Manager of Museum Technology, Three Year Term Appointment, Sidney an Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Since its establishment in 1941, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. A preeminent teaching museum, its internationally acclaimed collection, ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art is currently undertaking a $30 million renovation of its acclaimed I. M. Pei­ designed building. The newly renovated museum will be an enhanced teaching resource for Indiana University and southern Indiana. Positioning the institution as a premier teaching museum requires breakthrough programming, experiences, and storytelling that advance its mission in powerful ways. This includes building the technology capacity and infrastructure to better serve our diverse audiences and enrich their understanding of art.

The museum seeks a forward-looking, charismatic individual with an entrepreneurial spirit to serve as its first Manager of Museum Technology. The successful candidate will be a trained technology expert who will collaborate with diverse staff from all departments to envision and execute a plan for digital media and technology at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. This position will manage a diverse range of technology-based projects spanning the digital accessibility of our collections online, electronic publishing, mobile experiences and app development, e-commerce, web-based content delivery, data protection, and the integration of various systems throughout the museum. The successful candidate will create and maintain a strong IT infrastructure focused on quality of service, reliability, strengthening existing technologies, facilitating strategic and operating plans, and the integrity of the museum ’ s mission-critical systems. The manager will also serve as a liaison with other entities at the university (e.g., UITS) and will build collaborative relationships and partnerships across multiple sectors, including with vendors, departments at the university, and colleagues at peer institutions.

This is a three -year term appointment. We seek candidates who are not only passionate about information technologies but also the applications of these technologies to informal learning environments. The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, interaction design, visual communication, instructional design, or related field, with preference given to candidates with a Master’s degree in such areas as library science, museum informatics, or business administration (management information systems). The candidate should also possess demonstrable experience in project management.

REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, interaction design, visual communication, instructional design, or related field and five years of professional experience in an innovative IT environment.

A thorough working knowledge of best practice in information technology, experience with current web development practice, and agile project management experience required. A deep understanding of current and emerging technologies. Strong organizational and management skills, excellent communication skills; experience handling multiple competing priorities and timely, effective decision-making. Ability to work independently and collaboratively across different departments in the museum and at the university. General knowledge of application development languages and tools, including NET, SQL, and HTML. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly about technology problems and solutions to non-technical colleagues. Successful track record of driving strategic initiatives from inception through completion. Strong analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.

Master’s degree in museum informatics, business administration, library science, or an equally relevant field.

Experience working in a museum or academic environment; cyber security knowledge and experience; experience working with images and their associated metadata; experience implementing e-commerce solutions; understanding of museum practice, IT requirements, business needs, and new technologies; experience with digital publishing, e-books; experience in implementing and/or managing museum collections management system (e.g., TMS); salesforce experience a plus; experience in a mixed Apple/Intel desktop environment; demonstrated experience in implementing and/or managing digital asset management systems.

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