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Manager of Exhibits and Collections

  • 10 Feb 2017 5:37 PM
    Message # 4603436

    New Hanover County, located on the North Carolina coast with a population of more than 220,000, seeks a Manager of Collections and Exhibits for the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science to be part of a dynamic, professional county organization with a clear vision as a vibrant, prosperous, diverse coastal community, committed to building a sustainable future for generations to come. The Museum Manager has primary responsibility for overseeing the management of the Museum's collections, exhibits, research, and facilities and the supervision of staff assigned to accomplish the mission of the Exhibit and Collections Units. The Museum Manager will also oversee and implement initiatives developed as part of a recently-completed strategic plan to better serve existing and new audiences in the museum and the community. This position works collaboratively with other Museum units and facilitates department-wide communication regarding unit mission and goals. Essential to the position is an adherence to the highest museum standards and best practices, and the ability to work collaboratively and to contribute meaningfully to the museum's strategic plans and overall mission. 


    Essential Duties

    • Provides leadership for the Collections and Exhibits Units by developing long-range goals, planning budgets to accomplish goals, monitoring budgets to ensure sound fiscal management, communicating budget concerns to the Director, and serving as the spokesperson to represent the units' needs, concerns, or issues.
    • Supervises Collections and Exhibit Units to include prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; and making, hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
    • Oversees the exhibit planning process and guides the team in the production and installation of temporary, permanent and traveling exhibitions.
    • Defines and delivers a strategy to build, enhance and expand the Museum's collection and develops a comprehensive plan for collecting in the future
    • Coordinates facilities maintenance operations with the County's Property Management Department and unit staff. Manages strategic initiatives and activities related to maintaining the facility's appearance, operations, use and building safety.
    • Collaborates with other Museum units to develop exhibits and programs that meets the Museum's mission for the general public.
    • Works with donors, scholars, and colleagues both internally and externally and facilitates partnerships with other institutions to promote research, understanding, and use of the collection and the Museum's resources.
    • Recommends, writes, reviews, and administers grants supporting exhibit development and collections management; identifies and helps to cultivate private support for exhibit development and collections management.
    • Attends relevant public events, represents the museum in radio, television, and various public speaking forums, and maintains professional connections with the community.
    • Develops, implements, and maintains policies governing disaster preparedness and response as it relates to the collection and facility and ensure staff are trained.
    • Acts as Museum Director when assigned and provides competent leadership in both routine and emergency situations. Assigned regular rotation as manager-on-call.


    The current salary range for this position is $61,910.00-$105,247.

    The hiring range for this position is $61,910- $83,579. Salary is negotiable within the hiring range, depending on qualifications.


    Minimum Qualifications


    Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred in Museum Studies, Administration, Management or a related academic discipline in history or science. A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in supervision, project management, collections management and exhibit development with a thorough understanding of related practices and principles or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


    Other Information


    Hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday with occasional weekends. Must be available to work during emergency situations.

    This position is open until filled.  Priority consideration will be given to candidates submitting applications by Monday, March 3, 2017.  It is strongly recommended that applications are submitted by this date.  


    The first stage of the interview process for highly qualified applicants who are selected to participate, will be conducted during the week of March 6, 2017. 


    For additional information and to apply for additional for this position, please go to

    Only applications submitted online with a cover letter and resume will be considered.

    Last modified: 10 Feb 2017 5:45 PM | Sheryl Mays