Director Positions

Executive Director
The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc.
Roanoke, Virginia, USA

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc., the Commonwealth’s Official Transportation Museum, is looking for an experienced Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities. You will be the face of the organization, responsible for: providing the proper strategic direction, engaging with potential donors and helping in all aspects of fund raising, implementing a high quality vision, guiding/helping with the day-to-day activities of this successful non-profit in all aspects of its business.

An excellent Executive Director is an individual who reflects a genuine passion for both his/her profession and the history of all modes of transportation. The proper candidate is an influential manager with abilities to be both a team player while also leading and motivating. This individual must have great communication skills and take a “macro” approach in working with the staff to manage the organization’s operations/resources. The goal is to manage and lead the organization towards the realization of its mission and to prepare it for an even stronger, brighter future.

The mission of the VMT is “to advance all modes of transportation across the Commonwealth, to celebrate and preserve the hard work and ingenuity of generations past, and to inspire current and future generations to value this industry which is essential to Virginia’s history, culture, and economic growth.”

  • Develop/implement the necessary strategies/actions to achieve the goals developed by the Board of Directors which promote the organization’s mission, presence, and “voice”
  • Create complete business plans for the attainment of goals and objectives set by the board of directors
  • Build an effective team of leaders by providing guidance and coaching to subordinate managers; provide annual performance assessments and goal-setting for all key staffers
  • Ensure adherence of the organization’s daily activities and long-term plans to established policies and legal guidelines
  • Actively participate in fundraising/donor cultivation, and development efforts
  • Forge and maintain relationships of trust with the officers and directors, all vital stakeholders/donors, and external authorities
  • Act as the public speaker and public relations representative of the Museum in ways that strengthen its profile
  • Regularly review reports by subordinate staff members to acquire understanding of the organization’s financial and non-financial position
  • Engage, cultivate, and secure community, statewide, and national private and governmental support
  • Proven experience as Executive Director or in other managerial positions
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities
  • Experience in developing (and implementing) successful strategies and plans
  • Ability to apply successful fundraising, development, and networking techniques
  • Strong understanding of financial matters and measures of performance
  • In depth knowledge of non-profit organizations governance/leadership principles and managerial best practices
  • An analytical mind capable of “out-of-the-box” thinking to solve problems
  • Being a team player while possessing outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and public speaking skills
  • A minimum of a BA/BS in business administration, management, or relevant/related field
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed, as well as a willingness to travel (with reimbursement for all VMT related expenses) occasionally during non-business hours
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This job posted by MERC from October 7 through January 7.

Artistic Director
The Center for Art in Wood
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The Center for Art in Wood seeks a dynamic and visionary Artistic Director to help lead the Center successfully into the next decade after our remarkable founding director steps aside in 2018. In 2021 the Center will celebrate its 35th Anniversary as one of the leading international non-profit organizations working to advance art in wood. The Center maintains a vital exhibitions program, has built a diverse collection including a library and archive, engages in publishing (on-line and in-print) and has established a widely respected international woodworking residence program. Housed in a newly renovated facility in Old City Philadelphia, the Center currently operates with a staff of seven and maintains a consistently balanced budget of under $1 million annually.

The successful candidate will have a passion for the arts and a solid record of achievements as a curator and arts manager with the ability to inspire the staff, the board, the wood art community and the general public. Minimum qualifications include: Master’s degree in art history, studio art, American studies, or material culture with at least five years of curatorial work in Wood Art, sculpture, contemporary craft or design. Experience in organizational leadership and fundraising is also required. Philadelphia is a nationally known center for craft and materials-based production and art education. The Artistic Director should also expect to build on the successful collegial and cooperative relationship enjoyed by the CAW with Philadelphia’s art schools, non-profit craft and design galleries, museums, artists and artisans.

In addition to offering conceptual leadership, the Director will oversee the exhibition program, the collecting focus, the residence program and the effective promotion of the Center’s activities. The successful candidate will also be an effective spokesperson and fundraiser who can work with the board and staff to maintain diverse streams of revenue to sustain the financial health of the Center. The position reports to the board of trustees who are committed to a fruitful partnership with the Artistic Director. The Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package appropriate for our budget size.

Candidates should submit a letter summarizing their background and interest in the position, along with a professional resume that supports his or her application. Application deadline is November 10, 2017.

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By mail

Attn: Mariko Perry, Search Coordinator
c/o The Center for Art in Wood
P.O. Box 60050
1500 JFK Blvd., Suite C31
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9997

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

Executive Director
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Wickenburg, Arizona, USA

Maricopa County Historical Society dba Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Executive Director
Exempt (Y/N): Y
Supervisor: Board Chair

Function of Position

The Executive Director is charged with conducting the affairs of the AAM Accredited and Smithsonian Affiliate Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. Directs efforts of 13 FTE and a dedicated volunteer corps of 100+ towards meeting the mission and goals of the institution in accordance with guidelines established by the Board of Trustees. The Executive Director interprets and applies the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees and directs the operations and activities of staff. Responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, directing, and managing all earned revenue, grants, financial gifts, donations of property and sponsorships from private and public sources within an annual operating budget of $1.5 million. Responsible for monitoring the progress of the institution and the staff in meeting the overall organizational objectives and initiatives in accordance with the mission and goals.

DCWM is a private 501c3 founded in 1960 and maintains a collection of over 15,000 pieces of art, historical artifacts and photographs representing the fine art and history of the American West. Its signature annual event Cowgirl Up! has garnered national attention for showcasing the work of women artists who work in the western genre. It serves over 65,000 visitors annually as a main draw to the historic downtown area of Wickenburg about 60 miles outside of the metro Phoenix area. The area is rich in tradition since territorial days from mining to ranching to art and today attracts tourists, winter residents and competitive team ropers to experience life in the real West.


Responsibility flows from the Trustees to the Museum Executive Director with the commensurate amount of authority and accountability to implement plans and programs to achieve desired results.
  • The Executive Director is an ex officio member of all Board committees and shall serve on said committees or appoint a staff member to do so.
  • Attend Board meetings and present monthly reports of Museum activities.
  • Coordinate, schedule and plan for all Board of Trustee and committee meetings. Prepare meeting notices and associated documents while ensuring accurate minutes are taken and filed.
  • Plan and implement annual Board of Trustees retreat.
  • Develop proposals for review and approval by the Board of Trustees, including current and long-range program and facility plans. Oversee implementation and attainment of short and long term operational goals.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with the Board of Trustees and provide information to assist them with decisions.
  • Encourage and develop Trustee’s participation in fundraising.
  • Provide assistance and instructions to enhance Board development.

Within the limits of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and policies approved by the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director is responsible for and has commensurate authority to accomplish the execution of the duties listed herein. The Executive Director may delegate as appropriate certain aspects of those responsibilities, along with corresponding authority. Ultimate responsibility and accountability for the operation of the Museum may not be delegated.

  • Provide the vision and personal leadership for the organization’s growth and development and to achieve the goal of prominence and recognition within the museum profession.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of integrity and high standards of professionalism in areas including, but not limited to, acquisition, preservation, research, interpretation, exhibitions, and security.
  • Responsible for keeping privileged information confidential and representing the Museum in professional circles and before the public in a manner that enhances the prestige and credibility of the Museum.
  • Develop and monitor strategies and initiatives to fulfill the Museum’s mission, increase audiences, and ensure financial stability and growth.
  • Approve the acceptance, on behalf of the Museum, of monetary and non-monetary donations. Recommend the acceptance of art and artifacts to appropriate trustee committees and Board of Trustees as per the collections management policy.
  • Manage through appropriate subordinate personnel the daily activities of all Museum departments.
  • Assist with development and implementation of overall marketing plans to promote the Museum and its programs.
  • Remain current on policies, laws, and accepted practices pertaining to the museum profession through involvement in professional groups and continuing education.
  • Participate in Museum public affairs and educational programs.
  • Write, edit, and proofread correspondence, memoranda, and reports.
  • Provide curatorial input on exhibitions, acquisitions, and artists to be invited for programs at the Museum.
  • Ensure that all programs are conducted in accord with applicable legal requirements.
  • Assist in planning and directing major Museum events, such as Cowgirl Up! and the heART of the West gala.
  • Perform research and assist curatorial staff with gallery guides, labels, or other related materials as needed.
  • Lead donor and member travel trips or delegate this task to an appropriate staff member.
  • Create annual and multi-year budgets: initiate, review, evaluate and present budget requests to the Finance Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Trustees. Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for adherence to operating and project budgets.
  • Oversee budget and monthly fiscal status reports.
  • Ensure employee payroll processes are carried out accurately.
  • Negotiate and maintain fine arts insurance policy for the collection, the liability insurance policy, Director’s, and Officer’s insurance, and medical, dental, life and long-term disability policies for employees. Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for adherence to the Board approved budget for these policies.
  • Oversee the annual external audit process for the Museum.

  • Play a key role in the fundraising activities of the organization, actively working with the Board of Trustees to meet financial giving, collection donation, campaign, membership, and sponsorship goals.
  • Develop long-term growth strategies for the Museum’s giving programs with a focus on support from individuals by identifying and cultivating prospective donors.
  • Solicit sponsors and underwriters for Museum exhibitions, special events, educational programming, publications, and other activities.
  • Periodically evaluate membership levels and benefits. Consider recognition, naming opportunities incentives and acknowledgments. Ensure fulfillment of benefits
Annual Appeal
  • Develop an Annual Appeal campaign each year, including drafting the materials, coordinating the production and distribution, recording donations, acknowledging gifts, reporting results, and analyzing results to improve future campaigns.
  • Develop and oversee a grant writing program for Museum activities.
  • Submit proposals for grants, sponsorships, or other financial support to prospective corporate, foundation, and/or governmental funders.
  • Track the progress of all proposals and ensure that all fulfillment and reporting requirements for grants and sponsorships are met.
Planned Giving / Capital / Endowment
  • Responsible for organizing and implementing a comprehensive gifts solicitation and implementation program. Responsible for establishing and maintaining a planned giving program, periodically reminding members, volunteers, and the public of these opportunities. Manage and direct the Museum’s capital and endowment campaigns while maintaining revenue streams for the annual operating budget.
Individual Gifts
  • With the aid of the Board of Trustees and the staff, identify key prospects and develop individualized strategies to request major gifts.
  • Work with the Curator to identify and solicit potential donors of collections items.
  • Host site visits or special fundraising events for prospective donors or existing funders as appropriate.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to potential grantors as needed, or coordinate with the Board of Trustees and staff to deliver presentations as appropriate.
  • Coordinate special programs, travel opportunities, and other activities for upper level members.
  • Ensure that all contributors have been thanked appropriately and in a timely fashion.
  • Publicize gifts to the Museum, in accordance with donor wishes.
Record Keeping / General
  • Direct the production and distribution of all solicitation materials.
  • Ensure that development records are reconciled with accounting records, kept confidential, and that processing and documentation of donations is done in accordance with IRS requirements.
  • Establish, maintain, and update individual donor, sponsor, and foundation files, databases, records, and/or other documents related to development.
  • Research and develop potential technology-based fundraising strategies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with professionals in the giving, financial, and estate planning communities.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new developments affecting donations, taxation of gifts, estate planning and the general philanthropic environment.

  • Responsible and accountable for all personnel actions involving staff and consultants. Direct, coordinate and monitor their work.
  • Ensure that employees understand the mission and goals of the Museum, maintain building and collection security, maintain building cleanliness, handle, and care for the collection appropriately, and project a warm and friendly attitude toward guests and fellow staff.
  • Approve personnel programs, procedures, and practices, in accordance with the Board of Trustee policies.
  • Add, eliminate, or alter job positions with Trustee approval if necessary.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings to ensure communication of information throughout the organization.
  • Oversee the human resource functions within the organization to include benefits, hiring, termination, employee review, employee goal setting, salary treatment recommendations, attendance records, training, and adherence to applicable laws, policies, and procedures for all staff.
  • Negotiate with, administer, and evaluate contractual employees and service providers, including, but not limited to, accounting, audit, insurance, tax returns, and information technology to ensure smooth operations within the organization.
  • Direct, through personal contact and delegation to other staff members, the utilization of docents and volunteers at the Museum.
  • Build and maintain excellent volunteer relationships.
Beyond the Museum
  • Serve as the spokesperson and advocate for the Museum, effectively representing the organization to community, professional, governmental, civic, and private agencies, enhancing the organization’s public image to expand interest and support.
  • Present lectures, participate on panels, or serve as a judge at Western art events to increase awareness of the Museum.
  • Attend Western art events to develop and build connections with artists, other museums, galleries, and collectors.
  • Attend appropriate professional meetings on national, regional, state, and local levels.
  • Develop positive relationships with museums, other institutions, and individuals to facilitate lending and/or giving opportunities.


Master’s degree in non-profit management, museum studies, history, art history or related field and minimum seven years museum or non-profit leadership experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Work Experience
  • Strong conceptual and leadership abilities required.
  • Must possess an understanding and appreciation of the importance of sound public and employee relations.
  • Prior experience in working with a governing board is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong knowledge of fundraising techniques.
  • Problem solving skills, delegation skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively network for organization and interact effectively with community, members/sponsors, and artists.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Technological competency, including use of Microsoft Office suite, collections databases, and fundraising software.
  • Knowledge of general business practices and accounting.
  • Experience handling personnel matters.
  • Knowledge of non-profit tax law.
  • Knowledge of planned giving.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Membership in appropriate professional organizations.
Working Conditions

Office environment, non-standard hours, generally within 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with extended hours and weekends probable. Overnight travel out-of-state may be required on a regular basis. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

The Museum is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, gender, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.


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

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.

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

The last update to this page was 10-7-17.