The incumbent serves as Director of the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM), with responsibility for all aspects of the Museum's operation and management, including fiscal and personnel management, as well as fundraising to support ACM. The incumbent reports to the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research and works in close collaboration with the ACM Advisory Board.Learn more about this agency
1. Provides the intellectual vision, inspiration, dynamism, and overall leadership for ACM, its staff, its Advisory Board, and its other supporters and volunteers while serving as the key communicator and the public face of ACM to the public, donors, the community and government entities, museums and other institutions.
2. Provides executive leadership and direction to the staff of the ACM, planning and overseeing the ACM's programs and activities. While serving as Director, ensures that the ACM continues to fulfill its overall mission and vision. In conjunction with ACM senior staff, develops and monitors near-term program and operations plans along with the long-range strategic plan. Provides leadership and direction to staff in the areas of exhibitions, educational and public programs, scholarly initiatives, collections management, and external relations. In concert with the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research, makes decisions concerning the ACM's staffing, budget, and organization.
3. Works closely with the ACM Advisory Board, ensuring strategic alignment and overall board engagement and coordinating with the Board chair and the Provost and Under Secretary, as appropriate. Collaborates with the Board on initiatives to increase the visibility and public awareness of the ACM and to develop constituencies supportive of the ACM and the Smithsonian.
4. Plans, directs, and is deeply engaged in effective fundraising initiatives to support ACM programs and operations, including annual fundraising and fundraising for particular initiatives and for endowments. These efforts involve working closely with the Advisory Board and identifying needs, assigning priorities, and locating potential donors from private, corporate, and foundation sources. Oversees development staff in the areas of cultivation activities including cultivation of major donors, strategic communications, and special events. Plans and participates in the Smithsonian’s fundraising campaign activities, coordinates efforts with appropriate Smithsonian leadership and offices, and provides strategies to meet ACM’s fundraising goals.
5. Works closely with Smithsonian management, fellow directors, and various leadership bodies to achieve the Smithsonian’s’ mission, improve its effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance. Encourages, explores, and develops joint programs in cooperation with other Smithsonian museums, research, and educational organizations on projects of mutual interest.
6. Engages with external partners such as museums, academic institutions, artists, and community organizations on initiatives locally and nationwide. Represents ACM on a local, regional, and national level through interactions with entities and officials including, but not limited to, community councils, municipal offices, state and local government agencies and officials, arts and humanities councils, and the National Park Service.
7. Oversees the development, justification, allocation, and execution of the annual operating budget for the ACM. Works closely with the Office of the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research in the management of the budget, as well as with staff in the Smithsonian's Office of Planning, Management and Budget. Hires, directs, and coordinates the activities of the ACM staff. Develops and implements operating policy, standards, and procedures to assure the continued high quality of staff performance. Ensures that the ACM adheres to Smithsonian policies and procedures. Develops and administers policies to achieve management objectives in such areas as staff development, labor management, employee relations, and equal employment opportunities, seeking expert advice from appropriate Smithsonian offices as needed.
8. Oversees current and long-term facilities capital and maintenance master planning in collaboration with Smithsonian Facilities staff.
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