The Museum of Arts and Sciences begins search for new executive director

MOAS Interim Executive Director Maria Hane has agreed to see the museum through this transitionary period and will not seek the permanent position.

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by: Jenelle Codianne

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Museum of Arts & Sciences

The Museum of Arts and Sciences has engaged DHR Global to begin the search for a new executive director. The museum will be working with Managing Partner James Abruzzo and Principal Michele Counter to recruit a highly qualified candidate. MOAS Interim Executive Director Maria Hane has agreed to see the museum through this transitionary period and will not seek the permanent position.

“The board of trustees is pleased to be working with experts in the non-profit and cultural world like DHR Global to identify candidates who can take MOAS into the future,” said Katherine Hurst Miller, MOAS board of trustees president. “We have a world-class museum, and we are excited to start our national search for our next executive director.”

The museum is seeking a dynamic executive to shape the future of the organization and its position in the community and region. The new executive director will work with the board of trustees and community stakeholders to develop the museum’s next strategic plan and create a master plan for the MOAS campus. The executive director will also work to expand the impact of MOAS and position the organization as a vital education resource, partner, and collaborator locally, regionally, and nationally. They will work to increase awareness of the museum, its collections, and programs to drive increased attendance and participation.

Other responsibilities will include serving as a proactive, visible, and inspiring advocate for the institution and its potential for expanded and collaborative impact. The new executive director will be expected to lead, develop, and motivate a talented staff consisting of 22 full time and 23 part time employees, plus season staff and a dedicated team of volunteers. They will be responsible for managing the operating budget and optimizing earned revenues while ensuring optimal management of the museum’s endowment. A proven track record in fundraising is desired to identify, cultivate, and strengthen relationships with new and existing donors.

An ideal candidate will possess respect for and belief in the life-changing impact of a museum, its collections, and programs can have on educating and inspiring the public. The museum looks for an individual with the ability and strong interest in becoming part of the Volusia County community and appreciating the cultural and historical context of MOAS and its collections, among other qualities.

“We at DHR Global are pleased to have been selected to assist the board in this search,” said James Abruzzo, managing director, nonprofit practice. “The Museum of Arts and Sciences is one of those rare gems containing a great collection, a new museum building, and a board that has recognized the value of endowing such a treasure. The next director will 'set' this gem in a new direction.”

Anyone who is interested in pursuing this role can contact Michele Counter, [email protected], at DHR Global with inquiries regarding this opportunity.


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