Director Positions

Executive Director
Stonewall National Museum & Archives
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

The Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, seeks an experienced museum and/or fundraising professional who will provide visionary and energetic leadership, will further develop SNMA as the premiere American LGBT museum and archive with a prominent national presence, and will provide overall direction for the Stonewall National Education Project and the Stonewall Library and Gallery. The ED currently directs and manages 2 full-time and 1 part-time staff members, 3 seasoned and expert volunteers in the Library, Archives, Museum and Gallery and indirectly supervises the work of more than 100 volunteers. The ED manages and stewards an annual operating budget in excess of $600K. Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a proven track record of creative management and leadership in program expansion and development, ideally in museum work; significant successful experience in fund-raising in the not-for-profit sector; familiarity with designing and delivering educational programs; and must possess a passion for preserving and celebrating the proud history and culture of the national LGBT community. Demonstrated proficiency with the technology to support fund-raising, museum/collections management, and administrative efficiencies as well as with digital media and on-line availability of research materials is desirable. Salary: highly competitive and commensurate with experience. Application review: begins immediately and continues until filled. Desired start date: December 1, 2015. Go to to learn more about SNMA and the application process.

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This job posted by MERC from September 15 through December 1.

Director of Programs
New Jersey Council for the Humanities
Trenton, New Jersey, USA

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities seeks a Director of Programs who will work with the Executive Director, staff, and Trustees to increase the organization’s impact and reach. Responsibilities involve both NJCH grant making activities and direct programs, and includes both programmatic and strategic work.

Specific duties include:
  • Developing and strengthening partnerships for NJCH with diverse organizations.
  • Representing NJCH in such partnerships, including public appearances, meetings, conferences, and events.
  • Assessing, revising, and creating NJCH programs to align with strategic goals; identifying program and grant evaluation metrics.
  • Cultivating potential grant applicants, as well as proactively seeding and developing proposal ideas, connecting applicants to scholars and other resources.
  • Overseeing the execution of NJCH programs and managing program staff.
  • Contributing to annual budgets and keeping programs on budget.
Duties will entail in-state travel. Occasional evening and weekend availability required.

The Program Director is a key member of the NJCH team and reports to the Executive Director. We seek an individual who will help develop NJCH’s capacity to make the humanities more accessible, reach underserved audiences, and bridge cultural and class divides.

The ideal candidate for this position will have:
  • An understanding of the value of the humanities and their importance to a successful pluralistic society.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with audiences and community partners of varied social, economic, and educational backgrounds.
  • Five or more years of experience in humanities teaching, grant writing, planning and running public programs, and/or related activities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the cultural nonprofit sector, including trends and best practices.
  • Ability to create positive, long-term relationships by demonstrating a commitment to collaboration and customer service.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Flexibility.
  • Enthusiasm for and willingness to attend public humanities programs.
  • An advanced degree such as an M.A. or Ph.D. in public history, public humanities, public anthropology, museum studies, or a humanities-related field may have helped prepare the candidate.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. NJCH offers a full benefits package.

About the New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Located in Trenton, New Jersey, NJCH is a nonprofit organization established in 1972 as the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The mission of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) is to serve the people of New Jersey by developing, supporting, and promoting projects that explore and interpret the human experience, foster cross-cultural understanding, and engage people in dialogue about matters of individual choice and public responsibility.

NJCH furthers this work through both grant making and conducting programs.

NJCH is a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a letter outlining your interest and fit for the position; a resume or CV; names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references to Please include your last name in the subject line.

Address your letter of interest to Briann Greenfield, Ph.D., Executive Director.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities values and respects diversity.

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This job posted by MERC from August 27 through November 25.

Director, University Art Museum
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The University of New Mexico seeks an energetic, visionary leader for the position of Director of the University Art Museum.

Located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico and one of the fastest growing in the Southwest, UNM is a Carnegie Very High Research University, a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, and the state’s flagship institution of higher learning. University Art Museum is a dynamic part of UNM and is first and foremost a teaching museum. Founded in 1963, the University Art Museum is the foremost teaching collection and the largest fine arts collection in the State of New Mexico

The mission of the University Art Museum is to encourage an understanding and appreciation of art and its multiple roles in society by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art drawn from its permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. Through a combination of teaching, active research, public programming, and open conversation with members of the university community, as well as other communities that are local, regional, national and international in scope, the museum cultivates engaged, interactive learning about the arts.

The Director of the University Art Museum reports directly to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and will be responsible for developing and managing the museum’s annual budgets; coordinating and supervising 8 current staff members; overseeing and promoting the museum’s collections, including acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications; developing and implementing strategies for generating new resources; developing a long-range strategic plan and securing AAM accreditation; and representing the University Art Museum both inside and outside the university. Two of the University Art Museum’s major goals that the successful candidate must be able to effectively address are moving the institution toward accreditation and digitizing the collection.

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This job posted by MERC from August 24 through November 27.

Executive Director
Vermont Historical Society
Barre, Vermont, USA

The Vermont Historical Society (“VHS”) is seeking a dynamic visionary leader to serve as Executive Director of one of the nation’s oldest historical societies. Its administrative offices, library, exhibition galleries and collections are located in the historically significant Vermont History Center in Barre, Vermont. The VHS also operates a museum and bookstore in the state capital of Montpelier. VHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, a semi-annual scholarly history journal and numerous books on Vermont history. Its programs extend throughout the state. The organization’s signature event, Vermont History Expo, is held every other summer and features exhibitions from over 100 local historical societies from around Vermont that join the Society in a celebration of various aspects of Vermont’s special history.

The candidate should be a hands-on leader who works well with others. The candidate should have education and experience appropriate to the position and excellent presentation skills. Although an expertise in Vermont history is not required, a strong foundation in the history of the United States is important as is as a willingness to learn Vermont’s unique story. The VHS has an annual budget of nearly two million dollars, of which the State of Vermont supports approximately half. The Society has 16 employees, (13 full-time equivalents). The position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

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This job posted by MERC from July 30 through October 30.

Executive Director
Harbor History Museum
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA

The Executive Director is the full-time chief executive officer of the Harbor History Museum, a non-profit 501©3 organization, responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight of the museum by maintaining the strategic vision of the museum and carrying out a plan of work to achieve the museum’s mission. The Executive Director has the overall responsibility for the museum operations.


  1. Displays strong business acumen in order to plan, organize, direct, supervise and coordinate the operations and activities of the museum.
  2. Develop and maintain productive working relationships with the Board of Directors and work with the board to develop and carry out the strategic plan.
  3. Lead the Museum’s fundraising efforts and build personal ties with potential donors whose support will assure its future visibility.
  4. Maintain quality of operations and artistic oversight assuring a growing collection of mission-related artifacts, outstanding exhibits, and engaging programs.
  5. Provide strategic vision for the organization including short-term, mid-term, and long-term planning.
  6. Ability to develop specific goals and milestones in order to track the Museum’s progress in achieving short and long term goals
  7. Support, advise and inform the board of operational and environmental circumstances affecting the museum. Work with the board to ensure the museum’s success.
  8. Develop organizational budgets, monitor financial status, and work with the board to ensure financial sustainability for the museum.
  9. In coordination with the Marketing and Communications Manager and Development direct implement a marketing program that builds on the Museum’s reputation as a major regional cultural center.
  10. Serve as museum spokesperson to the local community, the media, and the regional heritage community.
  11. Oversee Shenandoah restoration process and related collections management strategies.
  12. Build and maintain close ties with constituents important to the future of the Museum including elected officials, state and local grant agencies, tourism officials and businesses, and current and potential donors.
  13. Executive Director should exhibit leadership skills that foster good morale and cooperation between staff, volunteers, and board.
  1. Lead regular strategic planning and execute goals outlined in the plans;
  2. Work with the Museum Manager, Marketing and Events Coordinator, and Office Manager to implement and review fundraising goals and strategies;
  3. Meet or exceed departmental fundraising goals approved by the Board of Directors;
  4. Design and manage annual fundraising campaign, maintaining a close, positive working relationship with the Marketing and Events Coordinator;
  5. Manage fundraising event goals and objectives by working closely with the Events Coordinator;
  6. Design and implement development initiatives, including annual fund campaigns, foundation and government grants, corporate gifts, fundraising events, and planned giving and membership programs in support of mission-aligned programs and projects;
  7. Conduct frequent face-to-face visits to develop pipeline of giving;
  8. Identify and secure new funding sources from private and public sources;
  9. Assist in developing a new legacy society for planned and deferred giving support of the museum
  10. Support the Grant Writer to identify grant opportunities and to maintain the Museum’s positive relationship with granting agencies. Conduct final edit of all grant applications and reports;
  11. Identify and secure sources for exhibition and event sponsorship;
  12. Work with the Office Manager to maintain accurate prospect and cultivation records in a sophisticated relational database;
  1. Oversight of the Marketing and Events Coordinator to design and implement a public relations strategy, including the use of social media campaigns;
  2. Consistently demonstrate excellent communication, effective listening, and a broad base of impressive interpersonal skills;
  3. Consistently display excellent verbal, writing, and editing skills;
  4. Demonstrate strong public speaking skills and the ability to craft persuasive oral and written presentations.

Development Director, Programs and Exhibits Manager, Office Manager

  • BA or equivalent 5+ years of relevant experience non-profit management or business management;
  • Experience in upper level development or management in a museum setting or equivalent.
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends on occasion.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Strategic planning and executive experience.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to represent the Museum well to a variety of groups.
  • Energetic and self-motivated team player.
  • Results oriented with clear sense of purpose of vision
  • Expert in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficient in PC platform.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Excellent work ethic and time management
  • Must display integrity and trust as this position is very visible within the community of Gig Harbor
  • Positive attitude to work with a great team!
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This job posted by MERC from July 7 through October 6.

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