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Posted: 11/15/2013

South Dakota State University
South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum

South Dakota State University (SDSU) was established in Brookings, South Dakota, in 1881. Today, it is the state’s largest and most comprehensive public institution of higher learning. SDSU is designated as a Carnegie Research University-High Intensity, it competes in Division I athletics, and it is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The campus is home to more than 12,550 students—approximately 10,800 undergraduate, 1,250 graduate, and 400 professional—who pursue degrees in Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Jerome J. Lohr Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Graduate School. Approximately 59% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 36% are residents of other states, and 5% are residents of other countries. SDSU is the state’s land-grant institution; as such, it provides extension services to South Dakota. Currently, the university works to add selectively to its doctoral-program offerings, and expand curricula that it offers collaboratively through South Dakota’s consortium of six public universities. SDSU has 578 full-time permanent faculty members—190 professors, 111 associate professors, 141 assistant professors, 124 instructors, and 12 lecturers—to achieve excellence in research, scholarship, teaching and outreach. Student-faculty ratios are low, and research expenditures, which totaled nearly $68.7 million in fiscal year 2012, continue to grow. The university’s vision to champion the public good through engaged learning, bold and innovative research and creative activities, and stewardship within a global society informs the university’s current strategic plan, Impact 2018. The plan establishes four goals for the university to achieve through 2018: (1) promote academic excellence through quality programs, engaged learners, and an innovative teaching and learning environment; (2) generate new knowledge, encourage innovations, and promote artistic and creative works that contribute to the public good and result in social, cultural or economic development for South Dakota, the region, nation and world; (3) extend the reach and depth of the university by developing strategic programs and collaborations; and (4) secure human and fiscal resources to ensure high performance through enhanced financial management and governance systems.

Professional Opportunity
Brookings, SD
Commensurate with qualifications

The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum at South Dakota State University invites applications for the open position of Director. The University seeks a strong and effective leader with a clear and strategic vision for the museum. The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum is a unit of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.  The Director reports to the Dean of this college. This is a 12-month, administrative appointment.


RESPONSIBILITIES: The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Director performs highly responsible professional, analytical, administrative and coordinative work in leading the Museum staff and programs, maintaining an effective relationship with internal and external constituents, and representing the Museum in the community and with donors and funders. There is an expectation that the Museum, under the Directors leadership, will launch a capital campaign to fund a facility that will meet the collection, exhibit, and programming vision of the Museum into the future.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree is required. The successful candidate will have management experience leading a museum or a museum department, or will have related experience in a similar nonprofit organization. They will have demonstrated leadership and strong organizational and business management skills; proven success in fundraising with strong public relations skills and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse audience.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a genuine appreciation of and commitment to agricultural history and growth in the museum field are required.


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Master's degree is preferred. Coursework in museum studies or public history is desirable. Experience working in a team environment, developing a strategic plan, setting priorities, and budgeting are valued. Familiarity with finance, human resources, and integrating volunteers into an organization are preferred. A demonstrated commitment to the land-grant mission is strongly desired.


ORGANIZATION: SDSU is the state's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. It is designated Carnegie Research University-High Intensity; it is the states land-grant institution; and it enrolls approximately 12,500 students. The mission of the South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum is to collect, preserve, study, research, and display materials representative of the farming and ranching of the state and region, and to develop and maintain exhibits and programs of an educational nature for the benefit of the citizens of South Dakota and visitors to the state. The Museum Director oversees 4 full-time employees and up to 12 part-time student employees. For more information about the museum and this position announcement, please visit: http://www.sdstate.edu/agmuseum/.


LOCATION: SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, an economically vibrant college town of 22,000 residents, and home to outstanding K-12 schools, major medical facilities, parks, and cultural and outdoor amenities. The community is growing and is highly supportive of arts and cultural heritage organizations. Brookings is located on the east-central border of South Dakota, along Interstate 29 and 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of approximately 150,000 residents.



OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 16, 2013 for full consideration, or until filled. APPLICATION PROCESS: SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, please visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system guides you through the electronic application form and requires you to attach a letter of interest, essay as identified below, curriculum vitae, and reference page, which includes the mailing and email addresses and phone numbers of at least five references. A complete application must include responses to the following questions in essay format of no more than two pages and in 12 point font: 1. In the competitive philanthropic environment of the 21st century, how would you position the Museum so that it could be ready for a future capital campaign? What tools would you need and what skills do you bring to this process? 2. As a Museum Director on a vibrant college campus, what would the phrase “engage the student body with the Museum” mean to you? How would you seek to achieve “engagement” with the student body? A complete background check will be performed on the successful candidate. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the application process. For questions on the position, please contact Kristi Tornquist, Search Chair, at (605) 688-5107 or kristi.tornquist@sdstate.edu. South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by email HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 324, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.
Kristi Tornquist
Phone: 605-688-5107

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