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Interim Director-Museum

All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Interim Director-Museum
Nature of Work

The Interim Director provides leadership for the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center. This position is responsible for daily operations of the Center as well as development and enhancement of positive interactions and collaborative efforts within Chadron State College (CSC) and with external stakeholders. The Interim Director explores avenues to re-imagine the Center. This may include outreach within CSC such as the Eleanor Barbour Cook Museum of Geology or the High Plains Herbarium as well as regional outreach to develop a set of possible alternatives for the future.

Examples of Work Performed

Essential Duties:
1. Manages all areas of the Center: administration, planning, policies and procedures, programming, operations including collections and archives, research utilization of Center Collections, and public relations and marketing in coordination with Chadron State College (CSC) College Relations. Key tasks include
a. Identifies appropriate experts to design, assess, research, and implement exhibits, educational programs, and other related Center activities. This encompasses providing support for the experts to achieve the desired outcome
b. Serve as liaison between CSC, Mari Sandoz Heritage Society, C. F. Coffee Gallery Committee, and other appropriate organizations/constituents. This includes assisting with meeting and conference arrangements, planning, documentation of meeting minutes for accreditation, and other related activities.
c. Prepares, administers, and monitors the budget. This is achieved in accordance with the Sandoz Society Memorandum of Cooperation and C. F. Coffee Gallery Committee consent, and Chadron State College approval.
2. Explores and develops various alternatives to reimagine the Center. Development of alternatives include
a. Gather feedback to identify the Center’s strengths and weaknesses.
b. Identify potential linkages, processes, activities, and structures within CSC such as Galleries in Memorial, Permanent Art Collection, Rangeland Pavilion, Library Learning Commons, Essential Studies Program, high plains Herbarium, and Cook Museum of Geology.
c. Review organizational structures, processes, and activities within museums, libraries, and other nonprofits that are relevant to CSC.
d. Develop a set of potential options for restructuring, rebranding, and marketing the Center that complement the region, CSC, and the College Mission.
3. Recruits, coaches, supervises, and evaluates staff, including volunteers and student workers.
Secondary Duties:
1. Compile and file annual and task-related reports, including documents and evidence for CSC accreditation and oversight.
2. Coordinate with the CSC Conferencing Office and appropriate Dean/Chair to facilitate conferences, meetings, and other uses of the facility.
3. Serve on college and college-related committees and taskforces.
4. Perform, as approved by the school Dean, functions associated with teaching courses.
5. Other job-related duties as assigned by the Academic Deans and/or Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in American History or Literature, Anthropology, Native American Studies, Nonprofit, Museum Studies or a related academic discipline.
Preferred skills include:
(1) Knowledge/experience in history, culture, literature, industries, commerce and/or trades of Frontier and Remote regions, American West, Great Plains, and/or High Plains
(2) Evidence of strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and competencies in project management.

Physical Demands

The physical requirements for this position may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the ability to use a computer, calculator, telephone, keyboard, and/or various types of office equipment.  Must be able to effectively communicate in verbal and written formats and satisfactorily perform the functions of this position.

Salary Information $53,020 commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefit package.


FLSA Exempt
Union Status NSCS
Number of Vacancies 1

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number PS093P
Desired Start Date 08/01/2017
Open Date 06/26/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
General Information
EEO Statement

The Nebraska State Colleges are equal opportunity institutions and do not discriminate against any student, employee, or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, or age in employment and education opportunities. Each College has designated an individual to coordinate the Colleges’ non-discrimination efforts to comply with regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and practices may be directed to the Compliance Coordinators assigned at each College and identified on each College website.

Veteran Statement

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript 1
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation