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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites nominations and applications for the position of director of the University of Nebraska State Museum. The director provides academic, professional, and executive leadership; maintains a collegial climate supportive of excellence in teaching, research, and professional integrity; and takes a leadership role in raising funds and cultivating relationships with alumni and the profession. The director reports directly to the vice chancellor for research and economic development and is the chief academic and administrative officer of the museum.

We invite you to learn more about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska State Museum and the director position.



The University of Nebraska State Museum

The University of Nebraska State Museum promotes discovery in natural science through research, scientific collections, learner-centered education and public exhibitions.

Read more about the museum’s locations, collections and special programs.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A leader in higher education for 143 years, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has a strong foundation and is committed to excellence in undergraduate education, research and engagement.

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About the Position

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites nominations and applications for director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, a large comprehensive natural history museum with a faculty and staff of 40, and research collections of more than 15 million specimens in paleontology, parasitology, entomology, zoology, botany and anthropology.

The museum has strong, federally funded research, education and outreach programs and close collaborations with university programs and school districts. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

The director provides vision and dynamic leadership and is responsible for developing external funding and partnerships, and enhancing research, education programs, facilities and collections.

The successful applicant will have an earned doctorate in science, museum experience and demonstrated leadership and fundraising skills. The director may be tenured in an appropriate department, if merited.


How to Apply

We are currently accepting nominations and applications for this position. To apply, send résumé (Word document preferred), cover letter, salary requirement (a range is fine), and names and contact information for three references to retained search consultant: Gail Nessell Colglazier,

To nominate a candidate, please send name and contact information of nominee(s) to Gail Nessell Colglazier,

For more information about this position and UNSM please visit the museum’s website,  For more about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, see

A more detailed job announcement is available at

The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.