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Director of the Gillespie Museum

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Stetson University
Location
DeLand, Florida, United States

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Director of the Gillespie Museum

Tracking Code847-280Job Description

The Gillespie Museum features one of the premier historic mineral collections in the southeast, and seasonally changing exhibits on an array of earth science and natural history topics. With native ecology interpretive and research areas and other multiuse eco-areas across its grounds, and a dedication to inspired environmental programming, the Gillespie has become a center for science education on campus, in the local community, and beyond. The Director is responsible for the overall operations and oversight of the museum, including collections, exhibition design, education and programming, collections management, and conservation to achieve the strategic goals of the museum. Additional responsibilities include providing direction and supervision to an Assistant Director and team of student staff.

The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and is responsible for:

  • the day-to-day leadership of museum operations and programming through specialized knowledge of its mission and collections
  • oversight and management for the Rinker Environmental Learning Center
  • supervising museum staff
  • budget management
  • representing the museum and the Rinker Environmental Learning Center to all relevant academic and non-academic communities
  • developing and managing exhibitions and activities such as lecture series, demonstrations, festivals and other special events that attract and serve a range of audiences, including on- and off-campus communities, with special attention to K-5 and undergraduate education
  • planning, preparing, installing, and removing exhibits
  • maintaining databases relating to the operations and collections of the museum
  • identifying grant opportunities and seeking extramural funding when appropriate
  • overseeing the Museum’s membership programs
  • scheduling University classes, community programs, and special events for the Rinker Environmental Learning Center
  • developing programming and outreach for the Rinker Environmental Learning Center, its outdoor classroom, and the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem
  • collaboration with the Director of the Hand Art Center, as well as faculty and staff throughout the campus community
  • other related duties as needed/assigned

Minimum Education: Master's degree

Required Skills
  • Ability to operate all laboratory/office equipment (or a willingness to learn) used in the museum is required, such as computers, LCD panels, petrographic microscopes, air and water pressure cleaners, Geiger counter, rock trimmer and ultraviolet lights.
  • The position requires some physical effort, i.e., some standing and walking, occasional lifting (25-30 lbs.), and manual dexterity in the use of fingers or limbs in the operation of equipment.
Required Experience
  • A Master’s degree is required (preferably in Earth Sciences or a related field), as well as a minimum of five years’ professional experience with progressive museum programs and supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of modern museum management principles, including but not limited to some phases of construction, operations, maintenance, financial planning, collection management, grant writing, short and long-range planning, special events, exhibition development, informal science education, public programming, audience development, and building partnerships
  • Professional knowledge (or willingness to acquire professional knowledge) of best practices pertaining to safety and hazardous materials in mineral collections and displays is required

Salary Grade: 7

Completed COVID-19 Vaccine status required

Job LocationDeLand, Florida, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular

Organization

Stetson University is located in DeLand, Fla., with a second campus in Gulfport, Fla. and two satellite centers. Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy and later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, the university has a storied history of leadership, values and significance. The university is home to many Florida firsts, including the first collegiate newspaper, the oldest schools of business administration and music, the first college of law and was the state's first private university to integrate.

But our story is about more than the buildings at our campuses and those who helped build them; it's really about our students.

The university is led by President Wendy B. Libby, supported by administrative offices which provide services and resources to students and faculty. Stetson University is home to 73 academic programs in four divisional areas and with undergraduate and graduate studies offered in many areas. The university is accreditedby numerous accrediting agencies, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and curriculum is closely aligned with the marketplace to prepare students for life after Stetson. Undergraduate leadership, research, volunteer service and participatory activities flourish at all four of the university's locations.

At Stetson University, graduation isn't the end goal. It's just one stop along the way as students pursue something greater for themselves and the world around them.

At Stetson University, we dare students to be significant.

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