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Job Opportunity: Museum Director

Michael Naab, director of the City of Ketchikan Museum Department (Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center) will retire in October.  The City continues to recruit for the position.  (See the announcement below.)

Museum Director – The City of Ketchikan, Alaska seeks a multi-talented individual to direct and participate in the operation of two city-owned museums: the Tongass Historical Museum, a small community museum; and the Totem Heritage Center, which preserves 19th century totem poles, in addition to conducting classes and workshops in the traditional arts of Southeast Alaska Natives.  The Museum Director oversees a staff of seven. 

The successful candidate will be an accomplished communicator and manager with broad museum experience, including administration; budgeting and planning; staff supervision; collections care; and exhibit and program development.  Demonstrated leadership, creativity, and style are essential.  With a small staff and limited resources, the person selected will be expected to deliver exhibits and programs that not only engage the community, but also educate and entertain visitors.  Planning and overseeing expansion of the Tongass Historical Museum within its existing existing building will be a major focus.

Ketchikan is a community of 13,500 located on an island in Southeast Alaska, accessible only by air (1.75 hours from Seattle) or Alaska State Ferry.  The climate is mild, but rainy.  Spectacular natural beauty, small town life, a vibrant arts scene, boating, fishing, and outdoor activities are among the reasons why people love to live here.  The town is a major day port for cruise ships visiting Alaska; nearly a million cruise passengers call at Ketchikan from May through September each year.

A full job description and City of Ketchikan employment application (REQUIRED) are available at http://www.egovlink.com/ketchikan/postings.asp?listtype=JOB.  Information about the museums can be found at www.ketchikanmuseums.org.  Direct inquiries to Marie Miller, Human Resources Manager, City of Ketchikan, 334 Front Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901 (907) 228-5623.

$56,864 – $64,056 DOE plus benefits.  Position open until filled; EOE/AA.

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