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Director – The Jewish Culture Museum Augsburg-Swabia

The Jewish Culture Museum Augsburg-Swabia, founded in 1985, enjoys a longstanding reputation as one of Germany’s premier Jewish museums. Uniquely among German Jewish museums, it is housed in a historic synagogue, the heritage-listed Augsburg Synagogue of 1917.
It is currently seeking a new Museum Director to begin August 1, 2018.

The museum:
The Jewish Culture Museum Augsburg-Swabia is underwritten by a nonprofit foundation and receives funding from the Free State of Bavaria, the District of Swabia and the City of Augsburg. It maintains a permanent exhibition on the history and culture of the Jews of Bavarian Swabia and a branch museum in the former synagogue of the Augsburg district of Kriegshaber. It organizes temporary exhibitions and offers a diverse program of public events. It also puts emphasis on educational outreach, cooperating with schools of all types across the District of Swabia and with the University of Augsburg. The museum possesses a well-organized team of dedicated employees and can draw on a pool of skilled managers. It coordinates the work of the 18 regional Jewish memorial sites organized in the Network of Historical Synagogue Sites of Bavarian Swabia. It is very well integrated into the museum and educational landscape of Augsburg and Swabia and plays an active role in Erinnerungskultur, or Remembrance Culture.

As director you will be expected to:
— represent the museum and in particular communicate its offerings to the public, to donors and within the context of European Jewish museums.
— assume responsibility for planning and implementation in various organizational areas: collections and archives, exhibitions and events, and education and outreach.
— demonstrate strong leadership and business administration skills.
— maintain contacts in, and work together with, the political, cultural, religious and scholarly communities.
— cooperate closely with the Jewish Community of Swabia-Augsburg.

You should have:
— a completed university education in a discipline or disciplines conducive to the direction of a Jewish museum, such as history, Jewish/Judaic studies and/or cultural studies.
— proven knowledge of the history, culture and religion of the Jews of Germany, in particular Southern Germany.
— several years’ experience in the various fields and divisions of museum work.
— demonstrable experience in conception and planning, fundraising, organization and realization with regard to projects and exhibitions.
— management experience and intercultural competence.
— proficiency in German and English as well as, preferably, knowledge of Hebrew and/or Yiddish.
— a cooperative, integrative and moderating leadership style.
— highly developed communication skills, perseverance, poise, creativity, flexibility and the ability to work under pressure.

You will enjoy:
— a salary befitting your qualifications and modeled on civil service pay.
— a highly motivated team that looks forward to working with you.

Interested? Fit the description? Then please e-mail us your application, in PDF format, at The cutoff date is January 31, 2018.