The University of Iowa seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as Director of the Museum of Art (UIMA). This position offers an exciting and unique opportunity for a leader ready to capitalize on the creative renaissance taking place at the University. A new Museum of Art building will be the fourth and capstone facility in a decade-long rebuilding of Iowa's arts campus that includes the new Voxman Music Building (2016), the Visual Arts Building (2016) and Hancher Auditorium (2016). The University of Iowa Museum collections are considered to be among the finest in the University museum world and plays a central role in the academic life of the University. UIMA is poised for a dramatic new phase in its history, and the Director will play the leading role in fundraising, installing collections, and programming in advance of opening the new museum building.
The UIMA Director will ensure that the Museum's mission is clearly understood and that its strategic objectives are fully articulated and effectively pursued. The director will be a collegial and collaborative leader who will fully embrace the Museum's contribution to the educational mission of the UI through its exhibitions, programming, research, acquisitions, and engagement with curricular initiatives. The director will also oversee the Museum's general fundraising and public relations and marketing efforts, in close coordination with designated UI bodies.
Specifically, the UIMA director will:
Provide exceptional strategic leadership
Articulate a vision for the Museum through enterprising, engaging and collegial leadership
Work with the appropriate constituencies to develop short and long-term strategic plans for the Museum that build upon the strengths of the collection, the capability of the staff, the UI's and UIMA's support bases, the expertise of faculty, and the aptitude of students
Oversee the management and care of collections and the curatorial, pedagogical and administrative activities of the UIMA, including effective management of personnel and finances
Ensure that the UIMA's operating policies and procedures are clearly articulated and implemented
Manage, motivate, and lead a multi-talented staff, maximizing its diversity of experience and perspectives
Oversee and contribute to the creation of vibrant, varied exhibitions and programs that draw upon the collective talents and expertise of the UI and enhance local, state, national and international awareness of the collections and the relevance of works of art to multiple areas of intellectual inquiry
Build collaborative relationships with current and future collectors and donors in Iowa and beyond, UI faculty, administration, staff, students and alumni, as well as with the broader arts community. Represent the Museum's interests to the public and to professional audiences
Thoroughly understand all facets of the UIMA and its role on campus and in the broader community
Encourage use of the Museum across the UI curriculum
Forge strong, collaborative relationships with staff, faculty, administration, students, alumni, volunteers, and trustees
Engage with Iowa citizens to promote the importance of the arts and the Museum as the centerpiece of celebrating the arts
Play a leading role in strategic planning and fundraising for the new museum building and for museum programming, working in partnership with the University of Iowa Center for Advancement
Cultivate and maintain an active membership program
The Director of UIMA reports directly to the Provost. Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We expect first round of interviews to occur in March and final round of interviews to occur in April. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Three professional references will be requested at the time of application, but will not be contacted until a later step in the selection process.
To learn more about the position, how to apply, or to submit a nomination, click here . In your cover letter, please share your vision for the University of Iowa Museum of Art as well as how you believe you meet the required qualifications.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.