Director Positions

Executive Director
Vermont Historical Society
Barre, Vermont, USA

The Vermont Historical Society (“VHS”) is seeking a dynamic visionary leader to serve as Executive Director of one of the nation’s oldest historical societies. Its administrative offices, library, exhibition galleries and collections are located in the historically significant Vermont History Center in Barre, Vermont. The VHS also operates a museum and bookstore in the state capital of Montpelier. VHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, a semi-annual scholarly history journal and numerous books on Vermont history. Its programs extend throughout the state. The organization’s signature event, Vermont History Expo, is held every other summer and features exhibitions from over 100 local historical societies from around Vermont that join the Society in a celebration of various aspects of Vermont’s special history.

The candidate should be a hands-on leader who works well with others. The candidate should have education and experience appropriate to the position and excellent presentation skills. Although an expertise in Vermont history is not required, a strong foundation in the history of the United States is important as is as a willingness to learn Vermont’s unique story. The VHS has an annual budget of nearly two million dollars, of which the State of Vermont supports approximately half. The Society has 16 employees, (13 full-time equivalents). The position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

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This job posted by MERC from July 30 through October 30.

Executive Director
Millicent Rogers Museum
Taos, New Mexico, USA


The Executive Director is responsible for managing a $750k, 24,000 visitor, 20,000 square foot museum of the arts and cultures of the American Southwest, located in Taos, New Mexico. He/she directly supervises five senior staffers and one contract finance officer. He/she reports directly to the President of the Board of Trustees.

BA and MA in appropriate field—history, education, anthropology, museums
3-5 years (minimum) senior management experience in a small museum or historic house museum
Skills in strategic planning, development, management, and knowledge/cultural sensitivity about Native American and Hispanic cultures.
Should have content knowledge of Native American and Hispanic Southwestern history and be able to speak clearly, accurately and sensitively about it.

  • Responsible for overseeing daily operations of the museum including final review of financial records, payroll, etc.
  • Responsible for Board management duties including scheduling Board and committee meetings, attending all such meetings as an ex officio member, reporting on a regular basis to the Board President on museum activities and serving as primary media person and spokesman for the organization.
Strategic Thinking
  • Responsible for coordinating and implementing the Board approved strategic plan.
  • Works with Board President on recruiting new Trustees. Responsible for overseeing new Board training.
  • Prepares the annual budget with appropriate staff and board members.
  • Ensures that reporting of the budget to actuals occurs on a regular basis.
  • Serves as primary point person with banks, investment fund manager and investment house
  • Approves all significant expenditures.
The Executive Director is the primary development officer for the museum and is expected to devote approximately 40% of his/her time to this. Duties include:
  • Establishing relationships with the private, corporate, foundation and government funding communities.
  • Serving as the primary contact with the Rogers family and the museum.
  • Ensuring that annual NM Arts grants are filed, funded, used and appropriately reported upon.
  • Overseeing all direct solicitations including membership, end-of- year giving, special gifts, web-based giving.
  • Serving as the primary contact, senior staffer and advisor for the Museum’s annual Turquoise Gala and the benefit Antiques show. This includes direct supervision of annual patron solicitations.
Physical Plant
  • Ensures that preventative maintenance and cleaning of the buildings and grounds occurs on a regular basis. This includes working with appropriate staff, contract vendors, local municipalities, and volunteers.
  • Develops all RFPs and conducts bidding for all work on the physical plant according to Board guidelines.
As direct supervisor of five senior staffers (store manager, curator, office manager, membership director and maintenance person) plus contract staff (finance officer), the ED is responsible for assigning tasks, supervising those tasks, conducting annual evaluations (and ensuring the same is done for second tier employees), enforcing/interpreting the personnel policy, and hiring/firing employees.

  • Has direct responsibility for formulating a marketing strategy (including maintaining consistency with established and approved messaging), securing advertising contracts for the museum, oversight of copy development and evaluation of the same.
  • Writes all press releases and serves as point of contact for reporters.
  • Serves as the official spokesperson for the museum and as such is available and prepared to speak about the museum at any time.
  • Works with relevant staff and establishes a calendar of events and exhibitions for the museum minimally two years in advance.
  • Serves as senior staffer when meeting and dealing with lenders, etc.
  • Serves as senior staffer and reviews all on-line publications. Coordinates directly with APP, SEO and other on-going projects for the museum
  • Writes a weekly blog for the MRM web page.
  • Writes copy for all eblasts and maintains a schedule of eblasts.
  • Serves as liaison to Altru (operations management system). Daily reviews and approves all deposits for store, museum and donations from Altru.
  • Schedules all training for staff on technology and ensures the MRM is compliant with all codes, laws and requirements regarding technology.
To apply, please email your résumé and references to Laurie Dunn, Vice President, Board of Trustees, at

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This job posted by MERC from July 8 through September 8.

Executive Director
Harbor History Museum
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA

The Executive Director is the full-time chief executive officer of the Harbor History Museum, a non-profit 501©3 organization, responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight of the museum by maintaining the strategic vision of the museum and carrying out a plan of work to achieve the museum’s mission. The Executive Director has the overall responsibility for the museum operations.


  1. Displays strong business acumen in order to plan, organize, direct, supervise and coordinate the operations and activities of the museum.
  2. Develop and maintain productive working relationships with the Board of Directors and work with the board to develop and carry out the strategic plan.
  3. Lead the Museum’s fundraising efforts and build personal ties with potential donors whose support will assure its future visibility.
  4. Maintain quality of operations and artistic oversight assuring a growing collection of mission-related artifacts, outstanding exhibits, and engaging programs.
  5. Provide strategic vision for the organization including short-term, mid-term, and long-term planning.
  6. Ability to develop specific goals and milestones in order to track the Museum’s progress in achieving short and long term goals
  7. Support, advise and inform the board of operational and environmental circumstances affecting the museum. Work with the board to ensure the museum’s success.
  8. Develop organizational budgets, monitor financial status, and work with the board to ensure financial sustainability for the museum.
  9. In coordination with the Marketing and Communications Manager and Development direct implement a marketing program that builds on the Museum’s reputation as a major regional cultural center.
  10. Serve as museum spokesperson to the local community, the media, and the regional heritage community.
  11. Oversee Shenandoah restoration process and related collections management strategies.
  12. Build and maintain close ties with constituents important to the future of the Museum including elected officials, state and local grant agencies, tourism officials and businesses, and current and potential donors.
  13. Executive Director should exhibit leadership skills that foster good morale and cooperation between staff, volunteers, and board.
  1. Lead regular strategic planning and execute goals outlined in the plans;
  2. Work with the Museum Manager, Marketing and Events Coordinator, and Office Manager to implement and review fundraising goals and strategies;
  3. Meet or exceed departmental fundraising goals approved by the Board of Directors;
  4. Design and manage annual fundraising campaign, maintaining a close, positive working relationship with the Marketing and Events Coordinator;
  5. Manage fundraising event goals and objectives by working closely with the Events Coordinator;
  6. Design and implement development initiatives, including annual fund campaigns, foundation and government grants, corporate gifts, fundraising events, and planned giving and membership programs in support of mission-aligned programs and projects;
  7. Conduct frequent face-to-face visits to develop pipeline of giving;
  8. Identify and secure new funding sources from private and public sources;
  9. Assist in developing a new legacy society for planned and deferred giving support of the museum
  10. Support the Grant Writer to identify grant opportunities and to maintain the Museum’s positive relationship with granting agencies. Conduct final edit of all grant applications and reports;
  11. Identify and secure sources for exhibition and event sponsorship;
  12. Work with the Office Manager to maintain accurate prospect and cultivation records in a sophisticated relational database;
  1. Oversight of the Marketing and Events Coordinator to design and implement a public relations strategy, including the use of social media campaigns;
  2. Consistently demonstrate excellent communication, effective listening, and a broad base of impressive interpersonal skills;
  3. Consistently display excellent verbal, writing, and editing skills;
  4. Demonstrate strong public speaking skills and the ability to craft persuasive oral and written presentations.

Development Director, Programs and Exhibits Manager, Office Manager

  • BA or equivalent 5+ years of relevant experience non-profit management or business management;
  • Experience in upper level development or management in a museum setting or equivalent.
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends on occasion.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Strategic planning and executive experience.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to represent the Museum well to a variety of groups.
  • Energetic and self-motivated team player.
  • Results oriented with clear sense of purpose of vision
  • Expert in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficient in PC platform.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Excellent work ethic and time management
  • Must display integrity and trust as this position is very visible within the community of Gig Harbor
  • Positive attitude to work with a great team!
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This job posted by MERC from July 7 through October 6.

Executive Director
Woodstock Artist Association & Museum
Woodstock, New York, USA

WAAM Mission Statement:
The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, founded in 1919, is a not-for-profit membership organization and application has been made for NY State chartered museum status. Its mission is to promote and foster the visual arts, art education, and artists through dynamic exhibitions and programs thus enriching and engaging the community. The WAAM is vital to the culture, history, and economy of the mid-Hudson region and beyond; its Contemporary Galleries, Permanent Collection, Archives, and Education Programs provide continuity, linking the past, present and future.

Position Available: WAAM seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director to advance the mission and agenda of the organization.

Responsibilities: The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of the WAAM working closely with and reporting to the President and the Board of Directors. The Executive Director directs and administers all programs, operations and policies in addition to supervising a professional staff of six and volunteers.

Primary areas of responsibility include:
  1. Strategic Planning – develops and implements the organization’s Strategic Plan and annual action plans in conjunction with the Board.
  2. Program Development and Management – develops, implements and supervises programs and services that are consistent with the organization’s mission and Strategic Plan and that meet the needs of the membership and other constituents.
  3. Fund Development/Grant Oversight and Fiscal Management – together with the Board develops and manages the fundraising and financial strategies of the organization; develops an annual budget for approval by the Board; oversees the management of all funds, consistent with the organization’s accounting system.
  4. Staff Leadership and Management – motivates and develops the professional staff; supervises and evaluates staff; coordinates work with Board committees, volunteers and partner organizations.
  5. Community Relations – develops effective working relationships within the community (both within the arts community and elsewhere) to ensure that the arts are represented in the community-at-large and for the constituency that the WAAM serves.
  6. Advocacy – serves as the chief spokesperson for WAAM in the community; articulates and communicates the value of the arts in improving the quality of life, and promotes community support of the arts and WAAM.
  7. Conducts all business at the highest standard of integrity ensuring that all activities are legal and ethical.
  • College graduate with 5-7 years business/management experience, preferably in a not-for-profit organization, including experience as an Executive Director
  • Experience in the arts a plus
  • Master’s degree is a plus
  • Knowledge of the Woodstock/mid-Hudson Valley arts community is preferred.
  • Proven record as a successful fundraiser
  • Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong planning, organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to positively motivate and develop staff, board and volunteers and build consensus.
  • Visionary and innovative thinker
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, staff, membership and other arts organizations
Hours: Permanent Part Time: 30 hrs/week.– Hours to be negotiated. Most hours will be weekdays but applicants must be available to work an occasional Saturday or Sunday and one Sunday morning per month for Board Meetings.

Procedure for Applying: Qualified candidates should e-mail a current resume and cover letter indicating interest in the position and salary requirements to:

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This job posted by MERC from July 2 through October 1.

Executive Director
Ellen Noel Art Museum
Odessa, Texas, USA

Opportunity to direct a vibrant AAM-accredited art museum in the wide-open high plains of the Southwest. The Ellen Noël Art Museum (“the Museum”), celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, has an expanding collection of 800 works of American art from 1850 to contemporary. With a purpose-built facility, highly professional approach, and energetic, well-trained staff of 12, this museum provides an opportunity to lead a $1M-annual-budget art museum and to try new ideas for a receptive Board, creative staff, and diverse visiting public. The West Texas Triangle consortium of five AAM-accredited museums in the region provides opportunities for collaboration.

The Board is open to candidates who direct a smaller museum or Kunsthalle or who are deputy directors, chief curators, curators with administrative experience, or education/engagement directors or other department heads with an art background and fundraising experience. Live in sunny climate in a friendly community in Texas oil country, where community leaders support the arts and expect the same high-quality exhibitions as the big-city museums. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Museum can borrow important artworks and traveling exhibitions, and the Museum also produces its own exhibitions, often with loans from private collections, national artists, and other museums. Free admission, educational programs for schoolchildren and lively events for young professionals and adults round out the program. The Museum also features a notable Sculpture & Sensory Garden for people with visual impairments (

  1. Lead a financially healthy, growing museum with a positive, can-do organizational culture and an eagerness to try new things and engage new audiences.
  2. Provide a strategic vision for the Museum as it enters its fourth decade.
  3. Bring to fruition a proposed expansion of the museum that is now in the discussion phase.
  4. Be a mentor for a talented young staff of professionals.
  5. Collaborate with civic and cultural leaders on Imagine Arts, a cultural master plan for Odessa.
  6. Be a member of the West Texas Triangle, an innovative consortium of five museums that share ideas, exhibits, and promotional opportunities.
  7. Make a mark and leave a legacy within five years at a museum constantly trying new ideas.
  8. Work, live, and engage in Odessa, a friendly community, a city with a small-town feel, passionate arts supporters, and an affordable cost of living.
The Executive Director provides administrative leadership and oversight, including leading and empowering a talented team of 12 professional staff and 40 volunteers to execute operations, enhancing the quality of programs and collections, cultivating donors, and growing financial resources. Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors and working in partnership with the staff, the Executive Director is responsible for the intellectual and programmatic direction of the Museum and collaborates with staff, community leaders, donors, collectors, industry contacts and others to implement a vision aligned with the mission and priorities. Responsibilities include oversight of external and community relations, audience development and participation, fund development, strategic planning, and overall internal operational, financial, and administrative responsibilities. He/she maintains a positive, team-spirited, respectful institutional culture, which balances the diversity and vibrancy of the West Texas community and the museum’s exhibitions and programs with the efficacy of best practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact. He/she oversees the assets and budget to achieve an appropriate balance among all sources of revenue, earned and philanthropic. He/she thinks creatively and strategically to cultivate and develop new sources of revenue while maintaining and increasing the support of existing donors.

Primary Responsibilities are in these 5 areas:
  1. Institutional advancement, including fundraising and marketing
  2. Education, outreach and community relations
  3. Collections stewardship, exhibition and program planning
  4. Operational and strategic planning
  5. Governance and financial management
Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and a standard benefits package including health insurance and a retirement matching feature.

The Executive Director will bring an optimistic, pragmatic, and entrepreneurial perspective to maintain an effective management team and organizational culture that best serves the Museum’s mission, vision, and goals. A confident but open-minded manager, he/she will have a proven track record and possess exceptional teamwork, communication, revenue-enhancement, and leadership skills. He/she will have an appreciation of the values, history, and traditions of the Museum and the West Texas community it serves.

  1. Minimum of four years’ museum experience in a director, deputy director, senior curator, or management position.
  2. Experience managing staff, especially energetic, creative professionals. Track record of hiring, mentoring, and retaining staff, and of welcoming volunteers.
  3. MA in art history, museum studies, or related field. Broad knowledge of American art helpful.
  4. Big-picture mentality to advance a whole museum and to participate in cultural planning for a city. Future-oriented leader who will take risks and try new things to enlarge membership and attract new audiences, and empower staff to do the same. Good listener, open to new ideas.
  5. Fundraising experience, preferably including individual and corporate gifts, grants, and events. Understanding of membership programs, annual funds, and capital gifts is desirable. Ability to attract new members and donors and to steward current relationships is essential.
  6. Inspirational and motivational leader, a civic booster who will embrace the Museum, city, and region and serve as the public face of the Museum in the community. Friendly down-to-earth personality with no airs.
  7. Ability to talk in an engaging and persuasive manner about art, wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, and the value of museums to varied constituencies including collectors, civic officials, foundations, members, and a diverse public.
  8. Knowledge of museum standards, best practices, and trends to maintain the Museum’s AAM accreditation, oversee an active exhibition program, and keep the museum moving forward.
  9. Expertise, skills, and desire to engage a broader, more diverse audience, beyond the Museum’s traditional audiences, to better reflect the population profile of the region.
  10. Desire to increase educational opportunities for people of the region who have little other access to art. Believes in keeping the Museum a welcoming place.
  11. Capability to reach out to the Hispanic community, which makes up about 50% of the city’s population and 71% of the public school population. Spanish language ability is a plus.
  12. Ability to analyze monthly financial reports and strategically use them to monitor and balance the annual budget.
  13. Willingness to wear many hats, do whatever is needed to get the job done. Experience in small to mid-size museum desirable. Experience at a museum with free admission a plus.
  14. Desire to live in a hospitable, friendly small city in the Southwest. Person who enjoys a small-town feel, where you run into people you know.
  15. Plans to stay in the position for at least five years. Position offers the chance to make a major impact in 4-5 years and to maintain excitement over a longer tenure as well.
Nominations welcome.
Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by August 17, 2014 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search & Reference, EOE.
References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.

Known for its nationally and regionally significant exhibitions and for its outstanding educational programming for all ages, the Ellen Noel Art Museum opened in 1985 and expanded in 1998 to its current 22,000 square feet of gallery space, with 3 major galleries, offices, 2 classrooms, library, state-of-the-art collections storage, and an enclosed garden. An independent nonprofit, the Museum is governed by a 24-member board and has a $9M endowment. The Museum concentrates its collecting primarily on American art from 1850 to the present with nearly 400 artists represented by 800 works in all media, from outdoor sculpture to sound art.

Exhibitions have ranged from “Russian Icons,” “British Paintings 1550-1800,” “American Art Glass, 1880-1940” and 19th-century landscapes to contemporary photography, painting, and crafts. An exhibition of a contemporary sculptor is curated annually with the West Texas Triangle consortium. See:

Programs and events include school-group visits, gallery walks, art history and creative studio art classes and workshops for pre-school children through adults, as well as the Teen Artist Residency Program and a summer art camp. The ArtHaus, a hands-on area for families, features story hours and make-and-take art activities. The 3D Printing Studio includes three MakerBot Replicator 2s as well as a MakerBot scanner. Forty volunteers help ensure year-round dynamic programming.

The celebrated George and Milly Rhodus Sculpture and Sensory Garden is accessible and user-friendly to visually and physically challenged visitors, of which there are an estimated 11,000 in the Permian Basin region. The Garden offers fragrant and tactile plants and bronze and stone sculptures which can be touched. Braille brochures, raised floorplan charts, and audio tours are provided, and docents give sight-assisted tours. The garden also provides a shady location for relaxation and special events for all. Special events are held throughout the year, some to support the museum and others to attract new visitors.

In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Odessa as the third fastest-growing small city in the United States. Located 4.5 hours west of Dallas/Fort Worth or Austin, 6 hours from Santa Fe, and 3 hours from the art scene in Marfa, TX, the Midland-Odessa metropolitan area has a population of 280,000. With the airport within 15 minutes, air travel to any major city is a connection away.

Odessa and nearby Midland are home to a variety of cultural organizations and performance venues, including the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, opened in 2011, which hosts musical concerts, ballet, and symphonic performances bringing some of the biggest names in entertainment. The Globe Theater presents classical and modern plays using a replica of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan stage. The Permian Playhouse hosts community theater performances and offers classes and summer camps. Lovers of symphony and opera can enjoy performances of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale and the Midland Opera Theater. Annual events in Odessa range from a Blues festival to a Shakespeare festival, Cinco de Mayo 3-day fiesta, Juneteenth celebration, and the Firecracker Fandango on July 4. For more cultural events, visit: Odessa is also home to the University of Texas Permian Basin and Odessa College.

Nearby Midland has 6 museums, including the Museum of the Southwest with its art gallery, planetarium, and children’s museum; and the interactive Petroleum Museum, plus antique centers, the George W. Bush Childhood Home, and events from SeptemberFest to the Nutcracker. Odessa/Midland is also Texas’s #2 “Top Bookish Destination;” see:

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy an Odessa Jackalopes hockey game or Midland Rockhounds minor league baseball game or follow the annual Sandhills Horse Show and Rodeo.

Outdoor and nature lovers can visit the Odessa Meteor Crater and its Museum and Visitor Center and enjoy hiking and birding at Odessa’s Comanche Trails Park and I-20 Wildlife Preserve in Midland. Big Bend National Park or Carlsbad Caverns can be explored over a weekend visit, and in winter skiers can head to the mountains of eastern New Mexico 5 hours away.

For more, visit City of Odessa:
Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Odessa Chamber of Commerce:
Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:

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This job posted by MERC from June 28 through August 17.

Executive Director
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, located in Albuquerque’s historic Old Town, is opening a search for a dynamic leader to administer all aspects of the museum’s operations. This AAM-accredited museum is a collections-based institution with over 50 employees and over a quarter-million visitors each year. The museum includes a planetarium/observatory wing, research labs, exhibit studios, 3D large-format DynaTheater, and multiple exhibition galleries. Through a partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools, the museum also runs the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center which serves over 12,000 students and teachers each year.

The Executive Director should have a demonstrated ability in the administration of a complex organization with multiple partnerships, including a supporting foundation with its own Board of Directors. Significant experience in a senior management position and an advanced degree in a natural history or science-related field are strongly desired. Experience with science-based museum exhibitions, and both formal and informal science education is preferred. A proven record of broad community impact, extending beyond the walls of the museum, is also desired.

This is an exempt position within the State of New Mexico and reports directly to the Museum Board of Trustees and the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. It offers a competitive salary with generous benefits and retirement package.

The Search Committee’s review of application materials will begin on June 15, 2015 and the search will remain open until this position is filled.

Please send detailed curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and 3 reference letters to:

Denise Hidalgo
Museum Executive Director Search
1801 Mountain Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1375

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This job posted by MERC from May 11 through August 12.

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