Director Positions

Director of Education
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Skokie, Illinois, USA

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (IHMEC) is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.

Reporting to the Vice President of Education and Exhibitions, the Director of Education provides leadership to the Education department and supervises all educational initiatives, programs and trainings that include: student tours, teacher professional development, leadership programs (students, law enforcement, and attorneys), teaching trunk program, docent volunteers and enrichment, Survivor and Second-generation Speakers’ Bureau, all public programming and special projects.

We seek a dynamic candidate with a passion for human rights and Holocaust education. Knowledge of the Holocaust, genocide, and/or human rights is needed. Prior experience developing innovative and creative programs that are presented in attractive and comprehensible ways to different public audiences is required.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work with and lead a staff in the development and implementation of education and outreach programs. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer and have grant writing experience and knowledge of other funding strategies.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of seven or more years of management and leadership experience, conducted in museums, historic sites or other appropriate settings preferably in the area of education. A minimum of a B.S. or B.A. in education, public history, museum studies or related field of study is required. Graduate study is preferred.

Applications and nominations are being received by Noetic Search. Please click here to submit a current resume and letter of introduction. For more information, please see our website at or the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center website

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This job posted by MERC from November 19 through February 18.

Executive Director
California Automobile Museum
Sacramento, California, USA

General Job Description: The CAM Executive Director is the chief executive officer and “face” of the Museum, responsible for fiscal leadership and general management and operation of the museum, including programs, partnerships, budget, fundraising, public relations, recruiting and marketing.

The ED works closely with the Board of Directors, staff, docents, and volunteers to develop, articulate, and implement the strategic direction of the Museum in order to accomplish the Museum’s mission.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Managing all aspects of museum operation, including budgets, finances, programs, staff, and the physical plant, in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Developing fundraising strategies, including capital campaigns, that bring in additional outside revenue from public, corporate, foundation and individual sources, and effectively balancing income and expenditures to assure the financial health of the Museum.
  • Increasing local and regional public awareness of the mission and programming offered by CAM in order to attract visitors, donors and volunteers to the Museum.
  • Interacting with the Sacramento community, including patrons, donors, CAM members, exhibitors, car clubs, schools, civic organizations, local and state government, docents and volunteers, to ensure CAM reflects their needs and that its contributions are recognized.
  • Developing a vision to move the Museum ahead while preserving the traditional qualities from which the Museum has derived its success.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Museum Studies, Business Administration or related degree.
  • Proven ability to organize and manage a budget, monitor on-going financial performance, and demonstrated success in fundraising and implementing a capital campaign.
  • Significant experience as a leader or manager within a public museum or non-profit with a comparable budget, or demonstrated management, analytical, and planning skills that provide a potential to grow into this profile.
  • Superior communication skills, and the ability to work with, implement policies of, and report to the Board of Directors to carry out the mission of the Museum and the vision of what the Museum is and can be.
  • Experience in managing a staff and dealing with human resources and related issues, including hiring, monitoring, evaluating, and terminating employees.
  • An appreciation of the automobile and its impact on our lives and history.
Additional Notes on the Position:
  • Reports monthly to the Board of Directors through the President of the Board.
  • Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check.
  • CAM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Equal Opportunity Employer
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This job posted by MERC from November 2 through February 1.

Executive Director
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Dennis, Massachusetts, USA

The Cape Cod Museum of Art, (CCMoA) with a mission to educate, inspire and excite the imagination of all through its outstanding collection and diverse exhibitions and programs, seeks a dynamic, outgoing Executive Director with experience in financial management and fundraising and an enthusiasm for art to lead the organization into the future as it prepares for its 4oth anniversary. The director will manage an enthusiastic and devoted staff of nine part-time and contractual employees and a dedicated group of 100+ volunteers and will manage an annual operating budget of $500,000. CCMoA has approximately 1,400 members and an annual visitation of about 18,000.

The Museum, founded by area artists in 1981 to preserve the work of Cape Cod’s finest artists and celebrate the distinctive artistic identity of the Cape, is a major hub of cultural creativity on the Cape. The Museum is situated in a beautiful campus-like setting that includes the Cape Cinema, a 1930s movie house that has been restored to its original glory, and the Cape Playhouse, which features seasonal live theater performances. CCMoA has seven galleries for its active exhibition program; the Weny Education Center and studio space; the Harry Holl Sculpture and Clay Studio; an auditorium, and a museum shop. The Yasuna Denny Sculpture Garden encourages visitors to explore the museum’s grounds. CCMoA is part of the Cape Cod Museum Trail, a consortium of museums in the region that work together to coordinate and publicize their organizations and events.

Essential Job Functions
  • Lead the strategic operation and administration of the organization. Provide creative visioning and effective leadership for all Museum program
  • Direct daily museum operations.
  • Oversee development and implementation of annual operating budget, monitor budget, and effectively manage resources.
  • Hire and supervise all paid and volunteer staff, ensuring that sound policies and procedures are in place and followed. Clearly define and manage the roles of staff, volunteers, and the Board to achieve CCMoA goals.
  • Oversee development, implementation, and promotion of programs, exhibits, special events, other activities.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board of Trustees and its chairperson. Attend all Board and Executive Committee meetings, and other committee meetings as needed. Keep the Board informed of all pertinent issues, and respond promptly and accurately to Board requests for information.
  • With the Communications Director, develop a marketing plan for the Museum and its exhibits and programs. Assist with writing appropriate promotional and educational materials as needed.
  • Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Museum to important external constituencies, including members of the Cape Cod arts and business communities, potential supporters, and the media. Establish and build strong, cooperative relationships, promote visibility, and effectively communicate the vision, values and programs of CCMoA.
  • Ensure that the Museum has a strong buildings and grounds management plan, including long-term and regular capital maintenance needs.
  • Strengthen existing and develop new sustainable funding sources for the Museum.
  • Advocate for the Museum with local, state, and federal governmental agencies and elected officials on issues that affect funding and legislation favorable to nonprofit arts organizations.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate exhibitions, programs, and collections.
  • Working with Exhibits Committee and staff, develop annual schedule of informative, engaging, and relevant exhibitions that will bring new visitors to the Museum while retaining the core audience.
  • With staff, contractual workers, and volunteers, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative programs and events for adults and children, with particular emphasis on attracting new audiences.
  • Supervise the acquisition, management, and care of CCMoA’s permanent collection.
  • Facilitate the acquisitions of new art works through gifts, bequests, and/or purchases. Present new works of art for approval or rejection by the Acquisitions Committee and the Board of Trustees respectively.
  • Give presentations and lectures that promote the Museum, the CCMoA’s permanent collection, and attendant scholarship to museum visitors and community groups.
Required Knowledge, Experience, and Abilities
  • Minimum of five years leadership experience in a museum or similar nonprofit organization preferred. Experience in/enthusiasm for the arts, familiarity with the workings of small organizations, and knowledge of best practices in museum management are desirable.
  • Degree in Museum Studies, Arts/Nonprofit Management/Administration, or similar field. B.A. required. M.A. preferred.
  • A track record as a successful fundraiser, including individual and corporate donor cultivation and asks, grant writing, and familiarity with key funding sources for museums. Successful at raising funds for general operations and special projects.
  • Knowledge of philanthropy on the Cape is beneficial but not required.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • An outgoing, sociable person who can relate to and engage a variety of people; enjoys meeting people, being the public face of the Museum, promoting it, and expanding its base of support.
For more information and a full job announcement, Contact Executive Search Consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at
- Applications must include cover letter, résumé, salary requirement, and names and contact information for three professional references.
- Application deadline: November 27, 2018.
- CCMoA is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from October 19 through November 27.

The last update to this page was 11-19-18.