Director of Development

Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) seeks an entrepreneurial Director of Development to maintain and grow support from private and public sources, ensure the stewardship of donors, and actively build and manage a growing department. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills as well as strong computer and database skills, meticulous attention to detail, highly developed management abilities; proven track record in identifying and cultivating high-level individuals for major gifts; creative ideas for corporate partnerships, individual memberships, and events; and knowledge of planned giving. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and be a key member of the NHA’s Senior Management Team. Candidates with management experience in sales, marketing, and relationship management in a business environment are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of the Nantucket community is preferred. The Association offers a competitive salary, potential housing, and an excellent benefits program. Cover letter should be submitted with a resume to Rebecca Miller, Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554 or The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from October 20 through January 20.

Manager of Interpretive Planning

Houston Zoo
Houston, Texas, USA

Our Mission: The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

Our Vision: The Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.

Job Summary: The ideal candidate will have combined skills with programming, producing and writing interpretive content for exhibits and public programs; working collaboratively with stakeholders within the zoo, our zoo partners and outside organizations. This candidate must have solid organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple large and small projects simultaneously.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelors' Degree in Museum Studies, Interpretive Planning, Environmental Studies or related field
  • Three years of successful experience in exhibit interpretive development and/or planning interpretive experiences that engage diverse audiences.
  • Experience with yearly budget management and ability to forecast associated costs for long-term planning
Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop the story of an exhibit including interpretive graphic content and concepts for interactive displays in collaboration with exhibit and graphics teams.
  • Design a zoo-wide interpretive plan which serves to articulate and document the intended guest experience, and the varied means of creating that experience, simultaneously with the development of other aspects of the exhibition such as concept, design and storylines.
  • Inclusively manage the content research, copy writing, photo/video research and acquisition for all interpretive exhibit materials. Write and coordinate editing of text for exhibits and programs to ensure that the language used communicates ideas clearly, concisely and personally to our guests.
  • Collaborate with multiple teams to support training for staff and volunteers on zoo-wide exhibit themes and messaging.
  • Manage exhibit evaluation studies including proposal development and work with outside evaluation firms to develop and conduct studies of exhibit and interpretive program effectiveness.
  • Work in collaboration with Creative Director of Graphics and facilities management to define the process for developing and creating consistency of interpretive graphic design, placement and installation.
  • Align all content with strategies in the zoo’s strategic plan.
  • Works collaboratively across teams to create and maintain annual interpretive graphic budget.
The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts (some stationary ones too) with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care, and education. There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and their habitats as well as to attend special events hosted by the zoo.

The Houston Zoo focuses on saving wildlife through efforts to reduce threats that face species in the wild. This includes action to reduce plastic pollution and paper use, promote sustainable seafood and sustainable palm oil, recycle electronics, and address pollinator decline. We also protect the wild counterparts of zoo animals, (like lions, sharks, cranes and toads) in the wild through partnerships with other global and regional wildlife-saving organizations. We take pride in supporting efforts that help save wildlife from extinction by working to implement comprehensive conservation strategies and developing partnerships to increase knowledge and support for conservation in communities.

Join the Houston Zoo team and become part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local and global communities.

To apply visit to download an application and complete the below task:
1. Please share a sample portfolio with up to three examples of your previous public interpretive graphics/content work you are proud of and why. Please share in PDF format.

E-mail resume, task above, and completed application to
Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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This job posted by MERC from October 18 through January 18.

Director of Public Affairs

Tryon Palace
New Bern, North Carolina, USA

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA invites applications for the position of: Director of Public Affairs

JOB CLASS TITLE: Information & Communications Spec II
DEPARTMENT: Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
DIVISION/SECTION: Archives & History / Historic Sites
SALARY RANGE: $38,125.00 - $62,513.00 Annually
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $38,125 - $51,801
APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time
WORK LOCATION: Craven County
OPENING DATE: 10/13/17
CLOSING DATE: 11/03/17 5:00 PM Eastern Time


Recruitment Range: $38,125 - $51,801
Salary Grade: 69

Position Location: Tryon Palace 529 South Front St., New Bern NC

Department Information:
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the NC Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

Tryon Palace is an educational institution and heritage tourism attraction of statewide significance with museum, historic site, archives, and garden components. Tryon Palace's mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the mid-twentieth century by collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and sponsoring events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Description of Work:
The purpose of Tryon Palace is: To educate growing numbers of North Carolinians and visitors to this state about the contributions made by the inhabitants of New Bern and the central North Carolina coast to the history and culture of this state and the United States from the time of initial European-American contact through the nineteenth century. This mission will be carried out through historical research; acquisition, interpretation, and preservation of historic objects and buildings; re-creation of period room settings and gardens based on historical documentation; public outreach in the form of tours, symposia, workshops, and seasonal interpretation; and dissemination of historical information through staff presentations and by other means. All historical interpretation conducted as part of this mission shall be based on factual, balanced scholarship.

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the manager of Tryon Palace's Public Affairs division, which has a mission focused on growing attendance and admission receipts through a balanced combination of marketing, communications, development, special events and community engagement. Oversees all of Tryon Palace's development efforts by providing guidance and management needed to achieve corporate sponsorship goals, yearly fundraising goals, grant writing, budgetary needs, and fundraising events. This position regularly oversees the distribution of press releases, graphic design materials, social media, fundraising efforts, grant applications, venue rentals, performing arts events and concerts. This position serves as the face of Tryon Palace and as the key tourism industry economic development position for the New Bern-Craven County Tourism Development Authority. Oversees the team responsible for all special events rentals at Tryon Palace, which includes weddings, performing arts series, and corporate events. Provides insight and leadership for promotional materials, policies, contracts, and vendor relationships.


To minimally qualify for this position, applicant must meet the posted Education and Experience, plus the below Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  1. Thorough knowledge of journalistic principles and techniques for disseminating information to the public through a variety of media.
  2. Thorough knowledge of the methods and techniques of creating, printing and publishing magazines, brochures and other print media.
  3. Considerable knowledge with grant writing.
  4. Must be able to negotiate with printers, designers and advertising representatives to secure highest quality and best price.
  5. Must have considerable knowledge of marketing/public relations and regularly be available for interviews in all forms of media, including TV, radio, print, and social media.
  6. Ability to write according to correct English usage and accepted standards for magazine and press publications.
  7. Advanced skills in planning, follow up skills and the ability to organize.
  8. Ability to plan and maintain budget planning across multiple departments and needs.
  9. Ability to propose yearly fundraising events.
  10. Must have a valid NC driver's license; and
  11. Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays.
Management preferences:
  1. Graduation from a four-year college or university preferably with a major in journalism, arts administration, history or art history and four years' experience in communications, public relations, marketing or publicity work for a museum, historic site or similar cultural institution.
  2. Experience working with a non-profit organization or government agency.
  3. Highly developed skills in desktop publishing, use of digital cameras, editing paper and electronic presentations, and skills in making effective public presentations.

Bachelor s degree in journalism or English from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience in communications, public relations, or publicity work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.

To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.

Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.

Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax. Please call the human resources office for assistance.

If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone: 919-807-7373


NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting
An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government

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This job posted by MERC from October 16 through January 16.

Programming Coordinator

Cecil County Public Library
Elkton, Maryland, USA

POSITION: Programming Coordinator
GRADE: 6 ($20.91)
HOURS: Part-Time, 25 hours/week
DEPARTMENT: Administration
LOCATION: Elkton Administration
REPORTS TO: Community Relations Manager

Under the supervision of the Community Relations Manager, the Programming Coordinator is responsible for developing a program of vibrant, system-wide events and exhibits for adults. Responsible for all aspects of planning programs for adults including generating ideas, booking presenters, marketing, logistics, coordinating and seeing special events through to completion.

  • Through various methods, creates programs that are impactful and responsive to community needs, keeping up to date on cultural trends and news events.
  • Under the direction of the Community Relations Manager, uses traditional and social media platforms to effectively and creatively market events.
  • Advances the library as a desired destination for major authors publicizing new releases, organizations and performers.
  • Proactively seeks out opportunities for special events, exhibits and grants.
  • Partners with community groups, local businesses, colleges, universities and nonprofits to plan and implement a variety of outstanding programs and events.
  • Represents the library at events and programs, ensuring an excellent customer service experience for presenters and attendees.
  • Is highly organized and proactive, planning programming 6 to 12 months in advance. Works with other staff to arrange rooms and staffing, coordinate and test equipment as needed.
  • Serves as liaison and support to Administration; ensures all programming and event details are complete, up to date and properly documented and accessible.
  • Determines appropriate plans for equipment, supplies and promotional materials for library events and exhibitions, and implements them accordingly.
  • Demonstrates a continuous effort to enhance the quality of programming and efficiency of processes.
  • Demonstrates an excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, mail merges, database maintenance and data manipulation, and the ability to develop presentations and promotional materials using graphics.
  • Conducts regular analysis of programs.
  • Assists the Community Relations Manager with editing library documents and publications.
  • Collaborates with the Youth Services Coordinator to effectively market programming.
  • Manages and maintains the Link (i.e. library newsletter).
  • Responsible for collecting and distributing media publications (e.g. weekly columns).
  • Writes and distributes press releases.
  • Responsible for event photography including organizing, archiving and tagging to make records easily accessible to staff.
  • Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Maintains excellent public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, Foundation, appropriate school personnel, and the general public.
  • Promotes and maintains a high standard of excellent customer service, both internal and external.
  • Models positive attitude towards library technology and change.
  • Maintains courteous, friendly, and constructive relationships with all patrons and staff.
  • Demonstrates ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Maintains professional growth and awareness through training, self-directed learning and other means to stay abreast of current and emerging trends in the community and in libraries.
  • Performs job in keeping with the policies and procedures of the Cecil County Public Library.
  • Promotes and advocates a positive library image in the community.
  • Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college, preferably in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications and/or Graphic Design.
  • Two or more years of related experience in event planning and program coordination, preferably in a library, museum or nonprofit setting.
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal), interpersonal and customer skills.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, detail and judgment skills, with the ability to anticipate needs, set priorities, work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze, organize and perform and/or manage a wide variety of library projects.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop effective working relationships with supervisors, staff, the community, and members of the public.
  • Ability to work on and manage several assignments at the same time, keep track of many details and reliably follow through. Ability to identify, analyze and creatively solve problems in a constructive manner;
  • Ability to work courteously and diplomatically with diverse groups of supervisors, staff, patrons and the community who represent a variety of backgrounds.
  • Ability to adapt in the moment to effectively adapt to unexpected situations.
  • Ability to work and produce results in a team-oriented environment;
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in all matters pertaining to the library
  • Excellent computer skills, including various, software packages, knowledge of internet resources and how to use them effectively. Familiarity with room booking software preferred. Ability to learn new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of technology and equipment.
  • Willingness and ability to acquire knowledge of library computer systems and applications.
  • Knowledge of books, authors, and national and local current events.
  • Must have a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license.
PC, laptop, networked equipment, AV and presentation equipment, fax, scanner, printer, digital camera, wireless equipment and other electronic equipment.

Work requires light physical effort in the handling of materials, up to 25 pounds. Requires sitting and use of computer and keyboard for extended periods of time. Ability to travel to branch/outside locations, as required.


25 hours per week. Additional flexibility for evening and weekend programs required.

Certain conditions, e.g. economic constraints, staffing patterns, may necessitate change in job description.

To apply submit a resume and cover letter to:


Revised 9/17

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This job posted by MERC from October 12 through January 12.

Executive Director

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc.
Roanoke, Virginia, USA

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc., the Commonwealth’s Official Transportation Museum, is looking for an experienced Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities. You will be the face of the organization, responsible for: providing the proper strategic direction, engaging with potential donors and helping in all aspects of fund raising, implementing a high quality vision, guiding/helping with the day-to-day activities of this successful non-profit in all aspects of its business.

An excellent Executive Director is an individual who reflects a genuine passion for both his/her profession and the history of all modes of transportation. The proper candidate is an influential manager with abilities to be both a team player while also leading and motivating. This individual must have great communication skills and take a “macro” approach in working with the staff to manage the organization’s operations/resources. The goal is to manage and lead the organization towards the realization of its mission and to prepare it for an even stronger, brighter future.

The mission of the VMT is “to advance all modes of transportation across the Commonwealth, to celebrate and preserve the hard work and ingenuity of generations past, and to inspire current and future generations to value this industry which is essential to Virginia’s history, culture, and economic growth.”

  • Develop/implement the necessary strategies/actions to achieve the goals developed by the Board of Directors which promote the organization’s mission, presence, and “voice”
  • Create complete business plans for the attainment of goals and objectives set by the board of directors
  • Build an effective team of leaders by providing guidance and coaching to subordinate managers; provide annual performance assessments and goal-setting for all key staffers
  • Ensure adherence of the organization’s daily activities and long-term plans to established policies and legal guidelines
  • Actively participate in fundraising/donor cultivation, and development efforts
  • Forge and maintain relationships of trust with the officers and directors, all vital stakeholders/donors, and external authorities
  • Act as the public speaker and public relations representative of the Museum in ways that strengthen its profile
  • Regularly review reports by subordinate staff members to acquire understanding of the organization’s financial and non-financial position
  • Engage, cultivate, and secure community, statewide, and national private and governmental support
  • Proven experience as Executive Director or in other managerial positions
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities
  • Experience in developing (and implementing) successful strategies and plans
  • Ability to apply successful fundraising, development, and networking techniques
  • Strong understanding of financial matters and measures of performance
  • In depth knowledge of non-profit organizations governance/leadership principles and managerial best practices
  • An analytical mind capable of “out-of-the-box” thinking to solve problems
  • Being a team player while possessing outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and public speaking skills
  • A minimum of a BA/BS in business administration, management, or relevant/related field
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed, as well as a willingness to travel (with reimbursement for all VMT related expenses) occasionally during non-business hours
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This job posted by MERC from October 7 through January 7.

Marketing and Communications Director

Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

Love writing? Recognize the power of a great ad? Know how to use a #hashtag?
AND you enjoy supporting a great cause?

We may have the perfect job for you!

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks a highly-organized and energetic team player to join the NHA as the Marketing and Communications Director, focused on the promotion of NHA initiatives through strategic marketing campaigns and effective communications skills.

The NHA is seeking a candidate who understands and enjoys all aspects of public/media relations, marketing, and advertising. This candidate is comfortable creating and maintaining communications systems, developing organizational and event-based marketing plans, establishing relationships with the media and other stakeholders, and creating content such as press releases, e-newsletters, website copy, social media messaging, and marketing materials as required.

The successful candidate must possess strong writing, copy-editing and technology skills. Graphic design and photography skills are preferred. Candidates should hold a degree in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations, or another related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Current writing samples, cover letter, and names of three references should be submitted with a resume to Rebecca Miller at, or c/o Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554.

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from October 2 through January 2.

Maintenance Assistant Manager

Mill Run, Pennsylvania USA

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterwork, is currently considering candidates for the position of Maintenance Assistant Manager.  The position assists the Director of Maintenance in the day-to-day operation of the department.  Primary duties include oversight of daily maintenance activities, assisting with preparation and communication of schedules, and assists in development and oversight of preventative maintenance practices.  Plays a lead role, under the guidance of the Director of Maintenance, in the operation and maintenance of the Fallingwater sewage system.

Qualifications include:
  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience in skilled maintenance, including carpentry, plumbing, masonry, welding, and woodworking.  Knowledge of landscaping and grounds maintenance, and ability to operate equipment including skid steers, excavators and tractors is required.
  • Prior supervisory experience is required, with the ability and willingness to perform hands-on work alongside other maintenance staff.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and be able to work well independently and with others. 
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays is required.  Must be flexible with schedule and hours.
This is a full time position offering an excellent salary and fringe benefits package.  Interested candidates should send an application package which includes the following:  a cover letter which includes salary expectations and information on where the applicant saw the job posting and a current resume.  All applicants must email their package to and list AMMAINT in the subject line of the email.  Deadline to apply is 10/20/17.

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This job posted by MERC from September 26 through October 20.

Artistic Director

The Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The Center for Art in Wood seeks a dynamic and visionary Artistic Director to help lead the Center successfully into the next decade after our remarkable founding director steps aside in 2018. In 2021 the Center will celebrate its 35th Anniversary as one of the leading international non-profit organizations working to advance art in wood. The Center maintains a vital exhibitions program, has built a diverse collection including a library and archive, engages in publishing (on-line and in-print) and has established a widely respected international woodworking residence program. Housed in a newly renovated facility in Old City Philadelphia, the Center currently operates with a staff of seven and maintains a consistently balanced budget of under $1 million annually.

The successful candidate will have a passion for the arts and a solid record of achievements as a curator and arts manager with the ability to inspire the staff, the board, the wood art community and the general public. Minimum qualifications include: Master’s degree in art history, studio art, American studies, or material culture with at least five years of curatorial work in Wood Art, sculpture, contemporary craft or design. Experience in organizational leadership and fundraising is also required. Philadelphia is a nationally known center for craft and materials-based production and art education. The Artistic Director should also expect to build on the successful collegial and cooperative relationship enjoyed by the CAW with Philadelphia’s art schools, non-profit craft and design galleries, museums, artists and artisans.

In addition to offering conceptual leadership, the Director will oversee the exhibition program, the collecting focus, the residence program and the effective promotion of the Center’s activities. The successful candidate will also be an effective spokesperson and fundraiser who can work with the board and staff to maintain diverse streams of revenue to sustain the financial health of the Center. The position reports to the board of trustees who are committed to a fruitful partnership with the Artistic Director. The Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package appropriate for our budget size.

Candidates should submit a letter summarizing their background and interest in the position, along with a professional resume that supports his or her application. Application deadline is November 10, 2017.

Please send materials to:

By email*

* It is advised that attachments don’t exceed 8mb.


By mail

Attn: Mariko Perry, Search Coordinator
c/o The Center for Art in Wood
P.O. Box 60050
1500 JFK Blvd., Suite C31
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9997

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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through December 12.

Executive Director

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Wickenburg, Arizona, USA

Maricopa County Historical Society dba Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Executive Director
Exempt (Y/N): Y
Supervisor: Board Chair

Function of Position

The Executive Director is charged with conducting the affairs of the AAM Accredited and Smithsonian Affiliate Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. Directs efforts of 13 FTE and a dedicated volunteer corps of 100+ towards meeting the mission and goals of the institution in accordance with guidelines established by the Board of Trustees. The Executive Director interprets and applies the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees and directs the operations and activities of staff. Responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, directing, and managing all earned revenue, grants, financial gifts, donations of property and sponsorships from private and public sources within an annual operating budget of $1.5 million. Responsible for monitoring the progress of the institution and the staff in meeting the overall organizational objectives and initiatives in accordance with the mission and goals.

DCWM is a private 501c3 founded in 1960 and maintains a collection of over 15,000 pieces of art, historical artifacts and photographs representing the fine art and history of the American West. Its signature annual event Cowgirl Up! has garnered national attention for showcasing the work of women artists who work in the western genre. It serves over 65,000 visitors annually as a main draw to the historic downtown area of Wickenburg about 60 miles outside of the metro Phoenix area. The area is rich in tradition since territorial days from mining to ranching to art and today attracts tourists, winter residents and competitive team ropers to experience life in the real West.


Responsibility flows from the Trustees to the Museum Executive Director with the commensurate amount of authority and accountability to implement plans and programs to achieve desired results.
  • The Executive Director is an ex officio member of all Board committees and shall serve on said committees or appoint a staff member to do so.
  • Attend Board meetings and present monthly reports of Museum activities.
  • Coordinate, schedule and plan for all Board of Trustee and committee meetings. Prepare meeting notices and associated documents while ensuring accurate minutes are taken and filed.
  • Plan and implement annual Board of Trustees retreat.
  • Develop proposals for review and approval by the Board of Trustees, including current and long-range program and facility plans. Oversee implementation and attainment of short and long term operational goals.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with the Board of Trustees and provide information to assist them with decisions.
  • Encourage and develop Trustee’s participation in fundraising.
  • Provide assistance and instructions to enhance Board development.

Within the limits of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and policies approved by the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director is responsible for and has commensurate authority to accomplish the execution of the duties listed herein. The Executive Director may delegate as appropriate certain aspects of those responsibilities, along with corresponding authority. Ultimate responsibility and accountability for the operation of the Museum may not be delegated.

  • Provide the vision and personal leadership for the organization’s growth and development and to achieve the goal of prominence and recognition within the museum profession.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of integrity and high standards of professionalism in areas including, but not limited to, acquisition, preservation, research, interpretation, exhibitions, and security.
  • Responsible for keeping privileged information confidential and representing the Museum in professional circles and before the public in a manner that enhances the prestige and credibility of the Museum.
  • Develop and monitor strategies and initiatives to fulfill the Museum’s mission, increase audiences, and ensure financial stability and growth.
  • Approve the acceptance, on behalf of the Museum, of monetary and non-monetary donations. Recommend the acceptance of art and artifacts to appropriate trustee committees and Board of Trustees as per the collections management policy.
  • Manage through appropriate subordinate personnel the daily activities of all Museum departments.
  • Assist with development and implementation of overall marketing plans to promote the Museum and its programs.
  • Remain current on policies, laws, and accepted practices pertaining to the museum profession through involvement in professional groups and continuing education.
  • Participate in Museum public affairs and educational programs.
  • Write, edit, and proofread correspondence, memoranda, and reports.
  • Provide curatorial input on exhibitions, acquisitions, and artists to be invited for programs at the Museum.
  • Ensure that all programs are conducted in accord with applicable legal requirements.
  • Assist in planning and directing major Museum events, such as Cowgirl Up! and the heART of the West gala.
  • Perform research and assist curatorial staff with gallery guides, labels, or other related materials as needed.
  • Lead donor and member travel trips or delegate this task to an appropriate staff member.
  • Create annual and multi-year budgets: initiate, review, evaluate and present budget requests to the Finance Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Trustees. Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for adherence to operating and project budgets.
  • Oversee budget and monthly fiscal status reports.
  • Ensure employee payroll processes are carried out accurately.
  • Negotiate and maintain fine arts insurance policy for the collection, the liability insurance policy, Director’s, and Officer’s insurance, and medical, dental, life and long-term disability policies for employees. Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for adherence to the Board approved budget for these policies.
  • Oversee the annual external audit process for the Museum.

  • Play a key role in the fundraising activities of the organization, actively working with the Board of Trustees to meet financial giving, collection donation, campaign, membership, and sponsorship goals.
  • Develop long-term growth strategies for the Museum’s giving programs with a focus on support from individuals by identifying and cultivating prospective donors.
  • Solicit sponsors and underwriters for Museum exhibitions, special events, educational programming, publications, and other activities.
  • Periodically evaluate membership levels and benefits. Consider recognition, naming opportunities incentives and acknowledgments. Ensure fulfillment of benefits
Annual Appeal
  • Develop an Annual Appeal campaign each year, including drafting the materials, coordinating the production and distribution, recording donations, acknowledging gifts, reporting results, and analyzing results to improve future campaigns.
  • Develop and oversee a grant writing program for Museum activities.
  • Submit proposals for grants, sponsorships, or other financial support to prospective corporate, foundation, and/or governmental funders.
  • Track the progress of all proposals and ensure that all fulfillment and reporting requirements for grants and sponsorships are met.
Planned Giving / Capital / Endowment
  • Responsible for organizing and implementing a comprehensive gifts solicitation and implementation program. Responsible for establishing and maintaining a planned giving program, periodically reminding members, volunteers, and the public of these opportunities. Manage and direct the Museum’s capital and endowment campaigns while maintaining revenue streams for the annual operating budget.
Individual Gifts
  • With the aid of the Board of Trustees and the staff, identify key prospects and develop individualized strategies to request major gifts.
  • Work with the Curator to identify and solicit potential donors of collections items.
  • Host site visits or special fundraising events for prospective donors or existing funders as appropriate.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to potential grantors as needed, or coordinate with the Board of Trustees and staff to deliver presentations as appropriate.
  • Coordinate special programs, travel opportunities, and other activities for upper level members.
  • Ensure that all contributors have been thanked appropriately and in a timely fashion.
  • Publicize gifts to the Museum, in accordance with donor wishes.
Record Keeping / General
  • Direct the production and distribution of all solicitation materials.
  • Ensure that development records are reconciled with accounting records, kept confidential, and that processing and documentation of donations is done in accordance with IRS requirements.
  • Establish, maintain, and update individual donor, sponsor, and foundation files, databases, records, and/or other documents related to development.
  • Research and develop potential technology-based fundraising strategies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with professionals in the giving, financial, and estate planning communities.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new developments affecting donations, taxation of gifts, estate planning and the general philanthropic environment.

  • Responsible and accountable for all personnel actions involving staff and consultants. Direct, coordinate and monitor their work.
  • Ensure that employees understand the mission and goals of the Museum, maintain building and collection security, maintain building cleanliness, handle, and care for the collection appropriately, and project a warm and friendly attitude toward guests and fellow staff.
  • Approve personnel programs, procedures, and practices, in accordance with the Board of Trustee policies.
  • Add, eliminate, or alter job positions with Trustee approval if necessary.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings to ensure communication of information throughout the organization.
  • Oversee the human resource functions within the organization to include benefits, hiring, termination, employee review, employee goal setting, salary treatment recommendations, attendance records, training, and adherence to applicable laws, policies, and procedures for all staff.
  • Negotiate with, administer, and evaluate contractual employees and service providers, including, but not limited to, accounting, audit, insurance, tax returns, and information technology to ensure smooth operations within the organization.
  • Direct, through personal contact and delegation to other staff members, the utilization of docents and volunteers at the Museum.
  • Build and maintain excellent volunteer relationships.
Beyond the Museum
  • Serve as the spokesperson and advocate for the Museum, effectively representing the organization to community, professional, governmental, civic, and private agencies, enhancing the organization’s public image to expand interest and support.
  • Present lectures, participate on panels, or serve as a judge at Western art events to increase awareness of the Museum.
  • Attend Western art events to develop and build connections with artists, other museums, galleries, and collectors.
  • Attend appropriate professional meetings on national, regional, state, and local levels.
  • Develop positive relationships with museums, other institutions, and individuals to facilitate lending and/or giving opportunities.


Master’s degree in non-profit management, museum studies, history, art history or related field and minimum seven years museum or non-profit leadership experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Work Experience
  • Strong conceptual and leadership abilities required.
  • Must possess an understanding and appreciation of the importance of sound public and employee relations.
  • Prior experience in working with a governing board is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong knowledge of fundraising techniques.
  • Problem solving skills, delegation skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively network for organization and interact effectively with community, members/sponsors, and artists.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Technological competency, including use of Microsoft Office suite, collections databases, and fundraising software.
  • Knowledge of general business practices and accounting.
  • Experience handling personnel matters.
  • Knowledge of non-profit tax law.
  • Knowledge of planned giving.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Membership in appropriate professional organizations.
Working Conditions

Office environment, non-standard hours, generally within 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with extended hours and weekends probable. Overnight travel out-of-state may be required on a regular basis. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

The Museum is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, gender, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.


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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through December 12.

Director of Development

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Date Posted: July 20, 2017

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art – an independent museum of modern and contemporary art offering free exhibitions and education programs in the community for more than 115 years – seeks a Director of Development to lead the Development Department.

The Director of Development collaborates with the staff and Board of Trustees of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art to secure contributions for the museum’s programs, operations, endowment, acquisitions, and capital needs. This includes the formulation of a comprehensive development plan with strategies to achieve MMoCA priorities.

The Director of Development works closely with the museum’s Director and Board to cultivate and steward potential and existing donors, and secure major gifts and sponsorships for MMoCA’s programs and events. The incumbent coordinates the MMoCA Circle, the museum’s planned giving program; the museum’s corporate membership program; the Annual Fund campaigns; and grant submissions and reporting. The Director of Development leads and manages department staff.

Specific position responsibilities include:
  • Plans for MMoCA’s contributed income needs. Develops and implements a comprehensive and strategic fundraising plan to meet short and long-term fundraising goals, including gifts for specific projects, annual giving, events, and corporate and foundation grants.
  • Creates proposals for corporations, individuals, and foundations to fund exhibitions, education programs, special events, and other operating, capital, and endowment needs.
  • Works with the Director, Trustees, and independently, to identify new donors locally and nationally; to establish regular meetings with potential donors; to secure major gifts; and to nurture and steward upper-level members and donors.
  • Attends all meetings of the Board of Trustees. Serves as staff lead on committees of the Board of Trustees including Development, and Planned Giving. Participates in the Membership & Marketing Committee and other ad-hoc committees as needed.
  • Oversees MMoCA’s corporate membership program, including recruitment and retention of members, and membership analysis and services.
  • Oversees the museum’s Annual Fund campaigns.
  • Coordinates the MMoCA Circle planned giving program, including developing plans to grow membership and steward current members.
  • Writes applications for grants to corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Reports as appropriate on all grants received by MMoCA.
  • Works with MMoCA’s Communications Department to manage all marketing outreach and collateral development for Development Department programs, including direct mail, e-marketing, web content, advertising, public relations, and signage.
  • Serves as administrator for the Altru constituent management software system.
  • Supervises Director of Events and Volunteers and Associate Director of Member Engagement, and collaborates with them on achieving successful outcomes and growth of the events and membership programs.
  • Works closely with the MMoCA Director of Public Operations on management of MMoCA’s private events rental program and ensuring the growth of the program as a source of earned income.
  • Oversees budgeting for the Development Department.
  • Participates in community events to maintain visibility of MMoCA and to represent the institution.
A successful candidate will have a passion for modern and contemporary art, and for the cultural vibrancy of the community. A candidate should have a proven fundraising track record, and enjoy the wide variety of duties typical in a small development office.

Specific candidate qualifications Include:
  • Experience and success securing significant donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Robust relationship-building skills; and exceptional interpersonal and communication skills that foster community while working with a wide range of individuals from all backgrounds.
  • Strong strategic planning, program and project management, and organizational skills.
  • Experience in effectively managing staff.
  • Strong technology skills including Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and constituent management database software.
  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of increased and varied experience in fundraising.
The Director of Development position is full-time and offers competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

To apply, please send a cover letter including a statement related to this position, a resume, a writing sample and five professional references to:

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Development Search
227 State Street
Madison, WI 53703


Email your application materials to with the subject line “MMoCA Development Search”

MMoCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All decisions to recruit, hire, promote and release from employment are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical or mental abilities, or veteran status.

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Assistant Educator

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

Located on Colgate University's beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York, the collection of the Picker Art Gallery features approximately 11,000 objects from antiquity to the present, including approximately 8,000 works on paper, 1,400 photographs, 900 paintings, and 300 sculptures. Colgate University is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, with a student population of about 2,900 and 300 faculty. This is an exciting time in Colgate's history, as the newly conceived Center for Art and Culture will become home to tow university museums: the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. These distinguished university museums play a significant role in Colgate's teaching mission and reputation, a relationship that will be deepened with the newly launched Museum Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History.
The Assistant Educator is an entry level position and will work under the direction of the Director of University Museums and serve as a member of the Colgate University museum team.

Accountable for assisting with the development, implementation and coordination of university museums educational initiatives to fulfill the institutions' mission, raise its visibility, and engage with communities in order to promote dialog and foster understanding of all cultures. Accountable for establishing short and long-term goals and objectives related to museum educational programs for students, faculty, K-12 students, teachers, docents, and community members, facilitating community partnerships, and establishing interpretive programs and resources for museum exhibitions to ensure programs are geared towards our audiences, to address communities' needs, train our students, and gain additional volunteers to maximize our offerings.

Specific accountabilities will include:
  • Researching, developing, implementing and evaluating both existing and new and innovative educational programming. Coordinating scheduling and budget.
  • Leading all educational programming, using various outreach methods.
  • Fostering innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration, throughout campus and the local and regional museum communities, and advocating for excellence in the field of museum education.
  • Coordinate volunteer program to include recruitment and training. Supervise volunteers and student interns.
  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in Education, Art History, Anthropology, History, Museum Studies)
  • A demonstrated knowledge of educational practices.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
  • Previous experience in organizing and managing programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and instruction skills.
  • Must be capable of working collegially of working with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and community members on a daily basis.
  • Experience in designing and implement programs for public audiences.
  • Knowledge of museum interpretation and current and future trends in education.
  • Strong aptitude to learn University organizational, systems and process knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the public.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and google programs.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Master's degree or post baccalaureate certificate in education, museum studies, art history or anthropology, studio art, and/or teacher's certificate.
  • Experience in a museum, gallery or other educational field.
  • Experience with museum collections, ideally university museum collections.
  • Experience working with museum database systems.
  • Experience in supervising and/or coordinating students and volunteers.
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This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 22.

Director, Sponsorship and Corporate Giving

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California, USA

Position Summary
This position is responsible for raising budget-relieving funds via Corporations in support of the Natural History Family of Museums. Primary responsibilities include identification, cultivation, strategic proposal development, solicitation and stewardship/benefit fulfillment of/for corporate sponsorship, philanthropy and membership programs. This position is highly collaborative across Museum departments and requires creativity, strategic thinking and excellent communication and sales skills. The Natural History Museum is seeking applicants who have worked with a diverse community.

Responsibilities, Duties and Functions
  • Sets and meets annual revenue goals with VP, Annual Giving for robust Corporate Sponsorship, Corporate Philanthropy and Corporate Membership programs.
  • Oversees and manages all aspects of the Corporate Sponsorship program, including prospect identification, strategic proposal development, sales, fulfillment of benefits and ongoing stewarding of relationships. Also facilitates inter-departmental steering committee that reviews prospects and proposals for alignment with NHM mission and branding.
  • Directs all aspects of the Corporate Philanthropy program, including prospect identification, grant writing, stewarding of relationships and reporting. Also maintains deadline and renewals calendar.
  • With Manager, Grants and Foundations, directs and supports all aspects of the Corporate Membership program, including prospect identification, materials, benefit fulfillment, stewarding of relationships and reporting. Also maintains renewal calendar.
  • Manages the Corporate Coordinator to ensure fulfillment of Corporate Sponsorship obligations, record keeping and reporting. Co-manages the Manager, Grants and
  • Foundations in conjunction with the Director, Foundation Giving.
  • Develop strong relationships with curators and senior staff across Museum. Externally, connect key decision makers in the corporate community with the Museum.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Five years’ experience in comparable function with history of success
  • Proficiency in MS Office and knowledge of database preferred
  • Excellent credit score at hire and maintained throughout employment
  • Valid California Driver’s License or ability to utilize an alternative method of transportations needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
  • Strategic thinker; translates organizational vision to individual goals; monitors implementation of goals and adapts to changes in circumstance.
  • Ability to assess and solve complex problems across departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others both internally and externally.
  • Excellence in oral and written communication.
  • Must possess initiative, strong work ethic, good judgement and professionalism.
  • Able to oversee one or more departments, ensuring successful performance in ongoing functions and compliance with human resources procedures.
  • Experience developing programs budgets and monitoring their implementation.
  • Prioritizes work independently to meet deadlines without reminders.
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This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 22.

Ruth and Hartley Barker Director

Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), is one of the nation’s largest, most active, and most diversified historical societies with world-class collections. It was founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became a state, and is the oldest publicly funded historical society in the United States. Throughout its more than 170 years, the Society has been a trusted source of historical information.

The WHS’s mission is to connect people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing stories. By providing a powerful connection to the past, the Society encourages everyone to learn from earlier generations. The WHS shares its staff, collections, and services in ways that captivate and respect its diverse audiences.

The Society’s programs include a major national research and genealogical library and archives that include the largest North American History collection in the United States; a network of 12 historic sites and museums throughout Wisconsin that attract over 300,000 visitors annually; a statewide historic preservation program that produced over $250 million in construction and 4,551 jobs in 2016 through the Society’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit programs; and a statewide program of publications, school services and local history that includes over 400 history-related programs annually.

The Society is a state agency, membership organization and public, nonprofit institution. As a state agency, the WHS’s state funding and permanent positon authority is set by the legislature through the state budget process. The WHS, however, is unique from other state agencies in several ways. First, it is governed by a Board of Curators, which appoints the Society’s director. Second, the WHS has statutory authority to contract with private, 501(c)(3) organizations. Third, a significant percentage of the WHS’s budget (approximately 41%) is supported by gifts, grants, and earned income.

The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society is the chief executive officer for the organization and is appointed by the 36-member governing Board of Curators. The Director has full authority and accountability for the judicious management of the Society, including its collections and interpretive programs as well as its financial and human resources. She/he will interact with the Board’s Chair and Executive Committee on a regular basis to review progress toward achieving stated goals and objectives and, in general, will keep members of the Board informed.

The future Society Director must have a passion for history and be its champion everywhere. The new director’s qualities must enhance the Director’s position, burnish the Society’s reputation and enhance the Society’s legacy to Wisconsin and to the nation.

Candidates for the position of Director should (1) possess personal strength and purpose to aggressively lead a complex organization, yet delegate with trust; (2) respect, honor and inspire donors and staff; (3) maximize government and citizen support and participation; and (4) continue to hold high the Society's national prestige and influence.

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This job posted by MERC from August 15 through November 15.