Director Positions

Director, Sponsorship and Corporate Giving
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California, USA

Position Summary
This position is responsible for raising budget-relieving funds via Corporations in support of the Natural History Family of Museums. Primary responsibilities include identification, cultivation, strategic proposal development, solicitation and stewardship/benefit fulfillment of/for corporate sponsorship, philanthropy and membership programs. This position is highly collaborative across Museum departments and requires creativity, strategic thinking and excellent communication and sales skills. The Natural History Museum is seeking applicants who have worked with a diverse community.

Responsibilities, Duties and Functions
  • Sets and meets annual revenue goals with VP, Annual Giving for robust Corporate Sponsorship, Corporate Philanthropy and Corporate Membership programs.
  • Oversees and manages all aspects of the Corporate Sponsorship program, including prospect identification, strategic proposal development, sales, fulfillment of benefits and ongoing stewarding of relationships. Also facilitates inter-departmental steering committee that reviews prospects and proposals for alignment with NHM mission and branding.
  • Directs all aspects of the Corporate Philanthropy program, including prospect identification, grant writing, stewarding of relationships and reporting. Also maintains deadline and renewals calendar.
  • With Manager, Grants and Foundations, directs and supports all aspects of the Corporate Membership program, including prospect identification, materials, benefit fulfillment, stewarding of relationships and reporting. Also maintains renewal calendar.
  • Manages the Corporate Coordinator to ensure fulfillment of Corporate Sponsorship obligations, record keeping and reporting. Co-manages the Manager, Grants and
  • Foundations in conjunction with the Director, Foundation Giving.
  • Develop strong relationships with curators and senior staff across Museum. Externally, connect key decision makers in the corporate community with the Museum.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Five years’ experience in comparable function with history of success
  • Proficiency in MS Office and knowledge of database preferred
  • Excellent credit score at hire and maintained throughout employment
  • Valid California Driver’s License or ability to utilize an alternative method of transportations needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
  • Strategic thinker; translates organizational vision to individual goals; monitors implementation of goals and adapts to changes in circumstance.
  • Ability to assess and solve complex problems across departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others both internally and externally.
  • Excellence in oral and written communication.
  • Must possess initiative, strong work ethic, good judgement and professionalism.
  • Able to oversee one or more departments, ensuring successful performance in ongoing functions and compliance with human resources procedures.
  • Experience developing programs budgets and monitoring their implementation.
  • Prioritizes work independently to meet deadlines without reminders.
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This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 22.

Ruth and Hartley Barker Director
Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), is one of the nation’s largest, most active, and most diversified historical societies with world-class collections. It was founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became a state, and is the oldest publicly funded historical society in the United States. Throughout its more than 170 years, the Society has been a trusted source of historical information.

The WHS’s mission is to connect people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing stories. By providing a powerful connection to the past, the Society encourages everyone to learn from earlier generations. The WHS shares its staff, collections, and services in ways that captivate and respect its diverse audiences.

The Society’s programs include a major national research and genealogical library and archives that include the largest North American History collection in the United States; a network of 12 historic sites and museums throughout Wisconsin that attract over 300,000 visitors annually; a statewide historic preservation program that produced over $250 million in construction and 4,551 jobs in 2016 through the Society’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit programs; and a statewide program of publications, school services and local history that includes over 400 history-related programs annually.

The Society is a state agency, membership organization and public, nonprofit institution. As a state agency, the WHS’s state funding and permanent positon authority is set by the legislature through the state budget process. The WHS, however, is unique from other state agencies in several ways. First, it is governed by a Board of Curators, which appoints the Society’s director. Second, the WHS has statutory authority to contract with private, 501(c)(3) organizations. Third, a significant percentage of the WHS’s budget (approximately 41%) is supported by gifts, grants, and earned income.

The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society is the chief executive officer for the organization and is appointed by the 36-member governing Board of Curators. The Director has full authority and accountability for the judicious management of the Society, including its collections and interpretive programs as well as its financial and human resources. She/he will interact with the Board’s Chair and Executive Committee on a regular basis to review progress toward achieving stated goals and objectives and, in general, will keep members of the Board informed.

The future Society Director must have a passion for history and be its champion everywhere. The new director’s qualities must enhance the Director’s position, burnish the Society’s reputation and enhance the Society’s legacy to Wisconsin and to the nation.

Candidates for the position of Director should (1) possess personal strength and purpose to aggressively lead a complex organization, yet delegate with trust; (2) respect, honor and inspire donors and staff; (3) maximize government and citizen support and participation; and (4) continue to hold high the Society's national prestige and influence.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please visit

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

Executive Director
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA

Job Type: Full Time
Entry Level: No
Min. Education: Bachelor’s
Updated: 7/18/17
Salary: Commensurate with experience


The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is currently conducting a search for its next Executive Director. Since its founding in 2013, The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (formerly known as the Fort Smith Art Center) in Fort Smith, Arkansas has been recognized as an organization dedicated to showcasing the visual arts and to foster an appreciation of all art for all people through programs, exhibits and open discussion.

The purpose of the Museum is to be a dynamic institution alive with activity; a welcoming, entertaining, and engaging organization that is vital to the community; and a place where Fort Smith regional residents and visitors receive professional, high-quality fine arts exhibits, programs and classes. Our goal is to provide the community a life-long experience with the visual arts.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum seeks a dedicated individual as its new Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees through the President and works closely with all standing and ad hoc committees of the Board.

His/her primary responsibilities are providing leadership and developing the vision; strategic planning and implementation of the Museum’s programs, including exhibitions and classes, youth programming, developing and implementing fundraising strategies and ensuring financial stability; and engaging the Museum’s patrons and the community at large.

Job Responsibilities

These responsibilities are not intended to be all-inclusive. The Director will also perform other reasonably related museum duties as assigned.
  • Be responsible for leading Fort Smith’s only art museum into its next, successful chapter.
  • Recruiting, hiring and firing, and daily supervision of all full and part-time staff and volunteers.
  • Financial management, including developing an annual budget and ensuring that income, expenses and overhead operations are held within expected guidelines.
  • Fundraising, including working with the staff to develop membership campaigns, identifying foundation and governmental funding sources and writing grants; working with the staff to develop a corporate solicitation strategy and supervising the implementation of that strategy.
  • Oversees the development of vibrant arts and educational exhibits and educational programs, implementation and evaluation including budgets for each program. Oversee community outreach programs and classes for adults and children as well as all special events. Administer the master calendar to ensure that the Museum is properly staffed.
  • Oversee the organizations public image including approval of all printed material relating to the Museum – from supervising the writing and design of membership brochures, to writing the newsletter, advertisements and any other marketing materials including oversight of the webpage and all other electronic media.
  • Promote the Museum’s purpose and programs in the community and surrounding areas through public appearances. Represent the Museum at national and regional conferences or other events. Serve as the chief spokesperson and press liaison for the Museum.
  • Identify community needs and work with the staff and Board in the development of an annual plan of action, including determination of goals and methods for evaluating progress.
  • Work with volunteers to ensure that they understand their roles at the organization, are informed of information pertaining to the Museum and that they receive the proper acknowledgment and recognition for their efforts.
  • Build constructive, collaborative relationships with Board members, community individuals and organizations, artists and current and future donors.
  • Act as liaison with the Board, supervise preparation of materials for Board meetings and maintain master Board minute files.
The successful candidate will have:
  • High energy, strong motivation, outstanding time management, entrepreneurial spirit and a hands-on work ethic.
  • Achieve accreditation for the museum
  • Actively communicate with our benefactors, keeping them informed
  • A Bachelor’s degree in an arts-related discipline or equivalent related experience is required. A Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience at a museum or other cultural institution at a leadership level with a successful track record in areas such as: fundraising, administration, collections management, exhibition and program development.
  • Significant knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American art.
  • Successful experience in substantial fundraising, which includes expertise in recognition and stewardship of donors.
  • Sound financial planning experience including not-for-profit financial management.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; demonstrated achievement in team building; effective and articulate in advocating for the arts to diverse constituents.
  • Managerial experience
  • Excellent computer skills, including the ability to work efficiently with technology, specifically Mac computers, Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested Individuals should submit:
  • Resume
  • 3 references
Send to: Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
1601 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901

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This job posted by MERC from June 29 through September 28.

The last update to this page was 8-23-17.