El Paso, TX
m/Oppenheim is assisting the EPC Museum in the search for a dynamic, energetic Founding Director to build and operate a world-class, family-oriented destination designed to inspire the next generation to dream, act and contribute. For more information, please review the complete Position Description.
Located in El Paso, Texas, the museum (permanent name TBD shortly) will be designed to spark imaginations, curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through immersive, experiential learning environments. It will provide an outward facing view of the world to people of all ages through hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs and special events. There is palpable excitement and support for this project, from both the public and private sectors.
The museum will be located at the heart of El Paso’s Downtown Arts District, which welcomes 1.5M local, national and international visitors each year. The Arts District is home to the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museum of History, the only bilingual Holocaust museum in the country, artist lofts, award-winning performing arts venues, stadiums, a convention center, public art, festivals, green spaces, and more.
El Paso is a progressive city on the move. It is the 19th largest city in the country and has been ranked the safest large city in the US for four consecutive years. It is situated on the Rio Grande across the border from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. El Pasoans and their neighbors in Juárez consider themselves one community regardless of the border, interconnected through culture, family, and economies.
As part of a $473M quality of life bond passed by voters in 2012, the 40,000-60,000 square foot museum will break ground in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020. The El Paso Community Foundation, which has invested more than $60M into the Arts District, has committed considerable funds for exhibition development and start-up operations and has assembled a strong and supportive board of directors. Strategic master planning is underway with Gyroscope, Inc., an award winning museum planning, architecture and exhibitions design firm, and an architectural competition will launch soon with the architect selection in October, 2017.
The Founding Director will embrace and carry the dream, mission and vision for the new museum. He or she will assure that the building and exhibitions are of the highest quality and at the cutting edge of innovation, that the visitor experience is exceptional, the community is engaged, and there is a plan developed toward sustained earned and contributed revenue.
For additional information or to apply, please contact Lisa Grossman or Lee Kappelman at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.