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Director - Museum of Fine Arts
Florida State University

Date Posted May 27, 2022
Title Director - Museum of Fine Arts
University Florida State University More About This Institution...
Tallahassee, FL, United States
Department Art, Art History, or Art Education More About This Department...
Application Deadline Aug. 15, 2022
Position Start Date January 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Art - General
    Art History
    Art Education
    Art Administration
    Fine Arts - General

The College of Fine Arts at Florida State University invites applications for the position of Director of the Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA), a faculty member at the tenured or tenure-earning rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. We are especially interested in candidates who will thrive at a public research university while contributing to our College’s cultural diversity and standard of continued excellence. Candidates with established grant-writing capability, fundraising experience, expertise in curatorial activities, and relevant administrative experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Director of the Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) reports to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and oversees a team of 3 full-time staff and several part-time staff. The Director also manages the contributions of a faculty curator and other curatorial faculty as appropriate.

This is a 12-Month Faculty position. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.

This position:

  • Plans, develops, coordinates, and implements all museum activities thoughtfully designed to engage and inspire an annual audience of approximately 18,000 visitors.
  • Oversees an annual budget in excess of $600,000.
  • Maintains over 7,000 sq. feet of gallery space presenting from 10-12 original exhibitions each year. Promotes and preserves a permanent collection of over 6,000 artworks.
  • Teaches a 1/1 course load in museum studies and/or related areas.

The Director is responsible for significant grant writing to support essential museum activities and is expected to fundraise and cultivate collectors and prospective donors on behalf of the institution. Providing artistic and executive leadership, the Director works with an active Advisory Council of university leaders as well as community educators to advance the museum's reputation for excellence in North Florida, across the state, and throughout the country.

The ideal candidate will be a compassionate, engaging, innovative, and inspiring leader and educator with the desire and experience to develop dynamic programs in collaboration and consultation with MoFA and College faculty and staff.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a terminal degree in a related field.
  • Hold a record of achievement in teaching, academic research, and service appropriate for a tenured appointment.
  • Demonstrate a proven commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion that creates an environment where diverse faculty, staff, and students thrive.
  • Present a strong record of relevant experience in art museum/gallery operations to include administration, collections management, publications, budget development and oversight, and supervision of professional staff.
  • Possess excellent writing and communication skills, including established grant writing capabilities. Demonstrate effective leadership and the ability to maintain effective working relationships by utilizing clear communication, appropriate delegation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups, including museum staff, university faculty and students, museum patrons, guest artists, guest curators, and volunteers/community members, to develop annual programming that is inclusive of all populations and varied in topics and point of view.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience in Art, Art History, or Museum Studies in higher education.
  • A strong record of fundraising and cultivating relationships with collectors and prospective donors. An understanding of and enthusiasm for the educational role of art museums.
  • Professional goals which are consistent with the mission of our institution and our programs.
  • An established record of effective leadership, team-building, and collaboration as well as the ability to attract, motivate, and manage a talented staff.
  • The ability to work effectively under pressure and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

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applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Search Committee Chairperson, Dr. Michael Carrasco
    Dean's Office, College of Fine Arts
    Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL


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