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Deputy Director, Museum Services and Business Operations

Ringling College or Art + Design
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
May 8, 2024

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Deputy Director, Museum Services and Business Operations


The Deputy Director, Museum Services and Business Operations ensures appropriate oversight of all Sarasota Art Museum operations, including budgeting and financial controls. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and is a key member of the Museum’s Senior Leadership team within Ringling College of Art and Design. The incumbent manages operations and works collaboratively with other Museum leadership and staff members to develop and implement strategic plans and ensure the smooth running of the organization which includes a robust education arm comprised of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Ringling College (OLLI) and studio and digital art programs.


Under the guidance of the Executive Director, this position has authority over operations of the Sarasota Art Museum including budget management, contract vendor oversight, revenue generating programs, museum-wide policy setting, day to day operations, and long-range strategic financial planning for the organization. 



  • Accounting - Provides oversight of aspects of SAM’s fiscal operations including management of the annual budget, accuracy of financial accounting, financial analysis, preparation of financial forecasts, and the prudent and responsible allocation of resources. Act as a liaison to College administration regarding finances and contracted relationships.
  • Revenue Generation - Supports the Executive Director in modeling expectations for earned revenue generation and uses data to develop forecast models and project annual attendance and revenue targets. Strategize across departments with the Executive Director and key staff to implement organizational and program innovation in service of current operations and strategic new directions.
  • Administration/Operations Management - Provide leadership and oversight for the day-to-day functioning of the Museum’s visitor services, membership, events, and retail operations, ensuring effective management of these key areas; manage service contracts related to special events and food service. Lead a continual evaluation of the Museum’s policies and procedures. When necessary, establish new policies, procedures, and best practices to address deficiencies and improve operations, with input of colleagues as appropriate.
  • Supervision – Responsible for managing direct reports and aligned staff including assignment of work, evaluating performance, coaching & mentoring, counseling, and discipline as necessary.
  • General administration – Responsible for steadily improving operational efficiencies through appropriate business processes, space planning and use, museum security, and the development/enhancement of revenue streams (i.e., admissions, retail, functions); ensures financial/administrative compliance with Ringling College policies and procedures and responsible stewardship of gifts and sponsored awards; leads or participates in a variety of museum projects.
  • Collaboration - Work in concert with Ringling College departments to ensure effective coordination and implementation of shared services that support Museum Campus operations including Human Resources, Institutional Technology, Facilities, Public Safety, Business Affairs.
  • Data and Performance Measures - Manage data collection for financial and visitor information in order to assess organization performance and inform decisions.
  • Advancement - Support the Executive Director and Advancement Team on fundraising for exhibitions, projects, fund development, grant funding opportunities, and donor cultivation.
  • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned.



  • Strong planning and budgeting skills.
  • Working knowledge of non-profit accounting and finance, operations, facilities, earned revenue divisions, and non-profit policy compliance systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to successfully interact and collaborate with varied constituencies.
  • Ability to interact respectfully, collegially, and professionally with all employees and volunteers at all levels of responsibility.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including presentations to stake holders.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills including follow-through.
  • Ability to develop business and operational processes using industry best practices.
  • Strong computer skills including familiarity with databases and Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Cultural Administration, or museum-related field, and at least 5 years of managerial experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in financial reporting and presentation, administration and preparation of grants and proposals, as well as contract negotiation.
  • Significant team-building and supervisory experience in non-profit environment, preferably working within dynamic cultural organizations.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA or advanced finance-related degree.
  • Proven strength in institutional strategy, planning, and project management.


Open until filled.  Apply on-line


Ringling College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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