PART-TIME MUSEUM ADMINISTRATOR POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

MARSHALL, MICHIGAN


The American Museum of Magic seeks to hire a part-time administrator for approximately 20 hours/week. The museum is a non-profit 501(c) 3 museum of the history of magic located in two historic buildings in the heart of Marshall, Michigan’s National Landmark Historic District. Marshall is located in Calhoun County, between Battle Creek and Jackson along the I-94 corridor of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The Museum exists to “inspire and delight the public with the wonder of magic, and documents and celebrates the contributions and resilience of the magician.” Its vision is to be a premier Michigan attraction built on unparalleled collections and innovative visitor-centered experiences, employing the highest standards of scholarship and stewardship.

The Museum has transitioned from a private collection to a non-profit museum with the passing of its founders, Bob and Elaine Lund, in 1995 and 2006, respectively. A thirteen member Board of Trustees, drawn from around the region and carefully recruited from a variety of professional backgrounds, has charted a new course for the museum that will guide its development into a prominent institution that preserves the memories and traditions of both small town and world-renowned performers, highlighting their contributions to popular culture. An impressive collection of artifacts, illusions, documents, books and memorabilia interprets four centuries of magic and magicians from throughout the world. It is the largest privately owned museum of its kind open to the public, and has been referred to as the “Smithsonian of American Magic.”

The Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Magic is seeking an Administrator who will work with the volunteer board, curator and historian in managing the daily operations of the museum. The Administrator will report directly to the Board via its Chair, working closely together to ensure that the museum is operated for the general public according to its mission, values, and strategic goals.

Job Title: Administrator

Education:
  • Associate’s degree or B.A. preferred in business, accounting or office management with an appreciation for and interest in history and the performing arts.
  • Skill in magic performance is not necessary.

Experience, skills, and knowledge:

  • Organizational and administrative ability.
  • Personable, with good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with, schedule and supervise guides; schedule group tours, coordinate activities, and deal effectively and hospitably with the public, private groups, and community organizations.
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in the museum’s general subject matter, such as American cultural history, leisure studies and the history of entertainment.
  • Should understand and demonstrate prior success in business or retail management and be able to communicate operations and finances to the Board.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in office, retail or non-profit work. Previous managerial or supervisory experience preferred.
  • Ability to lift, move and store collections and museum store stock.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of computer-based software office functions, including cash register operations.
  • Manage daily operations such as collecting/processing mail, depositing cash and managing cash accounts.

Job Description:

All aspects of small museum administration and operation including, but not limited to:
  • Oversight of day-to-day museum operations, and establishment and maintenance of a regular schedule of open hours for public visitation.
  • Responsible for recruiting, orientation, training, work assignments, motivation, and evaluation of other staff.
  • Responsible for implementing the museum’s strategic plan with the assistance of board members, including development of action plans and budgets.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate records, forms, procedures, systems of communication and practices relating to personnel, purchasing, finances, budgets and general administration.
  • Responsible for building security, insurance, risk management, visitor safety, and the basic maintenance of facilities, supplies and equipment.
  • Assist with developing and carrying out all ongoing operating activities and various special programs of the museum with budgets and policies authorized by the Board.
  • Attend monthly meetings of the Board, maintain liaison with Board committees and provide financial and other reports as requested.
  • Represent the museum within its various communities, and undertake basic public relations and marketing.
  • Coordinate group and school visitation, public educational programs, off site programming and special events

Compensation:

  • Part-time position for an average of twenty hours/week at competitive rate during operating season between April 1 and November 1, with slightly fewer hours during the winter when the museum is open only occasionally and by appointment.
  • Contract renewed yearly.

Evaluation:

  • The Administrator will be reviewed annually by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • A written performance appraisal will be provided and he/she will be given an opportunity to address the board on performance related issues at the time of the annual review if requested.

Application:

If the qualifications can be met, a substantive letter of interest accompanied by a current resume and two references with complete contact information should be sent via e-mail to: info@americanmuseumofmagic.org