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Director, National Music Museum, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

The National Music Museum (NMM), University of South Dakota (USD), seeks a dynamic Director to lead a world-renowned museum at a key moment of renovation and expansion. New Director will launch a 16,000 sf addition, to open 2021, and work with staff and stakeholders to re-envision exhibitions, augment programs and audience engagement. With 15,000+ instruments, NMM is internationally known to specialists and scholars as the world's premier collection of rare and historic American, European and non-Western musical instruments. USD has approved plans for a major museum addition designed by Boston's Schwartz/Silver Architects. Construction funding of $9.2M has been raised, and the museum's active, generous board is committing to an additional campaign for installation of exhibits, programming and endowment, and is willing to fundraise.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide leadership and fundraising support for current capital project, future endowments, and annual operations; provide administrative and academic leadership for Museum, working collaboratively with Board, staff and College of Fine Arts to serve USD and continue to develop the Museum as a world leader in outreach, research, education, and preservation of the history of musical instruments; oversee exhibitions, programs, and reaching new audiences; oversee M.A. degree program in History of Musical Instruments.


Required: Advanced degree in musicology, museum studies, arts administration or comparable field.

Preferred: 3 years' experience in museum, music, or nonprofit administration; fundraising experience; communication skills; interest in music, music history and/or historical musical instruments. Details/how to apply at:

All applications to, preferred by 10/31/2018.

Inquiries/nominations welcome at EOE.

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