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Job ID: 13651454
Position Title: Museum Director
Company Name: Spartanburg Art Museum
Job Function: Directors/Administrators
Entry Level: No
Job Type: Full-time
Location(s): Spartanburg, South Carolina, 29306, United States
Posted: June 3, 2013
Job Duration: Indefinite
Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
Min Experience: 3-5 Years
Required Travel: 0-10%
Salary: $40,000.00 – $48,000.00 (Yearly Salary)


Primary Position Description

The Museum Director of the Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) at the Chapman Cultural Center shall be responsible for and accountable for all aspects of the organization and for implementing the policies established by the Board of Trustees. The Museum Director shall perform or designate all services and acts as necessary or advisable to assure that SAM operates on a stable financial basis and carries out its mission.  The Museum Director shall devote his/her full business time and attention to the affairs of SAM and use his/her best efforts in performing faithfully the duties.

Founded in 1907, SAM is located in the 87,000 sf Chapman Cultural Center in downtown Spartanburg that is “co-location” of eight partner nonprofit agencies.  The SAM office and program space, 7,000 sf, includes an exhibit Gallery, Repository for the Permanent Collection, Community Visual Art School and Outreach program Studios.

Our Mission: The Spartanburg Art Museum is a regional museum promoting the visual arts by

  • supporting creative educational programming;
  • sponsoring diverse exhibitions;
  • acquiring, displaying and conserving a permanent collection; and
  • providing appropriate places for outreach opportunities.


Description of Work / Primary Job Factors:

  • ·         Provide leadership with appreciation for the visual arts, and how they enhance the life of a community and its citizens.
  • ·         Lead fundraising activities to achieve both operating and program support through such means as memberships, donations and sponsorships.  Solicit individual donors, corporate sponsors, foundations and granting organizations.  Direct earned income activities to achieve operating revenue through annual memberships, Museum Art School, special events, educational tours, and exhibits. Assist the Board of Trustees in developing short and long-range plans, development of monetary resources, collection management, and education outreach program development.
  • ·         Supervise staff in the use of exhibition space and the development of the Art School, Colors outreach program to integrate and align exhibitions, education and public programs.
  • ·         Research, plan and implement annual exhibits for the SAM Museum Gallery including marketing and promotions to maximize on exhibit exposure and attendance.
  • ·         Provide leadership and oversight of all collections records for the permanent collection, loans and new acquisitions including provenance, description, condition, location, and other essential information.
  • ·         Serve as the principal staff liaison to the region and professional community and represent SAM at meetings and forums.

Job Requirements

  • ·         Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of four year’s work experience in a museum or nonprofit arts agency.
  • ·         Proven ability to effectively conduct an annual membership campaign and secure sponsorships for exhibits and outreach programs
  • ·         Working knowledge of curatorial practices
  • ·         Proven ability to plan and implement special events, exhibits and membership events
  • ·         Proven ability to manage business and financial affairs of a non-profit organization
  • ·         Experience in supervising and motivating a team of employees and volunteers
  • ·         Ability to update and maintain organizational and financial records
  • ·         Experience working with a nonprofit board of directors in an arts environment
  • ·         Experience with marketing and public relations