Museums Director, University of Alberta Museums

Published September 29, 2021

Closing Date: October 15, 2021


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Museums Director
Library and Museums – University of Alberta Museums

Competition No.: A101746056
Closing Date: October 15, 2021

The University of Alberta Museums seek an innovative, dynamic, and creative museums professional to serve as its next Director. The richness of the diverse collections and their many uses in teaching, research, and outreach make this an opportunity to engage in varied and stimulating work.

The University of Alberta Museums consist of 30 registered collections with over 10,000,000 museum objects and specimens. The collections are integral to the University’s academic mission and range in disciplines from paleontology to art history. In this distributed model, many collections have designated faculty curators, managed by a central unit of museum professionals. The unit is also responsible for two significant art collections, the University of Alberta Museums Art Collection with over 7,000 works and the Mactaggart Art Collection, a world-class collection of textiles, costumes, paintings, handscrolls and other artifacts from ancient and modern East Asia. The Mactaggart Art Collection represents a special opportunity. This Collection receives support from a substantial endowment, with a need for a new and transformative vision to realize the Collection’s potential as a significant global resource for scholars. The University also has other major collections on campus, such as the Library’s Bruce Peel Special Collections and the University of Alberta Archives, both part of the broader Library & Museums portfolio.

Reporting to the Vice-Provost (Library & Museums) and leading a staff of twelve dedicated individuals as well as project staff, the Director provides visionary and professional leadership for the university’s campus-wide museum system. Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with the faculty curators is a key responsibility. Developing and pursuing a vision for the two art collections is another important responsibility but also a tremendous opportunity given the depth of the collections and the potential they represent for the university and community.

As Director, you would be the main voice for the Museums at the University and in the broader community. The ability to articulate a vision and impart it to others is essential. Equally important is an ability to work with a wide range of individuals who support the collections, managing many relationships both within the Museums unit as well as across campus. We seek a director who recognizes and pursues opportunities, encourages staff to reach their potential, and inspires engagement with the collections. You will also build strong relationships within the Library & Museums portfolio, in particular with Bruce Peel Special Collections and the University Archives, where you will find colleagues with similar interests and mandates.

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The Director must have a keen awareness and a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and an ability to apply these insights and practices not only in working with others but in curating the many collections. As with all museum collections, we face issues of representation and provenance that require close attention and action. We seek a leader who can approach issues such as decolonization and Indigenization with an open mind and a commitment to change. The University of Alberta’s Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity guides our work.

An ideal candidate brings extensive and broad experience in a museum environment. You hold a relevant graduate degree and have a track record of significant engagement with financial, planning, and business processes. Your knowledge of current museum practice and standards is sound and you have particular acumen in the area of collection management. Absolutely essential assets for this role are the ability to be an advocate for the collections and to build strong partnerships and collaborations within a complex organization and with museum and art communities. You will also have opportunities to work closely with the Vice-Provost and with guidance from advancement professionals to cultivate and steward philanthropic gifts.

Please submit your application including a cover letter and resume by October 15, 2021.

In accordance with the Handbook of Terms and Conditions of Employment For Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this is a full-time continuing position offering a comprehensive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications within a range of $87,724 to $146,204.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

How to Apply

Apply Online at www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A101746056
Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.