Spearheads the creation of an intellectual vision and a compelling strategic planâ”in close partnership with the Provost, Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts, the Board of Governors, and the Feitler Center Advisory Committeeâ”to provide a road map for the Smartâ™s path over the next five to seven years.
Motivates and mentors Smartâ™s team, promoting an institutional culture committed to executing the Museumâ™s activities at the highest level; continues to foster an environment that values collegiality, creativity, collaboration, accountability, and transparency; and shapes the team.
Collaborates with faculty in Art History, Visual Arts, and across the University to integrate the work of the Museum into the research, teaching, and intellectual life of the University.
Collaborates with the Board of Governors to further develop the collection, engage stakeholders locally and nationally, and develop new opportunities for philanthropy.
Ensures that the Museumâ™s continued growth is sustainable by managing available resources responsibly while at the same time thinking expansively to attract new resources and implementing their vision in concert with the ambitions and aspirations of the Board of Governors, Feitler Center Advisory Committee, University of Chicago leaders and faculty, and museum staff members.
Engages with colleagues across the UChicago Arts community, on the Provostâ™s Arts Steering Committee, and at peer institutions (cultural and educational) on the South Side and across the wider Chicago region; engages broadly, nationally and internationally, to initiate collaborations and build partnerships that enhance the Smartâ™s ability to serve as a dynamic teaching, learning, and research resource for students, faculty, and a public audience, particularly in its South Side neighborhood.
Oversees all aspects of the care, management, and operations of the Museum including developing and implementing sound policies and procedures for the care and use of the permanent collection according to the highest professional standards. This encompasses preservation and conservation, documentation, exhibition, accessibility, interpretation, and the enrichment of the Smartâ™s collection.
Serves as a principal voice and driving force for all aspects of the Museumâ™s fundraising, from the support of current operations to the development of future capital and endowment campaigns. Determinesâ”in coordination with the Provost and/or their designee, as well as the Board of Governors and University Alumni Relations and Developmentâ”short-term and long-term development needs in the context of the Museum's strategic goals. Proactively cultivates individual and institutional supporters, which includes engaging with and stewarding benefactors and prospective donors, foundations, and other organizations that provide support to the Smart Museum.
Works actively with the Museum staff to oversee the exhibitions program; acquisitions of works of art; diverse educational outreach activities and engagement programs of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and the Public Practice program; the care and display of collections, research and conservation, publications; and the organization of special programs and events.
Manages managers and professional staff. Establishes performance goals, allocates resources and assesses policies for direct subordinates.
Develops an intellectual vision and long-term strategic plan for the museum. Maintains the fiscal health of the museum, managing the budget and operating cost and fundraising efforts.
Maintains relationships with individual and institutional supporters. Engages the University community and community at large to enhance the museum's ability to serve as an academic resource for students, faculty, and the public.Â
Ensures all aspects of the care, management, and operations of the museum, including the development of policies and procedures for preservation and conservation, documentation, exhibition, accessibility, interpretation, and enrichment of permanent collections.
Performs other related work as needed.â‹
Progressively responsible role in a museum or related educational/research organization, including senior management and leadership experience, management of budget and financial resources, and management of curatorial as well as other museum staff.
Passion for the mission and values of the University of Chicago - commitment to rigorous inquiry, appetite for vigorous and inclusive debate, willingness to take risks, and intellectual independence and creativity.
Commitment to academic culture, and a desire to contribute to the same - broad vision and curiosity; boldness of ideas. Sincere and informed interest in the work of faculty, students, and departments, and a desire to support and amplify their goals. Demonstrated orientation to collaboration, exchange, and cooperation.
Leadership qualities - a record of successful executive leadership, including strategic planning and implementation, board and community engagement, and program development and assessment.
Administrative and operational sophistication - a record of effective management of physical, human, and financial resources. A keen understanding of and interest in financial and budget oversight and the interplay of institutional priorities, planning, resource requirements, and revenue generation. Substantial fundraising experience; additional professional experience that has allowed for the development of robust networks that can benefit the Smart Museum.
Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility - a record of dedication to and success in the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Ability to model and establish a culture of mutual respect, transparency, and empowerment.
Professional qualities - a management style that relies on open and responsive communication. A collaborative approach to decision making, combined with a sense of urgency and moving things forward. A direct but diplomatic style. Consistency and composure, in one's presentation and in interpersonal dealings.
Personal qualities - Intellectual and emotional integrity, curiosity, and creativity. Confidence; comfort with ambiguity; patience and persistence. Openness to the opinions of others, coupled with independent thought. Honesty, perspective, and good humor.
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