The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona, California, seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and to build upon the successes of the Museum’s first decade.

The director will oversee the fulfillment of the Museum’s core mission to collect, preserve, exhibit, and educate through works of ceramic art, and will enhance AMOCA’s profile locally, nationally, and internationally by collaborating with a talented and dedicated staff acknowledged for curating a series of compelling exhibitions and developing an important permanent collection. (See “About AMOCA” below.)

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director:
Develops the Museum’s strategic direction in consultation with the Board of Directors; establishes initiatives to fulfill its mission; safeguards its financial health; ensures its compliance with financial reporting and governance requirements; and increases its local, statewide, national and international visibility and prominence.
Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum. Establishes strong partnerships in the community. Enhances the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support.

Directs the Museum’s exhibition program, which currently features four exhibitions in the approximately 7,000 square-foot exhibition hall; six exhibitions in the approximately 242 square-foot VAULT; and changing exhibitions in the approximately 1,200 square-foot gallery
featuring artwork from the Robert and Colette Wilson Mettlach Collection. Future oversight will include the approximately 7,000 square-foot Permanent Collection Gallery which is scheduled to open in fall 2014.
Directs the Museum’s multi-faceted educational programming that accompanies all exhibitions in the main gallery, including AMOCA’s outreach programming to schools and the general public.
Oversees the Museum’s collections (works of ceramic art and related library and archival materials), including acquisitions, storage, and conservation in accordance with best practices in the field.
Manages the Museum’s finances: works closely with the Founder, who serves on the Board, and develops and implements the annual operating budget (now approximately $1 million). Directs the Museum’s revenue enhancing operations, to include Advancement, Museum Membership, the Museum Store, Exhibition Rentals, Facilities Rentals, the Ceramics Studio, and Artists’ Gallery, as well as developing and managing other possible revenue centers. Supervises, leads and mentors staff, including seven full-time employees; six part-time employees; and the four providers of in-kind services. Currently seven individuals directly
report to the Executive Director.
Oversees human resources, ensures compliance with existing laws, and promotes the professional development of staff while cognizant of budgetary constraints.
In conjunction with the Founder, manages, secures and maintains the property and facilities of the Museum.
Directs the overall development of public relations, media, and marketing initiatives. Ensures that the Museum’s information technology infrastructure effectively supports the needs of the institution while abiding by budgetary limitations.
Advanced degree in related discipline.
Minimum five years of experience in a museum (preferably), nonprofit organization, or arts- related business. At least three to five years at a senior managerial level.
Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction. Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums and nonprofits and a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities.
Competence in managing museum operations, including personnel matters. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with, museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.

Evidence of success in developing and managing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills.
Excellent planning, time-management, and decision-making skills. Working knowledge of spreadsheet, database, email, calendar/scheduling, and word processing software.
Working knowledge of contemporary art.
In-depth knowledge of contemporary ceramics and the historic development of the ceramic media (not required but preferred).
Required Characteristics:
Founded in 2001 and opened in September 2004, AMOCA is one of the few museums in the United States devoted exclusively to ceramic art and historic innovations in ceramic technology. Its permanent collection includes more than 7,000 works. The Museum has more than 50,000 square feet of space for exhibitions, storage, a museum store, a studio, and preparatory areas. It is located in an area abounding with ceramic history and internationally recognized clay artists from the Arts and Crafts Movement, the 1960s Clay Revolution, and the current Studio Pottery Era.
AMOCA is located in an urban downtown district where art is an important element of the continuing and successful community revitalization program. The home community consists of a rich ethnic mix and a large academic constituency with The Claremont Colleges, the University of La Verne, and California State Polytechnic University located within a five mile radius. The Museum is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles and Pasadena.
AMOCA has enjoyed remarkable accomplishments during its first 10 years. It has attracted a talented, energetic staff, an enviable permanent collection and physical plant, and an exhibition history that has received national acclaim.
Entrepreneurial, charismatic, articulate.
Take charge, dynamic leader who establishes a brisk momentum in realizing AMOCA’s potential.
Leads by inspiring and mentoring staff and establishing high standards of accomplishment for himself/herself and others.
Energized by the opportunity to lead a young museum into its second decade.
Attracted by AMOCA’s location in a richly diverse and largely Latino community.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package. AMOCA is an equal opportunity employer.
In its second decade, AMOCA will continue to champion the art, history, creation, and technology of ceramics through exhibitions, collections, outreach and studio programming. As an organization of vision, devoted to the arts, the Museum believes that visual art experiences communicated through professional artists, workshops and gallery exhibitions, promote cross- cultural understanding and provide new perspectives and insights that enrich our lives.

Please email, in PDF or Word format, your cover letter and resume OR mail hard copies to:
Donald M. Pattison, Chair of the AMOCA Board and Search Committee Office of Donor Relations
Pomona College
Claremont, CA 91711
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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