Director Positions

Seacoast Science Center
Rye, New Hampshire, USA

The Seacoast Science Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3), science learning center located within Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire. The Center has existed as a non-profit since 1992 led by its founding president, Wendy Lull. The Center is well-positioned for its future, having a stable financial position, a dedicated professional staff of 17, member and volunteer support, and is governed by a committed board of directors.

Located on New Hampshire’s seacoast, the Center is a regionally respected marine science education organization. The Center remains open throughout the year, and serves 80,000 visitors annually, including approximately 26,000 students. Through programs, exhibits, and marine mammal rescue, the Seacoast Science Center teaches people, from toddlers to grandparents, why a healthy ocean matters, and advances science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The Center also serves as the Park’s visitor/interpretive center.
Additionally, since 2014, the Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team (MMRT) has been authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service to lead New Hampshire’s marine mammal rescue effort. MMRT responds to more than 70 cases per year, mainly involving seals, and in 2016, led a coordinated response by government and non-profit organizations following the beaching of a deceased adult humpback whale.
As an officer of the Seacoast Science Center, the President sets the strategic direction for the institution and is its principal external representative. The President is responsible for developing plans and initiatives to meet the Center’s financial needs and advance its mission. The President is also the management liaison to the Board of Directors and is an ex-officio member of the Board. The President signs all contracts, leases, deeds, mortgages, and other instruments on behalf of the Corporation.

The next President will be offered the opportunity to not only lead the Center and continue its mission, but further its growth and extend its impact. Having recently completed a business plan, the new President will work with the Board of Directors to construct and implement a strategic plan.

Candidate requirements include a history of progressively responsible leadership experience in museums, science education, or placed-based education institutions, and an advanced degree in a related field of study. The ideal candidate must have non-profit management experience, a keen understanding of the Center’s mission, and successful background in cultivation of relationships that result in major gifts, foundation or federal grants, corporate sponsorship or other forms of philanthropic support. The successful candidate must also be an effective advocate for the organization with diverse groups: public, community, corporate, academic, and political. Accordingly, superior verbal and written communication skills are required. The successful candidate must possess the ability to lead groups in outdoor program settings, including moderate hiking on trails and the rocky shore. A willingness to get your hands wet is a must, and the ability to interpret natural science and/or coastal environmental history is preferred.

To nominate a potential candidate, please contact Allan Waterfield at or (603) 436-8043, ext. 22.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Search Committee, Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye NH 03870 or email (preferred) to

The search committee will start reviewing applications on October 24, 2016.

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This job posted by MERC from September 23 through December 23.

Smithsonian Institution - National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, USA

The position serves as Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM), with responsibility for the overall planning, direction, and management of all programs and activities of the Museum. The Museum stewards the nation’s foremost stamp collection and is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history as it pertains to the history of American postal operations and philately using exhibitions, educational public and online programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors, post office employees and retirees and visitors from around the world. The Museum develops collaborative programs and activities with other Smithsonian and U.S. museums and maintains relations with the postal museums of other countries on a national level. The Museum is served by a Smithsonian-U.S. Postal Service Coordinating Committee, a Council of Philatelists and an Advisory Council. The Director is appointed by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and reports on all matters relating to NPM through the Smithsonian’s Provost/Under Secretary for Museums & Research.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to
When crafting your cover letter and/or resume, please provide detailed information on your background and experience in the following areas: entrepreneurial instincts and coalition building; management; fundraising; and philately and/or postal history expertise, familiarity or interest.

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This job posted by MERC from September 21 through December 21.

Executive Director
American Research Center in Egypt
Washington, DC, USA

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has promoted the study of Egypt’s cultural history by thousands of Americans over the last 66 years. With the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities (MOA), over 75 projects of monument conservation and specialized training have been completed and over 750 Egyptian archaeologists and conservators have been trained in preserving Egyptian culture. ARCE is accepting applications for an Executive Director to be based in Washington, D.C.

ARCE is looking for a senior leader who understands the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of and advancing research into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Executive Director will provide vision and steady leadership to increase public awareness of and financial support for ARCE’s mission. S/he will work closely with a U.S.-based Board of Governors and an Egypt-based Cairo Director to steer ARCE to be the leading global force in facilitating research and collaborative partnerships in Egypt. The Executive Director will take responsibility for ARCE’s strategic, programmatic, financial, and development operations, ensuring that the organization achieves the goals of its Strategic Plan in a fiscally responsible manner. Under the ED’s leadership, ARCE will expand its potential for U.S. growth through direct cultivation of regional U.S. chapters, research-supporting members, individual members, and donors.

The ideal Executive Director will have:
  • Ten years of nonprofit, government, or business experience, with at least five of them in a leadership role; experience in a membership-based organization is preferable.
  • Knowledge and cultural understanding of Egypt and/or the Middle East region and passion for the advancement of research on Egyptian history and culture is necessary.
  • Background in museum, cultural, or academic institutions is desirable.
  • Proven record of hiring, mentoring, and supervising a collaborative and mutually respectful team to achieve a high level of performance and exceed strategic goals.
  • Firm knowledge of long-range planning, budgeting, accounting, and financial management.
  • Open, honest, and thorough communication skills necessary to coordinate with people across both difference and geographical distance.
  • Proven experience as a relationship builder; existing high-level relationships in the cultural and/or international sectors are desirable.
  • Direct experience cultivating high-level donors and/or investors and soliciting funds.
  • Master’s or higher degree is required.
DRi is leading this search for ARCE. For more information about the position, please see Submit all inquiries and applications to Please be sure that emails state where you learned of the opening.

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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through December 13.

Director of Administration
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The Baltimore Museum of Industry seeks a Director of Administration to manage the overall daily operations of the museum, including financial management, staff supervision and human resources, communication with the Board of Trustees, campus and facilities planning, and maintenance of the museum’s historic sites. The Director of Administration supervises Finance and Facilities staff, coordinates functions among museum departments, and fosters inter-departmental communications. In the Executive Director’s absence, the Director of Administration is responsible for overall management of the museum.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry recently completed a three-year strategic plan that foresees significant growth in programs and services, and is launching a campus master planning process. The ideal candidate will be able to envision, plan for, and manage change, and to adapt quickly in a fast-paced environment.


  • Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Executive Director; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and keep senior leadership and Board abreast of the organization’s financial status
  • Ensure that policies and systems that support financial control and effectiveness are in place and fully functioning
  • Provide overall coordination of annual audit and manage communication with audit firm
Human Resources and Staff Supervision
  • Coordinate activities and functions among museum departments and foster inter-departmental communication
  • Oversee the museum’s human resources requirements including hiring, orientation, evaluation, and identification and management of professional development opportunities
  • Administer benefits programs; manage and update personnel policies; supervise biweekly payroll
  • Establish and coordinate volunteer management program
  • Manage daily office operations; negotiate contracts; manage vendor relationships; order office supplies; act as primary liaison with the museum’s tenants
  • Provide overall supervision of museum shop and plan for its growth
  • Coordinate IT functions and serve as liaison with IT consultant
Board of Trustees
  • Provide administrative liaison to the Board of Trustees; coordinate Trustee orientation; maintain all board records; schedule and coordinate Board meetings; disseminate meeting materials to Board; maintain minutes of Board meetings
  • Coordinate implementation of the museum’s strategic plan
  • Manage campus master planning process
  • Plan for long-term maintenance and schedule as necessary
  • Ensure smooth functioning of all building systems by managing vendors and contracts
  • Ensure buildings and grounds are clean and well maintained
Government Relations
  • Manage publicly funded bond-projects including application, implementation, and construction
  • Develop and nurture relationships with local and state elected officials on behalf of the museum
  • BA required, graduate degree in non-profit management or related field preferred
  • At least 10 years of overall professional experience, including 5+ years of broad financial and operations management experience, preferably in the non-profit field
  • Human resources experience including familiarity with management of benefits plans
  • Experience managing sites or facilities, preferably with knowledge of historic preservation standards
  • Demonstrated record of increasing on-the-job responsibilities in a management position, including staff supervision
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; attention to detail; keen analytic, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to negotiate and work comfortably with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and to adapt to change
Salary commensurate with experience

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and names of three references by October 20 to Carole Baker, Deputy Director:

The Baltimore Museum of Industry provides equal opportunity to all applicants for employment. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification.

Prior to final hiring, all candidates will have to undergo a criminal background check in accordance with Maryland law.

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This job posted by MERC from August 31 through October 20.

Museum Director
City of Ketchikan
Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

The City of Ketchikan, Alaska seeks a multi-talented individual to direct and participate in the operation of two city-owned museums: the Tongass Historical Museum, a small community museum; and the Totem Heritage Center, which preserves 19th century totem poles, in addition to conducting classes and workshops in the traditional arts of Southeast Alaska Natives. The Museum Director oversees a staff of eight.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished communicator and manager with broad museum experience, including administration; budgeting and planning; staff supervision; collections care; and exhibit and program development. Demonstrated leadership, creativity, and style are essential. With a small staff and limited resources, the person selected will be expected to deliver exhibits and programs that not only engage the community, but also educate and entertain visitors.

Ketchikan is a community of 13,500 located on an island in Southeast Alaska, accessible only by air (1.75 hours from Seattle) or Alaska State Ferry. The climate is mild, but rainy. Spectacular natural beauty, small town life, a vibrant arts scene, boating, fishing, and outdoor activities are among the reasons why people love to live here.

A full job description and City of Ketchikan employment application (REQUIRED) are available at Information about the museums can be found at Direct inquiries to Vanessa Booth at (907) 228-5631 or
$59,518 - $76,660 DOE plus benefits. Position open until filled; EOE/AA.

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This job posted by MERC from August 15 through November 14.

Museum Account Manager
Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Do You Know the Museum World? We Should Talk.

We’re Chicago Scenic Studios. We give our clients Solutions that Engage™ from broadcast sets and live events to museum exhibits and branded environments.

We’re in the midst of amazing growth, and we need a face for our Museums and Environments divisions to tell the story of how we help our clients.

That’s where you come in.

You know the museum world inside and out. You’ll help our valued clients and prospects understand what’s kept us busy providing solutions for almost 40 years.

Your degree may not have anything to do with museums, but your knowledge of them is crucial. You also have a pretty good idea about what keeps clients up at night.

If you have selling experience, we’ll look at your skills closely. But if not that’s okay too, because we’ll make sure you learn those skills.

Please go to our website Careers page at and give us your resume and salary requirements. Like our long track record with clients, we have an even longer track record with our valued employees.

If you want to help us achieve our ambitious growth plans, we want to hear from you!

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This job posted by MERC from July 19 through October 18.

The last update to this page was 9-23-16.