Kauffman Museum Director
Kauffman Museum, North Newton, Kansas, seeks an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial full-time director. Will lead a resourceful professional staff, committed board of directors and robust corps of volunteers at the Bethel College-affiliated museum that presents the Mennonite immigrant story in the context of the land and people of the Great Plains.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of collaborative communication while leading staff and working with board, volunteers, college faculty and staff, museum members, stakeholders and the broader community to frame a vision for change and growth that reflects the museum’s core values: sustainable stewardship, agile creativity, inclusive collaboration, authentic learning and service, and multigenerational hospitality.

Primary Responsibilities
• Administration of museum operations, fiscal affairs, grant writing, marketing, public relations and fund raising; management of strategic planning process
• Supervision of museum staff
• Project coordination of exhibitions and programs that engage the community, utilize and complement the museum’s collection to meet the museum’s mission
• Reports to Board of Directors

Required: Nonprofit or for-profit leadership experience
Preferred: Museum experience and/or appropriate teaching, library, business experience
Minimum: Masters degree, post-graduate work in related field; terminal degree optional  Kauffman Museum is an affiliate of Bethel College, a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.  Director holds liaison relationship with the VP for Academic Affairs.

Applicants should send the following:
• curriculum vitae or resume that includes contact information for three references
• 500-word essay responding to the following: Considering Kauffman Museum’s core values, what unique skills, insights or experiences will you bring to our museum?

Applications can be emailed to: KMsearch@bethelks.edu
Inquiries to Linda Schmitt, Interim Director, lschmitt@bethelks.edu
Kauffman Museum, Bethel College, 300 E. 27th Street, North Newton, KS 67117, 316.283.1612

Applicant reviews begin May 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

• Finances (figures approximate): annual budget $300,000, endowment $522,400, reserve fund $164,200, varied income streams (contract work, traveling exhibits, special events, museum store, admission fees, memberships, grants, gift solicitation through Bethel College)

• Staff: six paid staff (FTE 4.425), four paid college students, one paid consultant (prairie), three volunteer professionals (membership records coordinator, heritage vegetable and flower gardeners), 50 volunteers who serve as front desk docents, school tour leaders or committee members

• Board of directors: 14 community members, museum director and college liaison

• Educational programming: school field trips, Uncle Carl’s Camps, Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum programs, educational bus tours for adults, community Kansas Day celebration

• Grounds: 4.5 acres in a residential neighborhood, across Main Street from Bethel College campus, 1.5 acre tallgrass prairie reconstruction, streamside woods, heirloom vegetable and flower gardens

• Facilities: 17,900 sq/ ft/ building that houses exhibitions, collections, workshop (construction dates 1976, 1983, 2003), Voth-Unruh-Fast House of 1875/1911, Ratzlaff Barn of 1876, Claassen windmill of the 1920s

• Cultural history collections: estimated 40,000 artifacts focusing on Mennonite immigrants to the central Great Plains but also nonwestern ethnographic artifacts collected by college faculty and alumni

• Natural history collections: estimated 5,000 specimens with strength in birds and mammals of the Great Plains

• Special exhibitions in development: Chinese propaganda posters from the Cultural Revolution, African Healing Arts

• Over twenty-five years experience developing and traveling unique exhibitions

• Recent awards: 2016 Kansas Museums Association Graphic Design Award for Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen gallery guide; 2013 KMA Award for Excellence for Threshing Stone: Mennonite Artifact & Icon; 2009 Mountain-Plains Museums Association Technology Award for StoryTablet; 2006 American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit for K is for Kansas

• Recent grants: Kansas Humanities Council for Voices of Conscience; Schowalter Foundation and Fransen Family Foundation for Sorting Out Race; Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History for “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” film series with Bethel College, Mennonite Library and Archives, Kansas Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Newton Public Library; American Library Association for traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War with Bethel College and Newton Public Library

• Recent and current collaborations: McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation, El Pomar Foundation Carriage Museum and NEH on the Road all with local design firm Flint Hills Design; Kansas Humanities Council and Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street; local area arts and educational groups

• Institutional memberships: Association of Academic Museums and Galleries; Kansas Museums Association; Mountain-Plains Museums Association; Museum Trustee Association; Newton Area Arts Council; Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

• For more on exhibits, events, education, museum store and collaborations: https://kauffman.bethelks.edu/

1896: collections began as Museum of Natural History and American Relics at Bethel College

1941: college and Charles Kauffman collections merged and opened to the public as Kauffman Museum

1976: collections moved into storage while Bethel College determined the museum’s future

1983: new interpretation building added to storage facility

1987: grand opening of permanent exhibition “Of Land and People” and educational programs

2006: grand opening of addition housing Mennonite furniture and Martyrs Mirror collections


Director Search 2018
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Director Search Committee Members

Kauffman Museum Board of Directors

316•283•1612   kauffman@bethelks.edu
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