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Associate Director
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Posting: 16176I
Location: Eugene
Closes: Open Until Filled

Note: UO Employees only

Appointment Type: Officer of Administration
Annual FTE: 0.4-0.6FTE 
Closing Date: Application Review begins October 15, 2016; open until filled 

This position is open only to current employees of the University of Oregon

Job Context 
The Associate Director (AD) is responsible for promoting the mission of the Museum of Natural & Cultural History by managing initiatives and grants, conducting original research, building and maintaining key relationships on and off campus, and working with the director on strategic and operational decision-making.

The Associate Director is an autonomous position responsible for practicing prudent fiscal accountability when executing strategic tasks, and has the ability to make decisions on behalf of the museum. The position reports to the Executive Director.

At the request of the Executive Director, the AD may take leadership for various departmental projects, and represent the museum in the absence of or on behalf of the Executive Director. Also at the request of the Executive Director the AD may assume supervisory responsibility for the Administrative staff and Division heads. The AD may serve in an interim capacity for staff vacancies within the department.

Lastly, the AD serves as a strategic partner with the academic, research, and service areas of the University to design and implement programs and services that advance the University’s mission and goals.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Strategic Initiatives and Department Management:

  • In consultation with the Executive Director, the AD sets priorities for the Museum of Natural & Cultural History strategic initiatives.
  • Manage, market, and grow the museum’s existing enterprises.
  • Lead an annual assessment program for museum divisions that includes assessment and updating of MNCH strategic goals and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain related assessment initiatives, budgetary operations, and strategic planning to support the long range planning and implementation of the departmental mission as it relates to the overall mission of the University.
  • Lead staff meetings and provide direction for services provided, development and assessment.

Grant Writing and Management:

  • Provide leadership in identifying and securing sponsorship opportunities and/or other revenue generating sources for all museum divisions.
  • Assist principal investigators with writing grant proposals and reports.

Communication and Representation:

  • Communicate the purposes and operation of Museum’s initiatives internally and externally, and ensure prioritized and consistent communication with stakeholders.
  • Act as a liaison with senior faculty and staff to facilitate the execution of the museum’s strategic plan and various functions that meet and advance the University’s mission.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Communications & Marketing Manager, create and implement a comprehensive marketing plan inclusive of goals, and evaluation systems.
  • Contribute to the MNCH’s quarterly (Fieldnotes) and annual reports, as well as other publications.
  • Provide leadership and participate in meetings with user groups including MAC members, volunteers, students, faculty, and various University committees and associations.
  • Attend meetings on behalf of the Executive Director to represent the museum.

Qualification Requirements 
The following are minimum requirements for this position:  

  • Ph.D. degree, tenured (Associate or Full Professor) faculty member with an active research and publication program.
  • 5 years of increasing responsibility in a University/College setting, including some administrative and strategic planning experience.
  • Experience in proposal writing, obtaining and administering grants.

Required Professional Competencies:

  • Demonstrated administrative and managerial skills and ability to supervise others.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, and strong oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem solve, collaborate and work successfully with various stakeholders.
  • Experience in identifying and analyzing potential implementation and securing of sponsorship opportunities and/or other revenue generating sources appropriate for a museum and research center setting.
  • Skill in personnel management and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.   

This position is subject to a criminal background check.

Salary Range

Salary for this position will be via course buyout.

In addition to the above mentioned salary, this position has an excellent benefits package including health, dental, insurance, retirement plan, employee tuition rates (transferable to immediate family members under specific circumstances) and excellent vacation and sick leave provisions.  

 Application Procedure

This position is open until filled. To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials by October 15, 2016.  Position will remain open until filled. 

Complete applications must include the following: 

  1. A letter of application demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and addressing your interest in the position. 
  2. A current résumé or vitae.
  3. The names and contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) of three current references who can comment on your qualifications for this position. References will be kept confidential, and candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

The application materials should be packaged as a single PDF file, using the applicant’s last name as the document name, and emailed to yrahmani@uoregon.edu. For any questions regarding the position or the search process please contact Jon Erlandson, Executive Director of the MNCH at jerland@uoregon.eduor 541-346-5115.

Please reference Position #16176I and the applicant’s last name in the subject of the email.  

Incomplete or improperly submitted applications may be excluded from consideration. 

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