Museum Director - Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, Georgia

  • 27 Oct 2020 10:08 PM
    Message # 9330138
    Zinnia Willits (Administrator)

    Organization Background:

    The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry.  The Center’s mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry.  For further information, visit our website at



    • ·         Manages all Museum Department staff including four full time employees: the Collections Manager, the Museum Services Manager, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, and the Museum Store Manager.
    • ·         Manages Museum Department staff calendar and ensures adequate staffing for the Museum and Museum Store.
    • ·         Plans and keeps track of the annual Museum Department budget.
    • ·         Manages and serves on the Acquisitions Committee which votes on new acquisitions monthly.
    • ·         In coordination with the Acquisition Committee and Collections Manager, sets collecting priorities for the Museum Collection.
    • ·         Works with Development Department on writing grants and maintaining relationships with key museum donors.
    • ·         Works with the Marketing Department to coordinate promotion of museum’s exhibitions and programs, the Museum Store, and the Volunteer and Intern program.
    • ·         As a member of the senior leadership team, assists the Executive Director is strategy assessment and implementation.
    • ·         Strongly advocates for all Center’s programming both the local and puppetry communities. Network with other arts and civic organizations to enhance presence in the Atlanta business and philanthropic.


    • ·         Curates museum special exhibits annually and museum gallery rotations every six months and plans long term exhibition schedules.
    • ·         Coordinates and manages the design and build of special exhibitions.
    • ·         Serves as project manager for all exhibitions; manages project schedule and budget, coordinates with exhibit designer, technical staff, and outside contractors as needed.
    • ·         Works with key donors and project stakeholders throughout the exhibition planning and development process.
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    • ·         Works with Development Department and Executive Director to secure funding for exhibitions.
    • ·         Works with Marketing Department to promote exhibitions.



    • ·         Oversees all museum education programming including tours, family programs, group programs, toddler programs, and evening events (including film screenings) geared towards adults.
    • ·         Works with the Museum Services Manager to create new programs.
    • ·         Manages the calendar of all museum programs and plans the schedule annually.


    • ·         3-5 years of experience in museum exhibitions or programs, preferably in a management role.
    • ·         A Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Public History, or a related field. Bachelor’s degree with significant experience also acceptable.
    • ·         The ability to lead and work in a deeply collaborative environment with people from a variety of backgrounds.
    • ·         An ability to multi-task and manage several different projects at once.
    • ·         Must be a team player willing to assist in all aspects of museum work as needed.
    • ·         Weekend and evening shifts required.

    To apply:

    Please send cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to: or mail to:

    Center for Puppetry Arts, Attn:  HR, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta, GA  30309-2820.  No phone calls, please.

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    Last modified: 27 Oct 2020 10:10 PM | Zinnia Willits (Administrator)