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Assistant Director

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

There will be no public announcement until candidate is selected. The top finalist(s) will be interviewed at Michigan Tech. Finalist(s) may be interviewed on the telephone or over the internet. Please provide a list of at least three (3) professional references. For information on the Museum, see

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Director
Department AE Seaman Mineral Museum
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Negotiable based on experience.
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Executive Director

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Director will be a member of the museum’s leadership team. They must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills in their interactions with the museum’s diverse constituencies. The Assistant Director will supervise staff and oversee the wide variety of museum activities including day-to-day operation of museum and financial management. Their knowledge of and interest in minerals and geology must be at a level consistent with a leadership role within the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. They are expected to have the personal and professional qualities to be eligible for promotion to Director. The Assistant Director will report to the Executive Director of the museum.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Assist the Executive Director.
2. Promote the museum to visitors, supporters, donors, the university and broader community.
3. Execute policies and procedures of the museum.
4. Supervise day-to-day operation of the museum.
5. Provide functional and financial oversight for all museum retail and wholesale sales.
6. Answer questions by the public on minerals and rocks.
7. Be available to travel and to work weekends and museum events outside of normal operating hours.
8. Assist in design and planning of exhibits.
9. Assume the responsibilities of the museum’s safety liaison, and apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
10. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
11. Provide leadership to foster a culture of safety; promote safety through actions, communication, and training.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Master’s degree
• Demonstrate through a combination of education and experience sufficient knowledge and abilities in the areas of minerals and geology in order to successfully lead a progressive and innovative mineral museum.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Five years professional work experience (including time working on an advance degree) or demonstrated equivalence.
• Demonstrated leadership and decision making skills.
• Experience in a managerial position with demonstrated skills managing people, projects and finances.
• Demonstrated competency using personal computers.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Work experience in a museum.
• Experience in retail sales and/or marketing.
• Experience in community outreach and/or K-12 teaching.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated interest in learning new skills necessary for carrying out the mission, vision, and business of the museum.
• Ability to be an effective and positive representative of the museum and university.
• Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills.
• Possess the qualities of being open-minded, flexible and adaptable.
• Ability to multi-task and to delegate as appropriate.
• Demonstrated skill in creative and proactive operational/project planning.
• Ability to critically analyze, develop, and refine policies and procedures.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrate ability to be a team player working well with, motivating, and leading others.
• Committed to working with and respecting the value of diverse people and their ideas.
• Committed to development of self and of museum staff.
• Committed to continuous improvement of the museum and university.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Demonstrated leadership of safety principles and practices.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Understanding of the operation of a museum.

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

Physical Demands: While performing duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, climb, use hands, talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifting and/or moving up to 100 pounds.

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally exposed to cold, hot, wet or humid condition; airborne particles; chemicals, and may be exposed to radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually low.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17095
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 03/01/2017
External Posting Date 03/01/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

There will be no public announcement until candidate is selected.
The top finalist(s) will be interviewed at Michigan Tech.
Finalist(s) may be interviewed on the telephone or over the internet.

Please provide a list of at least three (3) professional references.

For information on the Museum, see

Additional Information



Accept References No
Cutoff Date
Reminder Days
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Applicant Special Instructions
Provider Special Instructions
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Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How is your knowledge of minerals and geology important to leading the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * What is your vision of the role of the museum in a university setting such as Michigan Tech?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents