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POSITION Description – DIRECTOR
Employer: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Position title: Director
Planned hiring date: By August 31, 2013
Compensation: As per salary scale for chief executives of Québec government agencies – Level DM06
- 4 weeks’ vacation
- Life insurance
- Health insurance
- Disability insurance
- Pension Plan of Management Personnel (PPMP)
- 5 personal days
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Director is responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and supervising the Musée’s activities and employees. The Director is also in charge of building awareness of the Musée and managing its reputation. The museum staff of about 60 employees, not including more than 60 occasional employees, covers the following areas: curatorial, education, collections archives, administrative archives, media centre, communications and marketing, finance, technical services and human resources.
In addition to managing the museum’s annual budget of approximately $11.2 million, the Director is closely involved in developing the activities of the Musée Foundation.
To enable the Musée to maintain and enhance its position as one of Montréal’s major cultural institutions and one of the world’s leading museums in its category, the Director will be required to meet a number of challenges. The most important of these will be to map out a new strategic plan, in cooperation with the Board of Trustees. This new strategy will aim to make the museum more welcoming and better suited to its customer base, improve attendance, increase self-generated revenue and guide the museum’s renovation project. The Director’s efforts will be focused on developing a renewed programming approach¾while upholding the highest standards for quality and innovation¾expanding the Musée’s collection and educational activities, applying an appropriate marketing strategy and rethinking the management of the museum’s spaces. As well, the Director will maintain close ties with the various stakeholders (arts community, business community, government, local communities) in Montréal, Québec and Canada, and on the international visual arts scene. In short, the chosen candidate will build on the artistic and financial foundation established in recent years and innovate so as to develop the full potential of the foremost museum of contemporary art in Canada.
The Musée is a provincially owned corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Director must therefore be able to satisfy government requirements for managing the Musée.
The ideal candidate will possess strong communication, development and management skills. He/she will have an awareness of the various artistic milieus and the challenges inherent in running a major cultural institution, will enjoy the respect of his/her peers and will display superior capability in terms of cultivating and maintaining harmonious relations with the Québec, Canadian and international arts communities; and will also demonstrate strategic, original thinking, combined with a great ability for turning projects and plans into concrete achievements. A seasoned project manager, this candidate will know how to see that the museum’s internal teams and external suppliers provide deliverables and comply with budgets and schedules, both for exhibitions and special projects and for the renovation project.
The successful candidate will work effectively and openly with the Board of Trustees; will be able to build a dynamic team and nurture the consensus that will ensure support when it comes to executing policies and future projects; and will encourage the team to show initiative, work together and strive for excellence in order to achieve the museum’s annual and long-term objectives. These objectives must be shared in clear, transparent fashion with the entire team. Executive management experience, versatility, leadership, pragmatism, flexibility and creativity are all necessary attributes.
As spokesperson for the Musée, the Director will increase its visibility and prominence. To establish a solid foundation for the museum’s finances, he/she will participate, with the Musée Foundation, in fundraising efforts directed toward large corporations, foundations and the general public, and will provide the overall guidelines for these efforts while also taking those of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec into account.
Candidates must have an academic background relevant to the required profile and possess experience demonstrating their ability to assume the specific responsibilities of the position to be filled. An excellent command of French and a strong command of English are essential.
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is an equal opportunity employer.
Please e-mail your application, accompanied by a letter expressing your interest, by Friday, May 31, 2013, to Monique Bernier: email@example.com
Monique Bernier, CHRP
Director, Human Resources
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
185, rue Sainte-Catherine ouest
Montréal, Québec, Canada H2X 3X5