Opportunity Alert: Associate Director for Operations & Revenue position

Summary: The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is seeking an Associate Director for Operations & Revenue to join our senior leadership team. This is a new position created in response to the significant growth of the museum in its new facility. The new hire will provide leadership in the ongoing development of operational practices and departmental teams as the museum adjusts to the new facility and expanded needs. This is a new position at the museum and will work closely with the Museum Director to establish the new role.

Mission Statement: The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include but are not limited to: FACILITY OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT - 35%

  • Daily troubleshooting

  • Primary liaison (or oversight of assigned staff liaisons) with LSA and U-M departments such as:

  • Museum Security

  • Facilities support/service units

  • LSA Technology Services

  • Darwin’s Cafe

  • Develop and maintain staff-in-charge procedures, training, and communications

  • Safety:

  • Coordinate with Building Incident Response Team (BIRT)

  • Ensure safety training for all employees and safety compliance in public labs and Exhibits mechanical shop

  • Review, update, and maintain existing draft emergency plan

  • Visitor experience:

  • Promote a positive, welcoming culture for all, implementing the museum’s goals for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

  • Oversee museum main office

  • Resolve issues and pursue initiatives with signage, parking, wayfinding, accessibility, and amenities

  • Coordinate with Marketing & Communications Manager on visitor communications

  • Support public and development events

  • Oversee visitor surveying, using evaluation and audience survey data to identify opportunities for improvement of visitor experience

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT - 25%

  • Analyze financial activity and recommend strategic directions for growth and stability

  • Develop and oversee new revenue generating activities and events in accordance with U-M policies, including:

  • Develop and implement facility rental program

  • Laser light shows

  • Advise on fundraising events, sponsorships, membership benefits, etc.

  • Contribute to strategic thinking about revenue from programs

  • Work with Financial Specialist, Museum Director, and other staff as needed on:

  • Budgeting

  • Strategic planning for museum finances

  • Review of financial statements

  • Procurement

  • Internal controls and compliance

  • Annual budget request to LSA

  • Balancing staffing and workload

  • Grants

  • Oversight of financials for faculty NSF grant support

  • Financial planning for the museum’s grant applications

  • Grant management and reporting in conjunction with with Business Office

HR MANAGEMENT - 25%

  • Lead or support requests and searches for regular employees

  • Oversee and support temp and non-student temp hiring

  • Ensure onboarding and offboarding of regular staff, required training, exit interviews

  • Coordinate performance management & evaluation activities with direct supervisors

  • Organize team-building and staff appreciation events

  • Supervision of staff:

  • Museum Store Manager/Financial Specialist

  • Assistant Director for Development

  • Marketing & Communications Manager

  • Office Manager

  • Anticipated new, part time position: Rental/Events Coordinator

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION - 15%

  • Communication and implementation of LSA and University initiatives

  • Serve on COVID-19 Response Team and post-COVID senior leadership team

  • Contribute to strategic and long-range planning

  • Contribute to goal of attaining accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

  • Special initiatives and projects

  • Ensure documentation, record-keeping, and archiving of museum records

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Some evening/weekend work required


Required Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree, MBA, or equivalent experience is required

  • 5 or more years of supervisory or human resource experience; strategic planning experience; and developing and managing budgets and analyzing financial data

  • Successful track record managing revenue-generating activities such as facility rentals, retail, fee-based programs, fundraising, membership, etc.

  • Experience organizing complex events

  • Ability to build trusted relationships within and across organizations

  • Experience fostering an inclusive work environment and supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals

  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to work both independently and interactively as part of a team

  • Must demonstrate a collaborative, proactive, and goal-oriented approach to administration practices

  • Ability to serve as an effective partner to the Director and museum senior leadership

  • Demonstrated ability to react to changing priorities

  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment with a wide breadth of responsibilities

  • Experience using Excel and Google Workspace


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a museum

  • Prior experience with LSA and U-M processes and systems, policies and procedures

  • Familiarity with research grant proposal processes and management

  • Experience with managing grants for cultural or similar institutions

  • Advanced degree preferred


Additional Information Salary From: $90,000 to $100,000 with the possibility of a higher salary for an exceptionally qualified candidate The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, visit lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei. To learn more about LSA’s Strategic Vision, visit lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision.

Application Deadline Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working or learning remotely. More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.



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Associate Director for Operations & Revenue position