Director Positions

Director of Development
Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks a Director of Development to lead its comprehensive fund-raising program, ensure the stewardship of donors, and actively build and manage a growing department. The ideal candidate will have highly developed management ability, a proven track record in identifying, and cultivating high-level individuals for major gifts, creative ideas for corporate partnerships, and events and a have knowledge of planned giving. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are essential as well as strong computer and database skills; meticulous attention to detail; and with knowledge of the Nantucket Community preferred. Candidates with management experience in sales, marketing and relationship management in a business environment are also encouraged to apply. The Association offers a competitive salary and benefits program. Cover letter and names of three references should be submitted with a resume to Rebecca Miller, Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554 or

The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from October 20 through January 19.

Seacoast Science Center
Rye, New Hampshire, USA

The Seacoast Science Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3), science learning center located within Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire. The Center has existed as a non-profit since 1992 led by its founding president, Wendy Lull. The Center is well-positioned for its future, having a stable financial position, a dedicated professional staff of 17, member and volunteer support, and is governed by a committed board of directors.

Located on New Hampshire’s seacoast, the Center is a regionally respected marine science education organization. The Center remains open throughout the year, and serves 80,000 visitors annually, including approximately 26,000 students. Through programs, exhibits, and marine mammal rescue, the Seacoast Science Center teaches people, from toddlers to grandparents, why a healthy ocean matters, and advances science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The Center also serves as the Park’s visitor/interpretive center.
Additionally, since 2014, the Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team (MMRT) has been authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service to lead New Hampshire’s marine mammal rescue effort. MMRT responds to more than 70 cases per year, mainly involving seals, and in 2016, led a coordinated response by government and non-profit organizations following the beaching of a deceased adult humpback whale.
As an officer of the Seacoast Science Center, the President sets the strategic direction for the institution and is its principal external representative. The President is responsible for developing plans and initiatives to meet the Center’s financial needs and advance its mission. The President is also the management liaison to the Board of Directors and is an ex-officio member of the Board. The President signs all contracts, leases, deeds, mortgages, and other instruments on behalf of the Corporation.

The next President will be offered the opportunity to not only lead the Center and continue its mission, but further its growth and extend its impact. Having recently completed a business plan, the new President will work with the Board of Directors to construct and implement a strategic plan.

Candidate requirements include a history of progressively responsible leadership experience in museums, science education, or placed-based education institutions, and an advanced degree in a related field of study. The ideal candidate must have non-profit management experience, a keen understanding of the Center’s mission, and successful background in cultivation of relationships that result in major gifts, foundation or federal grants, corporate sponsorship or other forms of philanthropic support. The successful candidate must also be an effective advocate for the organization with diverse groups: public, community, corporate, academic, and political. Accordingly, superior verbal and written communication skills are required. The successful candidate must possess the ability to lead groups in outdoor program settings, including moderate hiking on trails and the rocky shore. A willingness to get your hands wet is a must, and the ability to interpret natural science and/or coastal environmental history is preferred.

To nominate a potential candidate, please contact Allan Waterfield at or (603) 436-8043, ext. 22.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Search Committee, Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye NH 03870 or email (preferred) to

The search committee will start reviewing applications on October 24, 2016.

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This job posted by MERC from September 23 through December 23.

Smithsonian Institution - National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, USA

The position serves as Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM), with responsibility for the overall planning, direction, and management of all programs and activities of the Museum. The Museum stewards the nation’s foremost stamp collection and is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history as it pertains to the history of American postal operations and philately using exhibitions, educational public and online programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors, post office employees and retirees and visitors from around the world. The Museum develops collaborative programs and activities with other Smithsonian and U.S. museums and maintains relations with the postal museums of other countries on a national level. The Museum is served by a Smithsonian-U.S. Postal Service Coordinating Committee, a Council of Philatelists and an Advisory Council. The Director is appointed by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and reports on all matters relating to NPM through the Smithsonian’s Provost/Under Secretary for Museums & Research.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to
When crafting your cover letter and/or resume, please provide detailed information on your background and experience in the following areas: entrepreneurial instincts and coalition building; management; fundraising; and philately and/or postal history expertise, familiarity or interest.

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This job posted by MERC from September 21 through December 21.

Executive Director
American Research Center in Egypt
Washington, DC, USA

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has promoted the study of Egypt’s cultural history by thousands of Americans over the last 66 years. With the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and in close collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities (MOA), over 75 projects of monument conservation and specialized training have been completed and over 750 Egyptian archaeologists and conservators have been trained in preserving Egyptian culture. ARCE is accepting applications for an Executive Director to be based in Washington, D.C.

ARCE is looking for a senior leader who understands the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of and advancing research into one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The Executive Director will provide vision and steady leadership to increase public awareness of and financial support for ARCE’s mission. S/he will work closely with a U.S.-based Board of Governors and an Egypt-based Cairo Director to steer ARCE to be the leading global force in facilitating research and collaborative partnerships in Egypt. The Executive Director will take responsibility for ARCE’s strategic, programmatic, financial, and development operations, ensuring that the organization achieves the goals of its Strategic Plan in a fiscally responsible manner. Under the ED’s leadership, ARCE will expand its potential for U.S. growth through direct cultivation of regional U.S. chapters, research-supporting members, individual members, and donors.

The ideal Executive Director will have:
  • Ten years of nonprofit, government, or business experience, with at least five of them in a leadership role; experience in a membership-based organization is preferable.
  • Knowledge and cultural understanding of Egypt and/or the Middle East region and passion for the advancement of research on Egyptian history and culture is necessary.
  • Background in museum, cultural, or academic institutions is desirable.
  • Proven record of hiring, mentoring, and supervising a collaborative and mutually respectful team to achieve a high level of performance and exceed strategic goals.
  • Firm knowledge of long-range planning, budgeting, accounting, and financial management.
  • Open, honest, and thorough communication skills necessary to coordinate with people across both difference and geographical distance.
  • Proven experience as a relationship builder; existing high-level relationships in the cultural and/or international sectors are desirable.
  • Direct experience cultivating high-level donors and/or investors and soliciting funds.
  • Master’s or higher degree is required.
DRi is leading this search for ARCE. For more information about the position, please see Submit all inquiries and applications to Please be sure that emails state where you learned of the opening.

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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through December 13.

Museum Director
City of Ketchikan
Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

The City of Ketchikan, Alaska seeks a multi-talented individual to direct and participate in the operation of two city-owned museums: the Tongass Historical Museum, a small community museum; and the Totem Heritage Center, which preserves 19th century totem poles, in addition to conducting classes and workshops in the traditional arts of Southeast Alaska Natives. The Museum Director oversees a staff of eight.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished communicator and manager with broad museum experience, including administration; budgeting and planning; staff supervision; collections care; and exhibit and program development. Demonstrated leadership, creativity, and style are essential. With a small staff and limited resources, the person selected will be expected to deliver exhibits and programs that not only engage the community, but also educate and entertain visitors.

Ketchikan is a community of 13,500 located on an island in Southeast Alaska, accessible only by air (1.75 hours from Seattle) or Alaska State Ferry. The climate is mild, but rainy. Spectacular natural beauty, small town life, a vibrant arts scene, boating, fishing, and outdoor activities are among the reasons why people love to live here.

A full job description and City of Ketchikan employment application (REQUIRED) are available at Information about the museums can be found at Direct inquiries to Vanessa Booth at (907) 228-5631 or
$59,518 - $76,660 DOE plus benefits. Position open until filled; EOE/AA.

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This job posted by MERC from August 15 through November 14.

The last update to this page was 10-20-16.