Application priority deadline July 18, 2014

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DUMA) is seeking an Executive Director. The Director we seek will have a strong love, knowledge and understanding of art. This person will be a highly visible advocate for the museum, seeking opportunities to generate exciting programming that will increase community involvement and engage the art community. The Director will build substantive relationships with collectors, benefactors, and drive additional revenue.

Responsibilities include the general day-to-day management and operation of the museum in accordance with the strategic goals and policies established by the DUMA Board of Trustees. The Director supervises three professional staff members, reports to the Board of Trustees through its President and Executive Committee, and works in close collaboration with all standing and ad hoc committees of the Board. In addition to regular daytime office hours, this position requires night and weekend work.

The Dubuque Museum of Art is the oldest cultural organization in Iowa, established in 1874, with a long history of serving a vibrant and supportive community for over 125 years. DUMA was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2004. DUMA maintains a permanent collection of over 2200 works of art that concentrates on early 20th century American art, including a significant collection of original works by Grant Wood and Edward S. Curtis, and contemporary regional art. Open year-round, DUMA has 8,000 visitors annually, and offers an ambitious schedule of unique programs for the public including school tours, after school classes, adult programming and classes, exhibition openings, and gallery talks.

Candidates should send or email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and letters of professional references to:

Search Committee

Dubuque Museum of Art

P.O. Box 1501

Dubuque, Iowa 52001-1501


Applications will be reviewed beginning July 18, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

At least 7 years’ experience in a museum as a senior staff member.

A Master’s degree in arts (management, history, or related field) administration or related field preferred.

Knowledge and experience related to upholding professional museum standards for an accredited museum and for the preservation of a collection held in the public trust.

Demonstrated successful track record in grant writing, fundraising, and marketing.

Superior written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.