VP/Academic Dean

Level: Senior
Job Location: Milwaukee Public Museum – Milwaukee, WI
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: Graduate Degree
Salary Range: $125,000.00 Salary/year
Travel Percentage: Up to 25%
Job Shift: Day
Job Category: Science

Under the direction of and reporting to the President, the Vice-President/Academic Dean coordinates, manages and provides effective leadership with regard to the Milwaukee Public Museum’s central functions of curatorial scholarship and research, collections management, registration, exhibits, education and public programming. This position will create synergies between curatorial and public programming through coordinated efforts to enhance the overarching scientific educational mission of the museum. This position also will focus on building meaningful and lasting partnerships within the community.   Mission critical responsibilities include:

  • Effectively oversees all functions of curatorial scholarship and research, collections management, registration, exhibits, education and public programming operations of the Museum
  • Provides strategic direction so as to position the museum to function effectively in the 21st Century
  • Oversees effective integration of the Education and C & R Departments related to all programming
  • Cultivates relationships and partnerships with universities and other organizations that enhance the programming, collections and research activities at MPM
  • Advances the appointments of Adjunct Curators, Research Fellowships, Teaching Fellowships and Research Associates
  • Develops annual work plans, budgets and goals for Collections, Research, Exhibits and Education Departments or Sections
  • Oversees compliance with and recommends necessary revisions to the MPM Collections Policy, Repatriation Policy and related documents
  • Ensures compliance with MPM, AAM and other applicable codes of professional conduct or ethics
  • Identifies and develops  opportunities for externally funded scientific initiatives



A Doctoral degree (Ph. D.) in one of the Museum’s disciplines of study (biology, environmental anthropology, or paleobiology preferred) and 10 or more years experience within a museum scientific or related area including grant-funded research, interaction with trustees, donors, the public and various governmental and non-governmental agencies.  Proven executive leadership and managerial skills and knowledge of business and budget planning are essential.

Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Ability to lecture on and discuss complex topics and issues in a pleasing and understandable manner for audiences outside of field of expertise, including the general public.


  • MPM Friends & Family Membership
  • MPM Gift Shop Discount
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/LTD/Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Employer Match
  • Subsidized Parking
  • Free Coffee Fridays

A career with the Milwaukee Public Museum allows you to connect your skills and abilities in a rewarding position with a non-profit organization doing good work in our community. MPM provides an unlimited opportunity to gain knowledge about our world, as you connect with visitors, donors, innovative staff members, curious students, interns and volunteers in your day-to-day-work.

See what MPM has to offer. Apply today using this applicant friendly, online job application!

The Milwaukee Public Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.