Museum Director, Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum (TSHM) is the state’s official history museum, and a dynamic, educational institution focused on sharing the richness of Texas history. TSHM engages visitors through a variety of: exhibitions showcasing hundreds of original artifacts from lenders around the nation; films, and innovative programs on Texas history and culture. The TSHM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and features three floors of galleries, two temporary exhibition spaces, two theaters, an indoor/outdoor Cafe, and a Museum Store.  Adult, family, and teacher programming are offered throughout the year.  The recently renovated IMAX® Theatre has the latest laser projection system and the largest screen in Texas, showing daily documentaries and feature films. The Texas Spirit Theater offers a multi-sensory experience with films and a dynamic schedule of programs, concerts, and events.  The Museum also has multifunctional spaces available for event rentals.


The TSHM Director is a member of the Texas State Preservation Board senior management team reporting to the Executive Director with oversight from the Agency’s Deputy Director. The Museum Director is a senior-level leader and manager who provides vision, direction and guidance, and professional expertise in museum operations and programs including: strategic planning, budget, administration, exhibit selection and scheduling, educational and outreach programs, membership development, visitor services, theater, special events, marketing, and web and digital media. Partners in the fundraising and development work of the Texas State History Museum Foundation and Board of Trustees.  Collaboratively develops, communicates and directs the implementation of a unified strategic organizational vision.  The TSHM Director is accountable for maintaining the financial integrity of the Museum; ensuring strategic goal attainment and revenue growth while operating within budget. Is responsible for the Museum culture and work environment, and human resources strategies. Sets and communicates clear vision and performance expectations and standards for the TSHM Division.  Continually evaluates all TSHM programs determining progress in meeting revenue, educational and visitor services goals. Champions the visitor experience ensuring staff are accountable for delivering complete customer satisfaction. Serves as the face of the Museum, embodying its mission and maintaining excellent relationships with museum stakeholders. Demonstrates sound independent judgment and a high degree of initiative.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate for this position will be a creative, dynamic and collaborative team player with an inclusive leadership style who has a Master’s degree in History, Museum Science, Public Administration or other relevant discipline. Progressively responsible senior leadership experience that includes at least eight years of advanced financial and human resources management responsibilities in a museum, cultural or educational institution, non-profit, or other relevant industry.  A proven track record managing: business development, strategic and long-range planning, complex budget management, revenue and expense analysis, brand management, marketing and media relations, community relations, and a successful record of raising funds from diverse sources. We seek a person of high intellectual and ethical rigor, who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, is politically savvy and diplomatic. Experienced in navigating complex situations and has enthusiasm and talent for fundraising. Exceptional verbal and writing communication skills that includes public speaking; presentation skills are required. All applicants are required to be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite products, including databases and spreadsheet applications in a Windows environment. Applicant’s background must reflect experience working with diverse groups of stake holders and constituencies. Additional experience may be substituted for Master’s Degree.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position will possess at least five years of: foundation or development experience, extensive grant-writing or grants research experience, and proven success in increasing membership, attendance, and revenue growth for an established museum. Advanced knowledge of museum technologies and trends. The ideal candidate must have a true passion for Texas and its history, and be able to tell the unique story of the proud Lone Star state. The preferred background also includes a doctorate in public administration, history or education, and being published in the museum industry.  


To Apply:  

Submit a fully completed State of Texas application to the SPB by:


Fax: (512) 463-3372

Mail: 201 E. 14th Street, Suite 950, Austin, TX, 78701


For an application and complete job description see:

or call: (512) 463-5495.  **All resumes must be accompanied by a fully completed state application.**


Compensation package includes excellent benefits: medical, dental, vision and other insurances; a defined benefit pension and 401K retirement plans.