Director of Museum Programs -- Midland Center for the Arts/AB Dow Museum of Science & Art

About Midland Center for the Arts/AB Dow Museum of Science & Art

A cultural destination in the heart of Michigan, the Midland Center for the Arts is on a dynamic course of growth and change in preparation for celebrating its 50th anniversary in the coming years.  The Center’s unique business and program model creates unusual and exciting opportunities.  Operating on a budget of approximately $8M and featuring a four-story museum of science and art along with an off-site history center comprised of historical homes and museum facilities, the Center also features a 1500 seat proscenium theater and a separate 400 seat theater housed within an architecturally significant mid-century modern building.   In addition to museum programming and performing arts presenting, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, a professional regional symphony, and the CenterStage community theatre and choirs all fall under the Center’s umbrella. New leadership on the board and executive staff has charted a multi-year course of action to build the Center’s leadership in the region, state and nation, helping to propel the Great Lakes Bay region and the Center to new heights.  Key to that new future is reinvigorating and re-defining our museum as a thought-leading science museum, looked to as a model in the museum community and indispensable to STEM-education initiatives and community life in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  The Center’s robust history and strong community engagement, including significant foundation support and a robust $50M endowment, undergird the ambitious growth plans.

About Midland

Home of The Dow Chemical Company, Chemical Bank, the Mid-Michigan Health Systems, and other major employers, Midland, Michigan is an idyllic Midwestern small-city with big city amenities and opportunities.  A city of just under 45,000, Midland sits in the center of the Great Lakes Bay region, a catchment area of approximately 575,000 people.  Tree-lined streets in safe, friendly, walkable neighborhoods, easy access to highly ranked schools with strong programs in math, science and the arts, parks and trails, lakes and rivers, a mix of internationals and ex-pats working for the major companies, and a short drive to both renowned natural vacation destinations and major metropolitan areas make Midland a desirable place to live and work.

POSITION CONCEPT

The Midland Center for the Arts is a regional cultural destination.  Our museum, housed within the Center, is on a growth trajectory.  The board has set forth a bold vision to re-invent and re-invigorate the museum toward a goal of becoming a thought-leading science museum.  It will be a cultural, educational and entertainment destination in our state that exemplifies our community, a community fascinated with science, innovation, and solution-oriented creativity.  We will be seen as a must-visit museum, a driver of visitors to the Great Lakes Bay Region, and a vibrant community gathering space that enhances quality of life for residents.  In addition, the museum will increase it efforts as a collaborative hub for regional STEM-based initiatives, through field trips, teacher training programs, school visits and after school opportunities.  

The Director of Museum Programs is the Senior Management Team member responsible for oversight of all museum programming in science, art and history; and oversight of the museum education program in order for us to achieve our new vision. This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic leader with experience in museum exhibition and education program management.  The position requires strong experience in museum operations and exhibitions, a commitment to creating unique experiences for guests, and exceptional maturity, leadership, and an energetic, collaborative, team-oriented work style.

DUTIES AND RESPONSBILITIES

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

Exhibit & Collection Program Management

  • Provide oversight, leadership and guidance to the museum program entities, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art (ABDOW) and Midland County Historical Society (MCHS), for planning, directing and implementing exhibitions, collections and educational programs.
  • Work with exhibit team and other staff members to evaluate and redesign or enhance existing exhibits, adhering to quality, operating, and safety standards.
  • Lead museum team members in brainstorming, designing, and implementing refreshes of current exhibits, both long-term and temporary exhibits.
  • Coordinate the development of new long-term science exhibits and exhibit components from conceptual stages through design, fabrication, installation, repair, and maintenance.
  • Coordinate timelines of all new exhibit-based projects and enhancements to existing spaces
  • Oversee and implement temporary exhibits, traveling exhibits, and long-term exhibits, including being knowledgeable about opportunities, maintaining relationships with exhibit companies and negotiating favorable terms.
  • Review plans for distribution of budgetary expenditures on exhibit projects including helping to set and monitor budgets with other members of museum teams for ABDow and MCHS

Education Program Management

  • Responsible for the strategic advancement of museum education initiatives through strong management of school and community programs, and integration of exhibits (permanent and traveling) into education portfolio.
  • In collaboration with the education department, advise, manage and implement high quality, innovative STEM education programs for onsite, school outreach and community-based outreach.
  • Ensure the development of a network of community partners and be knowledgeable about other regional and statewide STEM/science, science center and “non-traditional” education offerings. 
  • Guide the museum’s engagement activities and ensure that the museum is relevant to issues and needs in the community.

Leadership & Management

  • Be an engaging spokesperson for the museum and the Center and support the positioning of the museum as a thought-leader and innovator in hands-on STEM education.
  • Serve as a key executive leader on the Midland Center for the Arts team, providing guidance and setting an example for exemplary work ethic and program quality for the staff and the community.
  • Supervise and mentor staff in the Museums department, including recommending appropriate candidates for hire and ensuring organizational results are achieved within the areas.
  • Oversee and support the departments in budget development and realization of income and expense goals.
  • Collaborate with the Development and Marketing Departments to ensure successful fundraising and programmatic marketing
  • Attend all required staff and departmental meetings and work collaboratively with staff to ensure a strong team culture throughout the organization.
  • Create and participate on cross-functional teams as needed for the success of program, project, and/or exhibit development and implementation
  • Support the President & CEO through attendance at meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees as requested
  • Be an active member of the local community and state and regional arts and culture organizations in pursuit of the Center’s goals.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, advanced degree preferred;  degree in a science-related field is a plus. 
  • Minimum 5 years experience in science-related museum management
  • Proven knowledge and experience in leadership, strategic planning, operations, and financial management in a museum
  • Exhibit development and design for museums
  • Active engagement in museum associations desired
  • Exceptional project and personnel management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, develop and motivate teams to an ever increasing level of performance, fostering an inclusive, positive and empowering culture and work environment.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to clearly communicate with all levels of staff across departments, and external stakeholders

Application:

Email Cover Letter and Resumé to:

            siegmund@mcfta.org

Or Mail to:

Tina Siegmund            
Director of Human Resources
Midland Center for the Arts
1801 W. St. Andrews
Midland, MI  48640

Deadline:  Open until Filled

Posted on the MMA website 3/10.


        
 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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