The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is the only museum south of San Antonio that is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and is the only Smithsonian Affiliate museum in south Texas. IMAS is the premier art and science museum of South Texas and contains over 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. The IMAS galleries host a number a revolving art and science exhibits each year. The museum provides a unique opportunity for visitors to participate in hands-on science exhibits and to learn original works of art while encouraging creativity and innovation. IMAS' Permanent Collection includes Folk Art, Fine Art, Decorative Art and a modest Geological Collection.
IMAS is located in McAllen, at the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. McAllen is the twentieth most populous city in Texas and ranks twelfth in overall retail sales. Today the McAllen-Mission-Edinburg metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, although most of its growth has been in surrounding smaller cities. The introduction of the maquiladora economy and the North American Free Trade Association led to a boom in international trade, cross-border commerce with Mexico.
About the position
IMAS is seeking an Executive Director that will provide the vision and personal leadership for the Museum’s growth and development. The candidate should be capable of developing strategies and initiatives to fulfil the museum’s mission, increase its visitors, both nationally and internationally, and insure its financial stability and growth. Through supervising senior managers, the Director will develop, coordinate, approve and execute policies, methods, and procedures affecting all areas of the museum. The Director provides the overall leadership, direction and information required for the Board of Directors to make decisions and take action. The Executive Director serves as a spokesperson and advocate of the museum and is responsible for the financial management of the museum by overseeing a comprehensive fundraising program.
The candidate must hold a Master’s degree or higher and a minimum of five years of experience in museum administration or a similar non-profit organization. He/she must have 5 years of museum or institutional experience. Non-profit management is preferred. A record of professional accomplishments, demonstrated success in fundraising, institutional planning and a commitment to excellence in all aspects of museum management needs to be provided. Excellent managerial, planning, organizational and administrative skills as well as strong interpersonal and written/oral skills are a must. The candidate must have a high level of presentation, negotiation, problem solving and conflict resolution skills as well. He/she must have the ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction.
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