Deputy Director, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University work with Cornell University


Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

About the role
This position provides the opportunity for a finance and operations professional to contribute to the strategic direction and implementation of initiatives at the Johnson Museum at a crucial time in the institution’s history. As we approach our fiftieth anniversary, we are invigorated by the opportunities to further impact the cultural and intellectual life of the Cornell campus and our local community, and to expand our reach as a world-class university museum. world. The Deputy Director works closely with the Director of the Museum in achieving the institution’s mission and is a key member of the Museum’s leadership team. They actively promote and implement the directors’ initiatives, while advising them on a wide range of matters concerning the Museum.

The Deputy Director is responsible for strategic development, directing and implementing business operations, financial policies and reporting, budgeting, planning and facilities management. They oversee human resource activities, including hiring, salary distribution and performance management, and lead the preparation of grant and contract proposals, working closely with Museum staff and Principal Investigators. to prepare proposal budgets and ensure compliance. The Deputy Director works with the Museum Director and Director of Development to determine fundraising needs and goals while overseeing the fiscal management of endowments, investments, and donation reporting. They partner with the finance chair of the museum’s advisory board (a group comprised of Cornell trustees, alumni, donors, and museum professionals) and serve as the primary contact representing the museum throughout the university in facilities, security, finance and planning, human resources, risk management and all other business operations.

Using their knowledge of administration, they will manage, implement, and improve cross-departmental initiatives to advance equity and access, integrate new systems and technologies, and promote “green museum” practices. As a systems thinker and relationship builder, the Deputy Director will foster an environment in which Johnson Museum staff can thrive and together cultivate a more just and sustainable museum. In this leadership position, the Vice-Principal plays a key role in ensuring an inclusive working and learning environment and is responsible for partnering with central University resources to strengthen the diversity of the University’s workforce. Museum.

Overview of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

The Johnson Museum’s permanent collection has 40,000 works, spanning six millennia and encompassing art from most cultures around the world. Among the highlights of the collection are the collections of Asian art; more than 23,000 prints, drawings and photographs ranging from the 15th century to the present day; modern and contemporary painting and sculpture; European art from Antiquity to the present day; African sculpture and textiles; and pre-Columbian sculpture and ceramics. Each year, the Johnson Museum organizes major exhibitions and programs that present new insights and perspectives on works in our collection or on temporary loan. Many of these exhibits are inspired by Cornell’s curriculum and are the product of partnerships with faculty, graduate students, other museums, research centers, scholars, cultural practitioners, and source communities.

The museum enhances and supports faculty teaching in Cornell schools and departments by hosting approximately 400 class sessions per school year in museum galleries and classrooms. Educational outreach programs for the regional community are at the heart of Cornell University’s land-grant commitment to public engagement: we serve more than 7,000 schoolchildren from schools located within a 90-mile radius of Ithaca and provide professional development training for regional teachers, many of whom teach in rural settings. and for whom the Museum promotes cross-cultural understanding and global awareness. A new website launched in summer 2022 aims to support teaching and learning and expand the Johnson Museum’s virtual visitors.

Job requirements

The best candidates will have a master’s degree in business administration, accounting, management or a museum-related field, and at least 5 years of management experience, or the equivalent combination. You will be an excellent communicator with experience in financial reporting and presentation, project management, grant and proposal administration and preparation, and contract negotiation. The successful candidate must have experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access and inclusion.

If you meet all the conditions, great! There are just a few other qualifications that we would consider preferred:

Related experience in higher education or in a non-profit or arts/cultural organization. Extensive knowledge of DEAI best practices in museums.

Rewards and Benefits

  • Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for its health, wellness, sustainability and diversity initiatives.
  • Our benefits package includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts from local and national retail brands, and generous pension contributions. We invite you to follow this link for more information on our advantages: https://hr.cornell.edu/benefits-pay.
  • Our vacation provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 statutory holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the day after, as well as an end-of-season winter break. year from December 25 to January. 1.
  • Cornell’s impressive educational benefits include the Tuition-Free Employee Extramural and Diploma Program, Tuition Assistance for External Education, and the Children’s Tuition Assistance Program. Cornell.
  • Competitive salaries

This position does not support Visa sponsorship.

Important Notice to Candidates

As part of the university’s comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees must have and provide proof of an FDA or WHO cleared or approved COVID-19 vaccine and booster or have obtained a disability/medical or religious exemption approved by the university, regardless of their role and place of work.

New employees are required to provide documentation showing full vaccination status (i.e. completion of two injections of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one injection of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine) prior to their first day of work. If a new employee’s vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. In some cases, a job offer may be withdrawn. New employees are also required to have and provide proof of their vaccine booster within 30 days of starting employment or within 30 days of being eligible for the vaccine booster.

For more information on Cornell’s Vaccination/Booster Compliance Program Click here.

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Diversity and inclusion is part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator who values ​​AA/EEO, protected veterans, and people with disabilities. We also recognize a legal preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff conveys an unusual sense of broader purpose and contributes creative ideas to advance the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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