Executive Director of NMC Dennos Museum Center (2/22/19)

Position Title:  Executive Director of NMC Dennos Museum Center                           

Department:  Dennos Museum Center                        

Reports To:   President                       

Anticipated Starting Date:   June 3, 2019

Starting Salary:   $78,703 annually plus a generous retirement and benefit package including medical, dental, vacation, paid sick leave, and tuition benefit. For more details about benefits, go to https://www.nmc.edu/hr/ and click on Salaries and Benefits, or request a copy from the Office of Human Resources.


The Dennos Museum Center is a flagship component of Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and the major public cultural center for the arts in Northwest Michigan. The Museum Center plays an important role as a main connector to international arts and cultures. As such, the position of Executive Director of NMC Dennos Museum Center requires a connector who is entrepreneurial, innovative and curious. This hands-on position provides planning, vision and direction for the Dennos Museum Center and manages its operations consistent with the goals of the college and the professional standards of the American Alliance of Museums.



  • Able to assess quality in the visual and performing arts for the purpose of developing the museum’s collections, exhibition and performing programs
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Computer skills, including knowledge of Internet, email, calendaring software 
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, organize and promote exhibitions and concert programming and/or oversee the same
  • Demonstrated ability to design, layout, install, and light exhibitions working with museum’s staff and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds via grant writing and donor engagement


  • Master's Degree
  • Preferred experience at least 5 years

 FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Essential for all NMC employees

  • Ethical behavior and integrity
  • Commitment to quality service, responsible stewardship, continuous improvement
  • Agility/adaptability/tolerance for ambiguity
  • Accountability/personal responsibility
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Create/Contribute to a culture of innovation and thoughtful risk-taking
  • Collaboration/Team work
  • Value all people


Supervises others in accordance with NMC's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding, recognizing employees; addressing performance problems or gaps.


This is a full-time, 40+ hour per week position.


Applications submitted by February 22, 2018 will receive first consideration.  Interviews will begin in March. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.nmc.edu/jobs.   For assistance call 231-995-2612 or 1-800-748-0566 x52612 or email hr@nmc.edu .

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions.  nmc.edu/nondiscrimination

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.

Required Skills

All applicants are required to review the job description prior to applying. Click here to review.

Please upload a cover letter, resume and submit answers to each of the following questions in 200 words or less: 

  1. Describe a time when you advocated for the inclusion of a visual artist or performing group that might have been considered a "stretch" for the audience/organization. What was your reason for doing so? Were you successful? How did the audience respond?
  2. Given the Dennos' current mission and recent growth how would you go about crafting a five-year vision? If possible, include real-life applications from your work.
  3. Community leadership often requires managing diverse and divergent perspectives from stakeholders. Please describe a specific initiative in which you successfully balanced divergent interests.
Job LocationTraverse City, Michigan, United States

Salary78,703.00 - 78,703.00 USD

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach resume, cover letter and submit answers to the questions above in 200 words or less to your online application http://www.nmc.edu/jobs; scan and attach transcripts, if possible. Official transcripts related to the position will be required of all finalists. Please mail to: Northwestern Michigan College Attention: Human Resources 1701 E Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686. or e-mail to: hr@nmc.edu

Posted on the MMA website 1/17/19

 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.

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721      lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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