Associate Museum Professional and Associate Director


The ASU Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an Associate Director, at the rank of Associate Museum Professional. This is a full-time, continuing status appointment, with an administrative appointment, beginning April 2020. This position reports to the Museum Director and assists with planning strategies, projects and programs to increase audience and enlarge financial support. The Associate Director is a critical member of the Museum’s senior management team who provides organizational leadership, and participates in long-range planning and overall management of the Museum, including implementation of strategic objectives and initiatives.

Salary range: $75,000-$90,000, Depending on experience

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the ASU Art Museum

Founded in 1950, the ASU Art Museum was named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine. The ASU Art Museum is an integral part of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. The Museum strives to be more relevant and accessible inspired by the charter of the New American University and to be a meeting point for the exchange of new ideas, perspectives and experiences among artists, students and the public through our exhibitions, residencies, collections and programs.

For information on The ASU Art Museum, visit:

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Collaboration and activity across the Museum, University and Field:

  • Direct and review the departmental activities and operations, overseeing the development and evaluation of their programs to promote a highly functional, interactive, and dynamic museum team
  • Supervise administrative duties museum-wide, including cross-departmental collaboration and relations with operations to assure effectiveness and efficiencies in accordance with the museum’s strategic plan and ASU policies & procedures
  • Supervise hiring, training, and performance for assigned staff and facilitate mentorship and professional advancement opportunities
  • Encourage and model effective communication within museum departments, external colleagues, donors, volunteers, and stakeholders, and actively identify and increase efficiencies within museum work flow
  • Lead staff retreats, meetings, and bi-annual staff gatherings
  • Maintain an integrated and coherent operations program for the museum including project & contract management, calendars, communication tools and other data
  • Serve as the primary liaison within our community, Herberger Institute, ASU Foundation, and Arizona State University including students, faculty and staff
  • Represent the Director, Museum and University throughout campus, state, regional and national organizations, boards, councils, committees and other events as necessary
  • Conduct and assist with the development of long- and short-range goals
  • Actively contribute to student learning and discovery through mentoring and managing interns, lecturing and gallery talks, teaching, advisory committees, and collaborative programs with faculty and department
  • Lead and participate in the Museum’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility committee.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice

Exhibitions and Programs Management:

  • Provide administrative oversight of the curatorial department activities, including curators, registrars, conservator, and preparators and encourage community outreach and collaboration
  • Shape, plan, schedule and manage the design, development and coordination of exhibitions, programs and special projects that meet the Museum’s mission
  • Oversee collections management, working closely with curatorial team and conservator, including detailed acquisitions, deaccessions and loans collection processes

Funding and Budgetary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in departmental grants and development efforts
  • Work with the director and development teams to increase the Museum’s overall ability to effectively seek outside support from individuals, foundations and government agencies
  • Work closely with individual donors, foundations and governmental agencies on cultivation, requests and reporting
  • Oversee and participate is planning, developing and administering the curatorial, education, registration, preparator, and conservation contracts and budgets
  • Assist with annual museum budgeting and periodic reports and reconciliation.
  • Lead and participate in special funding initiatives


Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field or the equivalent in education and experience
  • 5-7 years of senior level administrative and supervisory experience
  • 5-7 years of progressive project management experience
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as key strategies toward institutional excellence, representing a range of perspectives, thought, and actions

Desired Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working knowledge in management, supervisory, administrative and strategic planning principles, practices and methods
  • Demonstrated experience with budget preparation, analysis and management
  • Ability to forge mutually respectful, trusting, and effective relationships with a diverse group of Board members, community leaders and decision makers
  • Strong leadership, decision-making, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable and up-to-date on the use of technology
  • Must be available to work flexible hours including nights, weekends and special events

Application Instructions

Instructions to Apply:

All applicants must submit:

  • a letter of application addressing your interest in the position and the required qualifications
  • resume
  • the name and contact information of three references

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is March 27, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Applications must be addressed to: Lilian Silva