Located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the James A. Michener Art Museum (Michener Art Museum) collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits American art and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The Michener Art Museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts.
In 1988, with the support of many dedicated citizens, the Michener Art Museum opened as an independent nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to the art and cultural heritage of the Bucks County region. The museum is named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who first dreamed of a regional art museum in the early 1960s. His Quaker heritage and impoverished youth led Michener to a remarkable focus on philanthropy. A lifelong supporter of the arts, he and his wife donated more than $117 million to universities, libraries, and museums. When it was proposed that the former Bucks County Jail be transformed into a museum site, Michener agreed to lend his name to the project. With extensive renovation and rebuilding, this project would become the James A. Michener Arts Center. It was later renamed the James A. Michener Art Museum. Michener donated $1 million as the first endowment gift and continued to provide endowment gifts for the rest of his life.
The Michener Art Museum has evolved from a modest facility with a locally derived mission to an American Alliance of Museums accredited world-class facility with a broad vision. Its collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings and special exhibitions showcasing a wide range of historical and contemporary work attract more than 135,000 visitors annually from around the world and is supported by more than 12,000 members. Its focused permanent collection is supplemented by over 10 changing exhibitions annually, drawn from a broad range of art and cultural genres. The Michener Art Museum has published more than 50 catalogues documenting its research and exhibitions in areas such as American paintings, drawings, sculpture, craft, and decorative art.
Surrounded by historic prison walls, the Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden and terraces, and a landscaped courtyard, the Michener Art Museum encompasses 40,000 square feet of public space that includes seminar and conference facilities, a museum shop and cafe, an art research library, and gallery space. The dynamic glass-walled Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion provides a dramatic space for Michener Art Museum programs as well as weddings, conferences, special events, and celebrations.
Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs that are open to the public, including lectures, artist conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, concerts and other musical performances, Ladies Nights Out, and family-themed activities. In 2017, more than 12,000 people participated in adult and community programs. The Michener Art Museum also offers art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs designed to enhance artistic awareness. In 2017, approximately 18,000 youth and adults participated in 175 on-site and off-site art programs.
Michener Art Museum is governed by a 22-member board of trustees, under the leadership of Board President Gregory Church. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, Michener Art Museum had a $16 million endowment and reported revenues of $3.2 million, with $1.9 million from contributions and grants, $506,212 from investment income, and total expenses of $3.6 million.
Located in pastoral Bucks County, just 27 miles north of Philadelphia and 80 miles southwest of New York City, Doylestown’s history began with the founding of William Doyle’s 18th Century Inn, at the intersection of the Philadelphia to Easton and Swedesford to Coryell’s Ferry roads. As a major crossroads in a largely agricultural area, Doylestown became a central village in the county, leading to its designation as the county seat. Doylestown is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
With the prosperity of the late 20th century and the rediscovery of traditional small towns as high-quality places to live, Doylestown has seen a renaissance of its downtown and an increased appreciation for its architectural heritage. Doylestown is home to approximately 8,300 residents, with a median household income of about $74,000 annually and a median home value of $419,000. Connected to Philadelphia via the SEPTA Regional Rail, Doylestown also has a local public transportation system and is in close proximity to Philadelphia International Airport and Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey.
Home to the Mercer Museum, Fonthill Castle, and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Doylestown offers a wealth of cultural and historic attractions. With seven municipal parks totaling more than 80 acres, residents enjoy ample parks and recreational facilities, including fully developed parks, athletic fields, passive natural areas, and neighborhood pocket parks.
Sources: edited from doylestownborough.net; city-data.com; tripadvisor.com
Reporting to the board of trustees, the Executive Director is charged with leading the Michener Art Museum, with artistic and programmatic excellence as a guide. An outgoing leader with a commitment to the organization’s mission, the Executive Director will serve as the chief spokesperson, representing the Michener Art Museum regionally and nationally to many external stakeholders and constituents in the Center City/Philadelphia community. The scope of responsibility includes providing leadership and strategic direction in support of the museum’s exhibitions, permanent collection, and partnership activities. The Executive Director will maintain a high professional profile and ensure operational success to support growth in both contributed and earned revenue. Working together with the board of trustees, the Executive Director will ensure the success of an institution that serves as a symbol of community pride and a beacon of cultural heritage in Bucks County.
Leadership and Personal Accountability
Strategy, Planning, and Organization
Customer Focus and Community Engagement
The Executive Director will be a dynamic and assertive leader who values frequent interaction and collaboration with others. This individual will be people-oriented with a commitment to exceeding customer expectations. As a versatile leader, the Executive Director will balance tasks and projects with a sense of urgency. The selected individual will have a track record of successful fundraising and will bring energy, passion, and an appreciation for art history and arts education.
Other key competencies include:
A master’s degree, or equivalent, and 10 years of progressive experience with at least seven years at a senior leadership level are required. Qualified candidates must have a demonstrated success in a senior leadership position, ideally in a cultural organization, and a proven track record as an effective fundraiser. Past experience at an art museum and an understanding of art history is ideal. Possessing a passion for arts education and partnerships, the successful candidate will be people-oriented and versatile.
Compensation is commensurate with experience. Appropriate benefits, including health and dental insurance, vacation time, and participation in 403(b) retirement plan, are also provided.
Please submit a letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Vice President
Ms. Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Vice President
292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 225
The Michener Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer that
welcomes any qualified applicant and values diversity of all kinds.
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