan to expand constituency.

Plan and collaborate with staff, university personnel, national and international colleagues, and donors on acquisitions development, the preservation and care of collections, and the education of the public and university community on the history of fashion and art.

Write grant proposals, coordinate fund-raising events.

Provide leadership of a small department, unit, or major function and/or direct supervision over administrative/professional employees.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:

 Supervise a staff of five including the museum curator, collections manager and registrar, exhibition   designer and preparator, the head of security and visitor services and an administrative assistant

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in dress/costume related area or other relevant field; seven years of experience in museum administration.



Knowledge Of:

Personal computer applications; budgeting; strategic planning

Skill In:

Written and interpersonal communication

Ability To:

Provide leadership and direction

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Both curatorial experience and conservation training are required as is evidence of grants received and leadership in fund-raising, donor cultivation and working with volunteers. A terminal degree in a costume related area is preferred.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Light work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.

Application Instruction Summary:

Review of applications begins March 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials received by March 15, 2018 will be guaranteed full consideration.


Submit application electronically at  Include cover letter, vita and the names of five (5) references along with contact information.  Please include any relevant links to portfolio or current work in your cover letter.

Additional Information:


Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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