Placer County

Museums Administrator (#19931)

$48.03-$59.97 Hourly / $8,325.20-$10,394.80 Monthly / $99,902.40-$124,737.60 Yearly



To plan, organize, direct and manage the activities of the Museums Division within the Facilities Services Department; to coordinate Museums activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Deputy Director, Assistant Director and/or Director of Facility Services.


The Administrator level recognizes positions that provide full-time line and functional management responsibility for a division or program area within a department.


Receives administrative direction from the Director, Assistant Director and/or Deputy Director of Facility Services.
Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop, plan and implement Division goals and objectives; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate Division activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the Director, Assistant Director or Deputy Director of Facility Services; provide staff support to Historical Advisory Board; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the Division’s work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Supervise and participate in the development and administration of the Museum Division budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; implement mid-year adjustments.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Division.
  • Represent the Division to outside groups and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible experience in professional museum work, including two years of administrative and management responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in museum administration, art, cultural anthropology, the humanities or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of professional museum work, including methods of interpretation and exhibit design, standards for care and preservation of collections, accessioning and cataloging of collections.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Ability to:

  • Plan, direct and control the administration and operations of the Museum Division.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Division related issues; remember various rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and communicate through written means.
  • Develop and implement Division policies and procedures.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Successfully develop, control and administer Divisional budget and expenditures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Interpret and apply County policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned personnel.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

CLASS: 19931; EST: 2/1/2005; REV: ;