The mission of the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University is to foster inquiry, celebrate artistic excellence, preserve and perpetuate Native American cultures, and inspire a lifelong engagement with the visual arts. An agent of and catalyst for teaching and learning on the Aurora University campus, the museum is integral to the academic community. The museum provides cultural and historical enrichment that builds bridges between the classroom and the world beyond.Building on its tradition of object-based learning, the museum brings people and objects together using interdisciplinary approaches. State-of-the-art exhibition spaces combine with a lecture hall, classroom space, study center, and our library and rare book collection, to facilitate access to the collection. The museum also serves the broader community with unique exhibits and programs. The Schingoethe Center supports Aurora University's continuous 100-year tradition of valuing the arts.
Position Purpose: The Director of the Schingoethe Center supports learning by leading and enhancing the position of the museum as a vibrant and interdisciplinary cultural center for exhibitions, programs and events that benefits both university and surrounding community life. As chief curator, the director features the work of artists of national and international stature in order to facilitate cultural and intellectual exchange throughout greater Chicago.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Lead and develop the vision of the Center to better serve its various constituencies, taking full advantage of its recent status as a Smithsonian Affiliate.
Be the face of the museum as an effective advocate and communicator by reaching out to and collaborating with various departments across campus, such as art, history, communications, education and science.
Add to the collection of important Native American art and ethnographic collections of the museum.
Build the growing non-Native art collection.
Coordinate museum initiatives with the university
Maintain a high level of museum best-practices and standards based on AAM accreditation guidelines.
Work with the university communications department on public relations and marketing initiatives. Develop an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the museum.
Oversee appropriate care for and stewardship of the building and collections.
Provide effective financial management for the museum, developing long-range financial objectives, building the annual budget, and allotting resources needed to mount a robust schedule of exhibitions and programs that serve the university and the community.
Provide oversight of the museum studies academic program, and build on the established minor.
Manage and motivate staff, setting a collegial and professional environment.
Essential Job Requirements:
BA in Art, Art History, Art Education, History, Anthropology or Museum/Curatorial Studies with an advanced degree in an appropriate discipline such as an MA in Art History, Art Education, History or Museum/Curatorial Studies or MFA in Studio Art is required.
Knowledge of American Indian art and history is preferred.
A minimum of three (3) years' experience as a museum director; art museum and university museum experience preferred
Demonstrated curatorial success is required with a strong aesthetic sense and knowledge of contemporary art.
Extensive background in museum/art center programming and operations.
Teaching experience in higher education preferred.
Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cultivate strong partnerships.
Demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of curatorial work including exhibition research, development, and installation.
Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums and non-profits.
Knowledge of state and federal law as regards museum collections and non-profit management.
Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
Working knowledge of Past Perfect museum software or a similar database product.
Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse campus community.
Ability to lift 30 pounds.
Ability to move about campus.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.