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Quinnipiac University seeks an Executive Director of its Ireland's Great Hunger Museum (An Gorta Mór - The Great Hunger). The Executive Director is responsible for the development, execution, and management of the policies, programs and initiatives of the Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, slated to open its doors in Fall 2012.
Ireland's Great Famine or The Great Hunger, as it is more commonly referred to today, ranks among the worst tragedies in the sweep of human history. Between 1845 and 1850, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases.
The extensive collection is comprised of paintings, maps and sculpture, including works by Padraic Reaney, John Behan, Rowan Gillespie, Glenna Goodacre, Niall Bruton and Kieran Tuohy. The modern collection is complemented by period pieces by such artists as James Brenan and Jack Yeats. A new building to house the collection is being completed near the Mt. Carmel campus and is slated to open in Fall 2012. For more information, please see: http://www.thegreathunger.org/
The position reports to the IGH Museum Board of Directors.
He/she will also provide general supervision of all day-to-day activities of the Museum, and all of its employees, interns and volunteers. He or she will develop further awareness of the Museum and create relationships that will result in increased financial support from external funders.
The Executive Director must have the proven ability to advance the Museum into a flourishing organization that possesses the resources to fulfill its mission and potential for national and international recognition. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in non-profit management, finance and fund raising, ideally in an arts/museum organization.
Strong written and verbal skills are essential, particularly public speaking, as is the ability to comfortably operate in the public arena. Evidence of working with the public, with a Board of Directors, and an academic community is also important.
An advanced degree in Irish studies, museum studies, or art history, as well as 5-10 years experience in a museum or non-profit arts organization are preferred. A strong commitment and passion for the educational and artistic mission of the Ireland's Great Hunger Museum are essential.
Please submit ONLY your resume/CV and a thoughtful cover letter that describes how your experience meets our qualifications as well as your experience with or interest in Irish heritage, culture, art or history.
Applicants who will be considered further may be asked to submit additional information at the time they are contacted.
Only applicants who submit through our online application system will be considered. Please do not contact our staff directly for this purpose. Thank you.
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