Illinois State Museum (ISM) - Land, Life, People & Art.

Pat Quinn, Governor
ISM System
Visitor Information
Programs & Events
Stores & Artisans Shops
Teachers & Students
Lesson Plans!
Online Exhibits
Research & Collections
Staff Directory
Job Opportunities
Members & Donors
Public Museum Grants
About ISM
News/Press Room
Search/Site Map

Join Our E-Mail List
For Email Marketing you can trust

Illinois State Museum

Job Opportunities - ISM Museums and Galleries

  Employment Opportunities - State Employment   

Section Head I/Director of Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center (Illinois State Museum) Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Position Title:
Section Head I/Director of Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center (Illinois State Museum)

Work Location:
Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center
14967 Gun Creek Trail
Whittington, IL 62897-1000

Job Description:
Full-time position as Director of the Illinois State Museum’s Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center (SIAAC). With guidance from the Museum Administration, directs daily operations of the Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center. Works closely with the Director of the Illinois Artisans Program & External Affairs in planning, implementing, and managing Illinois Artisan programs and services at the Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center. Oversees security and maintenance of the Illinois Artisans Shop & Gallery and Southern Illinois Art Gallery, as well as the overall facility and grounds. In collaboration and with guidance from the Director of the Illinois Artisans Program & External Affairs, plans and facilitates workshops, artisan demonstrations, festivals, special events, and exhibitions in the Illinois Artisans Program Members' Gallery. Coordinates with SIAAC Art Curatorial staff (under the Director for Art and History) on issues related to exhibitions and other programming for the Southern Illinois Art Gallery. Fully understands and aligns with the Museum’s strategic plan, mission, and all policies, as well as the mission of the Illinois Artisans Program. Responsible for working with Illinois Artisans Program leadership and subordinate staff in establishing goals and objectives, implementing and managing programs, and conducting evaluations. Executes various special duties and complex assignments that require special expertise, knowledge base, and skills required for the specific position at the level of an individual with a B.A. or M.A.(preferred) degree in Communications, Business, or Museum Administration with a minor in craft, design, art or other relevant discipline is required and 5 years administrative experience in a museum or related institution and/or 15 years of non-profit or other relevant work experience. Responsible for preparation of specialized budget materials and technical reports for programs at the facility. Assists the Illinois Artisans Program administration in carrying out artisan programming (including exhibition and educational programs) at the facility. Interacts with diverse constituents and audiences. Responsible for garnering financial and public support and administering programs. Seeks external funding from highly competitive funding sources for exhibitions, education programs and events, and promotion, including federal grants where nationally recognized expertise and higher degrees are required to be competitive. Performs at a professional level that reflects national standards and best practices of an accredited museum and brings local, regional, state, national, or international recognition to the Museum. Follows all relevant state and federal laws and abides by professional museum ethics and the ethics of the specific program areas and disciplines (e.g., contemporary artisan and art exhibitions and programs, education, exhibitions). Participates or plays leadership roles in community organizations. Participates or plays leadership roles in relevant local, state, and national professional organizations. Responsible for advocating for the Museum and its programs. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of the Illinois Artisans Program & External Affairs or the Director of the Museum and the Museum Director.

Minimum of B.A. (M.A. preferred) in Communications, Business, or Museum Administration or a relevant discipline for the specific position is required with a minimum of 5 years administrative experience in a leadership position in a museum or related institution or 15 years relevant leadership experience in a non-profit or other relevant organization. Experience with administration of educational, exhibition, and/or other programs in a museum, non-profit, or comparable setting. Experience administering staff, grants and other funds, and facilities. Specialized skills and knowledge related to the position include proven business or museum management and marketing skills, up-to-date social media understanding and application, demonstrated organizational skills, proven track record of fundraising, proficiency with relevant administrative hardware and software including but not limited to Microsoft Office, and other software needed for the operation of the facility. Demonstrated recent, active participation and/or leadership in community and professional organizations. Demonstrated ability for team building and working with the skill sets of a diverse team. Demonstrated success in seeking external funding for exhibitions, educational programs and events, and promotion, including federal grants where nationally recognized expertise and higher degrees are required to be competitive. Demonstrated accomplishments of local or regional stature. Requires specialized knowledge, experience, and skills that relate to museums or other relevant nonprofits, including working knowledge of standards and best practices in museums and nonprofits. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills. Must be able to work in a professional manner with diverse individuals, simultaneously handle multiple deadlines, plan strategically, take initiative, be flexible, and problem solve.

Museum Section Head I RC-063-16 Monthly Salary Range $ 3,969 - $5,913

Generous vacation with personal and sick leave, including 12 paid holidays. State-sponsored retirement, group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

Electronically send cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to:

Human Resource Office, Illinois State Museum

For full consideration, submit application by December 5, 2014.

Technical/programmatic questions regarding position should be addressed to Carolyn Patterson, Director of Illinois Artisans Program and External Affairs, Illinois State Museum, 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706-5000. Phone 217-558-6696, email:

Applicants should note that this position is exempt from the State Personnel Code and is under the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Museum. This is currently a Bargaining Unit position. The Illinois State Museum does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or handicap in compliance with the Illinois Human Rights A ct, the Illinois Constitution, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1973, as amended, and the U.S. Constitution.

  Employment Opportunities - Illinois State Museum Society Employment   

We currently do not have any Illinois State Museum Society positions available, please check back later

  Volunteer Opportunities   

Volunteer in the Play Museum! Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum is an exciting hands-on area where children ages 3-10 can learn -- through play -- about art, people, and nature. Friendly, energetic volunteers are needed to greet and interact with families and groups and help keep the exhibit neat. Play Museum volunteers must be adults or teens 13 and up, and able to work 2 shifts a month. We have a special need for adults who can volunteer on weekday mornings or afternoons. Prospective volunteers must complete an application, a brief interview, and a group training session. 

Our next group training session is: Saturday, December 6, 9 - 10:30 am. For an application or more information contact Beth Shea at


Marketing Assistant Volunteer Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Have 3 hours a month? Help us get the word out... an adult volunteer (age 18+) is needed to distribute brochures & posters to local businesses and organizations. This position requires: excellent oral communication skills (i.e. talking to new people); the ability to carry posters, brochures and other materials; discovering where materials can be displayed; and seeking out new venues. The volunteer must be able to read a map and find specific businesses and locations & have a valid driver’s license, vehicle, and vehicle insurance. Gas, parking, and other expenses are not reimbursed. This task takes about 3 hours/month. Hours can be scheduled Monday – Saturday, morning or afternoon. Training provided. For more information or a volunteer application contact Beth Shea at

Crafty? Join the Super Saturday Team Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Do you enjoy helping children with activities and crafts? Super Saturdays are held on the second Saturday of each month from 11 am - 3:00 pm. Late morning and afternoon shifts are available. Super Saturday volunteers must be adults, or youth ages 12 or older. This is a great way to start volunteering for service hours. If you are interested in becoming a Super Saturday volunteer and would like more information, please contact Beth Shea at






ISM Springfield
ISM Dickson Mounds
ISM Lockport
ISM Chicago
ISM Rend Lake

Copyright © 2012 Illinois State Museum Site Map | ISM Privacy Information | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Webmaster| Illinois DNR