The John & Neville Bryan Senior Director of Museum Collections, an endowed position, provides inspiring and visionary oversight of the management and care of the National Trust’s extraordinary 60,000-object Museum Collection. Housed at twenty-one sites across the portfolio of National Trust Historic Sites, the Collection encompasses material culture that tells the full American story, including archaeological artifacts that illuminate indigenous stories, fine arts that represent the influence of myth and symbol, antiquities that speak to the horrors of enslavement, ordinary household objects that illuminate the evolution of society and technology, and decorative arts that exemplify craft and artistry, as well as affluence and class status. Among the artists/artisans represented in the National Trust’s collection are Thomas Affleck, Mies van der Rohe, Louis Comfort Tiffany, William-Adolphe Bougeureau, Daniel Chester French, Mary Bonner, Gustave and Christian Herter, Frank Lloyd Wright, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and Maria Martinez. The National Trust’s online collections portal allows visitors to experience the diversity of our objects.
This position represents an extraordinary opportunity to join the National Trust at an exciting moment in its evolution, as the organization continues to build its visibility, relevance, and financial sustainability. The Historic Sites Task Force of the National Trust’s Board of Trustees has identified five key elements of a successful National Trust Historic Sites Portfolio. One of those key elements is making a demonstrable investment in the stewardship of buildings, landscapes, and objects owned by the National Trust and in the advancement of new and sustainable operating and interpretive models. As the Trust advances its strategic priorities, including “Telling the Full American Story,” the Bryan Senior Director of Museum Collections will have a unique opportunity to expand engagement and interpretation of the Collection. To realize that potential, this position requires innovative thinking, focused strategic direction, exceptional operational management, and an intersectional lens for history, art, craft, and preservation.
The John & Neville Bryan Senior Director of Collections is a member of the Technical Support Team in the Historic Sites Department and will build upon and support the existing curatorial efforts and develop new collections-focused initiatives across the National Trust’s portfolio of Historic Sites; foster new scholarship related to the Collection; and promote the Collection as a rich resource for a host of cultural arts professionals and institutions as well as for the general public.
The role of the Bryan Senior Director of Museum Collections centers around facilitating meaningful experiences with the Collection to ensure that visitors to National Trust Historic Sites and supporters of the National Trust become even more engaged and committed. This will require working to support and inspire the Historic Sites – both individually and as a portfolio – to conceptualize and utilize the Collection in creative and entrepreneurial ways and by utilizing a lens of JEDI (Justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion) to connect with the public through the nexus of the arts, culture, and historic preservation.
The successful candidate will report to the Senior Vice President for Historic Sites, and regularly interface and collaborate with other senior management throughout the National Trust, as well as with the curatorial staffs, Executive Directors, and CEOs at National Trust Historic Sites, where the Collection is located. We are open to remote candidates.
Promotion of the Collection
In order to reach new audiences and continue to expand its national reputation and donor base, this position:
Comprehensive Collections Management
This position is responsible for the stewardship and management of the National Trust Collection in keeping with best practices and the National Trust’s Collections Management Policy. Specifically, this position:
Advise & Outreach
To ensure a strong, productive working relationship with the Historic Sites’ Executive Directors and CEOs, curatorial staff, and colleagues at the National Trust, this position:
Vision and Strategic Priorities
In order to realize its potential for public engagement, fundraising, and education, the Museum Collection will have a vision with defined goals and objectives for achievement. Specifically, this position:
PAY & BENEFITS
This is a full-time, exempt level position, eligible for full benefits, including health, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits, and 3+ weeks of vacation, plus sick time and holidays.
Hiring Range: $115,000 – 120,000 per year