Director of Nevada Museum of Art, Las Vegas

Nevada Museum of Art

Las Vegas, NV

BACKGROUND


For decades Las Vegans have envisioned a fine art museum that showcases
the region’s unique culture, attracts artists, thinkers, and exhibitions from
around the world, fosters creativity and education among diverse local and
visiting audiences, and puts Las Vegas on par with fellow global cities. Now,
finally, their vision is poised to become a reality with the founding of a new
Museum in the heart of the City.


The Museum will be established as a new division of the Nevada Museum of
Art, the oldest cultural institution in Nevada, which currently operates a
highly-regarded and well-supported museum in Reno, Nevada. Through this
innovative and collaborative organizational structure, the Las Vegas Museum
will benefit from Nevada Museum of Art’s existing infrastructure and 80+
years of institutional experience and credibility, and Nevada Museum of Art
will become a statewide cultural institution capable of advancing its vision
and values through fine arts museums and education centers in Reno and Las
Vegas, home to over 2 million residents and destination of over 43 million
annual visitors.


The organization is seeking a founding Director to lead the creation of a 21 st
century, distinct Museum that addresses Las Vegas’ unique needs and
opportunities, and secures an important place in the local, national, and global art communities.

The Director will be entrepreneurial and experienced, and ready to thrive in the exciting opportunity of founding the Museum.


ABOUT NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART, LAS VEGAS


The new Museum, tentatively called the Nevada Museum of Art, Las Vegas,
will be the first and only purpose-built and accredited fine art museum in Las
Vegas. As such, it will have the opportunity and responsibility to play a
profound role in the region’s continuing growth and evolution. For example,
local community leaders consistently suggest the Museum should:
 Educate, inspire, celebrate, and connect diverse people through its
programming and facility.
 Feature a variety of exhibitions by local, national, and international
artists.
 First and foremost, serve the over two million residents in the region,
while also leveraging and maximizing Las Vegas’ unique position as a
global destination that welcomes over 43 million annual visitors.
 Provide strong educational programming and outreach for school
children and adults.
 Create unique private and public spaces that are accessible and usable
for all sorts of purposes, ranging from civic events to co-working.
 Foster community engagement and partnerships of all sorts, particularly
to ensure the Museum is embraced by the whole community and the
whole community feels ownership and pride in the Museum.


Thanks to a visionary challenge grant from the city of Las Vegas, the new
Museum will be centrally located in downtown Las Vegas within the 61-acre
Symphony Park development, which is home to the The Smith Center for the
Performing Arts, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, and the Frank Gehry-
designed Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Based on early estimates, the Museum will be approximately100,000-square
feet, and be developed over 5-7 years, including launching and mostly
completing the anticipated $100 million founding capital campaign.
Following several years of extensive community outreach and finalizing its
position as a division with the Nevada Museum of Art, the Museum can begin
in earnest program and facilities planning, developing broad community
partnerships, and securing support from the donor community to finally build
the fine art Museum Las Vegans have yearned and worked for.


The Museum’s commitment to bold collaboration, education, ideas, and
research also permeates its:
 Center for Art + Environment, an internationally-recognized research
center dedicated to supporting the practice, study, and awareness of
creative interactions between people and their environments, including
unique art and archive materials from more than 1,000 artists working
on all seven continents such as Cape Farewell, Michael Heizer, Walter
de Maria, and Lita Albuquerque.
 Education program that is pioneering STEAM education curriculum in
K-12 classrooms.
 E.L. Cord Museum School that offers tuition-based courses in art and
design for all ages and serves approximately 2,400 students annually.
 Major public art projects, including Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic
Mountains in Las Vegas and (2017 MacArthur Fellow) Trevor Paglen’s
upcoming Orbital Reflector.
 Recent series of design feasibility and think tank sessions with Pritzker
Prize-winning urban theorist and architect Rem Koolhaas.


POSITION SUMMARY


The CEO and Board of Trustees are seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial arts
leader – with a proven track record in building vibrant organizations and
programs – to spearhead the creation and operation of the new Nevada
Museum of Art, Las Vegas. An entrepreneurial spirit with management skills
will be critical in managing the complex business of fund development, design
and planning for this new enterprise. Serving as the founding Director, s/he
will lead the Las Vegas Museum and Southern Nevada division day-to-day,
and report to the Nevada Museum of Art CEO.


In collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art CEO and other senior staff,
and with input from community stakeholders and Board of Trustees, the
founding Director will craft the Museum’s artistic, aesthetic, and educational
direction, and develop and implement its architectural, business, curatorial and
education plans. Working with the CEO and other stakeholders, s/he will be
responsible for managing the architectural process including the selection of
the Museum’s architect. And, critically, s/he will actively and robustly engage
and secure support from donors while also developing the organization’s
operating capacity and standards.


In short, the Director will be the key player in developing, earning support for,
and implementing the new Museum’s vision.
The Director should have a strong background in the visual arts, and be highly
thought of by his/her peers in the art and museum world. The Director must
possess excellent and demonstrable skills in: engaging diverse stakeholders to
build consensus and support; fundraising; financial planning and management;
and organization building and management. Also, the Director will serve as
the Museum’s primary spokesperson to all constituencies, so must be a
compelling communicator and presenter, both verbally and in writing.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


 In collaboration with community stakeholders and CEO, define the
Museum’s vision and craft actionable business, curatorial, and education
plans that bring the Vision to reality and ensure its long-term
sustainability and success.
 On a day-to-day basis, lead and manage implementation of such plans,
including budget development and oversight.
 Maximize collaboration and efficiencies between Southern Nevada
Museum/division and Nevada Museum of Art’s existing Reno-based
Museum, culture, infrastructure, programming, and staff.
 Identify and generate opportunities to secure, and cultivate significant
financial support for the Museum as part of a comprehensive capital
campaign that includes working with CEO, Board, and other
stakeholders to expand ties to the philanthropic, political, and civic
communities.
 Assist CEO and curatorial team in building the Museum’s growing
collection.
 Create an architectural process and engage an architect alongside CEO.
 Cultivate highly-collaborative working relationships with area partners
in the arts and education, including the Clark County School District.
 Actively and authentically engage the diverse communities of Southern
Nevada.
 Build and manage a team of dedicated professionals.
 During the development of the Museum, create “pop-up” artistic
activities throughout the community to help people imagine the role the
Museum will play when it opens.


QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES


 10-15 years of increasing responsibility in a museum of significant size
or recognized fine arts institution such as university or in an art gallery
including service for the past five (5) years in a senior position with a
demonstrated record of accomplishment.
 Demonstrable understanding of museum industry, practices, operations,
and standards (including AAM) is required.
 An advanced degree in Art History or a related field is essential. An
MBA, coupled with an advanced art degree, would be a definite
advantage.
 Successful implementation of a development program that includes
articulating a museum’s needs for capital and annual funding.
 Experience in developing, implementing, and managing comprehensive
plans.
 Experience with project planning and priority setting.
 Experience in identifying opportunities for and partnering with diverse
cultural and educational institutions.
 A dynamic, energetic, and welcoming disposition.
 Ability to work in politically sensitive situations.
 Ability to communicate in a simple, but persuasive manner in both
written and oral presentations, and to present and represent the Museum
to internal and external constituencies.
 Ability to work collaboratively to develop and establish best-in-class
programming and facilities.
 Demonstrated interest and ability to energize a diverse community.
 Excellent listener.
 Reputation for the highest level of integrity and credibility.
 Self-directed, able to work independently, but also has the ability to
work collaboratively.
 Upon acceptance of offer, willing and able to establish primary
residency in Clark County, Nevada within 90 days.


COMPENSATION


Competitive and commensurate with experience.

 

PROCEDURE AND APPLICATION


START DATE
Fall 2018


Send resume and cover letter indicating interest, qualifications and list of three
references to:
Diane Frankel
Management Consultants for the Arts
Box Nevada Museum of Art, LV
Via email to: Mcawall2@gmail.com (preferred)

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