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GulfQuest hires finance, HR chief; roughly 80 full- and part-time jobs en route

Leigh Barber has been tapped as finance and human resources director for the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, leaving only one administrative team opening for the long-awaited downtown Mobile attraction slated to open Sept. 26.

Barber, who earned bachelors degrees in both accounting and data processing from Mississippi State University, will manage the museums financial operations, accounting functions and budgeting processes, including developing the annual operating and capital budgets and preparing accurate and timely financial statements. She will also oversee human resource management, including recruiting and hiring, policies, procedures and benefits.

As we move toward our opening date, obviously staffing is critical. But so, too, is the financial management of the museum. Leigh is a certified public accountant and she has extensive experience as a chief financial officer and as a director of finance and records. I believe we have found just the right person to oversee both finance and HR, Tony Zodrow, GulfQuests executive director, said in a prepared statement.

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Prior to joining GulfQuest, Barber served as the interim chief financial officer and director of finance and records for the city of Meridian, Miss., and spent seven years as that citys deputy city clerk and assistant director of finance and records.

Being a part of something new, something that will positively impact the city of Mobile and the entire region economically, is wonderful, Barber said, adding, I am thankful to join GulfQuest as this community comes together to celebrate the Gulf of Mexico and share with others in a fun, interactive learning environment.

Hiring will also begin shortly for roughly 80 crewmember positions, including about 30 full-time jobs and 50 part-time positions. AL.com will provide complete details as soon as the hiring information is made available.

Meanwhile, the museum is still seeking a special events/group sales director. Click here to view the complete job description.

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