Responsible for the strategic development, direction and implementation of business operations, financial policies and reporting, budgeting, planning, and facilities. Responsible for the oversight of human resource activities, including hiring, salary distribution, disciplinary actions and terminations. Directs the financial management, planning, and implementation of all facility-related projects, including renovations, repairs and construction projects. Directs the preparation of grant and contract proposals and works closely with museum staff and principal investigators in preparing proposal budgets and ensuring internal and external compliance. Works closely with the museum director and the director of development in determining fundraising needs and goals. Oversees the fiscal management of endowments and investments and oversees gift reporting for development purposes. Serves as the staff liaison with the business operations committee of the Museum Advisory Council, working closely with the council chairperson, prepares committee budgets, agendas and committee reports. Serves as the primary contact representing the museum throughout the university in areas of facility, security, finance and planning, and all other business operation ventures. Serves as a member of the Museum's Steering Committee. Partnering with the director, and other senior staff, responsible for the Museum's short and long-range planning processes. Advises the director as requested on Museum issues. In the directors absence, responsible for making and implementing decisions, after appropriate consultation.
The Deputy Director for Finance and Administration position offers a finance and operations professional the opportunity to contribute to the strategic direction and implementation of initiatives at the Johnson Museum at a momentous time within the institution's history. As the Museum celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the team is invigorated by opportunities to further impact the cultural and intellectual life of the Cornell campus and their local community, and to broaden the institution's reach as a world-class academic museum. The Deputy Director works in close collaboration with the Museum Director in realizing the institution's mission and is a key member of the Museum's senior management team. They actively promote and implement the Directors' initiatives, while also advising on a broad range of Museum issues. The Johnson Museum has a budget of $6.3M and employs 35 staff members, and over 100 undergraduate and graduate student interns and workers.
ABOUT THE JOHNSON MUSEUM OF ART
The Johnson Museum permanent collection numbers 40,000 works, spanning six millennia and encompassing art from most world cultures. Among the strengths of the collection are the holdings of Asian art; more than 23,000 prints, drawings, and photographs ranging from the fifteenth century to the present; modern and contemporary painting and sculpture; European art from ancient times to the present; African sculpture and textiles; and pre-Columbian sculpture and ceramics. Each year the Johnson Museum mounts major exhibitions and programs that present new scholarship and fresh perspectives on the works in their collection or on temporary loan. Many of these exhibitions are inspired by the Cornell curriculum and are the product of partnerships with faculty, graduate students, other museums, research centers, scholars, cultural practitioners, and source communities.
The Museum enhances and supports faculty teaching across Cornell's schools and departments by hosting approximately 350 class sessions per academic year in the Museum's galleries and classrooms. Educational outreach programs for the regional community are core to Cornell University's land-grant commitment to public engagement: they serve over 6,000 schoolchildren from schools in a 90-mile radius of Ithaca and offer professional development trainings for regional teachers, many of whom teach in rural areas and for whom the Museum promotes intercultural understanding and global awareness.
The Deputy Director is responsible for the strategic development, direction, and implementation of business operations, financial policies and reporting, budgeting, planning, security, visitor services, and facilities management. They oversee three direct reports. Together with the Office of Human Resources, they manage hiring, salary distribution, and compliance. Working closely with Museum staff and principal investigators, the Deputy Director participates in the preparation of grant proposal budgets and ensures compliance. The Deputy Director works with the Museum Director and the Director of Development in determining fundraising needs and goals while overseeing the fiscal tracking and reporting of endowments and gifts. They partner with the Museum Advisory Council (a group comprising Cornell Trustees, alumni, campus and community leaders, artists, and museum professionals), and serve as the primary contact representing the Museum throughout the University in areas of facilities, security, finance and planning, human resources, risk management, and all other business operation ventures.
Through their knowledge of administration, they will manage, implement, and enhance cross-departmental initiatives to advance equity and access, integrate new systems and technologies, and promote sustainable practices. As a systems thinker and relationship builder, the Deputy Director will foster an environment where the Johnson Museum staff can thrive and together cultivate a more equitable and inclusive museum. In this leadership position, the Deputy Director plays a key role in ensuring a welcoming work and learning environment and is responsible for partnering with central University resources to strengthen the diversity of the Museum's workforce.
While position responsibilities vary, all people leaders are expected to foster a culture of belonging and a psychologically healthy work environment by being trustworthy; respecting all individuals; being flexible; supporting work/life integration as well as healthy boundaries; inviting new ideas, alternatives, and perspectives; speaking up and taking action if others are being excluded or treated inappropriately; and recognizing the contributions of others.
While it is understood that no one candidate will bring every desired skill, characteristic, and experience, the following offers a reflection of the ideal candidate profile for the Deputy Director.
Master's degree in business administration, Arts Administration, or related experience in higher education or in a nonprofits or arts-cultural organization, and at least 3 years of managerial experience (5 or more years preferred), or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
The Deputy Director of the Johnson Museum will also possess the following attributes and competencies:
Business acumen and operational expertise
Skilled and inspirational manager
External relations and relationship-building
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The salary range for this role is $140,000 to $170,000 with a generous benefits package. The exact salary that will be offered to the Deputy Director will be determined based on a consideration of the successful candidate's skills, experience, and geography and aligned with Cornell University's compensation policies.
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$139,876.00 - $170,960.00
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Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position
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