Posted June 26, 2014

The City of Tempe, Arizona seeks a Museum Manager for its Tempe History Museum, part of the dynamic Library and Cultural Services Division in the City’s Department of Community Services.

The Museum Manager, working with the Deputy Director of Community Services – Library and Cultural Services, will provide dynamic leadership that positions the Museum as an essential player in the educational and cultural life of the community. The successful candidate will be a strategic planner, data driven decision maker, exceptional communicator and people centric individual.

As the front line ambassador for the History Museum in the community, the candidates who stand out will be inspired, motivated, unconventional and experienced in order to develop an atmosphere of creativity, innovation and technological advancement.

History and Description of the Museum

The Tempe History Museum is a community history museum that explores Tempe’s identity and builds connections between residents and their community. The Museum programs and exhibits stress the power of history to provide insights for making decisions relevant to contemporary and future life in an ever-changing society.

The Tempe Historical Museum was founded by the Tempe Historical Society, a private non-profit group of citizens, which operated the Museum from its inception in 1972 until July 1, 1984 when it became a division of the City of Tempe’s Community Services Department.

In 1985, a bond issue was passed for the construction of a new public library and conversion of the former 36,000 square foot library building into a museum facility. A second bond issue was passed in 1989 to fund the design and construction of an 8,000 square foot exhibit gallery. The new Tempe Historical Museum opened its doors to the public on June 15, 1991.

Beginning in 2006, $4.2 million, mostly municipal bond funds, were allocated to renovate the exhibit gallery, and construct a new front façade and programming space. A multi-purpose room complete with built-in audio and visual equipment and a 250-seat capacity was added and the lobby space was doubled. The newly renovated museum, now called the Tempe History Museum, opened its doors to the public on February 27, 2010.

The Museum has an operating budget of $539,461, four full-time staff, four part-time staff and 50 volunteers. There are currently 13,382 three-dimensional artifacts and 51,223 archival items.
Job Requirements

Develop, plan, implement, and administer the Museum operations, exhibits, activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; recommend, develop and implement policies and procedures; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
Oversee facility maintenance.
Oversee and manage the operation and maintenance of the off-site Petersen House Museum and maintenance and lease of the off-site Elias-Rodriguez House.
Coordinate and partner Museum activities and programs with those of other Division entities and other departments and as well as outside agencies and organizations, including the Tempe Historical Society.

Develop and implement ongoing strategic long-range plans to meet national museum standards; ensure that all museum operations adhere to the American Alliance of Museums national museum standards.
Coordinate development, implementation and updates of a museum technology plan.
Prepare the Museum budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget.
Select, train, motivate and evaluate staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; and implement disciplinary actions; recommend employee terminations.
Recruit, train, motivate and recognize volunteers.
Oversee the curation, management and preservation of the museum’s artifact collections and other resources donated by other City departments as well as outside entities.
Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
Act as co-liaison to the Tempe Library and History Museum Advisory Board appointed by City Council.
Serve as an ad-hoc member of the Tempe Historic Preservation Commission per City ordinance.
· Write grant proposals; administer grants.
Coordinate special programs for the Museum, including fundraising and community outreach programs.
Coordinate community room rentals and manage the Museum store, providing oversight and reporting of all cash handling procedures.
Conduct research pertinent to the Museum collection.
Perform related duties as assigned.


Phone: (480) 350-8217
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