Executive Director Position Available
A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, Fort Pierce, Florida
Posted March 27, 2017
Application Deadline, June 1, 2017
Exceptional opportunity to lead a dynamic Museum steeped in history, but with a contemporary directive, on Florida’s unspoiled Treasure Coast. The newly re- built Museum is well organized by a strong volunteer force and operated by a small dedicated staff. The Board of Directors seeks to find a qualified candidate to replace the current Executive Director who is retiring after 19 years.
The A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, innovative and business-minded individual to lead the Museum during its next stage of growth. The Director will be responsible for furthering the goals and mission of the Backus Museum. The Director will also be responsible supervising curatorial activities, exhibition acquisition and establishing the annual exhibition and special events and educational schedule.
Of significant importance is the responsibility for maintaining and fostering the Museum’s 57 year image of exceptionalism. The Director must be able to capitalize on the Backus’ existing strengths and provide leadership and management for the next chapter in the Museum’s history
The ideal candidate will be an energetic Museum professional enthusiastic about growing an institution and with a commitment to working with diverse populations. This is a hands-on, active position and requires personal involvement assisting staff, volunteers and the Board with the running of the Museum and its events.
Employment Contract and Salary Range and Benefits:
This position requires an ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, lift, reach up, stoop and carry items occasionally more than 30 pounds. It also requires manual dexterity, visual acuity and ability to operate standard office machines such as, copier, computer, projector, fax, sound system, telephone, and other equipment.
This description is intended to indicate an outline of the job’s requirements and expectations. It is not intended to be a contract for employment. The employer reserves the right to make any necessary revisions to the job description at any time without notice.
About the Museum
Located in a City park along the beautiful Indian River Lagoon, the A.E. Backus Museum is fresh from a $1.4 million-dollar expansion, which doubled its size, redesigned exhibits and included a Museum Store expansion. Housing the nation’s largest public exhibition of artwork by Florida’s preeminent painter, A.E. Backus, the Museum also offers the only permanent multi-media exhibition on the internationally acclaimed, outsider artists known as The Florida Highwaymen.
Established in 1960 as the Gallery of Fort Pierce, the Museum has grown and expanded its facility, collection and vision over the years. Changing exhibits from artists of national and international acclaim round out the Museum’s Florida centered mission. The new outdoor Mural Plaza opens onto a park that borders the Indian River Lagoon and offers a place for fresh air and artistic inspiration. Families and school groups will enjoy the Art & History Scavenger Hunt which is open to the public and free of charge. The Museum offers a lecture series, hands on art workshops and continuing classes in a variety of mediums.
Who Was A.E. Backus?
With a career spanning over 70 years, Backus (1906 – 1990) was the first Florida born artist to paint Florida. He was lucky to have known great success during his lifetime with paintings hanging in the homes and offices of a who’s who of Florida power and wealth. A renowned humanitarian who abhorred the South’s racist attitudes and segregation, Backus taught and mentored the Florida Highwaymen. If there were no Backus, there would be no Highwaymen. Twenty-eight artists in the Florida Artist Hall of Fame owe their start to A.E. Backus.
To promote the arts in the community, and to perpetuate the artistic and humanitarian legacy of A.E. “Bean” Backus.
The Museum encompasses 8,000 sq. ft. of interior exhibition, Museum store, offices and storage space. An outdoor mural plaza and Art & History Scavenger Hunt are part of a public art exhibition on the Museum’s landscaped, waterfront park-grounds.
The Backus Museum is funded by donations from our “Friends of the Museum” membership, business sponsorships, state cultural & humanity grants, charitable gifts, fund raising events and activities, the proceeds from the sale of Backus originals in our consignment gallery and Museum Store sales.
The Museum is located along the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Pierce. Central to Florida’s Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce is known as a lively waterfront community with miles of unspoiled beaches, incredible fishing, a vibrant arts and cultural scene and a diverse and active community. The cost of living is low and the quality of living is high. The neighboring communities of Stuart and Vero Beach also offer outstanding cultural and leisure activities.
Links to things of interest in the local area
http://visitstlucie.com/, https://www.fortpiercefarmersmarket.com/ http://sunrisetheatre.com/ http://www.riversidetheatre.com http://www.lyrictheatre.com/ http://www.sms.si.edu/SMEE/ http://www.fau.edu/hboi/ http://fortpierceoutdoorcenter.com/ http://www.verobeachMuseum.org/ https://www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org/
Send information to Applications@BackusMuseum.com
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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 1, 2017
Following a telephone interview, finalists will be asked to come for a personal interview with the Search Committee.
It is the desire of the Search Committee to have an approved candidate ready to begin training in early August, 2017. Position begins October 1, 2017, prior to the Museum’s opening for its 58th season.