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Director of Oklahoma Museum of History

Company: Oklahoma Museum's Association
Location: Oklahoma City
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Oklahoma Museum of History/Oklahoma Historical Society Type full-time LocationSalary/Hourly Wage or Compensation Range Compensation: $80,000 - $95,000 based on experience The State of Oklahoma provides a generous and competitive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, personal time off, and paid holidays.Submit an application, along with a cover letter and three professional references.Applications will only be accepted through this link.About the Organization/BusinessThe Oklahoma Museum of History (housed in the Oklahoma History Center) is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS). The OHS is an agency of the State of Oklahoma and a private membership organization governed by a Board of Directors.The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. The OHS was founded on May 27, 1893, by members of the Territorial Press Association. In 1918 the OHS was relocated to the State Capitol, and in 1930 moved to the Wiley Post building. In 2005 came the opening of the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Over the years the OHS has developed numerous collections, programs, research centers, museums, historic homes, and military sites across the state.The Oklahoma Museum of History (housed in the Oklahoma History Center) is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS). The OHS is an agency of the State of Oklahoma and a private membership organization governed by a Board of Directors.About the RoleThe Director of the OMH will lead a Smithsonian affiliate and AAM accredited museum and ensure fiscal stability, growth, and strategic planning. The Director will oversee all day-to-day operations of the museum.The ideal candidate will possess a graduate degree in History, Museum Studies, or related field with 5 years of progressive experience in the administration and management of a complex, multi-faceted cultural institution. The Director must be a creative thinker with strong writing and communications skills as well as a team player with the ability to work with the OHS Executive Director, OHS Board of Directors, Friends of the Oklahoma History Center board, staff, community stakeholders, and volunteers.Requirements

  • Graduate degree in History, Museum Studies, or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and management of operational budgets from multiple revenue sources
  • Proven experience and success in grant writing and development
  • Comprehensive awareness and experience of all aspects of museum operations
  • Ability to communicate clearly and represent the institution in public, professional, and media settings
  • Must reside in the greater Oklahoma City Metro area upon assuming the role
  • Strong interpersonal skills with experience leading a large diverse team
  • Dynamic, forward thinker who is a team player
  • Has experience and/or capability for providing inspiring, visionary leadership, in planning strong, innovative programs and initiatives, and fostering creativity and high performanceResponsibilities
    • Oversees and assesses the day-to-day operations of the OMH and personnel, prioritizes activities, develops and enforces policies, provides direction, guidance, and training for staff, while encouraging a healthy, respectful and productive work environment.
    • Works alongside OHS CFO to manage budget and finances and works with OHS Development Officer on fundraising and grant writing.
    • Oversees numerous departments, including: exhibitions, learning and engagement, curatorial, special events, and museum store.
    • Provide leadership in establishing goals and objectives for the Oklahoma Museum of History through strategic planning.
    • Demonstrates an understanding and respect for all facets of museum operations regarding procedures, preservation of artifacts, best practices, and industry ethics.
    • Continually evaluate and improve mission driven offerings to the public, including exhibits and educational programs, exploring opportunities and initiatives, and mobilizing support.
    • Responsible for oversight of exhibit spaces, including 38,000 sq. ft. of interior galleries and 5+ acres of exterior spaces, including development of a robust exhibition schedule.
    • Develop collaborations and partnerships with academic, museum, educational, industry, and civic partners that enhance the OMH's work, standing, resources, and impact.
    • Development of professional relationships with community stakeholders including serving as the public face of the OMH.
    • Understanding of the diverse communities and stories that make up the history of the State of Oklahoma.
    • Maintains AAM Accreditation and status as a Smithsonian Affiliate.
    • Oversight of museum activities with other OHS Divisions.
    • Serves as ex-officio secretary of the Friends of the Oklahoma History Center non-profit support group.
    • May serve on committees for the Oklahoma Historical Society board of directors as requested.

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