The mission of the Morris Museum is to elevate the cultural consciousness, excite the mind and enhance the quality of life of children and adults in the communities it serves by providing excellence in programming and education in the arts, sciences and humanities.

The Museum, family oriented and community focused, provides unique school offerings, changing exhibitions and distinctive performances to further the understanding and appreciation of the role of arts, sciences and humanities in our diverse communities. It also builds and preserves a permanent collection of art, science and cultural materials and organizes and presents exhibits, educational programs and publications which serve as a significant learning resource for the citizens of the State of New Jersey.

Morris Museum Executive Director 

The Morris Museum is seeking an Executive Director with the vision and ability to continue this unique accredited institution’s exciting transformation. Founded in 1913 in Morristown, NJ, the Museum serves both a local and international constituency through its wide variety of collections, exhibitions and theatrical productions. It also provides extensive educational programs for both children and adults at the Museum and through a long-standing outreach program to area schools. In 2003, the Museum was selected to curate and permanently exhibit the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata, arguably one of the finest of its kind in the world. This collection, combined with the Morris Museum’s excellent physical plant (multiple exhibition spaces and 312-seat theater) and long-standing tradition of serving its local communities’ cultural and educational needs, provides an enterprising and visionary Executive Director an opportunity to enhance the Museum’s exciting future.

The Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to develop the Museum’s vision and strategic plan in partnership with an engaged Board of Trustees. The Executive Director will be responsible for all operations of the Museum, reporting directly to the Board. The candidate must be comfortable in a leadership role as this position requires supervising, coordinating and inspiring a staff of 30 professionals as well as a number of volunteer groups. A critical aspect of the role of Executive Director is an enthusiasm to participate in fund-raising activities and to advocate for the Museum in the broader community.

It is expected that a candidate has experience managing a cultural institution or museum, though length of tenure is less important than a record of achievement. This experience should include success in fund-raising as well as a record of excellence in the creation and implementation of exhibits, special projects and other programs with the objective of generating public interest and participation. It is critical the candidate has the ability to communicate effectively to both a local and a wider audience.

We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. The finalist will be required to successfully pass a background check. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s experience and the Museum’s $2.5mm budget. Appointment will begin in early- to mid-2017.

To view a complete description of the position, please see the following PDF:

Morris Museum Executive Director Search 

Send cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected] by December 19, 2016 with the subject line Executive Director.