Invites nominations and applications for the position of:
Director of Institutional History
Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students' capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.
Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee is among the most selective and highly regarded universities in the nation, combining a rich history of liberal arts education with a commitment to meeting the educational challenges of the new century. The university has an exceptionally qualified and increasingly diverse student body, an outstanding faculty of teacher-scholars, a robust endowment, extremely supportive alumni, and a dedicated and talented team of administrators and staff. Together, they create a vibrant community distinguished by an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust made possible by the student-administered Honor System. With a proud heritage spanning more than two and a half centuries, the university has a profound sense of tradition. At the same time, one of its oldest traditions is that of innovation, and it affirms the ideal embodied in its motto, “Non Incautus Futuri” (not unmindful of the future). The conversation at Washington and Lee about appropriate and innovative change is creative and ongoing.
Reporting to the President of the University as part of the administrative cabinet, the inaugural Director of Institutional History will lead the process of envisioning and developing a museum to explore the University’s history and its many connections to American history, and to create dynamic educational programming for the campus community and the public. Additionally, the Director will manage all assets, facilities, resources, staffing and strategic planning associated with the University’s historic galleries and the University Collection of Art and History (UCAH). The Director will collaborate with faculty, scholars, and the UCAH staff to support research projects, curricular development, and engaging exhibitions and may occasionally deliver lectures or teach courses on topics related to institutional history.
Candidates must possess a strong foundation in American history and a graduate degree in History, American Studies, Art History, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, or another related field, with a preference for a Ph.D. Candidates must have administrative experience consisting of at least five years’ successful direction of a department or museum dedicated to one of these fields, ideally within a college or university, or similar experience leading a large department at a significant museum. Candidates must possess the ability to forge an inspiring vision while using diplomacy to cultivate and maintain relationships with key constituents and donors, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, researchers, students, and journalists. As the Director will spearhead efforts to design and build a new, modern museum, experience with facility planning and construction/renovation is advantageous. Candidates must be interested in creating transformative experiences based on historic artifacts, art, stories and documents.
In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other applicable non-discrimination laws, Washington and Lee University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran's status, or genetic information in its educational programs and activities, admissions, and with regard to employment.