Director Positions

Executive Director
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Vancouver Maritime Museum Society (VMMS) and the Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) celebrate the profound significance of the oceans and waterways of the Pacific and Arctic, through the preservation and growth of an extraordinary collection, and by acting as a centre for dialogue, research and experience.

The centerpiece of the Museum is the St. Roch, an historic arctic exploration vessel of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It was the first ship to circumnavigate the Northwest Passage. The museum also has extensive galleries of maritime art and artifacts, model ships, and a large library and archives. The Museum is affiliated with CMA, CHIN, and the Virtual Museum of Canada.

The VMMS (a registered non-profit since 1959) is seeking an Executive Director with the skills, experience and passion to lead the daily operations of the Museum and to further its Vision and Mandate.

Executive Director

The Executive Director (ED) reports directly to the Board of Directors (Executive Committee) and provides strategic leadership and active support to the staff, Board, and community in the administration and operations of the VMM. The ED is responsible for the development and implementation of a formal business plan which supports the strategic vision of the VMMS, the execution of this plan, and associated reporting functions back to the VMMS Board of Directors. The ED exercises fiscal responsibility, stewardship, and comptrollership of the VMM and ensures that the VMMS Board of Directors has thorough, accurate and timely financial information as well as metrics and statistics that measure key performance indicators (KPI’s). The ED’s office oversees the recruitment, hiring and training of qualified staff and volunteers, establishes and maintains professional Human Resource practices and ensures that the VMM is a harassment free workplace.

The ED will build and maintain positive working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, supporters, the community and industry stakeholders. As the face of the VMM, the ED actively promotes the organization’s curatorial resources, programs, facilities, activities, interest, fundraising efforts and development. The ED is expected to deliver lectures and presentations in person as well as on various media and IT platforms.

Reporting Relationships:
The following positions report directly to the Executive Director:
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Administration & Finance
  • Director of Programs
  • Director of Marketing
  • Curator/Collections Manager
  • Director of Development
Academic Qualifications
Post Graduate Degree (Masters or PHD) in a relevant field of study, including but not limited to History, Sociology, Archaeology, and Museum Studies.

A full job description can be found at the VMM website:

Candidates that possess the fundamental skills, experience, passion and education required to be successful in this role are invited to provide a cover letter and resumé for consideration in confidence to our recruitment consultant, Michael O’Brien - – 604.760.7649

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

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This job posted by MERC from January 12 through April 13.

Museum Deputy Director
Calvert Marine Museum
Solomons, Maryland, USA

Salary range begins at $66,576 - $85,000 negotiable
Closing date – January 20, 2017

The museum deputy director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Calvert Marine Museum – a regional institution that attracts 82,000 visitors annually. The deputy director directly supervises the education department staff, and supervises the curators of paleontology, estuarine biology, maritime history, and exhibits. In the director’s absence, this position functions as the director, and is part of the senior management team. The position reports to the director.

Training and/or Education:
Master's degree in education, museum studies, or related field.

Eight years of experience in museum education and administration which must include experience managing staff, daily operations, customer service, program development, and managing budgets.

Special Requirements:
Work is subject to deadlines and frequent interruptions.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.
County application required.

Where to Apply:

The Museum
The Calvert Marine Museum was founded in 1970 and is located in Solomons, Maryland at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The museum interprets three themes: the paleontology of the Miocene epoch, the estuarine biology of the river and bay, and the maritime heritage of Southern Maryland. Among its exhibits are the Drum Point Lighthouse, the Cove Point Light Station, the sailing skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s, the historic bugeye Wm. B. Tennison, and the J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House.  The latter two are National Historic Landmarks. It also houses the largest collection of Miocene marine fossils outside of the Smithsonian and has a 15-tank aquarium featuring animals native to these waters. The museum is open year round.

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This job posted by MERC from January 6 through January 20.

Director of Curatorial Services
The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The National WWII Museum seeks an experienced and energetic professional to lead our Curatorial Services Department of 14 professional curators, archivists, collections managers, and registrar. The Director of Curatorial Services oversees the development, curation, care, and use of the Museum’s 190,000+ artifacts including its signature collection of 9,000+ oral histories and personal accounts of WWII. Ranked the #4 museum in the United States by TripAdvisor and visited by 700,000+ individuals annually, The National WWII Museum is a vibrant, national history museum with excellent facilities and staff and ambitious plans for growth.

The Museum is currently in the midst of a capital expansion project that will quadruple the size of the original Museum facility, add exciting new programs and exhibits, and double on-site collections storage. In addition, the Museum has undertaken an ambitious multi-year digitization project to make our collections accessible to audiences worldwide through our Digital Collections website – The Director of Curatorial Services will provide valuable insight and leadership to this institutional growth and help position the Museum as the leading resource on the history, values, and lasting significance of World War II.

Specific job responsibilities include:
  • Oversee the development and management of the Museum's collections - establishing and maintaining intellectual and physical control of the Museum’s collections; overseeing timely registration, cataloging and digitization; and implementing and updating processes as necessary.
  • Establish and administer departmental policies, procedures and workflows to assure timely and orderly processing and management of gifts, collections, cataloguing, and record keeping.
  • Manage public access to the collections and oversee licensing of all materials by responding to requests from the public, staff, and other institutions for information.
  • Assure the Museum's premier collection of 9000+ personal accounts and oral histories is actively managed to best practice standards and continues to become more effective, diverse and nuanced.
  • Define, implement, integrate and sustain – in coordination with the Museum Technologist - a seamless, efficient, accurate, and customer-oriented system of access to digital collections fully integrated among the collections management system, digital asset management system, and public web interface.
  • Actively partner with the Director of Education, Director of Research, and other senior leaders in the development and implementation of educational, collections, and exhibit programs and initiatives.
  • Inform the planning and development of Capital Expansion exhibits and facilities.
  • Actively participate in the development and preparation of sponsorship, grant proposals and other revenue-generating proposals to support educational and collections initiatives.
  • Provide strategic management to the Curatorial Services Department by developing and managing the department budget; providing long range planning; representing the department at management, senior-management, and inter-departmental working group meetings; and assisting in the planning of meetings for the Board of Trustees and their respective Committees.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:
  • Master's degree in a discipline related to the American experience of World War II, including history, education, museum management or related field (Required)
  • 7–10 years of related experience in collections management. In addition, experience with major collections management systems and demonstrated knowledge of rights, reproductions, and licensing are required.
  • Previous supervisory experience, strong problem-solving skills, and excellent communication skills are a must.
Interested candidates should apply online at or by mail to 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

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This job posted by MERC from December 30 through March 31.

Executive Director
Historic Huguenot Street
New Paltz, New York, USA

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and to direct the planning, organization, collections, programming, fundraising, staffing, and operations of this 10-acre National Historic Landmark District. The site includes a Visitor Center, seven historic stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, eight other properties, exhibit and program spaces, archaeological sites, and a burial ground that dates to the very first Huguenot settlers in New York State.

Followers of theologian John Calvin, fleeing religious persecution in northern France, purchased 40,000 acres of land from the Munsee Native Americans in 1677. The Huguenot's first settlement, built with the contribution of enslaved Africans, was located on the banks of the picturesque Wallkill River in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. The Huguenot farm community soon integrated with Dutch inhabitants, and grew and prospered to become the vibrant town of New Paltz, NY.

Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the State of New York, and dedicated to protecting the historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of Native American, enslaved African, and European families from the seventeenth century to today. It is an exciting moment at Historic Huguenot Street as the organization is poised to become a progressive and provocative model for the renaissance of historic sites and museums across the country.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and serves as the chief executive officer of Historic Huguenot Street, providing strategic direction and establishing initiatives to reach new levels of growth and prominence locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

  • Direct and be responsible for the long-term preservation and growth of HHS's physical assets including buildings, grounds, artifacts and collections.
  • Assume full revenue and expense responsibilities including the development of annual budgets, financial planning and reporting, and fundraising activities.
  • Grow and diversify funding sources and develop ongoing relationships with government, foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
  • Direct and oversee HHS's cultural, educational, and public programming.
  • Direct and oversee HHS's public relations and marketing initiatives to increase public awareness and visitation to the site; develop an effective communications plan to raise the profile of HHS.
  • Lead, manage and motivate a staff of 15 full-time and 12 part-time and seasonal staff members, and volunteers.
  • Engage the constituents and community as the chief spokesperson of HHS and continue to establish strong partnerships in order to enhance HHS's public image to expand interest and support.
  • Direct and maintain the highest guest service standards for visitors and supporters of HHS.
  • The ideal candidate will have at least 7-10 years' of progressively responsible leadership experience in museums, historic sites, or in related cultural organizations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and best practices of historical sites or museum management, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
  • A track record of proven fundraising and working with boards to identify and expand resources.
  • Meaningful experience at organizations with budgets of at least $1 million or more.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with community leaders, constituents, and stakeholders to represent and advance the organization.
  • Evidence of managing, nurturing and developing professional staff.
  • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence.
  • A deep commitment to the public dimension of museums and cultural organizations.
  • Familiarity with and interest in the Hudson Valley region preferred.
  • BA required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Competitive salary, excellent benefits and work environment.
For further information please visit the Historic Huguenot Street website at

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Geri Thomas, President, Thomas & Associates, Inc.,

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This job posted by MERC from December 29 through January 30.

Executive Director
Shirley-Eustis House Association
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Shirley-Eustis House, an historic house museum built by Massachusetts Royal Governor William Shirley in 1747 at 33 Shirley Street in Boston, Massachusetts (Roxbury) seeks to hire an accomplished and visionary Executive Director (ED).

The ED role includes five primary areas of responsibility: 1) Leadership and Management; 2) Development and Fundraising; 3) Programs; 4) Communications; and 5) Internal Operations. The ED works under the direction of the Board of Governors (BOG) and in concert with the Board President and Board Committees to carry out the Museum’s mission.

The ED will collaborate with public, private, academic, and community organizations to engender knowledge of, support for, and cooperation with Shirley-Eustis House.

Requirements / Qualifications
  • A demonstrated interest in American and regional history and the education of the public in this field. This may be shown by academic credentials and/or previous professional experience.
  • MA or equivalent professional experience. At least 5 years of senior management experience in a leadership role, ideally with volunteer-based nonprofit organizations.
  • Proven fundraising leadership experience preferably with annual appeals and capital campaigns with demonstrated success in grant writing.
  • Community outreach and public relations experience.
  • Proven ability to work harmoniously and productively with staff and volunteers.
This position is full time and reports directly to the Board President and Executive Committee.

For further information and a complete job description please visit

Please submit cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to:

Search Committee
Shirley-Eustis House Association
c/o J. Archer O'Reilly III
160 Thorndike Street
Brookline, MA 02446

or submit in PDF format by e-mail to

No telephone inquiries please.
CV/Resumes will be accepted until January 21, 2017.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
A benefit package is included.

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This job posted by MERC from December 21 through January 30.

Children's Museum of St. Tammany
Covington, Louisiana, USA


The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany is hiring a Director for its first stop at Kids Town. Kids Town is located at the Koop Drive Trailhead in Mandeville. We are looking for an organized and energetic multi- tasker who loves working with people and young children. The job requires availability Tuesday-Saturday and is a full time position.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Plans and manages the business operations of Kids Town
  • Assigns, monitors, and schedules the Kids Town staff
  • Supervises the development , construction and upkeep of Kids’ Town exhibits and facility
  • Plans and facilitates educational programming at Kids’ Town
  • Maintains field trip and story time sessions
  • Develops, monitors and controls budget expenditures
  • Prepares payroll and manages staff operations
  • Manages fundraising activities for the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany and Kids Town
  • Seeks and lobbies for private, state, and federal grants in conjunction with the CMST Finance Committee
  • Marketing
Requirements and qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education, business management, museum sciences, child development, parks and recreation administration, tourism, or related field
  • Experience in managing an educational, business, or non-profit organization
  • Knowledge of personal computers, Microsoft Office Suite, and the ability to learn new technologies
  • Ability to multi-task
At the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, we want only the best of the best! If you meet the above requirements and are a self-motivated individual with a proven record of excellence in your past endeavors, apply today! Send a resume and cover letter, including at least three professional references to

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This job posted by MERC from December 17 through March 18.

Executive Director
Los Altos History Museum
Los Altos, California, USA


The Executive Director (ED) provides inspirational leadership to engage and motivate Los Altos History Museum staff, board, volunteers, and the broader community.  Most importantly, the ED understands and demonstrates a passionate appreciation of the museum’s role as an active community cultural and educational resource. 

The ED role includes five primary areas of responsibility:  1)  leadership and management; 2)  development and fundraising; 3)  programs; 4)  communications; and 5) internal operations.  The ED works under the direction of the Board of Directors (BOD) and in concert with the Board President and Board Committees to carry out the Museum’s mission: History inspires imagination, stimulates thought and transforms society.  The Los Altos History Museum (LAHM) preserves and shares our local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future. 

Leadership and Management

Work closely with the Board to set a strategic vision, to identify priorities and goals, and to monitor the progress towards achieving those priorities and goals.
  • Ensure that processes are in place to evaluate the impact of Museum programs, services, and operations; make improvements when appropriate, and identify new solutions to meet changing needs.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, as well as committee chairs and other volunteers to help the committees accomplish their objectives, while adhering to LAHM policies and strategic vision.
  • Provide operational support for Board projects and serve as primary liaison between Board and staff.
  • Collaborate with other organizations that share common community goals and seek new opportunities to expand such collaborations.
  • Hire staff based upon the identified priorities and goals approved by the Board of Directors
Development and Fundraising

As the museum’s leading development executive, the Executive Director is responsible to ensure a sustainable financial base for the museum including the establishment of strategies, plans and goals, donor cultivation, stewardship and recognition.
  • Work closely with the Board to advance donor relations and to develop and to implement effective fundraising efforts.
  • Conduct ongoing grant research opportunities and writing of grant applications to foundations, corporations, and community organizations; submit required progress reports to those organizations. 
  • Develop a strategy for the Annual Campaign, including the Impact Report and appeal letters.  Provide the necessary research and leadership in anticipation of a capital campaign.
  • Coordinate solicitation of major gifts from individuals and event sponsorships.
  • Coordinate staff support for museum fundraising events and educational/cultural programs. 

Provide leadership and guidance to staff and volunteers related to the strategic direction and management of museums programs.
  • Oversee Exhibit staff and the Program Committee to ensure delivery of high-quality programs and services that are aligned with the organization’s mission and core values. 

Oversee the creation and implementation of marketing strategies to strengthen community perception and support.
  • Develop a communications plan for print and electronic communications (newsletter, email blasts, brochures, advertisements), etc. as well as oversee the management of the website, social media and other public outreach. 
Internal Operations Management

Responsible for all the internal operations of the museum.
  • Work with the Finance Committee and the Board to prepare an annual budget to ensure that the organization works within the budget guidelines.  Help evaluate budget needs and controls.
  • Oversee facilities rentals to ensure rentals remain a viable source of funding.
  • Work with the Facilities Committee to develop an annual Facilities Maintenance schedule to ensure repair and maintenance of all LAHM structures, trees and gardens on the property.  Maintain a relationship with the City Manager of Los Altos to help ensure timely attention to maintenance requests.
  • Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations. 
  • Work with the Finance Committee to present current and accurate Financial Reports to the Board at monthly Board meetings.
  • Oversee on-time completion of all financial and tax forms.
  • Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 
  • MA in Museum Studies or equivalent museum field.  At least 5 years of senior management experience in a leadership role, ideally with volunteer-based nonprofit organizations.
  • Proven fundraising leadership experience preferably with annual appeals and capital campaigns.
  • Experience in property management facility rentals preferred.
  • Community outreach and public relations knowledge experience.
  • Proven ability to work harmoniously and productively with staff and volunteers.
  • Financial management skills to efficiently operate the Museum.
  • Strong operational skills with ability to handle multiple simultaneous tasks.
  • Knowledge of state and federal employment regulations.
  • Strong interest in the trends and opportunities within the Museum field.
  • Eagerness to work with others about the mission of LAHM.
Reporting to the Board president and executive board.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Marilyn Henderson
Board President
Los Altos History Museum
51 South San Antonio Rd.
Los Altos, CA 94022

Please submit in PDF format by e-mail to
No telephone inquiries please.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
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This job posted by MERC from November 8 through February 7.

Director of Development
Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks a Director of Development to lead its comprehensive fund-raising program, ensure the stewardship of donors, and actively build and manage a growing department. The ideal candidate will have highly developed management ability, a proven track record in identifying, and cultivating high-level individuals for major gifts, creative ideas for corporate partnerships, and events and a have knowledge of planned giving. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are essential as well as strong computer and database skills; meticulous attention to detail; and with knowledge of the Nantucket Community preferred. Candidates with management experience in sales, marketing and relationship management in a business environment are also encouraged to apply. The Association offers a competitive salary and benefits program. Cover letter and names of three references 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 19.

The last update to this page was 1-12-17.