Director Positions

Executive Director
The Menokin Foundation
Warsaw, Virginia, USA

The Menokin Foundation seeks an ED to fulfill the dream of completing “the most engaging preservation project in America.” Oversee construction of the innovative Menokin Glass Project to preserve, protect and interpret the important 1769 house-ruin of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee. This project’s aim is not another historic-house museum, but a 21st-century model to connect the past to the present in innovative ways. Menokin is a National Historic Landmark property comprising both historic ruins and pristine conservation land. (

OPPORTUNITIES: Shepherd an ambitious programmatic vision, including history, architecture, archaeology, preservation, and land conservation, for the unique cultural and environmental resources that comprise the 500-acre Menokin property; guide a $7-million multi-year capital campaign.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Oversight of multi-faceted construction/renovation project; fundraising for the campaign and operations; institutional and project advancement, including strategic-planning and marketing; program development in education, outreach, community relations; operational, governance, and financial management.

THE REGION: Located in the history-rich, beautiful tidewater region of Virginia’s Northern Neck, 2 hours from DC, 1 hour from Richmond. Enjoy hiking, birdwatching, recreational waterways, and other historical sites (; Menokin_videos;

REQUIRED: 7+ years’ professional experience; historic-preservation background preferred; related B.A. (advanced degree preferred); fundraising experience; construction or renovation project experience a plus. See full qualifications/job description at: Apply by 3/25/16 to EOE. Nominations welcome.

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This job posted by MERC from February 10 through March 26.

Deputy Director
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art seeks a Deputy Director who will bring needed attention and focus to building an infrastructure that allows for increasingly efficient and effective operation of the Museum at this stage and moving forward. Simultaneously, this position allows for the Executive Director to focus externally, strategically, and on the curatorial in ways that ensure the Museum’s long term sustainability. This is a rich opportunity for a candidate who loves to bring their experience and expertise to this kind of organizational evolution with people and on the operational side. And to do so with a talented Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Staff in a supportive and dynamic community passionate about celebrating regional art and craft by living artists. Near term initiatives include creating and solidifying operational infrastructure, increasing earned revenue from retail, restaurant and rental operations, expanding staff and facilities, and improving technology and business systems.

Please visit Bainbridge Island Museum of Art at for a comprehensive Position Profile, application instructions and additional information about the organization.

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This job posted by MERC from February 4 through April 4.

Executive Director
Dunn County Historical Society
Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA

The Dunn County Historical Society is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. Formed in 1950, the Society seeks to discover, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the history of Dunn County and its role in Wisconsin, and to arouse interest in the past. The Society is headquartered in the Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum, located in Wakanda Park, Menomonie, Wisconsin. For additional information visit

The Executive Director will work directly with the DCHS President in all areas of the Society’s operations. The Executive Director will implement and oversee member, volunteer, and donor development, fundraising and grant writing, program and exhibitions development, collections management, and will supervise staff and volunteer activities. Developing and furthering successful fundraising efforts will be a key component of the Executive Director’s duties. The Executive Director will also assist the Board of Directors with strategic planning and the drafting and implementation of policy. A successful candidate must possess the requisite leadership, managerial, and technical skills to organize, supervise, and lead an existing team of staff and volunteers in the operations of the DCHS.

Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in history or a related field and experience working in museums or similar non-profit organizations.

Preferred Qualifications: A graduate degree in history or a related field and proven experience in leadership positions in museums or similar non-profit organizations. Demonstrated success in leading fundraising efforts is especially desired.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Executive Director Position
PO Box 437
Menomonie, WI 54751

Or via email to:

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

Director, University Art Museum
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The University of New Mexico seeks an energetic, visionary leader for the position of Director of the University Art Museum.

Located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico and one of the fastest growing in the Southwest, UNM is a Carnegie Very High Research University, a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, and the state’s flagship institution of higher learning. University Art Museum is a dynamic part of UNM and is first and foremost a teaching museum. Founded in 1963, the University Art Museum is the foremost teaching collection and the largest fine arts collection in the State of New Mexico.

The mission of the University Art Museum is to encourage an understanding and appreciation of art and its multiple roles in society by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art drawn from its permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. Through a combination of teaching, active research, public programming, and open conversation with members of the university community, as well as other communities that are local, regional, national and international in scope, the museum cultivates engaged, interactive learning about the arts.

Its particular strengths are in works on paper that include more than 10,000 prints (dating from the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493 to the present), 10,000 photographs and early cased objects (dating from 1843 to the present), and nearly 1500 drawings (dating from the 17th century to the present). The University Art Museum also holds the Tamarind Lithography Archives (over 6000 lithographs) and the Raymond Jonson Collection (over 2400 works by Jonson and other artists). Other collections include painting and sculpture from Europe and the Americas, African art and Mata Ortiz ceramics. Housed in the Center for the Arts, the recently renovated museum (15,700 square feet) has three floors of exhibition space, a state of the art collections vault for works on paper and an adjoining print seminar room, and a suite of administrative offices. For further information, go to

The Director of the University Art Museum reports directly to the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and will be responsible for developing and managing the museum’s annual budgets; coordinating and supervising 8 current staff members; overseeing and promoting the museum’s collections, including acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications; developing and implementing strategies for generating new resources; developing a long-range strategic plan and securing AAM accreditation; and representing the University Art Museum both inside and outside the university. Two of the University Art Museum’s major goals that the successful candidate must be able to effectively address are moving the institution toward accreditation and digitizing the collection.

Application can be submitted online at:

The University of New Mexico is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator.

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This job posted by MERC from January 15 through April 15.

National Border Patrol Museum and Memorial Library Foundation
El Paso, Texas, USA

The National Border Patrol Museum and Memorial Library Foundation (NBPM) in El Paso, Texas, seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial, and experienced Director. The museum honors the United States Border Patrol through its museum, library, educational programs, and related activities. The Director provides visionary leadership and coordinates partnerships and co-ventures with stakeholder groups.

Opened in 1994, at its present location, the NBPM is the official museum of the United States Border Patrol. It is located in northeast El Paso adjacent to the El Paso Archaeological Museum and the Frankin Mountain State Park. The 10,000 square foot facility features exhibit galleries, a research library and educational space. The museum has a large number of archival materials, pictures, and books that have been used by researchers studying the history of the Border Patrol and its role in enforcing Immigration laws and policies. The NBPM is a privately funded non-governmental 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with three full-time and 1 part-time employee and an operating budget of $275,000.

Historic El Paso has a population of approximately 700,000 and is adjacent to Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. It has been ranked the safest large city in the U.S. for the past four consecutive years. The El Paso-Juarez region has the largest bi-lingual, bi-national work force in the Western Hemisphere, and is the world’s largest international border community, with a population of over 2.6 million. El Paso is an educational center, the home of the University of Texas El Paso; and New Mexico State University thirty miles north in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Ft. Bliss is located in El Paso and is home of the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division, and one of the Army’s prime training locations.


The Director reports to the National Border Patrol Museum (NBPM) Board of Trustees, and the NBPM Board of Governor, serving as the chief executive officer of the NBPM. The Director:
  1. Provides a clear and strategic direction on activities relating to future growth potential and leadership by planning coordinating and directing activities of the museum.
  2. Aligns the NBPM strategic plan with the stated goals and objectives of the museum to achieve goals and objectives.
  3. Leads and empowers the NBPM staff to develop and implement exhibitions and museum programs characterized by quality, impact, efficiency and innovation.
  4. Works with the NBPM trustees and affiliated organizations to raise operating capital and endowment funding.
  5. Develops and submits an annual operating budget.
  6. Assumes responsibility for financial oversight and manage all professional and earned income operations.
  7. Establishes and cultivates strong partnerships within the community, the Border Patrol, local museums, and the city of El Paso.
  8. Establishes a successful marketing program to raise awareness of the NBPM as a regional, national, and international destination.
  9. Provides training and informative methods and procedures on the preservation of historical documents and photographs in accordance with museum preservation procedures.
  10. Ensure policies and procedures are compliant with Federal 501 (c)(3) statutes and NBPM policies, including compliance with auditing recommendations.
Applicants should
  • Possess a Master’s Degree in Museum Management, or alternatively in History, Anthropology, or American Studies with extensive core coursework in the museum discipline.
  • Document a minimum of three years of leadership and management experience in a museum setting demonstrating innovation and effective leadership.
  • Have interest in the US Border Patrol or similarly structured law enforcement or military organizations.
  • Document experience in fundraising, membership development, and familiarity with a capital campaign structure.
  • Document past experience working effectively with diverse stakeholders and in pursuing public/private partnerships.
  • Possess an open and transparent communications style.
  • Experience in developing and implementing master plans and strategic plans with trustees and stakeholders.
Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A benefit package (or annual benefits stipend) will be provided. *

Application Procedure

Please send (1) a letter of interest, (2) resume, (3) an official graduate transcript, documenting museum management coursework, and (4) three professional references to:


Attention: David B. Ham
  • An applicant accepted for the position will be required to submit to a background check and complete a physical examination.
  • Questions about this position may be directed to David Ham at
Position is open until filled.

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This job posted by MERC from January 15 through March 15.

Assistant Director
David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana, USA


The David Owsley Museum of Art is an 80-year-old university art museum housing a world art collection of encyclopedic scope with over 10,500 objects representing civilizations from six of the seven continents. DOMA balances exciting global contemporary and historical art exhibitions with engaging displays of the permanent collection in a rich, educational environment that serves both the university and the East Central Indiana region.

Assist the director in the day-to-day operation of the Museum of Art. Administer the museum’s university and foundation accounts; develop museum budgets; identify funding sources; assist in grant applications; maintain a donor list and organize fundraising events; supervise security guards and maintain key control and alarm maintenance; manage museum projects and repairs; assist with human resources, including the hiring and firing of student employees; direct publicity and publications, including advertising and awareness campaigns and publishing of museum material. Position supervises an Administrative Coordinator, student guards, interns, and temporary staff.

Minimum qualifications: bachelor’s degree; at least one year of nonprofit experience; facility with MS Office software.

Preferred qualifications: master’s degree; museum experience; supervisory experience; security experience; facility with financial and accounting software systems, such as Argos, Banner, and Kronos; advanced text editing, writing, and publication skills.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Send a cover letter, current resume, transcript copy of highest degree earned, and the names and contact information for three references to:

Robert La France, Director
David Owsley Museum of Art
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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

Executive Director
Museum and Railroad Historical Center
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

The Executive Director of The Museum and Railroad Historical Center is a full-time, salaried position that is responsible for the business management of The Museum and Railroad Historical Center, staff and all Museum and Railroad Historical Center assets. The Executive Director is the public face of the The Museum and Railroad Historical Center and the public spokesperson.

Duties include, but are not are not limited to:

  • Financial management, budget development and oversight
  • Oversee all expenditures and approve all invoices for payment.
  • Coordinate with the bookkeeper and treasurer to prepare monthly reports for the Board of Directors.
  • Work with the finance committee to prepare an annual budget to be approved by the Board.
  • Responsible for all assets of The Museum and RRHC. Develop and implement systems in accordance with best museum practices.
  • Insure policies and protocol is followed.
  • Insure proper maintenance, use, rental use and care of all properties, within budgetary constraints.
  • Recommend policies to the Board of Directors and ensures proper implementation of approved policies through the development of procedures.
  • Supervision of staff and contract employees, as well as volunteers. Supervise, direct and annually evaluate all paid staff.
  • Responsible for oversight of volunteer efforts on the behalf of the Museum and RRHC.
  • Continued effort in setting up the new Railroad Historical Center, and opening it to the public after renovation.
  • Oversee staff and operations. Recommend new policies for The Railroad Center as the site is further developed.
  • Oversee collections management and the development of permanent exhibits.
  • Oversee and evaluate the Program Director, who is in charge of programming, marketing, and temporary exhibit development.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop a long-term strategic plan for business development, exhibits and programs and implementation of those programs.
  • Research and apply for applicable grants. Maintain important public-private partnerships with city and county councils and administration.
  • Work with Board to identify sponsorship targets, prepare material and present opportunities to potential sponsors.
  • Play a major role in fundraising in partnership with the Board of Directors.
  • Manage on-going memberships and oversight of the administrative assistant’s Pastperfect use.
  • Work with the Board to plan and implement new member recruitment.
  • Work with the Board to implement an annual donor campaign.
  • Spokesperson for The Museum and RRHC, approving all public relations activities, press releases and marketing material, as well as community partnerships.
  • Serve as a member of all committees and provide assistance to committee efforts with staff and volunteer time. Direct Reports include 3-4 staff members, and 6-8 regular contractors.
The Executive Director is supervised by and reviewed annually by the Executive Committee. Master’s Degree in History, Museum Studies or a related field recommended.

For more information about The Museum and Railroad Historical Center please visit:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to:

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This job posted by MERC from January 4 through April 4.

New Mexico Historic Sites
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs seeks a Director for the New Mexico Historic Sites Division. The Director should have a demonstrated ability in the administration of complex organizations serving multiple community-based constituencies and audiences. At least three years of experience in a senior management position required; a Bachelor’s Degree required; and an advanced degree in preservation, history, anthropology, museum administration or related field is preferred. Candidate must have a successful record in strategic planning, grant-writing, staff supervision, and fundraising. This position is expected to have extensive experience with the development, management, and operation of an organization similar to the Historic Sites, a state funded entity. Knowledge of the Southwest’s history, architecture and multi-cultural traditions is desired.

The specific mission of the New Mexico Historic Sites Division is to preserve and protect the culturally significant properties designated as historic sites and to provide for their interpretation, use, and enjoyment by present and future generations, including education and outreach programs. The New Mexico Historic Sites consist of the following state-owned historic properties throughout the State of New Mexico:
  • Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo, Sandoval County
  • Jemez Historic Site in Jemez Springs
  • Ft. Selden Historic Site in Radium Springs, Doña Ana County
  • Ft. Sumner/Bosque Redondo Historic Site in De Baca County
  • Lincoln Historic Site in Lincoln County
  • El Camino Real Historic Trail Site in Socorro County
  • Taylor, Reynold, Barela, Mesilla Historic Site in Mesilla, Doña Ana County
  • Ft. Stanton Historic Site in Lincoln County
  • Los Luceros Historic Site in Rio Arriba County
This is a governor appointed position within the State of New Mexico and reports directly to the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Museum Board of Regents. It offers a competitive salary with generous benefits and retirement package. The pay range is from $82,000 to $87,000.

With its eight museums, nine historic sites, arts, historic preservations, archaeology, and library programs, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is among the most ambitious state cultural agencies in the nation.

The position will be based in Santa Fe with required travel to each of the Historic Sites on a frequent basis.

Detailed curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and three references must be received by February 18, 2016 to:

Monica Roybal
Department of Cultural Affairs
New Mexico Historic Sites
725 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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This job posted by MERC from January 2 through February 18.

Chief Operating Officer/President
Go For Broke National Education Center
Los Angeles, California. USA

Go For Broke National Education Center ( located in the Little Tokyo Historic District of Los Angeles, was founded in 1989 to celebrate the values of democracy and inspire the world through the virtues of the Japanese American WWII Veterans.

We are looking for a President/Executive Director with that kind of passion and boldness to lead the Go For Broke National Education Center…to build on its success, but moreover, to inspire a new generation of courageous people to “Go For Broke” by heeding the call and opportunity to reflect this courage to protect against social injustices that cross racial, ethnic, gender, religious boundaries.

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This job posted by MERC from December 7 through March 7.

Executive Director
Foothills Art Center
Golden, Colorado, USA

Leadership Opportunity – Executive Director

Foothills Art Center, the first community arts center in the Golden and Jefferson County area, was founded in 1968 by Golden community watercolor artists.

Foothills Art Center seeks innovation and excellence in an artistic program that focuses on fine craft and design. Through its exhibitions and education programs, Foothills Art Center challenges the distinctions traditionally made between fine art and craft and emphasizes the ideas behind the artwork rather than following strict media categories.

An average of 15,000 - 20,000 visitors come through our doors each year. These visitors generate an estimated $1.33 million to the artists by supporting their livelihood through promotion of their work in exhibition spaces, our gift gallery and studios. We also conduct more than $250,000 in transactions for consignment sales and contracts for workshops and summer camps.

Foothills Art Center employs nine staff and engages over 100 volunteers who donate thousands of hours each year to support our mission. With an operating budget of more than $750,000, Foothills Art Center supports businesses throughout the community and region.

Our vision is to present a dynamic program of exhibitions, installations, and publications acknowledged regionally for their excellence. Foothills Art Center will be recognized as a vibrant institution that is embraced as an indispensable element of community life and a vital educational resource for an expanding audience.

Executive Director Position Overview
The Foothills Art Center is well positioned for growth and improvements in its programs. The Board of Foothills Art Center now seeks an experienced, visionary Executive Director who can lead the organization through its next chapter of development and impact. We feel this is an exciting opportunity and a chance to make a significant contribution to the organization and the community.

The Executive Director has a critical role in establishing the vision and strategic planning needed to achieve short and long term goals for the Foothills Art Center. He or she collaborates with key stakeholders including the Board of Directors, staff, consultants, members, donors, artists, businesses and community leaders. The Executive Director works with the Board to sustain Foothills Art Center through careful planning for fundraising, programming, and financial reporting and is the primary spokesperson for the organization.
The Executive Director oversees operations and delegates responsibilities to staff appropriately. Qualifications
We seek an experienced, talented, results-minded leader who understands and values the visual arts. Specific qualifications include the following:

Commitment to Mission
  • Authentic commitment to and knowledge of the arts, especially fine craft, through exhibitions and education programs in a community setting. Direct experience in managing arts organizations preferred.
  • Understands the relationship between fine craft, education, entrepreneurship, and business development.
  • Understands the role of enterprise in an arts and nonprofit organization.
  • Desires to participate in the cultural landscape and to advocate for increasing the influence of art in the community through vehicles such as arts districts and cultural alliances.
  • Passion to advocate for the arts in community, business, government and educational settings.
  • Proven experience in building and maintaining strong relationships with community members and able to create alignment between community and organization interests.
  • Knowledge of building and delivering effective arts education programs preferred.
  • Available for extended hours including exhibition and Holiday Art Market previews (five per year), early morning meetings for monthly Downtown Merchants Association and Visit Golden, and networking opportunities with business and civic organizations.
Leadership and Management Skills
  • Minimum seven years’ experience in a leadership role with a nonprofit or private sector organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise money from individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources. Strong business acumen and experience in driving business results.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic vision for an organization.
  • Experience with engaging relevant stakeholders in an organization’s vision including donors, members, volunteers, and artists.
  • Experience with capital campaign management desired.
  • Ability to lead an organization and develop board members, staff, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and developing staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, effective relationships with community members.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, plan, direct, and coordinate operations.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to work extended hours, evenings and weekends and to handle administrative tasks.
Additional Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred.
  • Agile with a wide variety of software including standard office and presentation functions, fundraising, communications, social media, point of sale, and accounting software.
We are looking for an executive who knows how to lead organizations to achieve their potential, who values community connections, and who can work collaboratively with board and staff members. We value people who are creative, committed, diligent, and passionate about our work. A sense of humor and a teamwork orientation are important hallmarks of our culture.

Detailed information about job responsibilities can be found in the Executive Director Job Description posted on our website:

How to Apply
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for this role by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at All applications are to be submitted electronically.

Foothills Art Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from November 13 through February 14.

Charleston Marine Life Center,
Charleston, Oregon, USA

The University of Oregon seeks a Director for the Charleston Marine Life Center, a newly built museum, aquarium and outreach center located on the campus of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston Oregon. This is a fixed term, 12 month, officer of administration appointment.

Essential functions
The Director of the Charleston Marine Life Center (CMLC) oversees the day to day management of the CMLC’s operation, budget and finance, plans the design and presentation of formal and informal education programs and exhibits, using current museum-based pedagogy and free-choice learning to assure that the CMLC is effective in reaching its target audiences.  The Director coordinates and supervises volunteers and interns, supervises any CMLC employees, raises funds for CMLC improvements and maintenance, and spearheads community outreach and K-12 education programs for the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB).

Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters or Ph.D. in Biology, Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, or a related field. 
  • 2 or more years of supervisory and budgetary experience.
  • 3 or more years experience with developing and presenting educational programs, outreach products, and exhibits that reach formal and informal audiences.
  • At least one year of experience working with volunteers and interns.
Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated fund raising and/or grant writing experience. 
  • Management or curatorial experience in a natural history museum or public aquarium.
  • Familiarity with the latest literature on museum-based pedagogy, free-choice learning and related fields to ensure that the CMLC is effective in reaching its target audience.
  • Experience with web-site design (e.g. Wordpress), photography and computer graphics. 
  • Experience working with community organizations, including K-12 schools.
Position is subject to criminal background check.

See announcement at for complete description of position and application procedures.

The UO is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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This job posted by MERC from November 9 through February 10.

The last update to this page was 2-10-16.