James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Deputy Director

DEPARTMENT: Administration
SUPERVISOR:  The R. Hugh Daniel Director


The James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Deputy Director is a member of the BMA’s Executive Leadership Team (which includes the Director, Director of Finance and Facilities, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Director of Learning and Engagement, Director of People and Culture, Director of Design and Technology, and Director of Institutional Advancement). S/he shall serve as a proxy for The R. Hugh Daniel Director and working with the Executive Leadership Team and department heads, shall participate in the overall management of the museum.


The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director. The Deputy Director shall directly supervise the Director of Finance and Facilities, Director of People and Culture, and Director of Design and Technology.


  • Works with the Director to develop strategies and organizational structures for carrying out the Museum’s mission and implementing the vision and strategic plan set by the Director and the Museum Board
  • Functions as a Chief Operating Officer, managing issues that arise in the day-to-day operations of the Museum
  • Supervises the Director of Finance and Facilities, Director of People and Culture, and Director of Design and Technology and serves as a liaison between the departments within their purview and the Executive Director
  • Works with department heads to develop and implement evaluations of success of all related projects and programs
  • Builds strong relationships with museum stakeholders by attending all board of trustees and advisory board meetings
  • Facilitates effective communication and interdivisional and interdepartmental collaboration
    Works with appropriate staff members to address organizational or operational problems that create barriers to the quality of the Museum experience
  • Responsible for working with department heads to prepare and present the annual budgets for Communications, Conservation, Education, Preparation, Registration, and Photography; works with department heads to manage budgets throughout the year and control expenses effectively
  • Cultivates relationships with educational, government and community organizations
    Takes responsibility and authority for direct reports: defining duties, delegating authority, hiring, training, developing and evaluating; takes corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with Museum policy
  • Staff liaison to the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees
  • Undertakes all other duties assigned by the Executive Director


  • A knowledgeable and passionate professional who can provide substantive leadership to the staff in all areas of the Museum’s operations
  • Ability to inspire confidence and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization including museum staff, volunteers, donors, trustees, and diverse public constituencies; prizes integrity and values public service
  • Ability to collaborate and seek partnerships through creating local, national, and/or international networks
  • Strong and effective team leader and performer at high level of initiative without direct supervision; leads formally and informally; mentors and imparts expertise to others
    Inspiring leader who can motivate staff and trustees to work as a team to advance the mission of the Museum and achieve agreed goals
  • An executive with strong management skills, well-organized and capable of planning, carrying out and delegating the work essential to the Museum’s growth and strength
    A sympathetic and straight-forward personality able and eager to work enthusiastically with diverse constituent groups, with a sincere commitment to public access and education, and able to form productive partnerships and build collaborative relationships with appropriate individuals and entities
  • Must be a creative team player with strong interpersonal, collaborative, communication, and organizational skills
  • Must be articulate, with excellent presentation and writing skills, effective communicative and managerial skills. Must be resourceful, with skillful problem analysis and creative problem solving; proven leadership skills; an objective decision maker; and have the ability to work under pressure and operate efficiently.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (MA in a related field or MBA preferred)
  • 5 to 7 years experience in a position with significant management responsibilities
  • Strong knowledge of general business software and an aptitude for learning new applications
  • Background in non-profit preferred but not required
  • Genuine enthusiasm toward mission and goal of the BMA


Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art is deeply invested in education and engagement and serves as a resource for communities locally, nationally, and internationally. It houses one of the finest collections in the Southeast of the United States. More than 27,000 objects displayed and housed within the Museum represent a rich panorama of cultures, including those from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa, including work by both Pre-Columbian and Native North American artists. Highlights include the Museum’s collection of the arts of Asia, Vietnamese ceramics, the Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the late 13th century to the 1750s, and the Museum’s world-renowned collection of Wedgwood, the largest outside of England.


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package. Candidates should submit:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of three references
  • No phone calls or emails please

An offer of employment is contingent upon verifying the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate and the successful passage of a background check. Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.

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