THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
DIRECTOR, SPURLOCK MUSEUM
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks nominations and applications for the position of Director, Spurlock Museum (Spurlock). The next director will be a creative and visionary leader with a strong commitment to building a dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative environment that increasingly impacts the campus, community, and national constituencies that Spurlock serves.
The William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum is the University’s museum of world cultures. Although it opened in its own independent, 55,000 square-foot building in 2002, its roots extend back to predecessor museums that were founded in the 1910s. Its collections include more than 50,000 artifacts from six continents, ranging in date from the Paleolithic to modern times. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 2009, Spurlock serves over 50,000 patrons each year, including about 12,000 school children from across the state of Illinois, as well as about 1,000 university students, in organized programs and tours. Spurlock is an engaged partner in the intellectual and cultural work of the campus, involving students and faculty in research and development of exhibitions and museum publications, organizing public programming, and inviting renowned scholars and performers to campus. Increasing Spurlock’s integration into the curriculum and enlisting more of the intellectual assets of the campus into the museum’s exhibition and educational objectives are major priorities.
Spurlock has a dual reporting line to the provost and to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, reflecting the breadth and impact of the institution’s mission and the multiple roles it plays on campus, in the community, and across the nation. Campus funding for Spurlock is set annually by the provost and the Museum works closely with both the provost and the dean to ensure the museum’s capacity to successfully pursue a broader mission in accordance with campus goals.
The director leads and supports a dedicated professional staff of 18 full-time equivalent employees in the generation of new scholarship and creative work that engages the campus and raises the external profile of the museum. S/he is committed to interdisciplinary academic collaboration and is an energetic partner in the exploration of ideas and issues on local, regional, national, and global levels. The director guides the development and implementation of innovative education museum initiatives and public programs that engage a broad public audience and provide a dynamic forum for cultural inquiry. S/he fosters an environment of collaboration, mutual respect, and teamwork while demonstrating a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity as a core value of the museum.
The director provides strategic leadership for Spurlock, ensuring that the institution’s mission is clearly understood and that its objectives are fully articulated and effectively pursued. As the chief administrative officer of the museum, the director is responsible for all aspects of its operations and management, including fiscal and personnel management and providing oversight of the museum concerning campus and college policies and procedures. S/he directs policy for the museum, serving as an advocate for the knowledge that can be gained from the direct experience of artifacts and for the various means by which the museum can support the educational mission of the university. Working closely with other academic and administrative departments on campus, the director represents the museum to various external constituencies, most notably alumni, and public audiences throughout the region, and the museum profession at large. The director cultivates donors and works aggressively to secure funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies, while following University policies and regulations.
Position Requirements and Qualifications:
The committee is seeking candidates who demonstrate the following: knowledge of museum best practices; an open and collaborative approach to management; excellent interpersonal skills working with a diverse population; a strong record of success in donor relations and fundraising; the skills to create a stimulating, and productive work environment; an interest/ability to work well in an academic/research environment and make creative connections with faculty and students as well as community partners, including K-12 schools; and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
The qualified candidate will have five or more years of leadership experience in a museum. Experience in an academic environment is preferred. A PhD degree in history, anthropology, classics, or a related area is preferred, but qualified candidates with a Master’s degree will be considered.
This full-time academic professional position has a 12-month appointment and a negotiable start date. The full compensation package is based on qualifications and experience. If the individual selected to serve as director is additionally qualified to hold faculty status, then consideration will be made for a zero percent time non-tenured faculty appointment.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites letters of nomination or application (letter of interest, resume/CV, and five references). Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials prior to Friday, March 31, 2017. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically to:
Kathleen Harleman, Interim Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts
Search Committee Chair
Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois is located in Urbana-Champaign and is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Illinois faculty have earned 23 Nobel Prizes; two faculty and 18 alumni are Pulitzer Prize winners; and our faculty and alumni are well-represented in the memberships of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. The campus is a leader in access for students with disabilities and was the first to provide disabilities access to all campus programs, facilities, and services and the first to offer comprehensive wheelchair sports programming. Additional information about the University may be obtained from its website, www.illinois.edu.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).