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The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit, and support a diverse staff of talented people. We offer competitive packages and practice equal opportunity employment policies. In this section, find listings for any open positions.

President & CEO

TO APPLY:

To learn more about the position and to apply, please contact Tory Clarke – Partner, Bridge Partners at tory.clarke@bridgepartnersllc.com and Ryan Whitacre – Partner, Bridge Partners at ryan.whitacre@bridgepartnersllc.com

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis, so we urge your prompt consideration of this impactful leadership role.

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Job Description

Position title: President & CEO
Reports to: Board of Directors
Direct Reports: VP and Chief Curatorial Officer, VP and Chief Advancement Officer, VP and Chief Financial Officer, VP for Public Programs, Director of Facilities, Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

Key Responsibilities:

The Board of the Eiteljorg Museum is currently in the process of developing a five-year strategic plan, in accordance with its strategic planning schedule, that builds on recent successes including completion of the $55 million Project 2021 capital/endowment campaign. Focused on continuing the evolution of the Eiteljorg Museum’s role as an inclusive world-class institution, the incoming President & CEO will collaborate with the board, staff, local and national partners, and Native and First Nations peoples, to deliver continued excellence and engagement.

Organizational Leadership & Development:

  • Build and continue to develop an effective, dynamic, exceptional management team.
  • Establish and monitor systems to recruit, train and reward an excellent museum staff.
  • Serve as an advocate, guide and mentor to the professional staff, particularly in building a sound working partnership with the board, its committees and other volunteers.
  • Develop an organizational environment that encourages creativity, innovation and esprit de corps while maintaining efficient use of museum resources.

Strategic Planning:

  • Engage the board, staff and community in an on-going strategic planning process to ensure the long-term vibrancy, relevance and success of the museum.
  • Guided by the strategic planning process and in accord with the board, keep the mission statement fresh and develop a longer-term vision for the museum.
  • In accord with the mission statement, develop long- and short-term plans as well as relevant policies.

Revenue Development:

  • Achieve the museum’s mission in an entrepreneurial and innovative manner, while meeting financial objectives from (1) earned income, (2) endowment income and (3) contributions.
  • Assume a leadership role in the public aspects of the museum’s fundraising activities, and cultivation of key donor relationships.

Audience Development, Community Engagement & External Relations:

  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for the museum and thereby ensure that the museum is properly represented to its various publics and is valued as a trusted partner.
  • Build strong, sustainable, values-aligned, mutually-beneficial partnerships and relationships with community, regional and national organizations.
  • Represent the museum in professional, civic, community, cultural and government endeavors, directly or jointly with other museum administrators.
  • Communicate community, regional and national needs, opportunities attitudes and resources affecting the museum for the staff and board.
  • Ensure a comprehensive marketing and communications plan informs the public of the museum’s activities and invites participation.

Collections Development:

  • Broaden and upgrade the museum’s collections in a bold and innovative manner, with guidelines established by the board of directors and driven by the vision and mission of the museum.

Public Education & Dialog:

  • Ensure an ongoing commitment to public education and the role of museums as public institutions.
  • Advocate for the vital role of Native American and First Nations peoples and their art in our national dialog.

Management and Oversight:

  • Translate board policies into action plans.
  • Develop appropriate policies and procedures to effectively administer museum operations.
  • Ensure proper financial reporting and budgetary controls are in place, and that board policies are met in relation to the management of the museum’s endowment.
  • Implement personnel policies in accordance with board-approved guidelines and in compliance with government regulations.
  • Maintain appropriate stewardship of the museum’s collection meeting professional standards for conservation, record keeping and conflict of interest.
  • Ensure the museum’s facilities and systems are maintained at a high level of cleanliness/repair.
Requirements / Qualifications

Key Requirements & Qualifications

The strongest candidates will bring many of the professional experiences and skills outlined below, along with a demonstrable passion for the mission of the Eiteljorg Museum, and an inclusive leadership approach that serves a diverse audience, community and staff

Institutional & Community Leadership:

  • Demonstrated leadership accomplishments in a community role, museum, other not-for-profit institution, or comparable entity.
  • A clear commitment to the role of museums in relation to public education.
  • Energy and enthusiasm for establishing and maintaining a proactive role as principal spokesperson for an institution.
  • Track record of partnering, and building trusted relationships with, business, civic and community leaders on behalf of an institution.
  • Experience in effectively building and developing original and sustainable working relationships with government entities, foundations and other community groups.

Organizational Leadership:

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate a compelling vision and motivate others towards its achievement.
  • A values-driven approach to leadership.
  • Demonstrated success as a guide, leader, motivator, mentor and manager of a diverse professional staff.
  • Experience successfully guiding an organization through necessary change, which is driven by internal and external factors.
  • A successful talent developer; a leader who prioritizes and facilitates organizational effectiveness for both staff and board.
  • Effective working in partnership with and engaging a dynamic, committed board of directors.
  • Proven track record of developing and managing complex initiatives, and of working collaboratively with diverse constituencies to facilitate innovation.
  • Passion for building a strong culture of teamwork and collaboration across the organization (staff, board, volunteers).

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion:

  • An outstanding track record of inclusive management and leadership.
  • Proven ability to shape an understanding of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion as instrumental values that should be reflected in every aspect of the work of the museum.
  • Experience working and partnering with Native American and First Nations communities would be very beneficial; a professional background and history of raising the voices of traditionally underrepresented cultures and communities strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to engaging, actively listening to, and partnering with diverse communities and stakeholders, internally and externally.
  • Strong cultural competencies with sensitivity to cultural differences.

Strategic Thinking:

  • A big picture thinker with experience in strategic planning processes involving staff, board and community and a demonstrated ability to execute the plan.
  • An innovator who understands the evolving museum and public institution space and the role that the museum might play in the current and future regional, national and international landscapes.

Visitor-centric:

  • Creative in developing new ways to reach and engage a diverse visitor population on a community, regional, national and international basis.

Fundraising:

  • Enthusiastically participates in fundraising with a track record of effective and authentic relationship-building.
  • Demonstrated success in raising money from a variety of donors (current and future), including individuals, corporations and foundations.

Fundraising & Institutional Planning:

  • Experience specifically in institutional planning and fundraising.

Financial Management:

  • Experience developing and implementing commercially viable plans to implement visionary ideas.
  • High comfort level reading and processing financial statements, with a demonstrated success in managing institutional budgets.
  • Solid financial acumen and decision-making skills; uses good judgment in the context of the broader organization.
  • Familiarity with endowment management and debt financing preferred.

Leadership Style & Personal Characteristics:

  • A leader, mentor, champion and coach who exhibits accessibility and engenders trust at all levels of the organization and within the community.
  • Strong communicator and public speaker.
  • A personable, humble, empathic and authentic relationship-builder.
  • Exhibits mature judgment with the ability to navigate complexity with discretion.
  • A thought leader with strength of convictions but also the flexibility and curiosity to continually learn from others.
  • A bold, creative and strategic visionary who acts in the now with attention to detail, while forging a path for the future.
  • Ability to balance appropriate risk-taking and disruption with a fiduciary and commercial reality.
  • Persistent and patient in all areas; exhibits a steady, calm demeanor.
Additional Information

ABOUT THE MUSEUM: Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a major cultural institution that has developed a national reputation for excellence. The Eiteljorg Museum shares the art, history and diverse cultures of Native America and the American West in all their diversity and complexity. As a 501c3 nonprofit, the Eiteljorg Museum conducts compelling art exhibitions and engaging programs for the public. In 2019, the museum celebrated 30 years of telling amazing stories.

Our Commitment
The Eiteljorg Museum is committed to presenting the art and heritage of the American West and the Native peoples of North America as a diverse story of human accomplishment, adversity and perseverance with respect and sensitivity to all cultures. In order to fulfill this commitment, the Eiteljorg must keep diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion at the forefront of everything that we do.

Respect for Native Lands and Peoples
Our museum sits upon the land of the Miami and Lenape peoples and the wider Indiana region encompasses the homelands of the Kickapoo, Shawnee, Peoria and Potawatomi peoples. Therefore, the Eiteljorg Museum has a distinct responsibility to educate the public about these living cultures of our local area and the Great Lakes region. The Eiteljorg is dedicated to fulfilling this responsibility and carrying out its broader mission to present the arts, histories and cultures of the Native peoples of North America
through exhibitions and programs that demonstrate sensitivity and respect for our Native American/First Nations community members. We are also committed to inclusivity by incorporating Native peoples’ perspectives and their direct participation into our work.

Representing Diverse Communities
In our presentations of the art and history of the American West, the Eiteljorg is committed to an inclusive approach that challenges past practices of museums and the Western art world that often omitted the experiences of all those who shaped the West and its art, including people who are Native American, Black, Latino, Asian, members of the LGBTQ+ community and others of different backgrounds and beliefs. The art we collect will include works by and about these underrepresented peoples, and the exhibitions,
interpretation, programs and publications we create will bring to light this diversity.

Creating a Welcoming Environment
The communities we welcome and serve at the Eiteljorg include, but are not limited to, people of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexes, gender identities and gender presentations, sexual orientations, cultures, national origins, languages, abilities, educational backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, physical appearances, veteran statuses, personalities, religious or spiritual beliefs and political views. We also recognize and celebrate the diversity of our downtown Indianapolis neighborhood and are committed to serving the needs of our local community. The Eiteljorg Museum strives to be accessible to everyone and seeks to break down barriers that might prevent people from visiting. Our advertising, marketing and promotional activities must also consider our diverse audiences, and are the first, critical step in welcoming everyone to participate.

Diversity of Voices in the Room
To be a successful museum about diverse peoples, it is essential that the people who work, volunteer and provide consulting and contract services for the museum reflect the diversity of our mission and the communities we serve. Our human resources practices must also be inclusive and equitable regarding leadership, governance, planning and policymaking.

Fulfilling Our Commitment
The Eiteljorg aspires to become a museum where all people feel that they are heard, represented and respected. By working to fulfill the principles outlined in this statement, the Eiteljorg Museum is committed to building a more accessible, inclusive and equitable future for the diverse communities we serve.

Summer Collections Internship Position

The Collections department of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is seeking an intern to assist in cataloging, housing, inventorying, and moving collections and assisting with art intake for our annual Indian Market and Festival. The position is available from June 10, 2023 – August 4, 2023. There may be some flexibility with start and end dates. The intern is required to work a maximum of 16 hours per week (Monday-Friday) for 8 weeks. The internship is paid $12.50 per hour.

The Collections intern will report to the Collections Manager, and interact with the Registrar and Director of Museum Collections on a regular basis. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about safe object handling, exhibition preparation, and various aspects of working with a collections management system (The Museum System).

This opportunity will occur in person at the Eiteljorg Museum, and institutional COVID-19 protocols must be followed. The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit and support a diverse staff of talented people, and practices equal opportunity employment policies.

TO APPLY:

Please send resume (include applicable education, work, and volunteer experience) and cover letter (explain: 1. your interest in the position, 2. your unique qualifications and 3. how this internship supports your career goals) to personnel@eiteljorg.com by March 10. Address cover letter to  Rebekah Ryan, Collections Manager and include the subject line: “Summer Collections Intern.” No phone calls or email inquiries please.

Please note that a job offer will be contingent on completion of a successful background check.

Job Description/ Requirements / Qualifications

Position title: Summer Collections Intern
Reports to: Rebekah Ryan, Collections Manager
Status: Part-time; Paid
Reports to: June 10 – August 4, 2023

 

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:

  • Detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and capable of doing repetitive tasks
  • Excellent computer skills (database experience a plus)
  • Works well in a team and independently
  • Enrolled in an Associate or Bachelor program for museum studies, art history, history, ethno history, anthropology, or related field
  • Some object handling and knowledge of collections care practices a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to reach with hands and arms, stoop, and see
  • Ability to push, pull, lift, and carry 10-50 lbs. short distances.
  • Ability to climb step stools, carry objects up stairs, and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to enter data into a computer.
  • Wear gloves and be able to perform delicate operations when dealing with fragile objects.
  • Have good, clear communication skills, both verbally and written, and can understand spoken communications.
  • Most work is performed in a climate-controlled environment.
Additional Information

A DIVERSE STAFF OF DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE PEOPLE: The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit and support a diverse staff of talented people. We offer competitive benefit packages and practice equal opportunity employment policies.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM: Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a major cultural institution that has developed a national reputation for excellence. The Eiteljorg Museum shares the art, history and diverse cultures of Native America and the American West in all their diversity and complexity. As a 501c3 nonprofit, the Eiteljorg Museum conducts compelling art exhibitions and engaging programs for the public. In 2019, the museum celebrated 30 years of telling amazing stories.

Media Archivist

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to find a Media Archivist for a 1 year appointment. This is a full-time position that includes benefits such as retirement, health, vision and dental insurance, paid time off, and short/long term disability. The Media Archivist reports to the Director of Museum Collections and interacts with the Curator of Native American Art and the Director of Technology. The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit and support a diverse staff of talented people, and practices equal opportunity employment policies.

The position is funded through a grant made possible by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The goal of the project is to digitize and make available internally and externally media content from the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship.

TO APPLY:

Please submit résumé with cover letter by March 3, 2022 to personnel@eiteljorg.com.  Address cover letter to Allison Evans, Director of Museum Collections. No phone calls or email inquiries please.

Please note that a job offer will be contingent on completion of a successful background check.

Job Description

Position title: Media Archivist

Status: Full-time, 1 Year Appointment
Salary:$41,200

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the conversion and transfer of older format media with the contracted company, including maintaining and shipping and receiving digital inventory.
  • Establish a tracking system using best practices for the physical and digital media.
  • Creating new catalog records and creating artifact condition reports for the film collection in the collections management system (The Museum System)
  • Processing backlogged film, including inspecting, leading and labeling, cleaning, housing and rehousing tapes and canisters.
  • Completing secondary inspection including further observation; measurements and documentation of damaged or deteriorating film.
  • Ability to operate all types of equipment associated with reviewing, inspecting, and preserving film
  • Make all recently digitized material available online by evaluating for best copy (of digital files) and assessing legal status.
  • Working with artists to secure their permissions and address any concerns regarding content.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Requirements / Qualifications

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • MA or Certification from a recognized film preservation program or Archival certification.
  • A degree in broadcasting, film/video production, history, or related field a plus.
  • Experience performing film inspections, preservation, and restoration in a film archive, audiovisual library, or film processing/restoration laboratory or media center.
  • Thorough knowledge of film editing process and current best practices in film preservation processes.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and carry through on film preservation projects.
  • Accurate recording of data, excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-driven and be able to work with minimal supervision.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Support Museum’s goals and values and further the Museum’s mission and the 5-year strategic plan.
  • Give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit.
  • Follow policies and procedures; maintain appropriate records, complete tasks correctly and on time. Prepare and submit institutional paperwork (i.e. purchase orders) in a timely manner.
  • Maintain proficiency in all computer-related programs to perform job duties.
  • Follow safe work procedures: report potentially unsafe conditions, notify supervisor of damages, defects, or the need for repairs that could prevent deterioration of equipment or possible injury to employees or others.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Additional Information

ADA requirements: Most work is performed in a climate-controlled environment. Physical ability to handle large, heavy and fragile materials, reach high and low shelving, and utilize stairs (mobile and stationary). Ability to enter data into a computer. Wear gloves and be able to perform delicate operations when dealing with fragile items.

Schedule: Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., some evenings, weekends, and early morning hours as needed.

A DIVERSE STAFF OF DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE PEOPLE: The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit and support a diverse staff of talented people. We offer competitive benefit packages and practice equal opportunity employment policies.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM: Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a major cultural institution that has developed a national reputation for excellence. The Eiteljorg Museum shares the art, history and diverse cultures of Native America and the American West in all their diversity and complexity. As a 501c3 nonprofit, the Eiteljorg Museum conducts compelling art exhibitions and engaging programs for the public. In 2019, the museum celebrated 30 years of telling amazing stories.

Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Great Lakes Native Cultures and Community Engagement

The Eiteljorg Museum is currently accepting applications for the position Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Great Lakes Native Cultures and Community Engagement. The Eiteljorg Museum recognizes the critical importance having Native/Indigenous knowledge and experiences represented within the institution to actively and accurately incorporate Native presence/voices in museum activities. The Curator of Great Lakes Native Cultures and Community Engagement works to build strong, active, and ongoing relationships with Native communities, to share their stories with diverse audiences through exhibits, public presentations and other opportunities for engagement. This endowed position is responsible for implementing the museum’s Great Lakes Initiative, which seeks to establish the museum as a resource for programs, projects, and information related to the Native arts, histories, and cultures of our own Great Lakes region.  As a member of the curatorial and education/public programs teams, the position collaborates and provides support across departments in fulfilling the museum’s mission “to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history, and cultures of the American West and the Indigenous peoples of North America”. Applicants must be able to work legally in the United States. Full job description is attached.

TO APPLY:

Please send cover letter and resume to personnel@eiteljorg.com  with subject line heading to read: Hoback Curator. Faxed applications can be accepted at: (317) 275-1430

Review of applications will begin in June 2022 and continue until position is filled. Please note that a job offer will be contingent on completion of a successful background check.

Job Description

Reporting relationship: Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer

Position title: Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Great Lakes Native Cultures and Community Engagement
Department: Curatorial and Public Programs/Education
Status: Full time, exempt 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a community liaison to grow and nurture relationships with Native American and First Nations tribes of the region including their cultural centers and historic preservation offices;
  • Work with tribal communities to facilitate access to the collection and other resources held by the Eiteljorg Museum;
  • Insure that institutional policies and practices reflect Native/Indigenous perspectives and are in alignment with cultural practices;
  • Be a resource for and provide support to the Native American community at the local, regional, and national level through public outreach and service;
  • Represent the Eiteljorg Museum at conferences, educational programs, and tribal events;
  • Fulfill administrative responsibilities including budget and deadline management, record keeping, responding to public inquiries, and following up with tribal requests and potential donors.

Curatorial Responsibilities

  • Work independently and in partnership with other curatorial staff to develop exhibitions.
  • Research and propose acquisitions in support of the institutional collecting plan and the Great Lakes Initiative.
  • Work with the Associate Curator of Native American Art and the VP & Chief Curatorial Officer to facilitate and support the Native American Advisory Council

Education and Public Programs

  • Collaborate with public programs and education staff to propose and develop educational resources (K-12) and public programs.
  • Present and participate in public programs, curatorial talks, and museum guide training;
  • Serve as a resource for public programs and education staff to meet the needs of students, educators, and the general public.

Collections

  • Work with the Collections Information Specialist and the museum’s database TMS (The Museum System) to provide culturally appropriate attributions and contextual information for items in the collection.
    Requirements / Qualifications

    Requirements/Qualifications:

    • Graduate degree* in arts or humanities such as history, art history, Native American studies, anthropology, education, social work/social justice, or a related subject.
    • Experience and knowledge will be given consideration as a substitution for a graduate degree.
    • Demonstrated experience building and nurturing relationships with Native/Indigenous communities.
    • Minimum of five years’ relevant experience in an educational setting, museum, cultural center, or related entity.
    • Knowledge of the arts, histories, and cultures of the Native/Indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes region
    • Demonstrated public speaking skills;
    • Ability to multi-task and work independently or as part of a team;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to audience engagement and public outreach;
    • Ability to travel as needed.

    The successful candidate will be expected to:                   

    • Support the Eiteljorg Museum’s mission, goals, values, and implementation of the museum’s strategic plan;
    • Contribute to building a positive team spirit and cooperative atmosphere with co-workers;
    • Follow museum and department policies and procedures; maintain records, and live up to commitments including completion of tasks accurately and on time;
    • Participate in acquisitions committee and collections council activities;
    • Maintain proficiency in all computer-related programs to perform job duties;
    • Adhere to safe work procedures;
    • Value and appreciate others’ knowledge and skills;
    • Have a sense of humor                                                                                                                                    

    Physical Demands:

    • Ability to enter data into a computer;
    • Ability to perform delicate operations when handling fragile items
      Additional Information

      A DIVERSE STAFF OF DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE PEOPLE: The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to attract, recruit and support a diverse staff of talented people. We offer competitive benefit packages and practice equal opportunity employment policies.

      ABOUT THE MUSEUM: Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a major cultural institution that has developed a national reputation for excellence. The Eiteljorg Museum shares the art, history and diverse cultures of Native America and the American West in all their diversity and complexity. As a 501c3 nonprofit, the Eiteljorg Museum conducts compelling art exhibitions and engaging programs for the public. In 2019, the museum celebrated 30 years of telling amazing stories.

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      Noon – 5 p.m.

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      Indianapolis, IN 46204

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