The Museum seeks an innovative and visionary leader who demonstrates a passion for engaging others in a lifelong learning agenda while delivering a high-quality experience that is financially sustainable through solid program, engagement, fundraising and business practices. A deep understanding, appreciation for, and connection to the natural world through collections-based science is required.
A high level of experience in building and sustaining community, national and international partnerships with other educational and cultural stakeholders, public and private, is necessary. The Museum seeks a dynamic, energetic communicator who can influence others to action, be they staff, faculty, board members, donors, elected officials, corporate executives, members, volunteers, and other supporters.
A Master’s degree is required. Formal education in science is preferred, but not required. Demonstrable leadership experience in public or private institutions concerned with informal education, natural history/science or related professions is highly valued.
Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, submit a current resume, letter of interest, and a diversity statement (a document that addresses your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through work, professional activity or service) to Kittleman using the button below. The position will remain open until filled, but applicants are highly encouraged to submit their materials by September 10 to ensure full consideration.
The Natural History Museum of Utah illuminates the natural world and the place of humans within it.
- We are a creative, dynamic institution.
- We attract and serve a broad, diverse audience.
- We meet the highest professional and ethical standards.
- We are accountable for our work.
- Our scientific research and interpretation are interdisciplinary, timely, and encourage active inquiry.
- We strive for and promote sustainability in all we do.
- We seek and sustain meaningful partnerships.
About the Natural History Museum of Utah
Founded in 1969, the Natural History Museum of Utah is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. In the past five decades it has developed a reputation of excellence in research, collections stewardship, education, exhibitions, and community engagement. In 2011, the Museum opened its spectacular new home, the Rio Tinto Center, which grew out of a remarkable public-private partnership between federal, state, and county governments, and corporations, foundations, and individuals. This was a transformational milestone for the Museum, providing a much-needed platform for 21st-century research and education. Since opening, the Museum has successfully grown its research capacity, increased its public, community and educational reach, honed the quality and scope of its offerings, developed a sustainable operation, and become a top destination in Salt Lake City, welcoming over 300,000 regional, national and international visitors annually. A LEED Gold Building, it has also received significant recognition for its stunning architecture and design, including being honored for Excellence in Architecture for New Building presented by the Society for College and University Planning at the American Institute of Architecture (AIA).
As a part of the unique intellectual resources of the University of Utah, the Museum’s campus collaborations spark applied research and programs, and the administration encourages a nimbleness rare in public organizations. The Museum’s scientific collections form the basis for internationally-recognized research, exhibits, and public and educational programs. In addition, the Museum offers extensive educational opportunities, welcoming over 55,000 student field trip visitors annually, provides direct instruction to students in every school in the state on a rotating schedule, provides innovative digital tools for teachers, students, and mentors in underserved secondary and high schools through its youth development programs. The Museum offers employment opportunities to University students, provides assistantships and internships for graduate students, and trains faculty and graduate students in science communication methods.
The Natural History Museum of Utah has an extraordinary opportunity to build on the potential of the Rio Tinto Center to address these expanded challenges by continuing to invest in cutting-edge research, novel and impactful exhibitions, and innovative science education and community engagement. By leveraging relationships with the State, the University, and many other constituencies, the Museum seeks to strengthen its mission through innovation, collaboration, research, learning, and public experience.
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for maintaining and enhancing the positive and respected internal and external programs of the Museum, serving as the principal representative to key external stakeholders, with the goal of expanding the organization’s impact, resources, and reputation. A major role of the Executive Director will be dedication to expanding relationships with existing and potential partners, donors, and other constituents in order to achieve the mission and goals of the Museum. The Executive Director provides overall leadership of the Museum and direction to the senior staff by formulating the strategic direction of key departments to ensure program growth, highquality processes, and sustainable infrastructure to meet the goals and mission of the Museum.
A high level of experience in building and sustaining community, national and international partnerships with other educational and cultural stakeholders, public and private, is necessary. We seek a dynamic, energetic communicator who can influence others to action, be they staff, faculty, board members, donors, elected officials, corporate executives, members, volunteers, and other supporters.
The ideal candidate will show evidence of successful fundraising leadership or will address how he/she/they have the aptitude to be successful with acquiring major gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, individuals and the public sector at the local, state and national level. A background of launching innovative, groundbreaking programs resulting in long-term funding and stable revenue streams, world-class research, and dynamic public engagement is highly valued.
We seek a person who can demonstrate ability in developing sustainable financial and operating strategies within a non-profit, business, or public organization. This includes competencies in selecting and directing senior leaders, financial and program analysis, and philanthropic revenue enhancement.
Leadership that promotes creativity, accountability, resourcefulness, and competence across the entire team, along with a focus on action, is highly valued. Additionally, the successful candidate will be trustworthy and display a high level of respect, humility, loyalty, and personal integrity.
Master’s degree is required. Formal education in science is preferred, but not required. Demonstrable leadership experience in public or private institutions concerned with informal education, natural history/science or related professions is highly valued.
Procedure for Candidacy
Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please submit a current resume, letter of interest and a diversity statement (a document that addresses your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through work, professional activity, or service) to Kittleman at https://ww2.kittlemansearch.com/Jobs.
The position will remain open until filled, but applicants are highly encouraged to submit their materials by September 10 to ensure full consideration.
At the Natural History Museum of Utah, we recognize that our strength and sustainability as an organization stems from diversity and inclusion. For this reason, we are committed to fostering equity, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and empowering staff members in developing an accessible and inclusive work environment.
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.