Davenport, Iowa

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Position Description:  The Executive Director serves as Chief Executive Officer of the museum, reports to and is responsible to the Board for all aspects of the operation of the museum, including but not limited to: financial management, supervision and professional development of staff, fundraising and donor relationships, educational programming, collection development, volunteer and docent recruitment and professional development, community relations and outreach, and implementation of Board policy.

In collaboration with the Board, the Executive Director provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the organization.  The Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member of all standing Board committees and works with the chairs of each committee and with staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of the museum.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Represents the Figge Art Museum as the Chief Executive Officer in the community, with employees, and with the Board of Trustees.
  • Oversees the financial well-being of the institution including budget, cost control, capital expenditures, financial controls, banking, profit, pricing, insurance for property and casualty, and the reporting of all financial results to the board. 
  • Provides effective management, supervision and professional development for museum staff, including the recruitment and development of talent for the organization.
  • Coordinates the development and execution of a strategic plan, tactics, and action plans.
  • Leads and participates in the friend and fund raising efforts of the museum, including providing support and priority to the efforts of the Development Director and the Development Committee.
  • Supports the recruitment and professional development of museum volunteers, including docents, and works with the Governance Committee in the recruitment of Board members.
  • Participates in the community and acts as an advocate for the arts in various capacities, such as, serving on Boards where other centers of influence also serve; representing the museum and the arts community in speaking engagements for community groups and other external constituencies; writing articles for local newspapers and professional publications; and taking interviews with the media.
  • Works with corporations, private collectors and other organizations to develop the Figge’s collections and exhibitions. 
  • Works with the regional, national and international arts community to bring in exhibitions and speakers who will generate interest and attendance and advance the Figge’s mission. 
  • Communicates with elected officials and city administrators, keeping them informed of current events and future plans for the museum. 
  • Ensures that Figge’s collections and artworks loaned to the Figge are properly handled, exhibited and cared for. 
  • Ensures compliance with the professional guidelines of the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors, Figge Art Museum by-laws, and all applicable state and federal law. 


  • Advanced degree in Art, Art History, Museum Studies or related field required.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in an executive or senior-level management capacity, including supervision of a staff of fifteen or more, required. 
  • Significant experience in museum or non-profit management, including fundraising, finances, personnel, and community and board relations, required.
  • Broad experience and knowledge of museum standards and practices required.
  • Broad experience and relationships with regional and national art museums, associations, and the arts community preferred.
  • Curatorial experience preferred. 
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills required.

The Figge Art Museum offers a competitive package of salary and benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.


Position is open until filled. Applications received by May 30, 2019, will be given first consideration.

Starting Date:
Position begins August 1, 2019, or as negotiated with the successful applicant.

To Apply
Send a cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the position, vita or resume, a list of references, and other materials that might be helpful to the Search Committee to:

Dr. Don Doucette, Chair
Figge Art Museum Executive Director Search Committee
c/o Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
101 West Third Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801-1419

The above required application materials may also be submitted electronically to

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The Figge Art Museum serves thousands of school children each year through school visits to the museum, where students participate in guided tours and a hands-on art activity. For many, this is the only opportunity they have to visit the Museum.


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