Position Open: Director of the Meek-Eaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives

The Carrie Meek James N. Eaton, Sr. Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum (MEBA) located at Florida A&M University (FAMU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director. The University desires a dynamic leader who is an entrepreneurial visionary with significant management experience who will continue to advance the reputation of MEBA as a premier research, training, and cultural heritage destination while managing the day-to-day operations of the multi-faceted specialty museum.

The Director reports to FAMUs Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and is the point person responsible for all operations, programming, marketing, outreach, financial activities and other aspects relating to the Center.  The Director is responsible for advancing MEBAs mission, which is to collect, preserve and disseminate information about the African-American experience. The Director will develop and execute a strategic plan for long-term sustainability; prepare and manage MEBAs operational budget; coordinate fundraising and grant initiatives; direct archival acquisitions and special museum exhibitions; evaluate and enhance MEBAs guest services to ensure excellent visitor experiences. To increase attendance and aid in the Centers self-generated revenue, the Director will develop and implement a growth-oriented operations and marketing plan that strengthens the Universitys investment in scholarship, technology, education, and distance learning activities of the Center, and capitalizes on MEBAs success to date, including its unique campus location in FAMUs National Historic District.

The successful candidate should have a minimum of a masters degree in disciplines complementary to the museum profession including: art, education, history, museum management studies, cultural heritage studies, business, hospitality management, marketing and other relevant fields. The candidate shall have: proven proficiency in a management position with staff reporting; proven grant writing and fund-raising experience; excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated leadership qualities including strategic thinking; strong interpersonal skills; sound judgment and the ability to build quality working relationships at all levels.  The successful candidate must have the ability to manage all attributes of a guest-intensive operation; a strong commitment to providing excellent internal and external customer service with the ability to develop measurable criteria; fluency in basic accounting, i.e., (how to read a Profit & Loss Statement), cash handling procedures and proficiency, market research, budgeting and reporting; knowledge about or interest in MEBAs main themes and focus areas; and an ability to serve with alacrity.

MEBA operates from three facilities. Two are on FAMUs campus: historic Carnegie Library and the adjoining Meek-Eaton expansion building. The third facility is the historic Union Bank, a satellite museum located in downtown Tallahassee.  Carnegie Library and the Union Bank are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. MEBAs holdings consist of more than 500,000 individual archival records and over 5,000 individual museum artifacts. More than 100,000 visitors utilize the center annually. MEBA is one of 10 black archives in the United States and is one of the largest repositories relating to African-American history and culture in the Southeast.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the Florida A&M University in the search for Director of the Meek-Eaton Black Archives.  Applications and nominations are now being accepted; review and screening will continue until an appointment is made.  For best consideration please submit application materials as MS Word attachments prior to July 17, 2015.  Application materials should include a curriculum vitae, a letter addressing how the candidates experiences match the position requirements, and contact information for at least five references.  Individuals wishing to nominate a candidate may contact the search firm via phone or in writing and provide the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee.  A letter addressing how the candidates experiences match the position requirements is recommended.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:
Marion Frenche, Betty Asher, or Jan Greenwood
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Director, Meek-Eaton Black Archives
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

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