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Abe Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Seeks Director of Exhibits

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (A.L.P.L.M.) is seeking "a creative, energetic and experienced Director of Exhibits (Senior Public Service Administrator Option 1) to lead the institution's exhibit programs and initiatives and serve as a key member of the senior management team." The ALPLM is down in the state capital city of Springfield in Sangamon County in Central Illinois.

The ALPLM is is a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (I.H.P.A.). In addition to the ALPLM, the IHPA oversees state and federal preservation programs in Illinois and manages fifty-eight state-owned historic sites and memorials.

The IHPA states the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (A.L.P.L.) "is the premier repository for materials relating to the life of Abraham Lincoln and the history of the Prairie State. The ALPL, originally the Illinois State Historical Library, was created in 1889 by the Illinois General Assembly, which charged the new library with collecting and preserving 'books, pamphlets, manuscripts, monographs, writings, and other materials of historical interest and useful to the historian, bearing upon the political, religious, or social history of the State of Illinois from the earliest known period of time.'"

A century later that Library continues its mission under the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The Library is a public, non-circulating research facility that contains material on all aspects of Illinois' history. Particularly noteworthy are the Library's holdings in published resources, manuscripts, newspapers, audiovisual, and Lincolniana.

The ALPLM states it "combines rigorous scholarship and ground-breaking showmanship to connect the public with the life, times, and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln."

The ALPLM features inspiring exhibits and shows on Lincoln's life, with its world renowned Lincoln Collection that forms the basis for exhibitions at the museum and library which has approximately 40,000 square feet of exhibition space that includes the Illinois Gallery, a 2,100 square feet temporary exhibition gallery; the Treasures Gallery, which features a rotating exhibit of precious artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln; and a variety of other exhibit space at the museum and library where collections related to Lincoln, the Civil War and Illinois history are regularly displayed. The ALPLM serves local, state, national, and international audiences.

The Director of Exhibits will provide leadership and vision to develop, deliver, create and implement exhibitions that support the ALPLM interpretive plan using a wide range of formats including graphics, hands-on interactives, multimedia components, tactile displays, and personalized web-based content to be delivered via mobile devices. He or she will work with interdisciplinary content teams at the ALPLM in planning and designing exhibits and will

He or she will develop a long-range exhibits program strategy, and plans and executes a wide range of exhibit programming for diverse audiences. This includes developing, recommending, and implementing "long and short term exhibits, shows and engaging public exhibit programs."

The Exhibits Director will supervise exhibit staff and administers all aspects of the ALPLM's Exhibits Division. Specifically, he or she will manage a subordinate property registrar and exhibit preparation staff, and developing budgets and overseeing expenditures of the Exhibits Division.

The Director of Exhibits will work collaboratively both within the ALPLM and with external partners and constituencies. Obviously, this job requires collaboration with ALPLM historians, curators and other staff to lead the development and implementation of multi-year plans for changing exhibits. He or she must have strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

The Director of Exhibits will establish and maintain ongoing communication and positive relationships with ALPLM staff, community leaders, and historical, cultural and academic organizations. He or she will sustain "constant open communication with such groups in order to develop exciting, educational, and informative temporary exhibits for the museum and ensures integrity and timely execution of temporary exhibits."

He or she will seek and administer public and private grant-funding opportunities. The IHPA expects the Director of Exhibits to identify "opportunities to seek outside grants to support exhibit initiatives and facilitates development of grant proposals."

The IHPA expects the Director of Exhibits to identify "opportunities to leverage innovative technology to achieve exhibit goals and objectives." He or she will be responsible for evaluating "exhibit effectiveness and best practices; informal learning and audience evaluation; organizational planning, and exhibit standards and principles."

The Director of Exhibits must have a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited college or university in museum administration, museum studies, history, architecture, design or related field. The IHPA would prefer he or she have a post-graduate degree.

He or she must have a minimum of four years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a museum, library or university, with extensive experience in exhibition planning and design. This job requires knowledge of: 1) standard practices in exhibitions and collections management; 2) project management related to exhibitions; 3) principles and practices of public administration; 4) staff utilization and employee motivation and development; 5) budgetary and expenditure management experience; 6) best practices in online exhibition development and design; 7) current trends and practices in museum interpretation, design and development; 8) technology-based exhibitions and interpretive initiatives, including but not limited to, virtual exhibitions, hands-on interactives, multimedia components, tactile displays, personalized web-based content to be delivered via mobile devices, and kiosk design and implementation. One must have a valid Illinois drivers' license.

Interested parties need to apply by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 (St. Patrick's Day). One mail a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to IHPA Human Resources Director Dawn DeFraties at this address:

Dawn DeFraties, IHPA HR Director
313 S. 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Her phone number is (217) 785-7948. One also e-mail her the resume, cover letter, and references at Dawn.DeFraties [at] Illinois.gov. Please note that this position is exempt from the Personnel Code and is at will.