Director of Museum Experience

JOB TITLE: Director of Museum Experience

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

REPORTS TO: President & CEO

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time

LOCATION(S): Main Facility and off-site locations

SUMMARY: The Director of Museum Experience is responsible for developing exhibits inside the temporary and permanent galleries of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame; managing, supervising, and mentoring the Manager of Museum Education & Outreach and the Archives Manager and Registrar; overseeing the management of the Assistant Archives Manager, Museum Specialists, and Museum Associates; generating potential collaboration opportunities through programming and outreach efforts; and fostering a team culture that creates meaningful visitor, volunteer, and participant experiences.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in Museum Experience financial preparation and reporting to board of directors.

  • Responsible for the development and management of an annual budget related to educational programming, exhibitions, outreach events, and personnel related to the Museum Experience department.

  • With the Manager of Museum Education & Outreach, oversee the execution, development, and evaluation of educational and engagement programs (onsite, offsite, and virtual) that forward the mission of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum, and that meet the needs of primary audiences (schools and families) and encourage the participation of new audiences.

  • With the Archives Manager and Registrar, oversee the management of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame collections, ensuring that collections are appropriately reviewed, accessioned, and preserved.

  • Serve as a mentor to Museum Experience staff (managers, assistant managers, specialists, and associates) ensuring staff receive appropriate training and coaching to fulfill the expectations of their jobs and to grow and develop. Encourage the integration of front-line staff with back-office staff and ensure staff understand how their roles contribute to meeting the mission of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

  • Oversee the development and achievement of department goals for attendance, program delivery, evaluations, communication, exhibit development, archives/collections preservation, and more.

  • Connect with other museums, organizations, and individuals to secure loan items for exhibition at the Gaylord-Pickard Museum, and, with the Archives Manager and Registrar, oversee the necessary loans, transportation, and safety of loan items.

  • Work creatively to develop permanent and special exhibits inside the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, as well as virtual and pop-up exhibitions, that interest visitors/participants of all generations.

  • Identify Oklahoma artists to feature in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery and act as primary contact for artists during their exhibition. Curate exhibitions or partner with guest curators.

  • Provide management and oversight of exhibit installation and gallery preparation.

  • Partner with Development to write grants, collect data, and create grant reports to secure project-based funding for exhibitions, collections, and programming. Contribute and consult for general operations grants. Look for opportunities for grant funding that are compatible with department needs and goals.

  • Partner with Marketing to promote Gaylord-Pickens Museum programs, exhibitions, and experiences through social media, print media, ad buys, direct mail, email, and marketing events.

  • Partner with Building Operations to ensure safe, successful events and experiences on Museum grounds, as well as repairs and improvements to exhibits, exhibit technology and lighting, and galleries.

  • Represent the organization in the community through participation in civic clubs/museum organizations, committees, and conferences.

  • Act as staff liaison to the Museum Program Committee: 1) Provide project management and timely correspondence with the committee consisting of chair, board of directors, staff, and exhibition designers/architects/outside vendors; 2) Current project: create and implement a strategic/institutional plan for the Museum, including development of a Community Advisory Network.

EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in related field preferred, strong managerial experience, and at least five years of museum experience.

SKILLS:

  • Exceptional planning and coordination skills
  • Work well with teams
  • Maintain deadlines and project check points
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to represent the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum in a consistently positive and professional manner to internal and external audiences
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand; must have visual acuity to read and draft reports, memorandums, and other printed matter; and must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The employee will work year round in both an office environment and outdoors. The noise level in the work environment varies from quiet to loud; situations characteristic to working with school-age children are common; and travel to other sites within the metropolitan area and to rural communities statewide are possible.

The qualifications, physical demands, and work environment described herein are representative of those an employee will encounter and must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

  • Complete in its entirety the Employment Application located at OklahomaHoF.com.
  • Complete in its entirety the Consent to Background Check located at OklahomaHoF.com.
  • Attach current resume and cover letter detailing your experience.
  • Email to: Gini Campbell at gmc@oklahomahof.com