Collections Manager [Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, PA]


Job Opening: Collections Manager at the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

An exciting opportunity exists to join the staff of the Mütter Museum. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia seeks a dynamic and resourceful professional to manage the museum’s collection and assist in a strategic merging of museum and library collections. The Collections Manager must demonstrate flexibility, teamwork, and collegiality essential in a small organization. The Collections Manager will join the College staff at a pivotal time as the institution creates a unified collections management system. The Collections Manager will shape a valuable historical medical collection for the future.

The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Birthplace of American MedicineSM) opened in 1863 and is world-renowned, receiving over 155,000 visitors last year. The collection contains over 35,000 objects, including human remains, medical and scientific instruments and equipment, models, and pharmaceuticals. Visit the museum website:

Responsibilities: The College seeks a Collections Manager who has demonstrated a reasonable level of proficiency and knowledge in the core functional areas of CM, current practices recognized by the museum industry for CM, conservation practices, has the administrative and planning capabilities expected of the profession, and has a working knowledge of current and emerging technologies to improve CM practices.


Primary requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in science, history (emphasis on medical), or museum studies with a strong focus on medical and/or natural history museums. Advanced degree or relevant certification preferred.
  • Four or more years’ experience working with medical, natural history, or equivalent collections demonstrating the diversity of objects a medical history establishment collects and maintains.
  • Strong computer skills including: demonstrated working knowledge of computing technologies for CM, and ability to function as a team member in constructing a unified collections management system.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including public speaking, publications, participation at conferences, and social media outreach.

Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits.  This is a full time, regular, exempt position. Full position description available on request.

To apply: Send a cover letter which addresses the requirements listed here, a CV, and names/contact information of three referees. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Electronic submissions only.  Submit to:

Job Information
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States
  • 25923573
  • November 24, 2015
  • Collections Manager
  • The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Miscellaneous
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 3-5 Years
  • 0-10%

President and Chief Executive Officer [The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque, IA]


President and Chief Executive Officer

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has retained The Overture Group to identify a new President and CEO to join its leadership team.

About DCHS and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is the most comprehensive river museum in the nation, offering a rich variety of historical and aquatic exhibits and programs on a 15 acre campus.  Established in 1980, the Museum & Aquarium completed a $56 million capital campaign in 2003 and a $38 million campaign in 2010, and now has four buildings which house 8 exhibit galleries, 50,000 gallons of fresh and salt water aquatic and terrestrial exhibits, a 3D/4D theater, and five themed theaters.  The grounds include a demonstration wetland, an outdoor boatyard with boat shop and blacksmith shop, a National Landmark steamboat, and a Mississippi Plaza with raptor aviaries.  One thousand feet of museum waterfront includes a National Landmark steamboat, a museum dock, and a city-owned visiting boat marina.

The aquatic and terrestrial collections total over 300 species and 3,000 animals.  The historic collections number 10,000 artifacts and 35,000 library and archival items.  Programs include captive breeding species propagation, RiverWorks Discovery national traveling exhibit and education program, and the National Rivers Hall of Fame.  The Museum & Aquarium (under the Dubuque County Historical Society) also operates the Mathias Ham House Historic Site, and the Bowell Library and Archives.

The Museum & Aquarium is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and partners with Coastal America, NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Great River Road, and the Mississippi River Network. With over 200,000 visitors this year, the Museum & Aquarium has an annual budget of $5 million and 35 full time staff and 60 part time staff.  It is supported by 60% earned income, 2,300 members, and an $8.5 million endowment.  There is no long term debt.

The new CEO will be responsible for establishing and communicating the overall mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the organization to key stakeholders including: visitors, board members, staff, volunteers, and key strategic partners.

The primary responsibilities are:

Vision and Strategic Development

  • With the Board, provides strategic direction for the organization, developing and implementing annual goals and objectives.
  • With committee chairs and Board leadership, monitors and reports to the Board regularly on progress using key metrics.
  • Establish the performance goals, allocate resources, and assess policies for senior management.

Board of Directors Engagement

  • Serves as primary stakeholder liaison to the Board.
  • With Board leadership, manages the operations and functions of the Board and its Committees. Attends all appropriate meetings and ensures that staff leadership and support are provided to Committees and the Board.
  • Engages the board in broadening relationships with organizational stakeholders and encourages the board to be engaged in fund development activity.
  • Performs additional responsibilities and projects as needed or assigned by the Board.

Communications and Marketing

  • Oversees the organization’s brand and external communications with critical stakeholders including donors, key business partners and the general public.
  • Will cultivate strong relations with local, regional, and national organizations in order to promote collaboration, learning, and public relations.
  • Responsible for developing the presence of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium at national and international levels in the areas related to the mission of the organization.
  • Serves as a chief spokesperson for NMRMA.

Business and Financial Management

  • Continues to examine ways to build a more sustainable financial model, affording less risk to the organization’s growth goals.
  • With appropriate staff and Board, monitors and oversees the finances and financial management of the organization, including transparent budgeting, auditing, and financial reporting.
  • Oversee the management of fixed assets, including exhibits, collections, building and grounds.


  • With appropriate staff and Board leadership – ensures the development and implementation of a comprehensive multi-year fundraising plan.
  • Establish a close, effective working relationship with the Board, the Development Committee and lead activities to advance donor relationships and build contributed revenue.
  • In coordination with the Development team, cultivates and fosters relationships with major individual, corporate and foundation donors aligned with various fundraising campaigns—including operating, capital and special programs.


  • Provides leadership and support to the Board, staff, donors and other constituents in achieving the institution’s mission.
  • Effectively lead and manage change as the institution’s needs and dynamics of the external environment change.
  • Embody the highest ethical standards and demonstrate a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the Museum & Aquarium.


  • Ten years of progressive leadership experience (or equivalent combination of education and related experience), preferably in nonprofit or education sectors.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is expected. A degree at the graduate level is preferred, not required.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and presentation skills.
    • Experience building teams, structures and systems to support a financially healthy and sustainable organization.
    • Demonstrated success building durable relationships with partners, donors, stakeholders, and constituencies.

For confidential consideration please contact:
Brandi Mueller


Chad Melloy


The Overture Group is a premier Midwest professional/executive/management search and interim placement firm. We draw on our vast network and expertise-from pre-search preparation through post-placement transition-to find and fit the right professionals in various professions and industries.


Job Information
  • Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, United States
  • 25920254
  • November 24, 2015
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
  • National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
  • Miscellaneous
  • No

Executive Director [Oysterponds Historical Society, New York, NY]


Executive Director 

The Oysterponds Historical Society is engaged in a strategic and master planning process to create a path for the future of our organization and our collection. The Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director who will work with the Board to implement the strategic plan and lead our organization toward a successful future.

The Executive Director is responsible for guiding the organization’s growth and development; for assuring its financial vigor; and for cultivating relationships at the local, regional and national level. We seek candidates with at least four years’ experience, including but not limited to: Managing to a Strategic Plan; Reporting to a Board of Directors; supporting the trustees in fundraising and financial oversight; managing a professional staff, adopting technology to meet program objectives. Other qualifications and experience considered a plus include a background in managing a membership organization, marketing and strategic communication, partnership development and grant proposal writing. Museum or Historical Society experience is a definite plus.

Located on the easternmost end of Long Island in the hamlet of Orient, the Oysterponds Historical Society is comprised of seven historic buildings, several historic properties, and a diverse collection of over 75,000 objects, artifacts and documents. The Society is guided by a Board of Trustees. In addition to a full time Executive Director, we have a part-time staff of 4, including a world-class curator and collections manager. Volunteers play a very important role in our organization. The successful candidate will have a collaborative leadership style of management based on the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The position is full-time. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information please visit the website:  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to All applications are due by January 4, 2016.


Job Information
  • New York, United States
  • 25919335
  • November 24, 2015
  • Executive Director
  • Oysterponds Historical Society
  • Directors/Administrators
  • No
  • Full-Time

Director of Curatorial Services [Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA]


Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, seeks Director of Curatorial Services.

About Booth Western Art Museum

Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia, where guests are invited to See America’s Story by exploring the American West through contemporary Western artwork. The Museum also houses a Presidential Gallery, Civil War art gallery, and Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive children’s gallery.  Open since August 2003, Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and is the second largest art museum in the state of Georgia.


To direct research, interpretation, preservation and exhibition of the collections of the Booth Western Art Museum and identify and install temporary and traveling exhibitions that will complement the permanent exhibitions in accomplishing the mission of the institution.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

Oversee all aspects of collection care, documentation, record keeping, regular maintenance, and conservation.

In coordination with the Executive Director, identify annual and long-range goals for the Museum’s exhibitions and collections based on the Museum’s mission, directing effort, towards the realization of these goals and monitoring progress on a periodic basis.

Oversee all aspects of exhibitions to include identifying potential exhibits, negotiating contracts, scheduling, research, interpretation, related gallery guides, labels and signage.

Negotiate, administer, and evaluate contracts for services with outside vendors (i.e. exhibit construction), all such contracts to be approved by the Executive Director and Deputy Director of Operations.

Coordinate with the Registrar to ensure the Collections Management, Emergency Response, and Loan Policies are up to date and procedures are followed.

Oversee rights and reproductions program, negotiating use agreements with artists and other copyright holders for non-commercial and commercial purposes.

Oversee the research library operations and associated collection and archives.

Responsible for hiring, training, overseeing performance, year evaluations, yearly goal setting, and salary recommendations for employees and interns within the department.

Coordinate the creation, documentation, and archiving of the Museum’s oral history project.

Act as a liaison between potential donors or lenders and the Museum networking to maintain relationships and develop new ones, and working towards potential full or partial collection donations to the Museum.

Assist the education, marketing, and membership departments in the creation of programs and materials related to all exhibitions.

Remain current on pertinent museum industry policies, laws, and accepted practices through involvement in industry trade groups and continuous professional development.

Plan and present training programs as needed on a variety of topics relating to areas of responsibility.

Responsible for preparing and monitoring an annual department budget.

Responsible for ensuring high standards of professionalism in all areas of responsibility.


Applicants should have a minimum of a Masters degree in art, museum studies, or related field and 5 years museum experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Knowledge of collections management, exhibit design and installation, curatorial practices, registration methods, and research techniques is a must.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills, management skills, and public speaking skills are required.

Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

EOE / E-Verify

Position is open until filled.  Submit resumes to



Job Information
  • Cartersville, Georgia, 30120, United States
  • 25911520
  • November 23, 2015
  • Director of Curatorial Services
  • Booth Western Art Museum
  • Curator
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Master’s Degree
  • 5-7 Years
  • 0-10%

Chair of the Department of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas and Curator of African Art [ Art Institute of Chicago, IL]


The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) invites applications for Chair of the Department of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas and Curator of African Art.

The Art Institute of Chicago is a renowned, encyclopedic art museum housing one of the world’s most important permanent collections, including many iconic works of leading artists, and mounting approximately 30 exhibitions a year.  The Art Institute’s African collection includes over 400 works that highlight the diversity of tradition-based arts on the continent, with emphasis on the sculptural traditions of West and Central Africa. Included are masks and figural sculpture, beadwork, furniture, regalia, and textiles from countries including Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa. The museum’s collection of over 80 African ceramics is the largest in an American art museum.  Additionally, the museum’s holdings of Indian art of the Americas span more than 4,000 years and include outstanding works from across the United States as well as ancient Mesoamerica and the Andean countries of South America. Ceramics, basketry, textiles, stone sculpture, metalwork, painting, and beadwork present a remarkable picture of the indigenous artistic heritage and deep-seated patterns of thought and ritual performance throughout the region.

Reporting to the President and Director of the museum, the Chair will oversee the collections of African art and Indian Art of the Americas, including the maintenance and display of the permanent collection and the assessment and recommendation of acquisitions.  The Chair will also organize, select, design, administer, and implement in-house exhibitions and periodically, national or international loan exhibitions. Additionally, the Chair will work in liaison with the Departments of Education, Digital Experience, and Interpretation to develop compelling narratives and programs for broad community engagement.  Overseeing a staff of 4 four employees as well as potential interns and fellows, the Chair will also be charged with hiring an assistant/associate curator for Indian art of the Americas.


The successful candidate will be a seasoned Curator holding a terminal degree or its equivalent in African Art, with a track record of scholarship, exhibitions, and publications in the field.  Minimum of 8 years of experience working in museums and/or with objects; strong connoisseurship skills and keen understanding of materiality and authenticity issues.   Minimum of 5 years of budget responsibility and managerial experience.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills.  Record of success in donor cultivation and fundraising.  Record of success in public engagement and outreach, including but not limited to in-gallery experience, publications, digital formats, and community programming.  Up-to-date knowledge of the market for African Art, with a personal network of contacts (e.g. dealers, auction house specialists, collectors, scholars, conservators) in the field.  Knowledge of French and/or appropriate languages in area of specialty.   Working knowledge of Pre-Columbian art and related cultural property laws.  Open-minded and collaborative approach to working with colleagues across the museum, including other curators, conservators, museum educators, interpretation staff, and digital experience staff.  Working knowledge of contemporary art practices and trends in area of specialty.

Applications should be submitted electronically at:

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Job Information
  • Chicago, Illinois, 60603, United States
  • 25908987
  • November 23, 2015
  • Chair of the Department of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas and Curator of African Art
  • Art institute of Chicago
  • Curator
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Ph.D.
  • 7-10 Years