The Illinois State Museum, an Office of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, seeks candidates for the position of Museum Director. Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Museum is the steward of 13.5 million objects that document the natural and cultural heritage of Illinois. The Museum has a long and distinguished history of scientific research, the study of artistic traditions, and innovative educational programming, all of which fosters community engagement. At present, the Museum system consists of Illinois State Museum and Research and Collections Center in Springfield, Dickson Mounds near Lewistown, and the Lockport Gallery in Lockport, Illinois. The Director of the Illinois State Museum is responsible for the overall leadership, operation, planning, and management of all programs and activities of the Museum. The Museum Director shall have substantial relevant senior level leadership experience at a museum or other similar organization. An advanced degree in a field related to the Museum’s interests or commensurate experience is essential. Demonstrated successful experience is desirable in the following areas: museum operations, staff and fiscal management, strategic planning, governmental and other external relations, and fundraising. The ideal candidate will be a highly skilled communicator with experience in private and public fundraising, including complex federal grants. Success in building or growing an organization is highly desirable. Must be able to show sound understanding of effective fiscal management and administration, along with the ability to work with boards and government departments. Experience in building widespread public support and working with an organization in transition will be highly valued. Preference will be given to candidates with a substantial publication or professional presentation record and/or participation and leadership in national professional organizations.
The Illinois State Museum Director also interfaces with the Illinois State Museum Society, a 501(c)(3) organization established by Illinois statute to promote and support the Museum. The Director coordinates Museum Society activities with a membership-elected Board of Directors.
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Applications, including curriculum vitae/resumé and three references, and any initial inquiries should be directed by email to Tammy Wheeler (Tammy.Wheeler@illinois.gov).