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Executive Director, Frank H. McClung Museum

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, Tennessee
Posted Date
Jul 11, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History
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Full Time
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University of Tennessee

Executive Director, Frank H. McClung Museum

The Office of the Provost at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for the Jefferson Chapman Executive Director of Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture.  

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (UTK) is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling more than 30,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, UTK fulfills its access mission through a commitment to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. McClung Museum has hosted 1.4 million visitors who have enjoyed programs and exhibits. The museum is a nationally significant archaeological, paleoethnobotanical and malacological collections have been sources of myriad theses, dissertations, journal articles and monographs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide leadership and oversee the operations of the Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, and teach within the School of Art. Specific duties include: primary responsibility for donor and public relations and is responsible for professional practices such as acquisitions, deaccessions, preservation, and research interpretation; provide the vision and personal leadership for institutional growth and development; develop strategies and initiatives to fulfill the museum’s mission “to advance understanding and appreciation of the earth and its peoples through the collection, preservation, study, interpretation and exhibition of objects and data;” ensure that the strategic and operational functions of the museum directly support and further the university’s strategic priorities as documented in; develop strategies and lead initiatives of the museum and will ensure that collections accord with the highest professional and ethical standards; supervise activities of museum staff and foster an environment of collaboration, mutual respect, and teamwork while demonstrating a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity as a core value of the museum; responsible for the development, coordination, approval, and execution of policies, methods, and procedures; serve as spokesperson for and advocate of the museum; cultivate donor relationships; strive to enhance the museum’s public image in order to expand engagement and support; occasional travel to attend professional meetings / conferences, and to meet with prospective donors; and teach Museum Studies within the School of Art.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required in Museum Science, Anthropology, Public Administration or related field.

A minimum of ten years’ full-time experience in a progressively responsible role in a museum or related educational/research organization, including 5 years of senior management and leadership experience, and involving managing organizational budget and financial resources, and leading and managing curatorial as well as other museum staff. Experience must also include teaching in the field of museum studies.

Demonstrated success developing strategies and initiatives for organizational growth and stability; Established record of professional accomplishments; Demonstrated success in fundraising, audience development, and institutional planning; Ability to contribute to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university; Excellent managerial, planning, organizational, and administrative skills; Strong interpersonal and written/oral communication skills; High level of presentation and negotiation skills; Demonstrated problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills; Commitment to maintaining appropriate professional activities in relevant state, national, and other professional organizations; Ability to provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction; Ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, and donors; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a broad audience; Ability to teach courses related to museum studies; and occasional travel (to conferences and donor visits).

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.  Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.




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