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Director of Collections and Exhibits

Tallahassee Museum, Tallahassee

The Tallahassee Museum, an accredited American Alliance of Museums (AAM) institution, seeks a seasoned and accomplished Director of Collections and Exhibits to join its team in shaping a new vision for its future, building upon its unique 64-year history and values, commitment to its region and propelling its mission into the 21st century.

This hands-on position reports to the Museum’s President/CEO, the Director of Collections and Exhibits leads and coordinates the activities of the Museum's collections and exhibits departments to ensure the growth and care of the collections and the development and presentation of professional exhibits.

Supervises collections and exhibits interns, volunteers and future staff and serves as a member of the management team. Directs collections and exhibits programs with total Museum operations in support of Museum policies, goals, and objectives by performing the following duties personally or through others.

Position will play a key role in the future development of the collections and exhibits department, the Museum’s forthcoming AAM self-study (November 2022) and subsequent reviewer visit and the implementation of the Museum’s interpretive plan.


Prepares short term and long range plans for the Museum' s collections and exhibits program based on Museum goals, objectives and resources, including acquisition, storage, interpretation, design, fabrication and research.

Prepares collections and exhibits budget and monitors expenditure of funds in those budgets.

Guides and directs collections workers, whether staff or volunteer, in collections management, ensuring that professional standards are achieved in the care of the objects and historical buildings including record keeping, documentation, environmental controls and other preservation concerns, security, and regular inspections. Includes, but not limited to the conservation, cleaning, repair and maintenance of historic buildings.

Ensures that all collections activities and operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and guidelines, as well as AAM accreditation standards.

Acquires objects and specimens in accordance with Collections Plan for addition to the collection through gifts, purchase, or transfer from other institutions.  Deaccessions items in accordance with Museum policies.

Recommends deaccessions, and collections policies to the President/CEO, as well as the Collections & Interpretation Committee of the Board of Trustees in line with the goals and objectives of the Museum.       

Plans and implements research in support of collections documentation, management and Museum-wide interpretive programs.

Serves as museum archivist in preserving the records of the Museum as an institution.

Curates, designs, produces and installs temporary and permanent exhibits and signage either personally or in conjunction with other curators, artists or lenders and contracted designers, writers, fabricators, craftsmen, construction contractors, researchers and other vendors in the development of exhibits and repairs to historic buildings. Manages exhibition and visiting artist’s contracts and loan agreements.

Guides and directs exhibits and education workers, whether staff or volunteer, in exhibit scheduling, storyline and design development, installation, and maintenance to ensure exhibits are diverse, contain accurate information, and are developed to reach visitors with varying backgrounds.

Provides an annual schedule of temporary exhibits. Develops procedures to insure that the exhibits are opened and visitor-ready on schedule, and secure when closed.

Provides for the regular evaluation of exhibits and the use of visitor evaluation in planning exhibits to improve the visitor experience of learning from objects and exhibits and to identify areas of interest for new exhibits.

Speaks on behalf of Museum in civic, business, community, etc. settings and serves as needed as a Museum representative on related community organizations.

Works with Vice President of Philanthropy in donor stewardship, cultivations, and solicitations.

Prepares proposals for financial support by outside agencies in conjunction with the President/CEO and Vice President of Philanthropy. Administers grant funds and serves as project director for grants awarded for collections and exhibits projects.

Works with other departments to plan, develop, organize and implement public programs and other projects, including initiating planning teams for exhibits.

Ensures that pertinent collections and exhibit information is communicated to the Museum staff, members, and public through departmental participation in staff meetings, newsletter production, response to reference questions , and assigned media contacts. Updates Museum website information related to collections and exhibits.

Keeps informed of museum profession through membership in professional organizations, reading professional and related literature, and by representing the Museum at workshops, conferences, and seminars.

Prepares monthly report of departmental activities for the President/CEO and Board of Trustees.

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding; coaching, and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Master's degree (M. A.) in a related field of study, four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

This job description is not designed to be comprehensive; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

This is a full-time (35 hours per week), exempt position. Evening and weekend work is periodically required

The Tallahassee Museum offers competitive compensation, generous paid leave, and robust medical and other insurance benefits for full-time employees.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to

No phone calls please.

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