Madison, WI
Mar 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 89972-LI

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Library, Museum, Arts, Management/Supervisory, Other

Employment Class: Limited

Position Vacancy ID: 89972-LI


Official Title: DIR, UNSPECIFIED (9)(M95DN)


FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JULY 01, 2017

Term: N/A

Advertised Salary: Negotiable
ANNUAL (12 months)

Degree and Area of Specialization: Bachelor's degree required. An advanced degree in art or art history or another appropriate academic discipline is preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Creativity is required for the conceptualization and organization of museum programs, as in the case of fostering innovative exhibitions, accompanying publications, fundraising initiatives, and outreach. Because the director serves as spokesperson for the institution to the press, to funding agencies, and to the scholarly world at large, original thinking and clarity of expression are essential.

An appreciation for and a significant knowledge of visual art with an understanding of most periods and cultures of art history. Understanding of and competency in academic scholarship. At least five years of senior administrative experience within an art museum and/or related organization.

Demonstrated experience with professional practices in museums and significant experience in staff management. Demonstrated experience with major gift fundraising and collection development. A high level of qualitative and quantitative skills and the ability to apply them to policy development and decision making. Demonstrated experience with museum business operations, including budgeting, financial management, and marketing.

Ability to work within university priorities, policies and structure.

Ability to work with individuals and diverse constituent groups to resolve differences and develop constructive consensus. The director must simultaneously manage and motivate a professional staff, successfully attract substantial community support, and sustain a high level of quality and scholarship. Short- and long-range planning related to budgets, the physical plant, the collections, exhibitions, academic service, educational programming, and the development of funding for all of these are an on-going responsibility of the director.

Position Summary: The director of the Chazen Museum of Art is responsible for the 176,000 square foot art museum whose collections comprise approximately 20,000 works of art. The staff of the Chazen Museum of Art serves the campus community and represents the university to the people of the State of Wisconsin, the region and beyond as well as the scholarly community at large. The director provides conceptual leadership through specialized knowledge of the discipline of the museum and is responsible for overall leadership, growth, and management of the museum, which is an integral part of the university. The Chazen Art Museum cultivates an active education program and, in support of the university's commitment to the strongest academic experience for its students, the director must collaborate with faculty in the art and art history departments and other departments across the university to serve the curricular needs of UW-Madison students. The director shapes the vision and future directions of the museum and is the guiding force in its philosophy, strategic planning, programming, and management. The director reports directly to the Provost of the university.

Additional Information: BACKGROUND:
The Chazen Museum of Art opened in 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center (named for the president of the university from 1958 to 1962) to further the University of Wisconsin-Madison's mission of education, research, and public service. In 1978 it became the Elvehjem Museum of Art, and in 2005, in honor of a lead gift for expansion from alumni Simona and Jerome Chazen, was renamed the Chazen Museum of Art. The expansion opened in October 2011, doubling the size of the museum. The new building is joined to the Conrad A. Elvehjem building by a dramatic and functional bridge gallery.

The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin: more than 20,000 works cover diverse historical periods, cultures, and geographic locations, from ancient Greece, Western Europe, and the Soviet Empire, to Moghul India, eighteenth-century Japan, and modern Africa. The collection continues to grow thanks to artwork donations and purchases. The collection is funded entirely by private money; no public money has ever been used to purchase art.

The museum also presents frequent temporary exhibitions that highlight the collection or are borrowed from other museums, broadening the offerings to visitors. These temporary exhibitions may be local, national or international, contemporary or historical in scope.

As a state educational resource, the Chazen offers tours, talks by artists and scholars, and other educational programs and outreach for schoolchildren, college students, families and art lovers of all ages. Special events include exhibition receptions, Art-Spin family days, Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen, and Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen. These offerings are free and open to the public.

The total museum size is 176,000 square feet. The Conrad A. Elvehjem building is 90,000 square feet including the Kohler Art Library, classrooms and lecture halls, and the art history department offices. The new building is 86,000 square feet, and includes the Museum Shop, Object Study Room, Print Study Room, Docent's office, Art Studio Classroom, a state-of-the-art auditorium, and two temporary exhibit galleries. Behind the scenes, the expansion includes extensive storage, preparatory workspace, a 10,000 lb. capacity pass-through freight elevator and a self-leveling loading dock. The expansion was designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates and opened in 2011. The entire $43 million cost of the building project has been met through gifts and grants from private sources.

The Chazen Museum of Art operates with a budget of approximately $3.7 to 4 million exclusive of art acquisition and capital expenses; a full time staff of 17; a part time staff of 27; and a 25 member national Council. Annual visitation is approximately 110,000. The museum has just been re-accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

To learn more about the Chazen Museum of Art please visit their web site:

To learn about the University of Wisconsin-Madison please visit their web site:


The director will be expected to generate new initiatives, and to infuse the Chazen with vision, energy, and excitement that build on existing strengths.

The director will explore collaborations on campus in order to develop new approaches in teaching, learning, and content as well as creative applications of technology to advance the museum's utilization of its collections, and to enhance its exhibitions and programs

To build audiences and awareness for the Chazen, the director will assure that the museum is innovative, accessible, connected to, and engaged with the UW-Madison community and external constituencies locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The director, in partnership with the University Foundation and the museum's Council, will lead the effort to develop new sources of funding and revenue. An immediate priority is staff development.

Contact: Management Consultants for the Arts
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants: Please click on the "Apply Now" button above to start the application process. Applicants will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience. PDF preferred, but not required.

Informal inquiries can be directed to the search firm Management Consultants for the Arts,

Additional Link: Full Position Details

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: 09 Mar 2017 Central Standard Time

Application Close: 29 Apr 2017 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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