Director of Collections & Museum Operations

Website Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University seeks an experienced professional to oversee the daily operations of the Brauer Museum of Art.  Responsibilities will focus on maintaining the collections and facilities, as well as public access to them, with additional work on exhibitions and public programs as time allows.

Valparaiso University (“Valpo”), a community of learning grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve both church and society.  Located one hour southeast of Chicago on a 310-acre campus, Valpo is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students.  Valpo is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest and is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a county seat of 30,000 residents with high-quality schools and an active social community.

Valpo relies on the unique resources of the Brauer Museum to enrich the academic and cultural life of the University community.  The Brauer is home to more than 5,000 works of art and has a particularly strong American art collection, with significant works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Edwin Church, and the renowned painter of the Indiana Dunes, Frank Dudley.  A secondary emphasis in the Brauer Collection embraces international religious art.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing the daily operations of the Brauer Museum, including oversight of the collections and facility maintenance
  • Interpreting permanent exhibitions for students and the public
  • Providing access to both public and non-public storage and preparation areas for faculty and class visits
  • Supervising faculty and student interns pursuing collection research, and collaborate in the development and installation of small, temporary exhibitions
  • Maintaining and developing the collection database
  • Managing the museum’s budget
  • Maintaining donor relations and work with donors to process gifts
  • Convening and overseeing the Brauer Collections Committee
  • Working with multiple campus constituencies to expand the museum’s influence on campus and in the community
  • Contributing to the Museum’s long-range planning discussions
  • Qualifications:
  • A Master’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field with 3-5 years of experience with museums or collecting institutions with public audiences
  • Experience managing the care and handling of valuable objects
  • Familiarity with database management, operating budgets, and loan processing
  • Expertise with, and knowledge of, American or international Christian art preferred
  • Clear commitment to the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong interpersonal and public-relations skills
  • Experience managing volunteers or student interns
  • An ability to teach museum studies courses within the University’s undergraduate art program preferred

Salary Range, based on experience:     $60,000 – $65,000

Valparaiso University requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.

Employment at Valparaiso University will require a criminal background check.

To apply, please visit the job posting on the Office of Human Resource Services web site.

To be considered for this position you must upload:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of 2 references
  • Answer all the application questions

Please address cover letter to:

Jon T. Kilpinen, Dean

College of Arts and Sciences

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

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