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The new Museum of Utah is Hiring for a Museum Director

Recruitment# - 34210

Title - Museum Director

Supervisor - Jill Love/Jennifer Ortiz

Location - 3760 S Highland Drive office/Utah State Capitol Complex, 350 State Street, Salt Lake City Utah

Salary range - $30.85 - $57.33 hourly, or per DHRM rules on transfers or promotions

Open date - 9/20/2022

Close date - 10/14/2022

If you are interested in this position, please go to the new State of Utah - Career Page and apply online or click here to be taken directly to the application and apply online.


The Department of Cultural & Community Engagement and the Utah Division of State History are looking for a Museum Director for the newly created Museum of Utah. Projected to open in Spring 2026, the museum is the first State Museum to focus on Utah’s history and culture.

Reporting to the Director of the Utah Division of State History, the Museum Director will serve as a forward-thinking chief executive officer of the museum and part of the leadership team at the Utah Division of State History. The Museum Director will have a unique opportunity to both help create and then lead this new State institution. The Museum Director will be committed to museum excellence and possess a deep appreciation for the changing museum field; principles of access, diversity, equity and inclusion; community engagement, and high-quality visitor experiences. This individual will represent the Museum of Utah regionally and nationally to external stakeholders, constituents, and community partners. They will build excitement, provide leadership, and create an invigorating strategic direction in support of the museum.

Principle Duties The Museum Director will perform in three main arenas:

1. Strategic Direction and Revenue Enhancement

  • Communicate the museum’s strategic direction in direct collaboration and conversation with the Utah Division of State History to assist in building membership, attendance, commitment, and support for the organization and its mission and programs.

  • Pursue an expanding dialogue about Utah’s stories through collection enhancement, creative and relevant exhibits, meaningful educational opportunities, and programming that deepens the exhibit narrative and visitor experiences.

  • Work collaboratively with the Department Foundation to cultivate major donors and initiate fundraising activities to build financial resilience for ongoing programs and operations.

  • Assist in development activities in partnership with the Department Foundation and Director of the Division of State History, maintain strong relationships with donors and the funding community, and establish strong stewardship and cultivation methods with the board and staff.

  • Ensure the creation and implementation of a strategic vision and establishment of the business plan, working with the State History board, staff, and community stakeholders to attain a clear vision for programming, financial growth, and community partnership opportunities.

  • Embrace other strategic direction and revenue enhancement responsibilities as needed.

2. Community Engagement and Governance

  • Develop an active community presence and authentic relationships to foster opportunities for new initiatives and partnerships that build connections and the collection, support growing attendance and membership, and strengthen the fabric of social and cultural organizations and other museums statewide.

  • Establish and refine all aspects of communication to support and strengthen the museum’s brand and visibility.

  • Seek opportunities to collaborate with arts, museums, cultural, and educational organizations and other businesses to ensure that the museum specifically and the Capitol Complex generally is an accommodating and welcoming venue for programing, educational activities, and other events.

  • Build strong, positive relationships with government officials, civic leaders, social innovators, and cultural champions who seek to advance the interests and reputation of the State of Utah and advance support for history endeavors.

  • Mobilize and best utilize the board’s insights, connections, talents, and resources as ambassadors and volunteers who wholeheartedly support the museum’s overall goals and strategic initiatives.

  • Embrace other community engagement and governance responsibilities as needed.

3. Leadership and Administration

  • Lead a performance- and outcomes-based organization, overseeing all day-to-day operations, with a focus on providing quality, accessible to all, exhibitions and programs within the framework of excellence in the visitor experience

  • Establish systems to track progress and measure organizational effectiveness, communicating key metrics and performance indicators to the staff, History board, community, and key stakeholders.

  • Frame and communicate all museum related outputs, outcomes, and collaborations using the Utah Division of State History’s 2023-2027 Strategic Plan.

  • Oversee the preparation of the annual operating budget for the museum program with the Director of the Division of State History and Finance Manager and provide regular, ongoing updates on financial operations to ensure the most effective use of financial, human, and technological resources.

  • Ensure that the necessary organizational structure, policies, systems controls, and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed for effectiveness.

  • Inspire, mentor, evaluate, and guide a high-performing team that supports a culture of inclusion, growth, and continuous improvement and values staff well-being.

  • Actively engage with a comprehensive network of museum professionals, cultural leaders, artists, history and art collectors by participating in relevant field-wide convenings to share industry trends and implement current best practices.

  • Maintain an organization with the highest ethical standards.

  • Embrace other leadership and administration responsibilities as needed.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal person for this position has these traits and characteristics:

The Museum of Utah Director will have a well-rounded set of competencies as a resourceful and creative museum professional who values frequent interaction and collaboration with others. A visionary leader with the ability to set, pursue, and achieve goals in a timely manner, the Director will have excellent communication skills, imagination, entrepreneurial spirit, leadership abilities, and a passion for the unique mission and impact of the Museum of Utah. A results-oriented relationship builder who maintains a high professional profile, the Museum Director will inspire a long-term vision with achievable goals and a strategy that embraces many constituencies. A strong conceptual thinker and creative generator of curatorial ideas, the Museum Director will have the ability to move from dialogue to timely decision making and action. As a people-oriented servant leader receptive to new ideas and innovations, the Director will be open to considering new approaches that achieve desired outcomes and exceed constituent and community expectations.

Other key competencies include:

  • Leadership and Goal Orientation – The aptitude to organize and motivate others to set, pursue, and accomplish goals regardless of obstacles while creating a sense of order, direction, and active participation among a variety of stakeholders.

  • Personal and Professional Accountability The authenticity to self-evaluate and take responsibility for personal actions and decisions, accept setbacks, look for ways to progress, and understand how obstacles impact results.

  • Planning and Organizing – The capacity to set and prioritize relevant, realistic, and attainable goals and objectives; to anticipate effects, outcomes, and risks; and to manage resources according to set priorities.

  • Time, Priority and Project Management. – The ability to prioritize and complete tasks and to oversee all resources and people to obtain desired results with allotted time frames.

  • Diplomacy – The dexterity to effectively and tactfully handle difficult situations and treat others fairly regardless of differences while maintaining positive relationships.

Preferences Preference may be given to those with a graduate degree and professional background in public administration, history administration and museum management, Preference may also be given to those with significant experience in managing organizations in the cultural sector.

Why You Should Join Our Team

The Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement isn't just another state agency. The programs we manage and the services we provide are the heart and soul of Utah. By working with local arts agencies, historical societies, volunteer organizations, libraries, museums, and other state and federal agencies, as well as the state's many indigenous and minority groups, the professionals in our department improve the lives of individuals and communities throughout Utah.

The department provides a fast paced, collaborative, and energetic work environment that supports employees in balancing work and homelife. We actively encourage flexible work schedules and telecommuting options where it makes sense, as well as participation in exercise and mass transit programs.

Consider joining the Cultural & Community Engagement team for a rewarding public service experience.

As a benefited employee of the Department Cultural & Community Engagement, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer. We also provide generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance. You will work on important public policy issues to benefit state residents.

The Agency For more information about the Department of Cultural & Community Engagement and the Museum of Utah, click here.


Supplemental Information


  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.

  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.

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