Museum Director

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Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: The Kent State University Museum - Kent Campus [100293]

Job Title:

Museum Director

Physical Location:

 Kent Campus - 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.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Kent State University seeks an experienced, forward‐thinking, and creative individual with curatorial and exhibition experience to provide leadership and direction for the Kent State University Museum. The KSU Museum Director is a 12‐month full‐time administrative position reporting to the Dean of the 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:


Collaborate with staff, university personnel, national and international colleagues and donors on acquisitions development, the care of the collection, and the education of the public and university communities about the museum as a relevant resource to a 21st century audience; provide leadership in fundraising, marketing, and membership; 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:

A terminal degree in a costume/fashion related area. Qualifications, experience, and credentials may be considered for appropriate faculty rank.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which may require assessments. Assessments could take the form of interview questions, a request to provide work samples or a written or practical test to assess job related competencies.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:


Special Instructions Summary:


Submit application electronically at Include cover letter, vita, and the names of 5 references along with contact information. Relevant links to a portfolio or current work may be requested from candidates as the search progresses.



Review of applications begins March 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

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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Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit


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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