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Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
Bridgeport, CT

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Arts & Museum Administration
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Institution Type
Community College
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Posted: March 30, 2022
Level: Community College Professional 19, 12-month, tenure track position.
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Closing Date: Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, April  29, 2022


Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604
**This position is not remote**

For more information, please click on the college to be directed to their website.

CT State Community College Mission:

Connecticut State Community College (CT State) provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The College supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, advances positive change for the students, communities, and industries it serves, and awards associates degrees and certificates.

CT State Community College Vision:

CT State will be recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership, and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational, and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.

CT State Community College Equity Statement:

The CSCU system commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.

Anticipated Start Date: 

July 2022

Position Summary:

The Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art plans, coordinates, supervises programs and activities of the museum to provide educational and cultural enrichment for the region and to foster and maintain the museum’s unique mission to make art part of the everyday life of the college and an educational resource for its academic programs. The museum is comprised of nearly 7,000 works of art, much of which is displayed across the HCC Campus, as well as the Burt Chernow Galleries which feature multiple exhibits and related programs annually.

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Art History, Museum Administration, Museum Studies, or an appropriately related field together with a minimum of two (2) years of related experience that includes up to two (2) years of supervisory experience; or a combination of education, training and experience which would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position’s essential duties.

Successful Candidate must have or must possess:

  • Experience initiating programs
  • Experience in fund raising, grants development, and donor solicitations
  • Experience in museums and/or galleries, exhibition practices, public relations techniques, documentation, and authentication practices
  • Experience moderating and facilitating group training and utilizing effective training practices
  • Experience in supervising staff, work study students and volunteers and providing training in museum practices
  • Experience in the development of exhibition and programs for both community outreach and professional education
  • Experience in budgeting and finance administration

Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Five (5) years of professional-level experience directing or assisting in the direction of an art gallery or art museum 
  • Experience implementing best practices in museum space, both digital and physical; security practices necessary to protect art collections and temporary exhibits
  • Experience with museum cataloging, registration, and collections policies and procedures
  • Experience in promoting diversity, equity, inclusivity and access 
Example of Job Duties:

Under the direction of the Campus CEO, the Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art is responsible for recommending policy and participates in the establishment of long-and short-term goals, museum exhibits, and community outreach programs. He/she supervises collection record keeping and conservation; and oversees training of support staff and volunteers. This position also engages in fundraising with individuals and foundations to increase revenue for museum activities beyond the allotment provided by the College. The Director is also responsible for interpersonal/public relations, program management, budget management and planning.

In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the incumbent is required to carry out the essential duties of: Attendance and participation at convocation and commencement ceremonies; Service on assigned committees and task forces; Attendance and participation at committee, staff, informational and professional meetings.  These may involve attendance at evening or weekend events.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.

Starting Salary:

$73,292 approximate annual* plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits. Salary Range for this level is $73,292-$133,061. (*New hires to State employment start at minimum of salary range).

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance. You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable. 

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

Selection Procedure:

Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to Interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates' qualifications.

Background Screening:

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D'Agostino Manager of Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion [email protected]


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