Director Positions

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
National Archives and Records Administration
Austin, Texas, USA

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) invites applications for the position of Director, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. This institution is part of the Presidential Library System, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum is located in Austin, TX.

Presidential Libraries preserve and make available the papers, records, and other historical materials of the President they represent. Holdings include millions of pages of records including letters, reports, and other documents that chronicle U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs during the Presidency. These Libraries also have collections of thousands of objects and audiovisual items (including photographs, videotapes of news broadcasts, audiotapes of speeches and press briefings, film of public events, and televised campaign commercials). Through the Museum, the President’s life and public service are documented through a series of exhibits and programs that are designed to stimulate learning, reflection, and a sense of democratic citizenship among the thousands of students, scholars, government officials, journalists, and others who visit each Library annually.

The Library Director plans, directs, and administers all programs and activities of the Library and Museum, including archival, exhibit, public and educational programs. The incumbent works closely with NARA officials to ensure Library operations are in alignment with the Agency’s strategic goals. The Director maintains close working relationships with the former President’s family and the privately funded support organization; develops cooperative relationships and partnership ventures with academic and other institutions in support of the library’s mission and goals; and conducts extensive public relations and fundraising activities in support of the library and museum.

This position is an excepted service Senior Level (SL) appointment within the Federal Government and serves at the pleasure of the Archivist of the United States. The salary range for the position is $124,406 - $172,100. Relocation expenses may be paid. Detailed information about NARA and the national Presidential Library System is available at The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Extensive experience directing a historical, archival, cultural, philanthropic, educational, or governmental institution.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and maintaining public-private or other coalitions and partnerships to advance the programs and missions of a public or private institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and to create a dynamic working environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a large, complex organization.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Creative and thoughtful regarding the utilization of new technologies
  • Innovative thinker in leveraging NARA and Foundation assets to market the museum to drive attendance
  • Excellent judgement and creative problem solving skills
  • Exceptional negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Interest and understanding of events and issues of the 20th Century sufficient to contribute appropriate historical perspective and intellectual leadership to the work of the Library and Museum and its presentation to the public.
  • U.S. citizenship is required for this position.
To Apply:
The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018. Applicants should submit a resume and a statement addressing how their qualifications and experience relate to the qualifications outlined above to the following address:

Office of Presidential Libraries (LP) – Room 2200F
National Archives and Records Administration
Attention: Library Director Application
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Fax: 301-837-3199

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This job posted by MERC from December 11 through January 19.

Vice President & Director
Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (Conservancy) has conserved more than a quarter million acres in Western Pennsylvania and its Community Gardens and Greenspace program draws more than 12,000 volunteers annually to beautify communities across the state. The Conservancy, which has a watershed conservation program that protects and restores Western Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams, also includes a natural heritage program that works to protect Pennsylvania’s threatened and endangered species and their habitats.

In 1963, Edgar Kaufmann, jr. donated and entrusted Fallingwater and the surrounding 1,543 acres of land to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Fallingwater is a house designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was designed as a private residence and weekend home for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. Fallingwater is one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works and best exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Open to the public since 1964, more than five million visitors have toured and experienced Fallingwater.

The Conservancy seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial and visionary leader for Fallingwater, who demonstrates a passion for engaging others in a lifelong learning agenda while delivering a high-quality experience that is financially sustainable through solid programs, marketing, fundraising and business practices. A high level of experience in building and sustaining a community of national and international partnerships with other art history, architectural, historic preservation, educational and cultural stakeholders, public and private, is necessary. The ideal candidate will show evidence of successful fundraising leadership that includes the acquisition of major gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, individuals and the public sector at the local, state and national level. Particularly helpful would be a background of launching innovative, groundbreaking programs resulting in long-term funding and stable revenue streams.

A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree is preferred. At least five years of successful leadership experience in a museum or comparable organization or venue is strongly preferred. Demonstrable leadership experience in public or private institutions concerned with art history, architecture, education, philanthropy, history and/or historic preservation or related professions would be valued. Previous experience working with, or serving on, a nonprofit board and knowledge of board governance is important.

Applications are being received exclusively by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. Submit a letter of introduction and a current resume at

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This job posted by MERC from November 9 through January 9.

Executive Director
Yellowstone Art Museum
Billings, Montana, USA

The Yellowstone Art Museum (YAM) seeks an experienced, creative, and visitor-centered museum professional to become its Executive Director, lead its growing programs, and expand its community impact. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Trustees and senior management team to build on recent successes in exhibitions, art education, events, and institutional advancement. The Executive Director will provide overall leadership, vision, and guidance to the YAM in support of its mission and core values, continuing to build on a strong reputation for exciting programs and solid scholarship.

The Executive Director will be responsible for expanding community engagement, general operational oversight, grantwriting and annual fundraising, and growing the museum’s planned giving program and endowment. The Executive Director will also participate enthusiastically in citywide efforts to advance the quality of life in Billings through cultural initiatives.

The Executive Director is expected to work alongside the Board of Trustees and staff to achieve the museum’s strategic objectives, which center on 1) greater financial stability, 2) audience development and community engagement, 3) maximizing assets, and 4) planning the institution’s future footprint.

About the museum
The Yellowstone Art Museum was founded in 1964 as the region’s first venue for progressive contemporary art. The museum is located in downtown Billings, Montana, which is the state’s largest city. The main museum includes the historic Yellowstone County jail building, and the museum also operates the Visible Vault, the region’s only publicly accessible art storage facility. The Yellowstone Art Museum possesses a unique and respected professional reputation. The institution stewards a 7,500-object permanent collection, curates incisive temporary exhibitions, publishes regularly in the area of regional contemporary art, conducts vibrant curriculum-based art education programs and broad-ranging adult art programs, art-related special events, and an artist-in-residence program. The YAM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has a $2 million annual budget and a staff of 18 FTEs. The YAM maintains a leadership position among the region’s museums, and has enjoyed a steady trajectory of growth throughout its existence. The new Executive Director will lead a strong, professional institution that has already achieved much and is well loved within its community.

The museum’s mission is:
"The Yellowstone Art Museum exhibits, interprets, collects, and preserves art, with an emphasis on Montana and surrounding regions, for the enrichment, education, inspiration, and enjoyment of all."

About the region
Billings is located along the beautiful Yellowstone River in the south-central part of Montana. The statewide arts community is an exceptional group of close-knit professionals who do not let geographic distance interfere with collaborative opportunities. Billings is the urban hub for an immense region, offering top-drawer medical and business services. Sporting events, the state fair, the performing arts, an award-winning new library, and three history museums are part of the city environment. Billings is home to a campus of the state university and a private college. Outdoor recreation is second to none, and the city of Billings is investing increasingly in quality-of-life initiatives.

Position summary
The Executive Director is responsible for the general management and development of the museum, including the collections and programs; attainment and maintenance of professional standards; and care of financial assets, property, and personnel in accordance with the objectives and policies established by the Board of Trustees.

Specific responsibilities
  • Provides managerial leadership in the development of plans and programs, maintenance of national museum standards, and the development of public interest and support to assure that the museum operates according to the highest professional standards.
  • Garners the ongoing financial support from the community and the region necessary for long-term financial security.
  • Works closely with the staff and Board of Trustees Finance Committee to prepare the annual operating budget. Makes recommendations for organizational change and development as necessary so that the museum’s financial capabilities are utilized in the most efficient, effective manner to assure stability both now and in the future. Conceives operating budgets with the goal of expanding programs and services for the public.
  • Works with the development team to maintain relationships with donors, individuals, and businesses, in order to expand the fundraising capabilities of the museum. Builds an endowment fund to provide income for long-term operational security.
  • Works with the staff and the Board of Trustees annually to review and update the museum’s Strategic Plan by which the museum shapes, plans, implements, and controls the mission it has adopted, the programs and services it offers, and the outreach to the audiences it seeks to attract.
  • Regularly reviews the permanent collection: its overall focus, its policies of acquisition and deaccession, loan policies, condition of individual works, and adherence to professional standards in storage and registration, to assure the public of the highest quality permanent collection.
  • Oversees all aspects of staff management, including hiring, supervising, training, mentoring, administration of annual performance reviews, and setting salaries.
  • Works with curatorial staff to develop the exhibition schedule, resulting in a diverse program of contemporary and historic exhibitions that will stimulate interest in the region, advance scholarship, and enrich the visitors’ experiences. Such program schedules will be an asset to the overall marketing programs, education programs, and visitor attendance for the museum.
  • Works with the education staff to advance programs that will increase the appreciation and understanding of the visual arts in the region, enrich regional arts education opportunities, engage new audiences, and interest new benefactors. Supports the well-established museum school and outreach programs.
  • Acts as the museum’s spokesperson in all public relations and publicity initiatives. Represents the museum at various civic meetings, public forums, and social events to take advantage of opportunities to bring the museum and its programs to the public’s attention. Makes every effort to keep the museum in the forefront of the community’s cultural dialogue.
  • Supports volunteers in their various activities to assure enhancement of one of the museum’s most valuable non-financial assets.
Professional experience, skills, and qualifications
Competitive candidates will be seasoned executives with high energy and commitment, who possesses track records of achievement, management ability, and business acumen. The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of American art in general as well as developments in contemporary art; specific knowledge of the art of the northern Rockies / northern Plains is highly desirable. The museum’s leader must be a creative, experienced, persuasive senior manager.

With a minimum of five years’ museum-based, progressively responsible supervisory and administrative experience, competitive candidates will also possess:
  • An advanced degree in art, art history, or a related field, and demonstrated passion for this discipline of art
  • Willingness and ability to create and work within a team-oriented environment and to motivate and mentor a diverse staff
  • A reputation for honesty and integrity; recognition that the public trust must be held in the highest regard
  • A track record as a sophisticated relationship-builder, especially in the area of fundraising strategies and funding partnerships
  • A leadership style that balances openness with decisiveness; candidates will have the ability to empower staff and encourage initiative
  • Strong art connoisseurship abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and strong levels of grantwriting success
  • Organizational abilities; the successful candidate will be a natural planner with a demonstrated record for successfully managing multiple priorities
  • Future-focus and strong planning abilities, specifically experience leading strategic planning processes and executing strategic plans
  • Solid understanding of financial management for nonprofits; minimum five years’ experience in budgeting, working to budgets, and resolving deficits
  • Creativity and nimble problem-solving skills
  • Residence in Billings or the immediate vicinity is required
The Executive Director’s position is an excellent opportunity for an arts leader to take his or her next career step, either from leadership of a smaller institution or from a position in a large institution heading up a division or department.

Salary and benefits are competitive within the northern Plains / northern Rockies region, and are commensurate with experience. The position is open until filled. The Yellowstone Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter in PDF format to the contact listed below. Additional application materials will be required of candidates who advance to initial interviews. Please, no phone calls.

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This job posted by MERC from November 2 through February 2.

Executive Director
Children's Museum in Easton
Easton, Massachusetts, USA

The Children’s Museum in Easton (CME), a much-loved treasure in southeastern Massachusetts, has launched the search for a new executive director. With its founding executive director retiring after 25 years, the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum in Easton seeks an executive director with a passion for children and their learning and the experience and skills to lead the organization into the next phase of its important work.

The founding executive director built a strong foundation of financial stability, a stellar reputation, a network of strong relationships in the community, and a complement of outstanding programs and exhibits that impact the growth and learning of thousands of children each year. The next leader can pick up the reins to further enhance what CME does well, while guiding the organization toward thoughtful innovation that will support and sustain its well-earned reputation for excellence. The next Executive Director of the Children’s Museum in Easton will have opportunities in:
  • Leadership and Outreach
  • Fund Development
  • Marketing and Messaging
  • Staffing and Culture Development
  • Curriculum Development, Enhancement, and Expansion
  • Board Development
The next Executive Director of the Children’s Museum in Easton will be able to lead the organization in innovative directions while holding true to its core purpose of providing creative, hands-on learning experiences to young children of all backgrounds and abilities. This position requires a leader with high emotional intelligence, a relationship-builder who can easily and genuinely connect with people and is astute at building strategic partnerships.

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This search is being conducted by the Consulting and Executive Transitions Program at TSNE MissionWorks with Transition Consultant Catherine Bradshaw.

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This job posted by MERC from October 31 through January 31.

Director of Development
Currier Museum of Art
Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

The Currier Museum of Art seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Development to lead its continuing expansion as a premier New Hampshire cultural institution with national impact. The successful candidate, with demonstrated success increasing all levels of financial support, will have a unique opportunity to work at a nimble, creative museum alongside motivated staff and a committed board of trustees.

The Director of Development, a member of the museum’s Executive Team reporting to the Director & CEO, will develop strategy and organizational capability for a new phase of growth. The position works closely with the Board of Trustees and its Development Committee, and manages a staff of five responsible for individual, corporate and foundation support, annual fund, major gifts, membership, planned giving, marketing and PR. The Director of Development will use the mission and vision of the museum for institutional advancement.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy. Develop a strategy for the long-term financial support of the museum, in close collaboration with director, board, and senior staff. Prepare for a major development initiative to increase the endowment for the core mission of the museum.

Implementation. Create specific fundraising goals and aggressively execute them. Solicit and steward a portfolio of select major donors, increase membership and develop significant proposals for foundation grants. Develop a schedule of creative and compelling fundraising and cultivation events.

Organization. Provide strong strategic support to senior staff (curators, director, senior management) and board members in cultivation and solicitation. Effectively manage research, information, and organization for major donor efforts. Build and mentor an effective institutional development team.

Messaging. Oversee the development and implementation of a strategic communications and media relations program. Supervise marketing and branding institutional identity. Build and mentor an effective marketing team.


Bachelor’s Degree. Ten years progressively increasing responsibility in development in a non-profit setting, with five years in senior management. Familiarity with arts/cultural institutions strongly preferred.

Exceptional strategic, analytical and decision-making skills. Demonstrated experience managing major development efforts, especially working in close collaboration with senior staff and governance in solicitation and cultivation.

Enthusiastic self-starter with proven ability to develop creative and entrepreneurial strategies for fundraising. High energy and results-oriented with a successful record of achievement in major gifts.

Persuasive and articulate communicator with strong written, presentation and negotiation skills.

Excellent relationship-building skills, both externally and internally, and the ability to effectively represent the museum in all venues.

Demonstrated leadership skills with a proven ability to attract, motivate, and retain talented staff; a team builder with the ability to support and empower staff to achieve desired results.

Experience in financial planning, budgeting and analysis, with strong organizational skills and a high attention to detail.

Positive attitude, sense of humor, with a commitment to confidentiality and ethical behavior.

Please send letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to

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This job posted by MERC from October 24 through January 24.

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.

Please send materials to:

By email*

* It is advised that attachments don’t exceed 8mb.


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.

The last update to this page was 12-11-17.