Museum Management & Governance 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:00pm – Thursday, December 17, 2020 5:00pm

Event location: Distance Format

Presenter: Virginia Stephen
Distance Format, series of 5 sessions
2 Hour sessions, Thursdays, 3:00 - 5:00 Atlantic time
November 19 & 26 & December 3, 10, & 17, 2020

$100.00/participant (members)
$150.00/participant (non-members)

A strong governance framework is the backbone of a healthy, sustainable and forward thinking organisation. Join facilitator Virginia Stephen as she examines the structure, management and governance of museums; the roles and responsibilities of boards, staff and volunteers; and the key tools and skills needed to fulfill those roles and responsibilities.

Key concepts include:

  • The role of board, staff and volunteers
  • Defining an organisation’s mission, mandate, vision & values
  • Introduction to strategic planning & business planning practices
  • Introduction to recruiting, training, managing and retaining staff & volunteers
  • Legal obligations, ethical responsibilities and accountability
  • Budgeting, managing finances and understanding fiscal responsibility
  • Participants will be able to:
    • Define the distinct roles & duties of board, staff and volunteers
    • Identify and understand the importance of key management and governance tools such as budgets, strategic plans, HR policies
    • Apply planning, implementation and evaluation processes to fulfill a museum’s responsibilities to community and funders

Staff and board participation in this workshop is encouraged.

Virginia Stephen has experience as a consultant, staff member and volunteer at several museums, heritage and arts organizations, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She brings deep experience in leadership, administration, governance, curatorial practice and, most of all, education and programming. She has taught museum studies, practice courses and workshops for staff and volunteers, and has previously served as an evaluator for the Alberta Museums Association Recognized Museums Program. Virginia has also served as an evaluator for the ANSM Museum Evaluation Program since 2016.

Registration opens October 19, 2020.

This workshop is part of the ANSM Museum Studies Program (MSP).

MSP courses are typically presented in a two day in person format which has been adjusted in 2020 to a distance format in order to comply with pandemic protocols.

Registered participants will have access to the series of five live sessions and related course materials. Each session consists of a mixture of lecture, group discussion, and individual exercises. The homework component of the course will be due one month following the completion of the distance coursework. Session recordings will be available to registered participants for a limited time.

This course can be taken as part of the ANSM Museum Studies Program or on its own.


Registration: Click here to Register Online