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February 20, 2024

Kent State University is seeking for a Museum Director. JOB OFFER

The Opportunity

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.

Job Description

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 a dress/fashion related area or other relevant field; seven years’ experience in museum administration; significant supervisory experience; evidence of success as a curator and program developer; documented leadership in fund‐raising, donor cultivation, working with volunteers and diversity initiatives; strong written and interpersonal communication skills; knowledge of personal computer applications, budgeting and strategic planning.

Preferred Qualifications

A terminal degree in a costume/fashion related area. Qualifications, experience, and credentials may be considered for appropriate faculty rank.
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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. Kent State University is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community including those that experience discrimination or under representation. This is a core value of the organization as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of Ohio, the nation, and our world.

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