Executive Director and Chief Curator for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Job description

Job no: 493878
Work type: Full-time Salaried
Location: Overland Park Main Campus
Categories: Administrative Professional, Executive

Posting Job Title

Executive Director and Chief Curator for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art


Finance and Administrative Services

Position Type

Full-time Salaried

Number of openings


Job Summary

The Nerman Museum is the largest (41,000 sq.ft.) contemporary art museum within the four-state region and is the only dedicated contemporary art museum in Kansas. The more than 1,900 object collection (valued in excess of $40 million) focuses upon works since 1980. Of particular note is the Nerman’s sculpture collection (sited throughout the campus), its Oppenheimer Collection (founded in 1992), Barton P. & Mary D. Cohen Collection (founded in 2011) and Collection Focus areas (located in college buildings across the campus). In 2006, JCCC was named one of the Top 10 universities or colleges in America for “Art on Campus.” The Nerman Museum enjoys a national and international reputation and largely serves Metropolitan Kansas City (population 2.3 million), Johnson County, Kansas, the region, and nation.

The Executive Director and Chief Curator provides the artistic oversight, strategic leadership and management expertise for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art through their specialized knowledge of contemporary art and the varied disciplines of the museum field. The successful candidate will be an articulate and inspiring contemporary arts leader, fundraiser and relationship builder who can represent the Museum within the college, community, region and nation.

Required Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Art History or Fine Arts
Demonstrated progressive positions of advanced museum responsibility, culminating in Executive Director; Associate, Assistant or Deputy Director; or Chief/Senior Curator positions will be considered
Minimum 3-5 years in an advanced museum leadership position
Expansive knowledge of contemporary art
Record of successful and innovative exhibitions and programming
Demonstrated ability to manage/oversee financials
Demonstrated and considerable success in fundraising
Strong commitment to arts education
Excellent verbal, writing and relationship skills
Demonstrated ability to build, assess, interpret, and care for a major art collection

Preferred Qualifications

Required application documents


Cover Letter - Please carefully read the following instructions for requirements for the cover letter:

Applicant cover letters should not exceed two pages in total length, and must include a brief discussion of the following three topic areas:

  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • How do your skills align with the job description?
  • An explanation of experience with and/or commitment to diversity and equity. Formal DEI training or areas of expertise in this area should be highlighted. This request speaks to JCCC's desire to attract a diverse pool of candidates who will continue the Museum's commitment to inclusion.

Hours per Week


Work Hours/Days

Varies depending on department need

Salary Grade Level



Competitive rate of pay


Overland Park Main Campus


Every employee of the college is expected to treat all members of the college community with dignity and respect demonstrating professional, courteous and respectful behavior and engage in constructive conflict resolution, when needed.

In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. Individual hiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of the applicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require those selected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degrees obtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the review date listed in posting.

Johnson County Community College welcomes the application of any qualified candidate and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or other factors which cannot be lawfully considered, to the extent specified by applicable federal and state laws.

If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email [email protected]

For a summary of all disclosures (Background check, Clery Act, ADA, EOE, etc.) refer to the links on our Career page.

Advertised: 05 Jan 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications close: 28 Feb 2021 Central Standard Time




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Posted: 1/6/2021
Application Due: 2/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time