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Assistant/Associate/Museum Manager (title dependent on qualifications)

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Full consideration will be given to applications received on or before April 15, 2018. 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

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Position Information

Position Title Assistant/Associate/Museum Manager (title dependent on qualifications)
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/Associate/Museum Manager is responsible for the day-to-day public operation of the museum and is the museum’s general public interface. A successful candidate must have sufficient background in geology and minerals to answer questions from the general public in these areas and lead museum tours. The Assistant/Associate/Museum Manager will oversee all aspects of the museum’s retail and wholesale sales including purchase and pricing of merchandise for resale. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential since they will frequently interact with the museum’s diverse constituencies in person, on the telephone, and digitally. The Assistant/Associate/Museum Manager will report to the Executive Director of the museum and will have supervisory authority over sales associates and student employees.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Responsible for operation of the museum’s public space and gift shop including providing museum orientation tours to groups or individuals and answering questions from the general public on minerals and geology.
2. Manage all onsite, offsite, and online retail and wholesale sales activities including inventory purchasing and pricing.
3. Prepare written and graphic materials for the gift shop, museum, retail activities, and offsite exhibits.
4. Oversee finances of museum retail, wholesale, and admission activities.
5. Assist with maintaining the museum’s website and in the design and installation of museum exhibits.
6. Supervise gift shop sales associates and museum student employees.
7. Promote and provide excellent service to a diverse population of visitors, supporters, donors, and the university and broader community.
8. Provide leadership to foster a culture of safety and to execute policies and procedures of the museum.
9. Work outside of normal operating hours to travel on museum business including: purchase of resale merchandise, installation of exhibits at mineral shows, and care of satellite exhibits.
10. Assist the Executive Director as needed including other duties as assigned.
11. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree in geological sciences or closely related field or a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline and an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable geology and mineralogy knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Four years professional work experience (including time working on an advance degree) or demonstrated equivalence.
• Demonstrated competency in retail or wholesale sales, small business operations, or equivalent.
• Demonstrated leadership and decision-making skills.
• Demonstrated skills managing people, projects and finances.
• Demonstrated literacy in personal computers consistent with carrying out museum operations.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Master’s Degree
• Five years professional work experience
• Experience working in a museum environment.
• Experience in presentations to diverse audiences.

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

• Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and abilities in the areas of minerals and geology in order to be a key staff member of a progressive and innovative mineral museum through a combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrate interpersonal skills to be an effective and positive representative of the museum and university.
• Creatively and proactively plan projects to motivate and lead others to carry them to completion.
• Demonstrate interest in personal professional development and learning new skills necessary for carrying out the mission, vision, and business of the museum.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
• Possess the qualities of being open-minded and respecting the value of diverse people and their ideas.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Demonstrated leadership of safety principles and practices.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Marketing.
• Photography.
• Graphics illustration software.
• Experience conducting community outreach.

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 18121
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 03/08/2018
External Posting Date 03/08/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Full consideration will be given to applications received on or before April 15, 2018.

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

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
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