Executive Director - Clemson Area African American Museum

  • 13 Aug 2020 5:25 PM
    Message # 9163291


    $50,000.00 - $55,000.00 Annually


    Clemson 29631, SC

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    Full Time



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    The City of Clemson is seeking a dynamic Executive Director for the Clemson Area African American Museum (CAAAM). This position, under limited supervision, will oversee the museum’s operations and guide its programs, collections, exhibits, and signature events. The ideal candidate will have experience in Museum standards and best practices; membership in state, regional and/or national professional associations; and success in developing and overseeing educational, arts and culture, and/or community partnerships. Experience with college/town environments and developing online and virtual museum educational resources and experiences is a plus. Reports to the City Administrator.

    CAAAM was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)3 private, non-profit Museum. During the first twelve years of its existence, the Museum operated as an all-volunteer organization, managed and governed by a Board of Directors. In FY21 (which begins July 1, 2020), the Clemson Area African American Museum transitions to a City-owned and operated Museum. The existing CAAAM Board of Directors will also transition to a new and independent 501(c)3 organization called Friends of CAAAM that will work closely with the Museum to provide funding and volunteer support for exhibits, programs and events and to develop a Friends of CAAAM membership base.

    Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

    Provide leadership, daily management, and strategic vision for this new City Museum, including serving as the City’s spokesperson and advocate for CAAAM.  Oversee Museum daily operations, staff and volunteers, education and public programing, and external communications.  Develop, monitor, and manage an annual Museum budget in concert with the City Finance Director; prepare financial reports, and provide periodic updates, as requested, to the Clemson City Council and City Administrator.  Work with the City, City Council, Community Partners, and the Friends of CAAAM Board to develop a new strategic plan and vision for the Museum.  Oversee and participate in fundraising efforts for CAAAM – including grants-writing, special events, requests to local, state, and national foundations, and strategic partnerships/ collaborations with community partners and Friends of CAAAM Board.  Work closely with Friends of CAAAM Board and its members to enhance funding and volunteer support for Museum exhibits, programs and events.  Partner with the Chamber of Commerce and the City to create a marketing and promotions plan for the Museum.  Oversee the development, management, and preservation of Museum collections.  Identify prospective professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers.  Ensure that the operations and administration of CAAAM are in compliance with City policies and ordinances, adhere to state and federal regulations, and follow established best standards and practices for Museums.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s degree in African American History or Art, African American Studies, Museum Studies, Museum Education, or a related field with an African American emphasis.  Three to five years of experience in Museum management at a senior level.  Demonstrated success in building and sustaining community engagement, educational outreach and public programming.  Experience working for or managing a government-owned Museum.  Proven success in expanding the audience, reach and impact of a small or rural museum.

    TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:  A bachelor’s degree in history, education or a related field of study - preferably with an African American emphasis – and three years of administrative or management experience at a Museum or a similar combination of education and experience.

    REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience with Museum collections, successful grants-writing, and effective public speaking and time management skills.  A demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteer Boards and local government agencies.  Awareness of Museum standards and best practices and membership/involvement in state, regional or national professional museum associations or networks.  Success in developing and overseeing educational, arts and culture, or community partnerships.  Familiarity with PC environment that includes G-Suite environment and experience with Social Media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Must possess or be able to obtain by time of hire a valid South Carolina driver’s license. 

    WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND HOURS:   Primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in an office and museum environment. 40 hours per week minimum with some evenings and weekends required for special events or other duties required to meet the Museum’s mission.

    HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY:  Applications, cover letters, and resumes will be accepted online at www.cityofclemson.org, or mail resume to Clemson City Hall, Human Resources Department, 1250 Tiger Blvd., Suite 1, Clemson, SC 29631.  Additional information on the history and offerings of CAAAM can be found at https://ca-aam.org.  This position will close on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after 5:00 pm on the closing date listed above.  The City of Clemson does not discriminate against race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, status as a parent, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.

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