MUSEUM DIRECTOR- THE PEARL FINCHER MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (PFMFA; The Pearl) seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, and business-minded individual to lead the museum during its next stage of growth. The Director will be responsible for furthering the goals and mission of the Pearl and
directing development, fundraising, marketing, general management, financial management, and fostering member/volunteer/docent/board relations of the PFMFA. The Director will also be responsible for maintaining and fostering the museum’s image of exceptionalism. The Director must be able to capitalize on the PFMFA’s existing strengths and provide leadership and management for the next chapter in the PFMFA’s history. The Director is expected to be an active participant in the community and in all areas of responsibility. The Museum Director is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
About the Museum
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in March 2008. The museum is a non-collecting museum located in Spring, Texas that serves the greater northwest Houston communities of over one million people. It is the only museum of fine arts outside the central museum district of Houston. Together with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Foundation for the Arts and Cultural Enrichment (FACE), and the Cypress Creek Christian Community Center, the PFMFA is part of the Cypress Creek Cultural District. The museum has become an important social, cultural, and educational center for the area.
From its humble beginnings, the museum has progressed to being named the Houston Press Best Small Museum in 2010 and, again, in 2015. The Houston Press stated, “The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts has snagged a Best Small Museum nod before. It wins again this year for the very simple reason that it's doing excellent work. The brilliance in its programming is that it showcases works rarely seen publicly from small, private collections held locally.”
More than 185,000 visitors, including 60,000 school children, have visited the Pearl since its opening, experiencing world-class art. The galleries have exhibited 46 shows since opening. Exhibitions have ranged from exquisite European paintings, Texas paintings, Japanese objects, American paintings, contemporary pieces, African Gold, ceramics, pottery, glass, metal, recycled objects into art, Hispanic art, French collections, and many more.
To be the leading fine arts museum in greater Houston, outside the downtown museum district.
While upholding the highest ethical and professional museum standards, the Pearl’s mission is:
- 1. Provide direct, first-hand access to original works of art and other culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant objects to a regional, national, and international audience.
- 2. Offer outstanding and inclusive educational and public programming.
Education has been a key element of our mission since the very beginning. That vision has expanded to include school children to university students to senior adults. The school program is outstanding, serving 8,000 children each year as part of their scheduled school field trips. The museum has recently launched a leading-edge special needs program serving visually impaired and autistic children.
The physical space of the museum encompasses about 11,000 square feet. The duration of each exhibition is approximately four months. A strong volunteer base by an active Guild, docents, and community service organizations provides needed assistance in operations.
The Pearl is funded by grants from businesses and charitable foundations, donations from our dedicated donor base, and an Endowment Foundation.
- A. As Museum Director, manage the operational and administrative duties of the Pearl in an efficient and effective manner.
- 1. Oversee budget development and financial management; ensure the accuracy and integrity of complete financial and accounting records and reports.
- 2. Develop plans for exhibitions and programs including exhibition sponsorships.
- 3. Direct the personnel and employment of human resources that includes interviewing, hiring, training, encouraging, coaching, and disciplining and terminating employees.
- 4. Ensure the efficient operation and maintenance of the facility, including HVAC systems, technology systems, janitorial staff, and grounds maintenance.
- 5. Maintain and oversee the effective safety and security of the museum.
- 6. Enhance the PFMFA’s marketing program to raise awareness and grow audiences.
- 7. Facilitate the development of web-based marketing and strong social media presence.
- 8. Collaborate with community partners to enhance the arts in the Northwest Houston area.
- 9. Participate in Board meetings as Director and administrator of the museum.
- B. As Chief Fundraiser, engage vigorously and effectively in development and fundraising.
- 1. Consistent with the PFMFA’s current and long-term needs, lead fundraising events, annual fundraising initiatives, specific grant proposals, capital campaigns, and membership campaigns.
- 2. Develop and monitor gift and endowment contributions for the Endowment Foundation.
- 3. Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communications with members, Board of Directors, donors, and supporters of the PFMFA.
- 4. Providing a high degree of visibility in the community, strengthening community relationships and serving as chief spokesperson for the PFMFA.
- C. As Chief Strategic Planner provide visionary leadership in long-range planning and implementation.
- 1. Advance the current long range plan established by the Board of Directors.
- 2. Lead the Board of Directors in an annual strategic plan update.
- · Possession of a bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree preferred.
- · Relevant executive experience working with a board of directors and leading a staff; minimum of five years of successful and progressive responsibility, executive experience in a museum environment.
- · Exceptional skills in development, fundraising, marketing and financial management.
- · Experience in successful grant writing.
- · Strong skills in written and verbal communication and organization.
- · Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, including the capacity to develop innovative strategies for income generation, audience-building, and programming.
- · Possess the capacity to develop and maintain positive relationships with members, donors, and community constituents.
- · Possess a strong work ethic and high level of energy.
- · Compensation will range between $65,000 - $75,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience
- · Attractive benefit package is provided
Send a letter of interest, resume, copy of college/graduate school transcripts and a list of three professional references with contact information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will remain open until filled; however, it is the desire of the Search Committee to have an approved candidate ready to assume the position in early May 2017.