The Walter Anderson Museum of Art ("WAMA"), an accredited museum of art located in the city of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, has opened a search for its new Executive Director. Walter Inglis Anderson is celebrated as an American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast create a genuine art experience and educational opportunity for each visitor to the museum. WAMA opened in 1991, and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the works of Anderson. The Museum places a high priority on sustaining a supportive and creative work environment that recognizes the importance of serving a diverse audience.
WAMA houses and exhibits a growing permanent collection of art by both Anderson and members of the Anderson family, as well as the works of others who were also inspired by nature. Its Executive Director reports to a Board of Trustees and manages an annual budget of more than $600,000, which is funded through revenue derived from earned income, proceeds from membership, grants and fundraising activities, and investment income from an endowment.
The Museum is an independent, non-profit and interdisciplinary museum in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The Museum is highly regarded within the region’s museum community and is one of only a few accredited museums in the state of Mississippi. Its facilities are located in the picturesque downtown Ocean Springs, which boasts a lively arts scene, a variety of restaurants, and an abundance of shopping. This quaint artists’ community of approximately 18,000 people is located conveniently off of I-10 between New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama.
General Position Description:
The Executive Director is the chief administrative official of WAMA and reports directly to the Board of Trustees (“Board”). The Executive Director will be responsible for implementing the Museum’s mission through creative management of the Museum’s daily operations and strategic planning for its sustainable future. This work will include fiscally responsible oversight of the professional care and growth of the Museum’s collections and facilities, public access to those collections through innovative exhibition and outreach, and the wide dissemination of knowledge related to the collections through research, publication and other forms of access.
The Executive Director will work with the Board and staff to plan, develop, implement, and manage a high profile, comprehensive series of temporary and permanent exhibitions and related public programs. Responsibilities include developing strategies to display work from the permanent collection on a rotational basis, securing and arranging for appropriate temporary and/or traveling exhibitions drawn from outside the permanent collection, and to organize traveling exhibitions drawn from the collections. Moreover, the Executive Director will be expected to oversee the continued development of multi-generational educational programming.
WAMA’s Executive Director will also lead a talented staff and provide direction and guidance to volunteers, trustees, contractors and outside individuals and entities connected with the Museum’s programs. The Executive Director will use these relationships to develop strong collaborations with relevant community organizations to ensure that WAMA exhibitions, programs, and other activities will grow audiences and enrich the educational and cultural life of the region. Visitor engagement will expand by offering interdisciplinary programming designed to attract and engage those from every sector of the Mississippi Gulf Coast community, as well as visitors to the region.
Finally, the Executive Director will manage an annual operating budget that includes funds derived from earned revenue, donors, corporate supporters and external granting agencies and foundations, along with earnings from a dedicated endowment. The Executive Director will work closely in consultation with the Board, staff, volunteers, and other key stakeholders to seek external gifts and grants to enhance WAMA’s operations and collection development.
The Museum seeks a candidate either with a Master’s degree (or above), preferably in the visual arts, history, sciences, museum studies, or non-profit/public administration or with an equivalent combination of the appropriate education and experience. The salary and compensation package are competitive and are commensurate with experience.
Additional information about the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, its programs, and the Executive Director position (including the job description) can be found at this link. Qualified applicants should send a substantive letter of application that addresses the specifics of the position, resume, samples of written work and/or production relevant to this position (e.g., grant narratives, catalogs portfolios of installments, etc.), along with complete contact information for three references to the email address provided in the Contact Information section. Final candidates will be subject to criminal history, credit history, and motor vehicle background checks. Review of applications will begin in April 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.
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