Director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Saginaw Valley State University
September 14, 2018
University Center, Michigan
Job Summary: JOB SUMMARY: The Director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum exercises overall responsibility for the planning, organizing, supervising, and controlling operations of the Museum and the Jo Anne and Donald Petersen Sculpture Garden with the advice and counsel of the Museum Board of Advisors in consultation with University administration.
The director reports to the President of Saginaw Valley State University and maintains a close working relationship with the Museum Board, providing support for the functions of the Board as outlined in the Museum by-laws, and in implementing policies and procedures established in accordance with the provisions in the by-laws and in accordance with American Alliance of Museums (AAM) National Standards and Best Practices. The Museum Board reports to the University President.
The director to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is to be a contributing member of the SVSU President's division, making advancements toward the SVSU's strategic plan and the Museum's strategic plan.
Supervisory responsibility includes leading a staff that includes a secretary, education curator, archivist, collection manager, and part-time student staff and ensuring operations within the AAM Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
Minimum Qualifications: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree in arts management, arts history, or comparable field
Five years progressively responsible managerial experience in a museum or comparable setting or equivalent training and experience
Demonstrated experience in non-profit fundraising and philanthropy, marketing, and public relations
Demonstrated knowledge of effective management policies and procedures, including expertise in strategic planning, budgeting, proposal writing, communications, and personnel management
Prior experience in educational and/or community event planning and assessment
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodations
Additional Information: KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Collections and Exhibitions: -Supervise day-to-day operations of the Museum to maintain high standards of collections care and visitor satisfaction. This includes long-term care, appropriate display, storage and transport, installation/deinstallation, oversight for descriptive signage, interpretive labels, and/or other written or printed materials, and as appropriate, the arrangement of qualified conservators to restore or recondition sculptures, drawings, and photographs.
-Create policies that ensure appropriate care of the Museum collection and archives, and that govern researching, cataloging, and interpreting the collection and archives.
-Maintain and implement procedures essential to safeguarding the quality and condition of the Museum collections including those in the Jo Anne and Donald Petersen Sculpture Garden and on campus in collaboration with SVSU public safety, grounds, and museum staff.
-Facilitate all aspects of temporary exhibitions in accordance with national museum standards including the creation of an exhibition schedule two year in advance, occasionally curating temporary exhibitions, and seeking out national traveling art and humanities exhibitions appropriate for the Museum.
-Oversee the publication of Museum-produced catalogs for exhibitions, such as the Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition.
Budget and Fundraising -Work with the SVSU Controller's office and the Museum secretary to oversee preparation of an annual financial plan for the Museum Board of Advisors' approval at the Spring board meeting.
-Serve as account manager for the assigned operating budget for the Museum
-Foster donor support and oversee fundraising efforts in coordination with the SVSU Foundation, including the execution of the annual Saints and Sinners Gala and other fundraising events.
-Identify and pursue outside funding opportunities.
Marketing and Public Relations -Oversee development of appropriate informational brochures and materials about the museum, programs, and tours for in-house use and for public distribution in collaboration with SVSU's Communications Department. This includes web-based materials as well as the promotion of events and programs connecting SVSU and the Museum with Metro Detroit where Fredericks lived and worked from 1931-1998.
-Work with the SVSU staff to document temporary exhibitions and conduct artists' interviews for inclusion on the museum's website.
-Represent the Museum and SVSU through lectures and presentations to various community groups and academic organizations.
-Author press releases regarding temporary exhibitions, board members, events, and special projects.
-Supervise the selection and marketing of merchandise in the Museum Store.
-Serve as liaison between the Fredericks family, Museum Board and staff, and the SVSU Foundation and Administration.
-Serve as the liaison between the Museum and the SVSU offices of Controller, Communications and External Affairs, Campus Facilities, Foundation, Campus Police, and Information Technology Services.
-Participate in University committee work as assigned or requested.
Research and Education -Expand youth and adult audiences through increased educational programming and marketing efforts.
-Promote research, education, and publications about the collection and Marshall M. Fredericks.
-Oversee the production of educational and historical materials concerning the collection and the life and work of Marshall Fredericks.
-Regularly assess the Museum's role in the Great Lakes Bay Region via online survey tools.
-Continue to maintain and enhance educational training partnerships with SVSU departments.
About SVSU: Saginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 90 programs of study for its nearly 9,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students, faculty and staff. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized SVSU as a "Great College to Work For" in 2016 and 2017.
SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. In 2015, SVSU received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation.
SVSU is establishing itself as a leader in STEM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students' performance in math and science at the middle school, high school and university levels.
More than 70 percent of SVSU freshmen live on campus in student housing. SVSU fields 17 varsity sports at the NCAA Division II level. The average class size is 23 students. For more information, please visit our website, http://www.svsu.edu.
Internal Number: 208_54072
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