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Posted: 02/24/2015

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and governed by its Board of Trustees. Its mission statement was adopted in 1995 and revised in 2003: "The Kalamazoo Valley Museum preserves and interprets the heritage of Southwest Michigan and provides life-long learning opportunities to engage children and adults in history, science, and technology." The Museum seeks to develop cultural, historical and scientific literacy through innovative exhibits, special exhibitions, planetarium programs, educational programs and weekend family events

Assistant Director of Material Culture
Professional Opportunity
Kalamazoo, Michigan
$51,285 per year

This position oversees the collections and exhibits departments. Reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director will hire, train and evaluate departmental employees; monitor and coordinate staff development and training programs, and plan, direct and evaluate the operational, financial and personnel activities of the two departments. In conjunction with the Museums leadership team, this position will coordinate the implementation of nationally accepted best practices for collections management, policies and exhibition to maintain AAM accreditation standards. In addition, the Assistant Director will conduct research as it relates to the history of the region, information for cataloging items, exhibition themes, educational programs, develop recommendations on potential donations for the permanent museum collections and other related responsibilities.

Expected Qualifications:

Appropriate education, training, experience and talents are requirements for this position. An example of this would be a bachelors degree in an appropriate field and six years of related museum experience.

Prior supervisory experience.

Knowledge of acceptable museum standards and practices.

Knowledge and familiarity with collections management software, preferably ARGUS.

Knowledge of acceptable museum collections practices.

Knowledge of institutional policies and procedures.

Knowledge of budgeting principles and practices.

Skill in planning and directing the work of subordinates.

Skill in oral and written communications.

Skill in conducting research.

Skill in managing a significant department within the museum.

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