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Associate Director of Academic Affairs & Collections, 12 Month Salaried (Ringling Museum of Art)

Job Opening


Deadline June 30, 2021
Sponsor The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU
Location Sarasota , FL



The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida.

The Ringling is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As such, we are always seeking individuals dedicated to innovation and excellence. A successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting. We especially encourage applications by individuals from underrepresented groups with a demonstrated commitment to a culturally and intellectually diverse workplace.

Should you require accommodations for the application or interview processes, please email [email protected] or call 941-359-5700 (ext. 1-2605).

Learn more about our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement
FSU Diversity & Inclusion Statement
FSU Strategic Plan
Ringling Strategic Plan
Ringling Equity Statement


The Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Collections reports to The Ringling's Executive Director.

Responsibilities will include:

Heading the collections management, research, and education division of The Ringling including the Collections (Registration & Prep), Library, Archives, and Education departments. Supervising department heads in these areas.
Serving as The Ringling's academic liaison to Florida State University (FSU), local college and universities, and partnering institutions of the Cross College Alliance. Traveling as needed in performing liaison duties.
Participating in special projects as appointed by the Executive Director including institution-wide, cross-departmental projects that provide administrative, management, and programmatic support to Ringling initiatives.
Directing the facilitation of all academic programs at The Ringling including academic internships, fellowships, and the summer intern program. Collaborating with Ringling Human Resources on the design and implementation of paid academic programs. Developing educational programming with museum staff throughout the academic year to support internship opportunities.
Responsible for facilitating graduate programs at the Ringling; collaborating with FSU faculty in Tallahassee to provide programmatic/curriculum support through evaluation and selection of resources/learning activities that support and enhance current curricula of each program.
Developing course curriculum and teaches seminars courses for the FSU/The Ringling MA program in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies and providing these students guidance and mentorship in research and scholarship.
Developing and making recommendations on academic policies and procedures at the Ringling in conjunction with FSU.
Supporting outreach efforts aimed at local college students and young professionals, such as The Ringling Underground.
Preparing and managing the academic programs' budgets at The Ringling.
Serving as a member of Senior Staff team


Academic Master’s degree or highest-level terminal degree from an accredited institution in Art History or a closely related degree, or equivalent qualifications based on professional experience and otherwise qualified to perform assigned duties.
Minimum of three years of experience in the development and delivery of college level courses.
Knowledge of principles and practices of academic program planning, development, and evaluation.
Minimum of three years’ experience in higher education and/or museum administration.
Excellent project management and organizational skills.
Prior supervisory experience.


Doctoral degree
Experience in academic program planning, development, and evaluation.
Demonstrated problem-solving, decision-making, and creative-thinking abilities.
Ability to provide leadership and direction in programmatic, budgetary, and operational functions.

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or [email protected]
University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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Anticipated Salary Range

The anticipated annual salary will be up to $85,000 based on the education, skills, and experience of the selected candidate. Find out more about our benefits under the "FSU Total Rewards" section.
Pay Plan

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Typical schedule will be Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a one hour lunch period.
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Faculty Information

The Associate Director of Academic Affairs & Collections at The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is a 12-month salaried Faculty position of the Florida State University. The University's Faculty Classifications include Instructional Specialist I, 12 Month Salaried; Instructional Specialist II, 12 Month Salaried; and Instructional Specialist III, 12 Month Salaried. The incumbant hired into this position will be offered placement in the appropriate job classification based on relevant expertise and experience as related to the position and then needs of the Museum. Up to two years of prior credit towards promotion may be awarded at the discretion of FSU/The Ringling.

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This opportunity has been submitted by Kaitlin Foss. The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU with questions or for more information.