CUNY Director, Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York

POSITION DETAILS

The Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) in Corona, Queens in New York City seeks an experienced, exceptional, and visionary Director to lead the organization at a time of growth and expansion. The Director leads the organization, oversees its operations, and acts as the primary driver of the strategy to fulfill the organization’s mission to preserve and promote the legacy of Louis Armstrong, and to educate and inspire future generations through community programming.

Advancing the institution is the primary goal for the Director, who is responsible for garnering support for the institution’s priorities, including serving as chief fundraiser for the organization. The Director provides skillful oversight of the Museum campus in Corona, which includes the historic house Museum, Selma’s House, and the new Education Center currently under construction. The Director oversees the Louis Armstrong Research Collections, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, education programs and operations, and promotes innovative and thoughtful programming that engages the local community, visitors from around the world, and an expanding online audience. The Director continues to cultivate and leverage the Museum’s strong partnerships within the community, while pursuing new partnerships.

Ensuring the continued relevance of the Louis Armstrong House Museum is a key priority, and the Director is charged with continuing to elevate the institution within the region, nationally and internationally. As the face of the LAHM, the Director serves as the organization’s primary representative to the community, engaging and inspiring broad support for LAHM, and expanding its profile.

Provides inspirational leadership and well-conceived and executed management of the organization’s staff and volunteers. Fosters a culture of openness and collaboration among staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors so that each may be informed and enhance the other’s work. In collaboration with Queens College, implements policies and procedures that ensure ongoing professional development, and motivate and guide a highly functioning team.

As the chief fundraiser for the organization, the Director leads the planning and implementation of an institutional advancement plan that includes a capital campaign and regular annual fund- raising for the expanding programs and operations and is actively engaged in cultivating and stewarding current and potential donors. Cultivates major gifts and sponsorships in support of LAHM’s programs and general operations. Works in close collaboration with staff and volunteers to enhance the visitor experience before, during, and after a visit to the historic house to ensure that visitors have an exceptional experience.

Partners with staff to enhance access to scholars and researchers to the Louis Armstrong Research Collections at the site and online. Inspires and directs scholarly activities that elevate the organization’s profile, including authorship of publications, and seeking industry and/or academic recognition for specific portions of the research collections, or for noteworthy exhibitions. Explores new ways to reach audiences, creates innovative programs and initiatives, and partners with outside individuals and organizations to develop meaningful, engaging programming.

Develops and implements the annual operating plan and annual budget of the organization as approved by the Board of Directors by working with staff to evaluate the day-to-day operational effectiveness of the organization and align resources to fulfill strategic goals.

Provides skilled and diligent oversight of the organization’s financial resources and operations. Develops budgets and works closely with professional advisors on the annual financial audit, tax filings, and maintenance of correct and complete financial records to ensure healthy operation of the organization under all state and local rules and regulations and contractual requirements, keeping with the best practices and standards of collecting museums.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications Master’s degree in a related discipline is preferred.

  • The successful candidate is an accomplished leader with a background in museums or similar institutions, with demonstrated success in establishing and achieving strategic and mission-related objectives. The successful candidate has significant experience in administrative leadership, including exhibitions, programming, fundraising, human resources management, and financial oversight. Keen business acumen, curatorial judgment, and the ability to be strategic with donors and key partners are essential to success in the position.

  • The Director models the organization’s culture of openness and inclusivity in all interactions, and is an empathetic leader, treating others with respect. An individual of integrity, ethics and values, this leader inspires unquestioned trust. Additionally, successful candidates have knowledge of AAM/AAMD standards and practices, the expertise required to evaluate, care for, and steward LAHM’s historic mansion, its expanding campus, and its research collections.

  • The successful candidate will have knowledge and understanding of the life, legacy, and impact of Louis Armstrong on jazz, pop music, civil rights, American international relations and as an African-American icon. The successful candidate will be able to translate this into meaningful collaborations and programs for the institution that speak to the community, national and international audiences.

CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW

Oversees an Art Center or Museum, promoting and directing programs and initiatives.

  • Works with senior management to create a vision and strategy for art/museum collection which fulfills the mission of the College

  • Develops, researches, curates and markets high quality exhibits; designs educational programs around exhibits such as lectures, films, learning aids and internships which relate to the College's curricula

  • Oversees the development and implementation of creative programming to attract both sponsors and audiences

  • Directs the administrative functions of the Center/Museum, including budget, archives, inventory, acquisitions, security and facilities; Presents reports on all operations consistent with best practices in the not-for-profit/public sectors

  • Establishes and cultivates community and cultural relationships and partnerships; participates in funding initiatives

  • Develops relationships between the Center/Museum and College academic and administrative departments

  • Hires, and manages Center/Museum staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

CUNY TITLE

Higher Education Officer

FLSA

Exempt

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Go to cuny.jobs

  • In the keyword search box enter “19131 “

  • Click on "Executive Director, Louis Armstrong House Museum"

  • Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

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**Please use a simple name for the document that you uploaded, for example: JDoeResume. Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system

CLOSING DATE

Open until filled with review to begin August 9, 2018

JOB SEARCH CATEGORY

CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Job Title: Director, Louis Armstrong House Museum

Job ID: 19131

Location: Queens College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular