Director Positions

Executive Director
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, located in Albuquerque’s historic Old Town, is opening a search for a dynamic leader to administer all aspects of the museum’s operations. This AAM-accredited museum is a collections-based institution with over 50 employees and over a quarter-million visitors each year. The museum includes a planetarium/observatory wing, research labs, exhibit studios, 3D large-format DynaTheater, and multiple exhibition galleries. Through a partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools, the museum also runs the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center which serves over 12,000 students and teachers each year.

The Executive Director should have a demonstrated ability in the administration of a complex organization with multiple partnerships, including a supporting foundation with its own Board of Directors. Significant experience in a senior management position and an advanced degree in a natural history or science-related field are strongly desired. Experience with science-based museum exhibitions, and both formal and informal science education is preferred. A proven record of broad community impact, extending beyond the walls of the museum, is also desired.

This is an exempt position within the State of New Mexico and reports directly to the Museum Board of Trustees and the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. It offers a competitive salary with generous benefits and retirement package.

The Search Committee’s review of application materials will begin on June 15, 2015 and the search will remain open until this position is filled.

Please send detailed curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and 3 reference letters to:

Denise Hidalgo
Museum Executive Director Search
1801 Mountain Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1375

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This job posted by MERC from May 11 through August 12.

Director Coach & Livestock
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Primary Duties

Provides leadership for Colonial Williamsburg’s Coach and Livestock program. Provides direct or indirect supervision to 15 - 20 employees and 10 - 15 volunteers working in coach operations, the stable, and rare breeds interpretation.

Develops innovative approaches to educating and interpreting rare breeds and 18th-century American farm life to guests and general public. In conjunction with Program Development staff, works with staff in Coach and Livestock to develop engaging interpretive programs that provide interactive, immersive experiences for guests. Supports the educational mission of Colonial Williamsburg and the foundation’s comprehensive interpretive plan. Observes and assesses programs and provides critical feedback as needed.

Directs the personnel and employment of human resources which includes interviewing, hiring, training, encouraging, coaching, disciplining, and terminating employees; administers an effective performance management system; provides training and development opportunities for supervisors and employees; and, when necessary, counsels and terminates employees. Ensures that supervisors understand and follow Foundation and personnel policies and procedures.

Establishes and monitors the enforcement of safety standards in the Coach and Livestock operation.

Establishes and enforces standards ensuring that Colonial Williamsburg provides the highest level of animal care. Works with supervisors and other employees to set up practices that guard the animal’s health and to ensure that the stables and pastures meet all safety and health standards. Maintains contact with veterinarians and animal health care professionals.

Works with head coach driver in setting and maintaining maintenance standards for the coaches. Directly oversees the restoration of carriages and the purchase of correct materials used. Works directly with carriage vendors to design authentic vehicles that meet modern safety requirements.

Develops sources of supplies including feed, bedding, equipment, livestock, vehicles, etc.

Develops long-term plans for the Coach and Livestock unit. Ensures the plans meet the interpretive and business objectives of the Foundation and division.

Oversees preparation of unit budgets of over $1 million. Monitors the budgets to ensure the achievement of revenue and expense targets. Adjusts budgets to accommodate business needs when necessary.

Works with harness makers and wheelwrights to furnish Coach and Livestock program with necessary equipment. Assists tradesmen in researching period equipment and in developing specifications for reproductions to be used by Coach and Livestock program.

Works with staff from Development to develop donor opportunities for the Coach and Livestock program including assisting with the development of funding proposals, cultivation of donors and prospective donors, writing reports, and managing gift accounts.

Provides support for special programs inside and outside the Foundation.

Establishes and maintains ties with other authorities in a variety of fields including coach and livestock, rare breeds, saddle and harness making, wheel and coach making. Represents Colonial Williamsburg at conferences, seminars, etc.

Application Qualifications

In-depth working knowledge of animal husbandry and a background in driving horses – singles, pairs, and teams. Scholarly experience in researching and presenting information on historical topics to a public audience. Proven experience training and working with carriage horses, experience assessing and buying carriage horses and experience in maintaining and restoring carriages. Experience developing funding proposals and cultivating donors. Strong organizational skills; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to plan, develop, organize, implement, and evaluate programs; ability to lead work teams and manage personnel; ability to develop and manage budgets – generally gained through completion of a four year degree in management or animal husbandry, plus a minimum of ten years experience in a livestock operation including five years supervisory experience. Must be able to work flexible schedules including weekends, holidays and evenings.

Must possess a valid Commonwealth of Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record as measured against Colonial Williamsburg’s criteria.

Highly desired: Experience working in a living history museum; program development experience; scholarly publications.

Hiring rate: Commensurate with experience.

Relocation Eligible: yes



Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

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This job posted by MERC from April 7 through July 7.

Historical Writer, American Revolution
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Washington, DC, USA

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is seeking a skilled writer and historian to work with the executive director and staff of the Institute to create materials on the Revolutionary War, including web-based and traditional print publications and educational enrichment materials.

The qualifications for the position are simple and very specific: extensive knowledge of the American Revolution, particularly the military history of the Revolutionary War, and the ability to write about this subject gracefully and quickly.

The American Revolution Institute is the programmatic arm of the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783 by the officers of the Continental Army to perpetuate the memory of the American Revolution. The Institute supports advanced study, presents exhibitions and other public programs, advocates preservation of Revolutionary War battlefields and provides resources to teachers and students to enrich understanding of our War for Independence and the principles of the men and women who secured the liberty of the American people. The Institute includes a rare book and manuscript library and a museum collection focused on the Revolutionary War and conducts a wide array of educational programs to carry out the mission first articulated by George Washington, Henry Knox and the other founders of the Society.

This is a full-time position on the staff of the Society of the Cincinnati, reporting directly to the executive director. The position includes a starting salary of $40-45,000 plus health insurance and retirement benefits. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest, background and qualifications, a resume and at least two writing samples of any length. Particularly promising applicants will be contacted by e-mail and asked to respond in writing to a selection of prompts relating to the American Revolution. The purpose of this exercise is to assess ability to write on assignment for a deadline, which is a critical aspect of the position. Interviews will be held at the Society’s Washington, D.C., headquarters or by phone. This position will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to Jack D. Warren, Jr., Executive Director, at

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This job posted by MERC from April 3 through July 3.

Executive Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas, USA

Texas Tech University seeks applications and nominations for the Executive Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University. Founded in 1929, the Museum is a multi-faceted educational, cultural and research entity. The Museum’s vast collections, galleries and the Moody Planetarium complement other distinct components – the graduate degree program, the Natural Sciences Research Laboratory, and the Lubbock Lake Historic Landmark. All make important contributions to Texas Tech’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. The graduate degree program with tracks in Museum Science or Heritage Management has been a veteran leader in academic preparation of museum professionals for more than 40 years. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum of Texas Tech University is an internationally recognized, dynamic institution.

The Executive Director reports to the Provost through the Senior Vice Provost. The Executive Director’s main charge is to provide overall leadership in the Museum’s mission to advance knowledge through research- and collections as well as academic and educational programs that engage students, faculty, staff and the public. The Executive Director works closely with the 68 full-time and part-time administrative, faculty, curatorial, support and intern personnel to strive for excellence in education, outreach, curation, and research. Engagement and collaboration with the Museum of Texas Tech University Association, Texas Tech University faculty and programs, patrons and prospective donors, area schools and education groups, other cultural institutions and the community in general are important responsibilities of the Executive Director. The Executive Director has overall charge of the Museum’s budget, finances, personnel, and operations.

Required Qualifications
  • A terminal degree or equivalent work experience in a discipline related to one of the Museum’s range of functions or operations.
  • Evidence of leadership and administrative experience in senior positions at a university museum or a public or private museum or cultural/educational institution.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to advance effectively the mission and vision of the Museum.
  • A strong commitment to share enthusiastically through a variety of modalities the vision, mission, strategic plan and accomplishments of the Museum with stakeholders, potential donors and funding entities.
  • Evidence of commitment to research, teaching, and academic engagement.
  • Evidence of commitment to expansion, preservation and interpretation of collections.
  • Proven success in developing cooperative and effective relationships among institutions and their staffs, boards or support organizations.
  • Demonstrated fundraising skills and a track record of fundraising successes that include cultivating relationships with private donors, foundations and other funding sources.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating or enhancing a visitor-centered experience that effectively reaches and engages diverse communities and audiences.
  • Engaging academic and community constituencies to create dynamic experiences and learning opportunities for school and university students and the general public.
  • Evidence of strategic planning skills that includes drafting, implementing and refining an effective plan by engaging a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven abilities in budgeting, financial reporting and the prudent management of an institution’s resources. Experience with nonprofit financial management, collaborating with support organizations or public-based budgeting systems.
  • Experience in the creation and execution of effective marketing programs for a museum or similar institution.
  • Proven understanding and commitment to ethical standards, legal responsibilities and best practices established by museum accreditation, state and federal law and international covenants.
Expected Duties
  • Directing the general administration of the Museum through effective management of personnel and resources and by creating and enforcing policies and procedures necessary for the efficient functioning of the organization.
  • Ensuring that employees are appropriately trained and have adequate resources for the efficient delivery of the Museum’s programs and activities and ensuring a safe and friendly environment for employees, students and visitors.
  • Leading the development and implementation of the Museum’s strategic plan to accomplish its goals and objectives and align the Museum’s strategic plan with that of the University.
  • Providing active oversight of the Museum’s activities, programs and personnel, including exhibitions, graduate academic programs, public education programs, the Natural Research Science Laboratory and the Lubbock Lake Landmark.
  • Ensuring the Museum’s collections are properly stored, preserved, and exhibited and that effective collection policy is maintained by curatorial staff.
  • Cultivating relationships with other cultural institutions that support and encourage cooperation in efforts to engage the larger community in an exceptional museum experience.
  • Preparing budget proposals and working closely with university officials and the Museum Association on budget- and funding- related- matters.
  • Ensuring effective oversight of income and expenses and providing periodic reports to appropriate organizations and representatives.
  • Leading the Museum’s development efforts by coordinating with the university and the Museum Association to identify and cultivate donors and supporters in accordance with the policies of Texas Tech University.
  • Overseeing efforts to increase revenue generated from grants and sponsorships in support of Museum programs, exhibits, research, and operations.
Texas Tech University is a Carnegie classified high research university with a fall 2014 enrollment of more than 35,000 students. The university offers 96 undergraduate, 93 masters and 52 doctoral degree programs in 10 colleges plus the School of Law and the Graduate School. Additionally, 40 online and regional programs are offered through TTU Worldwide eLearning and at teaching sites in El Paso, Junction, Fredericksburg, Marble Falls/Highland Lakes, and Waco, Texas.

With a population in excess of 240,000, Lubbock is located in the area of West Texas known as the Llano Estacado (“staked plains”), and lies approximately halfway between Dallas-Fort Worth and Albuquerque-Santa Fe. The city is the regional hub of government, finance, health care, and education, with agriculture as its primary economic base. The city boasts a rich musical heritage; an expanding arts community; a symphony and ballet; and excellent youth, collegiate, and community sports. The area enjoys an annual average of 263 days of sunshine. Other notable museums in the area are the Silent Wings Museum, Bayer Museum of Agriculture, American Wind Power Center, Buddy Holly Center, Louise Underwood Center for the Arts, Charles Adams Gallery, Caviel African-American Museum, Texas Tech’s School of Art – Landmark Arts Program, and Texas Tech’s National Ranching Heritage Center.

All application materials must be submitted on-line through the Texas Tech University application site at; search for req# ID 3474BR. Applicants will submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, a statement of administrative philosophy, a statement of vision for a museum like the Museum of Texas Tech University, and the names of five individuals who may be contacted as references. Nominations or questions should be addressed to Mr. Matt Brockman, Search Committee Chair, National Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409; telephone (806) 834-2922; e-mail: Applications will be accepted immediately and continuing until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin April 13. Start date is negotiable with a preferred target of July 1, 2015.

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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This job posted by MERC from March 20 through June 22.

The last update to this page was 5-19-15.