Director Positions

Executive Director
Oberlin Heritage Center
Oberlin, Ohio, USA

The Oberlin Heritage Center has opened a search for Executive Director (to replace its current Executive Director who has served since 1993). The Executive Director provides leadership, vision and direction for the organization's achievement of its mission and financial objectives in accordance with its strategic plan, the American Alliance of Museum Standards for Accredited Museums, the Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations' Standards for Excellence, and federal, state and local regulations.

The award-winning non-profit, community-based Oberlin Heritage Center, a historical society and historic preservation organization in the city of Oberlin, Ohio, operates a complex of historic sites and offers extensive programming and tours. It preserves, collects and interprets the history of this nationally significant, diverse college town located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is certified by the Ohio Association of Non-Profit Organizations' Standards for Excellence program. The 700-plus member organization has two endowed full-time staff positions, including the executive director position, and also has 4 part-time employees, an AmeriCorps member, and numerous interns and volunteers. The Oberlin Heritage Center is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit

The Executive Director reports to and maintains a close relationship with the Oberlin Heritage Center Board of Trustees. He/she is an ex-officio member of all committees and plays a central role in building an effective board-staff-intern-volunteer team to accomplish the organization's goals. He/she is responsible for leadership in:
  • Long-range and strategic planning and implementation
  • Budget development and financial management
  • Fundraising, including grant preparation and administration
  • Staff, intern, and volunteer recruitment, supervision, training, and direction
  • Management, stewardship and interpretation of the collections, including the historic buildings
  • Facilities planning, property management, and preservation
  • Educational and public program development, delivery, and administration
  • Community and public relations and collaborative partnerships
Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Museum Studies, Historic Preservation or a related field
  • Strong skills in written and verbal communication and organization
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the history, museum and preservation field
  • Experience in working with a non-profit Board of Trustees
  • Experience in history museum/historic site and non-profit management
  • Experience in community engagement/volunteer management
  • Experience in building successful and creative public programs
  • Experience in fundraising and grant writing
  • Experience in public relations
  • Strong ties to the public history, museum and historic preservation worlds
Starting Salary Range: $50,000 to $60,000 depending on qualifications and experience

Benefits include: Flexible health care allowance, sick leave, vacation time, opportunity to participate in 403b retirement plan with employer match, and opportunities for professional development.

Evaluation: 6-month probationary period. The Director is reviewed annually by the Board of Directors and receives a written performance appraisal.

To Apply:
Send a letter of interest, resume, copy of college and graduate school transcripts, list of three professional references with contact information, and copy of most recent performance appraisal from current or most recent position by e-mail to the Search Committee at Include your surname in the subject line of the e-mail.

Application deadline: May 18, 2015

Anticipated start date: August 17, 2015

No phone calls and no walk-in inquiries.

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This job posted by MERC from March 23 through May 18.

Executive Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas, USA

Texas Tech University seeks applications and nominations for the Executive Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University. Founded in 1929, the Museum is a multi-faceted educational, cultural and research entity. The Museum’s vast collections, galleries and the Moody Planetarium complement other distinct components – the graduate degree program, the Natural Sciences Research Laboratory, and the Lubbock Lake Historic Landmark. All make important contributions to Texas Tech’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. The graduate degree program with tracks in Museum Science or Heritage Management has been a veteran leader in academic preparation of museum professionals for more than 40 years. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum of Texas Tech University is an internationally recognized, dynamic institution.

The Executive Director reports to the Provost through the Senior Vice Provost. The Executive Director’s main charge is to provide overall leadership in the Museum’s mission to advance knowledge through research- and collections as well as academic and educational programs that engage students, faculty, staff and the public. The Executive Director works closely with the 68 full-time and part-time administrative, faculty, curatorial, support and intern personnel to strive for excellence in education, outreach, curation, and research. Engagement and collaboration with the Museum of Texas Tech University Association, Texas Tech University faculty and programs, patrons and prospective donors, area schools and education groups, other cultural institutions and the community in general are important responsibilities of the Executive Director. The Executive Director has overall charge of the Museum’s budget, finances, personnel, and operations.

Required Qualifications
  • A terminal degree or equivalent work experience in a discipline related to one of the Museum’s range of functions or operations.
  • Evidence of leadership and administrative experience in senior positions at a university museum or a public or private museum or cultural/educational institution.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to advance effectively the mission and vision of the Museum.
  • A strong commitment to share enthusiastically through a variety of modalities the vision, mission, strategic plan and accomplishments of the Museum with stakeholders, potential donors and funding entities.
  • Evidence of commitment to research, teaching, and academic engagement.
  • Evidence of commitment to expansion, preservation and interpretation of collections.
  • Proven success in developing cooperative and effective relationships among institutions and their staffs, boards or support organizations.
  • Demonstrated fundraising skills and a track record of fundraising successes that include cultivating relationships with private donors, foundations and other funding sources.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating or enhancing a visitor-centered experience that effectively reaches and engages diverse communities and audiences.
  • Engaging academic and community constituencies to create dynamic experiences and learning opportunities for school and university students and the general public.
  • Evidence of strategic planning skills that includes drafting, implementing and refining an effective plan by engaging a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven abilities in budgeting, financial reporting and the prudent management of an institution’s resources. Experience with nonprofit financial management, collaborating with support organizations or public-based budgeting systems.
  • Experience in the creation and execution of effective marketing programs for a museum or similar institution.
  • Proven understanding and commitment to ethical standards, legal responsibilities and best practices established by museum accreditation, state and federal law and international covenants.
Expected Duties
  • Directing the general administration of the Museum through effective management of personnel and resources and by creating and enforcing policies and procedures necessary for the efficient functioning of the organization.
  • Ensuring that employees are appropriately trained and have adequate resources for the efficient delivery of the Museum’s programs and activities and ensuring a safe and friendly environment for employees, students and visitors.
  • Leading the development and implementation of the Museum’s strategic plan to accomplish its goals and objectives and align the Museum’s strategic plan with that of the University.
  • Providing active oversight of the Museum’s activities, programs and personnel, including exhibitions, graduate academic programs, public education programs, the Natural Research Science Laboratory and the Lubbock Lake Landmark.
  • Ensuring the Museum’s collections are properly stored, preserved, and exhibited and that effective collection policy is maintained by curatorial staff.
  • Cultivating relationships with other cultural institutions that support and encourage cooperation in efforts to engage the larger community in an exceptional museum experience.
  • Preparing budget proposals and working closely with university officials and the Museum Association on budget- and funding- related- matters.
  • Ensuring effective oversight of income and expenses and providing periodic reports to appropriate organizations and representatives.
  • Leading the Museum’s development efforts by coordinating with the university and the Museum Association to identify and cultivate donors and supporters in accordance with the policies of Texas Tech University.
  • Overseeing efforts to increase revenue generated from grants and sponsorships in support of Museum programs, exhibits, research, and operations.
Texas Tech University is a Carnegie classified high research university with a fall 2014 enrollment of more than 35,000 students. The university offers 96 undergraduate, 93 masters and 52 doctoral degree programs in 10 colleges plus the School of Law and the Graduate School. Additionally, 40 online and regional programs are offered through TTU Worldwide eLearning and at teaching sites in El Paso, Junction, Fredericksburg, Marble Falls/Highland Lakes, and Waco, Texas.

With a population in excess of 240,000, Lubbock is located in the area of West Texas known as the Llano Estacado (“staked plains”), and lies approximately halfway between Dallas-Fort Worth and Albuquerque-Santa Fe. The city is the regional hub of government, finance, health care, and education, with agriculture as its primary economic base. The city boasts a rich musical heritage; an expanding arts community; a symphony and ballet; and excellent youth, collegiate, and community sports. The area enjoys an annual average of 263 days of sunshine. Other notable museums in the area are the Silent Wings Museum, Bayer Museum of Agriculture, American Wind Power Center, Buddy Holly Center, Louise Underwood Center for the Arts, Charles Adams Gallery, Caviel African-American Museum, Texas Tech’s School of Art – Landmark Arts Program, and Texas Tech’s National Ranching Heritage Center.

All application materials must be submitted on-line through the Texas Tech University application site at; search for req# ID 3474BR. Applicants will submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, a statement of administrative philosophy, a statement of vision for a museum like the Museum of Texas Tech University, and the names of five individuals who may be contacted as references. Nominations or questions should be addressed to Mr. Matt Brockman, Search Committee Chair, National Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409; telephone (806) 834-2922; e-mail: Applications will be accepted immediately and continuing until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin April 13. Start date is negotiable with a preferred target of July 1, 2015.

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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This job posted by MERC from March 20 through June 22.

Executive Director
Hunter Museum of American Art
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Reporting/Working Relationships
The Director reports to the Board of Trustees through its Chair and works closely with all standing and ad hoc committees of the Board. Reporting to the Director are Chief Curator, Curator of Education, Director of Development, PR/Marketing Director, Facilities/Security Manager and Administrative Manager. The Director also works in collaboration with and oversees the operational and administrative functions executed under the resource sharing partnership by the Tennessee Aquarium personnel.

The Director has full authority and responsibility for the overall management of the Hunter Museum, including its human, physical, and financial resources, the content of its programs, and its future development and growth.

Her/his primary responsibilities are providing leadership guided by the Hunter’s mission and values, and developing the vision, strategic planning and implementation for the museum’s programmatic excellence, including fundraising strategies and financial stability. She/he will take a leadership role in all fundraising activities and work in tandem with the Director of Development and the Development Committee of the Board. An immediate and ongoing responsibility will be to engage with the general and business Chattanooga community, the museum’s patrons of all generations, funding sources and the area’s cultural organizations.

Within the first six to eight months, the Director will focus on becoming familiar with the Hunter’s operations and will assess the museum's strengths and weaknesses to ensure that appropriate personnel, programs, policies and procedures are in place to achieve the long term goals identified by the Hunter board:
  • Increase the number of visitors and program participants
  • Increase the financial stability and sustainability of the museum
  • Improve the overall visitor experience
  • Enhance and improve the overall operations of the museum
  • Increase the visibility of the museum
Institutional Leadership:
  • Inspire and lead the Board and staff in developing and implementing a strategic plan.
  • Work with the Chief Curator and Curator of Education to articulate a coherent programmatic vision for the Hunter that leverages its strengths, and where needed, institute changes in order to enhance visitor enjoyment and to encourage repeat visitation and support.
  • With the Board and the Chief Curator, develop strategies for cultivating possible gifts of art.
  • Maintain high community visibility and represent the museum at professional local and national art and museum conferences.
Planning and Implementation - working closely with the Board and staff:
  • Execute the outcomes of the Strategic Plan.
  • Serve as chief advisor to the Board in all museum-related matters and ensure the Board’s effectiveness in its policy-making and funding roles.
Financial Development - in concert with the Development Committee, the Board and the Director of Development:
  • Assert leadership in all fundraising plans and activities.
  • Assess and evaluate existing development activities and strategies.
  • Grow the membership in the George Thomas Hunter planned giving program.
  • Explore opportunities to grow earned income revenues.
  • Cultivate and solicit new funding sources.
  • Develop strategies to augment the list of individual donors and strengthen efforts to bring in major gifts.
Program Development - in collaboration with appropriate staff:
  • Spearhead new exhibitions and public education programs with wide community appeal.
  • Develop high quality in-house shows and identify and secure important traveling exhibits.
Communications and Public Relations:
  • Serve as an advocate and public spokesperson for the Hunter Museum’s mission.
  • Plan and implement public relations, marketing and communications initiatives to raise the Hunter’s visibility throughout the region and nation.
  • Maintain and enhance ongoing communication with individuals, neighbors and constituencies in the greater Chattanooga area
  • Develop new and continue existing collaborations in the community.
  • Provide oversight to the responsibilities undertaken by the Aquarium under the resource sharing partnership, including Finance/Accounting, Human Resources, Management Information Systems (MIS), and Museum Store.
  • Prepare the annual operating budget of the museum for Finance Committee review and Board approval.
  • Ensure appropriate financial controls and reporting systems and provide the Board with financial reports on a regular basis.
  • Ensure the continued financial viability of the museum through effective planning, staffing, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Conduct and/or oversee employee selection, training, development and performance appraisal.
  • Attract and retain outstandingly talented staff.
  • Promote and maintain practices that encourage and facilitate open communication, cooperation, satisfaction and teamwork among staff, Board members and museum constituents.
Board Relations:
  • Maintain frequent communication and work closely and collaboratively with the Board Chair and together plan meetings and formulate Board agendas.
  • Meet frequently with individual Trustees and keep the Board fully informed about the progress of all undertakings.
  • Assist the Board in effectively discharging their responsibilities.
General - in the performance of these responsibilities:
  • Create a collegial work environment with staff, Trustees and volunteers.
  • Perform duties with a high level of energy and professionalism and require the same from the staff.
  • Maintain standards promulgated by the American Alliance of Museums.
Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience gained in progressively senior positions, preferably at a museum or other cultural/educational institution; knowledge and appreciation of American Art; a commitment to outreach and public art programs; and preferably, an advanced degree in a field related to the Hunter’s interests.

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume to
Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2015.

Hunter Museum of American Art
10 Bluff View
Chattanooga TN 37403

The Hunter Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The vision of the Hunter Museum of American Art is to be a nationally recognized cultural hub that inspires personal and community transformation through American Art. The museum's mission is to engage our diverse audiences in active dialogues about the importance, meaning and relevance of American Art. At the Hunter, we believe:
Art and creativity are forces for personal growth and positive community change
In the importance of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives
It is our responsibility to be stewards of the Museum, its collection, and surroundings
In integrity, excellence, and continuous improvement

In the 62 years since it was founded, the Hunter Museum of American Art has become a nationally known museum admired for its collection, programs and its unique facility. With the completion of a major addition in 2005, the Hunter is now a 77,000 square foot state-of-the-art museum and a bold civic statement for the city of Chattanooga. Spectacularly situated on a high bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, the Hunter, with the stunning architectural combination of the original 1905 Georgian mansion, the 1970’s Brutalist building with a central atrium on its east side and the zinc-clad 2005 building with a soaring roof-line on its west side, is a defining landmark on the Chattanooga landscape.

Since the Hunter Museum of American Art opened its doors as the George Thomas Hunter Gallery of Art, the museum has been central to Chattanooga's cultural life. Perched on an 80-foot bluff at the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum features three distinct but connected buildings that span 100 years of architecture. The Museum offers spectacular views of Chattanooga, the river and the mountains that are equaled only by the exceptional collection of American art found inside. Average attendance is 60,000 visitors annually. More than 15,000 students and children participate in field trips, studio experiences, teen programs, workshops, and summer camp. Additionally, we offer special learning opportunities for students in Title 1 schools. The Hunter enjoys approximately 2,500 active member households. Free Family Sundays allow thousands of people to visit the Museum each year free of charge. The museum's permanent collection comprises more than 5,000 works from the 1750s to present day.

In 1975, the museum's trustees made the strategic decision to focus entirely on American Art. In that same year, the Hunter made a major acquisition of 40 works by American artists, including work by Childe Hassam, Charles Burchfield, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh and John Marin. In subsequent years, works by Thomas Sully, George Inness, Asher B. Durand, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, George Luks and Thomas Hart Benton were added to the 19th and early 20th century collections.

The collection of art from the mid-20th century to the present has grown exponentially and includes work by Gorky, Hoffman, Nevelson, Segal, Rauschenberg and Stella, with additional works by younger generations coming to prominence from the 1980s to the present.

Sculpture, painting and works on paper form the core of the 5,000 objects owned by the museum. The Hunter continues to add to its 19th century holdings while taking full advantage of the greater availability of contemporary work. Modern studio glass is now an expanding part of the collection.

Adult programs include, Art + Issues, a series of in-gallery dialogues that feature community leaders using works of art to spark discussions about important issues such as homelessness, abuse prevention, race, gender issues, the environment, sustainable development and more. The Art Wise Distinguished Speaker Series brings world class artists and lecturers to the Hunter for community discussions. The museum also offers a variety of musical programs including All American Summer, which showcases popular local and regional musicians, and String Theory, a chamber music series in partnership with Lee University.

The museum’s education department enhances the learning opportunities through the arts for museum visitors of all ages. Programming responding to the interests and needs of the elementary and secondary school curricula includes the use of media such as pod-casts created by high school students. There are special programs for homeschoolers, pre-schoolers and Girl Scouts. Studio art classes are available for children and adults. Week-long summer camps are available for ages 8 to 15 in partnership with other Chattanooga cultural organizations.

In 2000, the museum joined in a partnership with the Tennessee Aquarium and the Creative Discovery Museum. The business and operational expertise and resources of the Aquarium are utilized by all three entities, resulting in significant savings and efficiencies. The museums now share a CFO (finance and accounting), an information technology manager, a human resources director and a director of retail.

The Museum is an active participant in Chattanooga’s unusually collaborative culture. In the 1990s, the City of Chattanooga, the Hunter Museum, the Tennessee Aquarium and Creative Discovery Museum joined with private interests to undertake Chattanooga’s “21st Century Waterfront Plan”, a renovation and development project impacting the Tennessee River riverfront and the commercial areas lying alongside the river. With extraordinary support and momentum, this $120 million public/private venture was completed in less than three years and is now studied as a national model of pedestrian-oriented and ecologically-sound urban development.

The capital campaign that supported the Hunter’s 2005 renovation also provided funds for an outdoor sculpture plaza in front of the museum and made possible the reinstallation of the permanent collection. In addition, 34,000 square feet was renovated to provide up-to-date storage and the installation of framing facilities and quality climate control.

The Hunter operates with a budget of approximately $2.5 million. It has an endowment of $22 million of which a portion is earmarked for acquisitions, exhibitions and maintenance. The museum employs 19 full-time staff and 38 part-time staff and is governed by a 17-person Board.

Chattanooga, Tennessee is located on the Tennessee River and is the fourth-largest city in Tennessee. It is situated between the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. The city’s economy includes a diversified and growing mix of manufacturing and service industries.

Chattanooga is one of the South’s top travel destinations. The New York Times named Chattanooga one of the “Top 45 Places to go" in the World. Only four US destinations were named and the “Scenic City” was the only place outside of California. There are amazing restaurants, live events, art, outdoor adventure, and world-class attractions.

Cultural offerings include the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Chattanooga Regional History Museum (re-opening 2016), the Chattanooga Ballet and Ballet Tennessee, just to name a few. Chattanooga hosts the 4 Bridges Arts Festival, an annual juried arts festival recognized as a premier event by the New York Times, and several writing conferences, including the Conference on Southern Literature and the Festival of Writers.

Chattanooga has many attractions, including the Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, a hands-on children's museum dedicated to science, art, and music, an IMAX 3D Theatre, Warner Park Zoo, and many more.

Chattanooga hosts the well-known Riverbend Festival, an annual nine-day music festival held in June in the downtown area. One of the most popular events is the "Bessie Smith Strut", a one-night showcase of blues and jazz music named for the city's most noted blues singer. The annual "Southern Brewer's Festival" and the "River Roast" festival celebrate such traditional Southern staples as beer and barbecue.

Chattanooga has a large, growing, and diversified sports scene for a city of its size, including college sports, minor league baseball, semi-professional teams, professional cycling exemplified by the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships, the Ironman Triathlon, and Head of the Hooch, one the world’s largest rowing regattas.

Efforts to improve the city include the "21st Century Waterfront Plan" – a $120 million redevelopment of the Chattanooga waterfront and downtown area, which was completed in 2005. Chattanooga has garnered numerous accolades for its transformation of its image. The city has won three national awards for outstanding "livability", and nine Gunther Blue Ribbon Awards for excellence in housing and consolidated planning. In addition to winning various national and regional awards, Chattanooga has been in the national limelight numerous times including articles in Outside magazine, Money magazine, New York Times, Fortune magazine and USA Today.

Chattanooga was identified as the most polluted city in America by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1969 and is now hailed as the crown jewel of the country's sustainable development initiatives. Some of those initiatives are:
  • Chattanooga Convention Center became one of the Top 10 Green convention centers in the nation
  • Created free electric shuttle for transportation throughout the downtown district
  • Installed an inexpensive Bike Share Transit System with 300 bicycles at 30 stations throughout downtown
  • Numerous restaurants offer Farm to Table services with locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally produced breads, pastries, and meats
  • Volkswagen Group of America's only U.S. Manufacturing facility, Chattanooga is the site of the world’s first LEED Platinum auto assembly plant
  • Tennessee Aquarium's conservation efforts include recycling, composting, energy-efficient appliances, reusing water in some exhibits
  • Ruby Falls was the first attraction in the world to become Green Globe certified
  • Rock City Gardens replaced millions of lights to LED ones and focuses on land conservation efforts throughout the state
  • Green Lodging Program incentivizes hotels and restaurants to be aware of their environmental impact and try and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Chattanooga boasts 30+ LEED Certified buildings.
The museum is also involved in the city’s sustainability initiative - green|spaces. We have developed our eco-policy and have been certified as a Greenlight business by green|spaces. In 2010, Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board (EPB) launched its exclusive fiber optic network to its 600 sq mi (1,600 km2) service area, which covers the greater Chattanooga Metropolitan Statistical Area. In September of that year, EPB became the first municipally owned utilities company in the United States to offer internet access directly to the public at speeds up to one gigabit (1,000 megabits) per second by utilizing its fiber optic network. The network has been emulated by at least six other cities in Tennessee and studied by other cities in the US and even internationally.

Startups have been an increasing trend, due in part to EPB's fiber optic grid. Unique in the city is the startup accelerator Gigtank, which utilizes the city's gigabit capacities and focuses on 3D printing, healthcare, and smart grid technologies. Chattanooga went from limited investable startup capital in 2009 to over $50 million in 2014.

Several nationally and internationally recognized companies call Chattanooga their home base and/or have extensive operations in the area, including Little Debbie snack maker McKee Foods Corporation, Chattem, a division of Sanofi, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, TVA, Amazon, Wacker, and Unum Insurance, to name a few. Many of these corporations work with the Hunter to assist in hosting professional development training and events for their employees at the museum.

In May 2011, Volkswagen Group of America opened its Chattanooga Assembly Plant (LEED-Certified). It serves as the group's North American manufacturing headquarters. The plant, which currently employs approximately 2,700 people and will increase by another 2,000 people within the next few years and manufactures the Passat and the CrossBlue (late 2016), will have a first-in-the-South full research and development center in downtown Chattanooga. Significantly, Volkswagen officials chose to make the public announcement that Chattanooga would be the home of their North American manufacturing headquarters from the lobby of the Hunter Museum overlooking the Tennessee River. Approximately 1,000 people were present to hear Volkswagen officials cite the intangibles - the cultural community and quality of life in Chattanooga - as critical factors in their choice of Chattanooga for their facility and workers.

Chattanooga is home to several nationally recognized institutions of higher learning, many with which the Hunter accomplishes collaborative, annual programs. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has the second largest campus in the UT System, with more than 10,000 students. The city also serves as a branch of the UT College of Medicine. Chattanooga State is a growing community college with an enrollment of more than 11,000 students. The metro area is also home to private institutions Southern Adventist, Lee University, and Covenant College.

Chattanooga city public schools are part of the Hamilton County Department of Education as a result of a successful 1997 merger. The public school system has partnered with private foundations providing significant funding for education reform. Four Hamilton County public K-8 schools and 3 public high schools have been designated National Schools of Excellence, and high-performing magnet “themed” schools in the city of Chattanooga attract students from the outlying suburbs. A wide range of private schools include several highly respected preparatory academies, boarding schools, religious schools and alternative schools.

Within a two-hour drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Birmingham, Chattanooga has a population of 171,000 and a broader metropolitan population of about 528,000. An estimated 6 million people live within a 100 miles of Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is served by major domestic airlines. The closest Amtrak connection is Atlanta. Discussion of proposals for a high-speed rail link to Atlanta is ongoing.

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This job posted by MERC from March 18 through April 30.

Executive Director
Ojai Valley Museum
Ojai, California, USA

The Ojai Valley History and Art Museum in the Ojai Valley 80 miles north of Los Angeles, is seeking a qualified candidate for the recently opened position of Executive Director. The successful candidate would oversee the management of a 5,000-sq.ft. museum and Visitor’s Center in a charming community in a verdant coastal valley 15 miles from the Pacific.

Few communities in Southern California have as rich a history and tradition as the valley and town of Ojai. The city has worked tirelessly to preserve and nurture the artistic, cultural and spiritual values that, for more than a century, have made it a magnet for visitors and a cordial environment for its residents.

The hub and wheel of these efforts is the Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art. Here, the best of the past and present are given a showcase in historic surroundings, augmented by
programs for Valley residents and visitors of all ages. The Museum’s driving force is its volunteer board of trustees, made up of citizens from many callings who share a common concern for keeping the Museum relevant, accessible and exciting.

Among the qualifications required for our Executive Director are solid credentials in the cultural non-profit world, an ability to identify and cultivate donors, recruit and engage volunteers, oversee public relations and promotional efforts and maintain constructive relations with local officials and other members of the community.


Position Scope and Objectives: The Director, reporting to the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the development, execution, and management of the policies, programs, and initiatives of the Ojai Valley Museum as directed by its Board of Trustees in its mission of preserving the history, art, and culture of the Ojai Valley.
PRIMARY Duties and Responsibilities
Note: The listed duties are illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by the incumbent. The omission of specific statements does not preclude the Board of Trustees from assigning other duties not listed if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
  • The duties of the Director are to participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the organization.
  • Assume management responsibility for all program, services, activities and facilities of the Ojai Valley Museum, in conjunction with and under guidance of the Board of Trustees.
  • Hire, supervise, train, and evaluate staff members, as well as overseeing the work of professional consultants. Annual performance appraisals of staff are to be reviewed and signed off by the Board President or designee.
  • Oversee and coordinate fundraising and donor management activities shared with, and supported by the Board of Trustees as well as identify new initiatives and partnerships to grow the Ojai Valley Museum membership and increase revenue.
  • Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with elected and appointed officials of the City of Ojai and the County of Ventura.
  • Develop with the Board and put in place paths that focus on the encouragement of full community participation and membership of all age ranges, young to old, singles and families, and all community groups and ethnicities.
  • Develop programs in soliciting, supporting, educating, retaining, and appreciating non-Board volunteers and docents of the Museum.
  • Lead by example in setting a gracious welcoming tone to all members, docents, volunteers, Trustees, donors, and community.
  • Develop an Annual Work Plan and Annual Budget for the Ojai Valley Museum in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and its committees.
  • Have primary responsibility in the development, implementation, and oversight of the Ojai Valley Museum Strategic Plan working closely with the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Assist the activities of existing committees, and their members, in the implementation of the Work Plan and the success of ongoing committee activities.
  • Serve as the OVM’s primary external contact and spokesperson, including interaction with the media, community associations, civic leaders, and others as necessary and appropriate. Activities should be coordinated within the existing public relations committee’s framework.
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Board President, the agenda for the Board meetings and attend and report to the Board at its meetings. Prepare a variety of special reports as requested by the Board and distribute information as requested.
  • In conjunction with the Finance Committee, administer the finances of the OVM and maintains fiscal integrity of the Organization.
  • Be responsible for grant finding and writing and obtaining community/corporate sponsorships.
  • Strong understanding of non-profit management.
  • Ability to develop and implement long-range plans.
  • Working knowledge of current policies and procedures of human relations and the application of such policies and procedures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with emphasis on presentations, marketing, and public speaking.
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with both public and private sector individuals, officials and organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of organizational finance and management to include expertise in budget preparation, fiscal management and analysis.
  • Proven track record in fundraising for a non-profit organization. We anticipate this may take up to 50% of the incumbent’s time, including grant writing.
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with a Board of Trustees.
  • Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with business owners, financial institutions, non-profit partners, City staff, and community members.
  • Knowledge of museum departments and procedures, such as organizing and maintaining collections, organizing and mounting effective displays, and organizing public events to educate and inform about the history, art and culture of the Ojai Valley.
  • Experience serving as the chief spokesperson for an organization.
  • Experience developing and implementing an effective public relations program.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging public relations issues and trends applicable to the museum field.
  • Experience in marketing and fundraising.
The candidate should possess the following leadership competencies:
  • Personal accountability in embracing his or her own capability to be answerable for personal actions and professional decisions.
  • Encourage a workplace culture that attracts and motivates a diverse, innovative, and competent volunteer staff willing to do whatever it takes to maintain the Museum as the Gem of the Ojai Valley.
  • Ability to be gracious at all times and under all circumstances and at all times recognizing that they represent the Museum and the Board in all of their actions.
Bachelor’s Degree in finance, history, business administration, education, public administration or closely related fields. Years and type of experience may be an offset to the Degree requirement. The ideal candidate should have 7-10 years experience in advancing levels of managerial capacities. A successful and demonstrated track record of fundraising is desired with a minimum of $150,000 of funding raised annually. Desired that candidate will have previously served as an executive director of a similar sized non-profit organization, preferably in the field of arts and culture.

This is a full-time, Salaried (Exempt) position. Hours onsite may vary during the week due to after hours attendance at Fundraising/Public Relations events, however, being onsite during Museum hours is strongly desired. The salary range for the position of Director of the Ojai Valley Museum is anticipated to start at approximately $50,000 annually, heavily weighted on past fundraising successes and strength of experience and qualifications. Vacation and health benefits stipends are available and negotiable. Continued employment and subsequent increases in salary will be dependent upon the effectiveness of the organization in generating revenue/fundraising to cover both operating expenses and future museum goals.

Interested candidates should submit an updated resume, cover letter addressing their unique skills they would bring to the Museum, as well as their professional goals, and three professional references to Ojai Valley Museum, Attn: Human Resources, Post Office Box 204, Ojai, CA. 93024, or email to by March 20, 2015. Please do not telephone the Office concerning the application process. It is the goal of the Ojai Valley Museum Board of Directors to make a selection in time for the approved candidate to assume the Executive Director position as of May 2015.

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This job posted by MERC from March 17 through March 26.

Museum Director
Andrew County Museum
Savannah, Missouri, USA

Mission: The Andrew County Museum engages visitors in learning about the county’s past to understand and appreciate a rural way of life.  The Museum does this by collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting the history of Andrew County—its families, farms, town’s social life and community spirit—through dynamic exhibits, programs, publications and events.

The Andrew County Museum and Historical Society, a private nonprofit organization invites applications for Museum Director. The Museum is located in Savannah, Missouri, 15 miles north of St. Joseph and 65 miles from Kansas City. Savannah, with a population of 5,000, is the county seat of this growing agricultural county with about 15,000 residents.

The Historical Society was founded in 1972 and opened a small museum in the county courthouse. A 14,000 square foot museum facility was built and opened in 1989. With the support of the local community, a 4,000 sq. ft. permanent exhibit, “A Rural Way of Life” opened in October, 2009. Andrew County Museum received the 2010 Governor’s Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement through the Missouri Humanities Council.

The Board seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as Museum Director who, working with the Board, will make the Museum a community gathering place where visitors learn and take pride in Andrew County’s rural way of life —its families, farms, towns, social life, and community spirit.

The Museum Director reports to the Board of Directors and has primary responsibility and authority for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission. S/he is responsible for providing leadership in human resources management, program development, outreach, and collection management; administration, budget planning and financial management, fundraising, and public relations.  The ideal candidate will have passion for the mission and vision of the museum and be a hands-on team leader.

The Museum Director will:
  • provide creative leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of mission-based programs and changing exhibits;
  • develop and implement policies, systems, and performance measures to ensure professional museum standards are met;
  • work with the Finance Committee to develop effective standard operating procedures, including recommendations made by the organization’s auditor, and insure that all government filings are current;
  • foster positive community relations at the local and regional levels and support and participate in activities of other community and professional groups where appropriate.
  • work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement effective fundraising strategies;
  • develop and cultivate relationships with current and potential donors, including individuals, businesses, corporations, funding agencies and foundations;
  • strengthen the long-term financial health of the organization;
  • work with appropriate board committees and task forces to develop recommendations to the Board of Directors to formulate short and long-range plans and budgets for the success of the Andrew County Museum and Historical Society;
  • oversee the development and implementation of marketing activities related to branding, programming, community visibility, and attracting new and returning visitors;
  • provide conceptual leadership in museum operations including collections, education, visitor experience, membership, volunteer development, facilities and retail operations;
  • assign responsibilities and mentor staff;
  • supervise and assess staff performance;
  • serve as a designated spokesperson for ACMHS;
  • insure financial and informational reports regarding the organization are distributed to the Board of Directors prior to its regular meetings;
  • serve in an ex officio capacity on ACMHS committees;
  • perform other duties as assigned.
  • Masters degree in administration, history and/or museum studies or equivalent experience.
  • Five (5) years in a management position with a proven record of effectively working with a board and managing projects and personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and to think, act and plan in a strategic manner.
  • Proven record as a team builder, managing, empowering and inspiring others to set and accomplish objectives and measureable goals efficiently.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage, with current and new constituencies.
  • Familiarity with current, effective business systems and practices for non-profits.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and implementing a comprehensive fund raising plan.
Starting Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000, annually depending upon qualifications and experience, with benefits including health insurance, vacation, sick leave and paid opportunities for professional development.

To be considered for this challenging opportunity, please submit a letter of interest and resume with names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three references to Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2015 or until position is filled.

About the Andrew County Community
Savannah offers a small-town atmosphere with shops, restaurants, and businesses surrounding the town square and restored county courthouse. Andrew Countians enjoy outstanding schools and a wide range of recreational activities including community parks, playgrounds, swimming pool, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and the award-winning 18-hole Duncan Hills Golf Course that many larger towns would be hard-pressed to match. St. Joseph and Kansas City are easily accessible from Savannah.

Over the past decade, the Museum has:
  • Completed an $850,000 capital campaign to support the new exhibit program;
  • Passed a county-wide sales tax to support the Museum’s annual operating expenses;
  • Actively expanded the museum’s collections to document the county’s history;
  • Created records for artifacts, photographs and documents in a PastPerfect database to manage collection records;
  • Researched, planned and installed a 4,000 square foot interpretive exhibit on the history of the county from 1841-2001;
  • Received a grant from the Messick Trust to purchase a new digital microfilm machine;
  • Received a Missouri Historical Records Grant Program grant to fund a genealogy archival inventory which was forwarded to the state archives;
  • Converted lighting to LED’s and exhibit lighting with the help of a grant from the Messick Trust and a rebate program through Kansas City Power and Light;
  • Installed new projector, screen and sound system in the Duncan Gallery through a Missouri Humanities grant and donations.
For additional information on the Andrew County Museum, please visit the following URL:

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This job posted by MERC from March 3 through March 31.

Executive Director
Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Cambridge Historical Society, a living repository for the tradition and history of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is seeking a dynamic new Executive Director.  The Society links Cambridge to its past, present, and future by providing programming, exhibits, and publications, caring for historic property, archives, and collections, and supporting researchers of all ages in conducting their own research.

The Organization
Founded by a group of historians in 1905, the Cambridge Historical Society (CHS) has promoted a better understanding of history as an important factor in the everyday affairs of the City and its residents for more than 100 years.  Since 1957, CHS has been headquartered at the late-17th-century Hooper-Lee-Nichols House on historic Brattle Street, the second-oldest house in Cambridge. In 2013, the Society completed a renovation of its home, engaging long-time supporters and new friends. A core part of its work has been public programming delivered both at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House and throughout Cambridge.  CHS maintains property entrusted to it and collects, preserves, and interprets items of historical and antiquarian significance and encourages research and involvement in these efforts by its members and the community at large. Please see

Recently, the CHS Council, the Society's governing body, undertook a strategic planning process to set priorities and to guide its programs and investments. The Council articulated an ambitious vision for 2015-18 to demonstrate how the history of Cambridge shapes this vibrant community, informing present-day decision making and planning .  The core of this plan encompasses:
  • Programs (convenings, tours, talks, school programs);
  • Publications (research, newsletters, stories);
  • Exhibits (house and exhibits, online materials, community-based exhibits, community-contributed stories);
  • Researcher support (physical and digital archives, library, collections, staff support).
The new Executive Director will lead this process of growth and renewal.

The Society currently has an annual operating budget of $200,000 and endowment of $500,000.  A strong contingent of volunteers enhances the work of a part-time archivist and full-time Administrative Assistant with the addition of a Program Director planned. An Advisory Council complements the governance work of the Council of 12 members. An Interim Executive Director is actively overseeing the organization during the executive search process.

The Position
The Executive Director will bring a passion for local history and skills that will enable the organization to expand its programs and services. Reporting to the Council through its Chair, the Executive Director will work in partnership to carry out the strategic plan by:
  • Investing in organizational infrastructure (staffing and internal systems) to support program growth;
  • Deepening the impact of programs;
  • Fostering a culture of program experimentation and evaluation;
  • Strengthening CHS’ financial position by continuing to build a culture of philanthropy.
Strategic Leadership
  • Ensure that CHS uses its research and programming resources to maximum advantage.
  • Effectively engage the full Council in high-level fundraising and governance, and work with committees.
  • Participate actively in Council development, including recruitment, orientation, and training.
Programs and Education
  • Oversee and evaluate a robust portfolio of programs and educational activities, including research opportunities that reflect strategic goals and the evolving needs of CHS and Cambridge residents.
  • Promote partnerships with individuals, companies, schools, government, nonprofits, and others.
External Relations
  • Serve as CHS’ face to members, community organizations, municipal/state officials, the media, allied organizations, etc.
  • Serve as CHS’ primary contact with the media (print, electronic and online).
  • Increase CHS' financial resources through a comprehensive fundraising strategy incorporating diverse funding sources, effective donor stewardship, and an infrastructure to ensure success.
  • In collaboration with the Council and staff/consultants, actively cultivate and solicit individual donors.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with foundation and corporate supporters.
  • Ensure a comprehensive marketing approach encompassing branding, printed materials, on-line presence, and thoughtful media strategy.
  • Ensure a robust membership program integrated with the donor relationships program.
Financial Management and Operations
  • Implement systems needed by a growing organization.
  • Ensure fiscal health through sound operations/capital budgeting and monitoring.
  • Ensure the organization fulfills its legal, reporting, and contractual obligations.
  • Work with finance staff to report to the Council, funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure that CHS effectively uses and protects its physical assets (building and grounds, archives, etc.).
Human Resources
  • Maintain effective management and human resource policies and procedures.
  • Supervise (hire, evaluate, coach, terminate, etc.) staff, outside contractors, and consultants.
Qualities, Experience, and Skills Desired
  • Leadership experience and distinguished record at a senior level in a public-facing organization;
  • Ability and desire to help execute an ambitious plan for growth;
  • Successful track record of donor cultivation and solicitation and ability to reach out to current and potential donors;
  • Strong staff and organization management experience/skills;
  • Advanced degree preferred, with comparable experience considered. Expertise in history, historic preservation, museum/cultural resource studies, or related fields preferred.
TO APPLY:  Please send a comprehensive letter of application outlining relevant skills and experience, resume, and salary history to Susan Egmont, Principal, Egmont Associates at

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This job posted by MERC from February 10 through May 11.

Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece


The Benaki Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, and experienced Director to replace Professor Angelos Delivorrias. The new Director will undertake responsibility in coming years for the Benaki Museum, one of the most important museums in Greece.

Τhe position
The Director of the Benaki Museum, with a leading role in planning and implementing the Museum’s strategy, which remains fully in harmony with the identity, tradition, and overall policy of the Foundation as these were shaped by the Museum’s founder and continue to be consistently implemented. Management modernization, growth, and financial robustness are essential for the Museum’s future and the fulfillment of its purpose.

  • Reports to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and faithfully implements its decisions 
  • Proposes strategic and operational priorities, yearly and long-term goals, and reviews of Foundation policies to improve its services and operations 
  • Leads a staff of 180 and large number of volunteers. Motivates and encourages the Foundation’s staff and closely monitors their progress and performance 
  • Provides the link between the Board of Trustees and personnel 
  • Oversees the growth and organization of collections, with responsibility for their enrichment through donations and where possible, purchases 
  • Promotes research and the use of new technologies for optimum knowledge and use of the Museum collections 
  • Holds joint responsibility for the Foundation’s finances with the Financial Director 
  • Plays the chief role in the formulation of fund-raising strategy and is active in related activities 
  • Formulates and presents the multi-faceted program of the Museum (exhibitions, publications, educational and research activities, etc.) strictly within the framework of the yearly budget
  • Is responsible for the further strengthening and advancement of the Museum’s outward orientation, and for promoting the Museum’s activities locally and internationally 
  • Is responsible for the Museum’s public image and represents it, maintaining direct and ongoing contact with authorities, society, and the Foundation’s supporters as well as with corresponding organizations abroad
The prospective candidate should have:
  • Significant experience in a museum, educational, or other cultural organization 
  • Administrative abilities
  • A charismatic and outgoing personality and be at ease in interacting with others 
  • Excellent ability in spoken and written Greek, English, and at least one additional foreign language 
  • Experience in the evaluation and management of research, EU, and other programs 
  • A post-graduate degree (preferably, PhD) in a scholarly field relevant to the broader themes encompassed by the Museum’s collections and/or museum operation
Five-year term with the possibility of renewal 

The curriculum vitae can be accompanied by relevant publications. All documents should be submitted

Letters of reference will be requested in the next stage of application review.

Review of application files will begin at the end of February 2015 and continue until the position is filled or the completion of the process, at the discretion of the Foundation. 

For relevant information, please contact Ms. Myrto Kaouki:

To view this position announcement on the Benaki Museum website, visit -

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This job posted by MERC from February 3 through May 4.

President and CEO
The Frazier History Museum
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

The President and CEO will work closely with the Board to realize the founder’s vision and define a strategic plan for the museum. The next leader will also provide financial acumen, Board engagement, external relations/community engagement and general oversight of operations and staff. The position oversees an existing management team of six direct reports and will evolve and grow the leadership structure to meet the future needs of the Museum.

The next President and CEO will be charged with executing a strategic planning process, which is to include both the development of a clear and exciting vision, as well as an action plan to achieve well-defined goals and metrics. In particular, there is a strong desire for the museum to achieve accreditation and this will be a key focus for the next President and CEO. S/he will serve as the chief ambassador for future success and active partnerships that advance the museum as an integral contributor to a broad range of community interests and audiences. These interests are diverse, educationally engaging, family-oriented, business-friendly and collaborative, both locally and in the wider community/region. This next leader is charged with successfully packaging and telling the Frazier’s story to those diverse audiences, bringing a fresh perspective and best practices.

Founded in 2004, the Frazier History Museum is a world-class museum that provides an unforgettable journey through more than 1,000 years of history with ever-changing and interactive exhibits, daily performances by costumed interpreters and engaging special events and programs. The museum is located on downtown Louisville’s “Museum Row” in a beautiful 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility originally called the “Doerhoefer Building,” a late 19th century, Chicago-style commercial structure. For more information on Museum Row, please visit

To apply, candidates must complete the online application at and thereon submit their cover letter and resume.

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This job posted by MERC from January 23 through April 24.

MSU Museum Director
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

MSU Museum Director Position

Michigan State University seeks a dynamic leader with significant museum experience to serve as director of its AAM-accredited science and culture museum. Founded in 1857 as part of the university’s land-grant mission, the MSU Museum,, serves university and world-wide academic communities, scholars and public audiences through collections, research, exhibitions, public programs and services. MSU itself began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and the Museum reflects its broad, multi-disciplinary scope and commitment to excellence.

The new director will advance the Museum’s mission of research, scholarship and public engagement, provide sound management and fiscal direction, and balance the unique needs and interests of multiple constituencies. The new director will obtain extramural funding, and strengthen university investment in support of scholarship, technology, education, exhibition and distance learning activities of the Museum. The new director will enhance collaborations among the MSU Museum, other academic units and other organizations where they intersect with teaching, research, exhibits, and public programs.

The MSU Museum has significant science and culture collections that include approximately one million specimens and objects in Anthropology, Natural Science, Folk Arts and History. It is comprised of 30 full and part-time administrative, faculty, curatorial and support staff. The public museum building contains exhibits, natural science collections, and office space. Additional science and culture collections are housed in three other campus buildings. The collections are accessible through multiple national and international electronic databases. The staff members are engaged in exhibition development, including a traveling exhibition service. They are involved locally, nationally and internationally in research, scholarship, the development of collections and electronic access to collections data. Staff members also work with diverse communities in research and programming. The MSU Museum is a CITES-registered scientific institution, and a partner with the Michigan Council! of Arts and Cultural Affairs in select statewide programs.

The MSU Museum is administered by the Office of the Provost; the director reports to the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. MSU Colleges of Arts and Letters, Social Science, Natural Science, Education and Agriculture and Natural Resources/Extension provide funding and staff to the museum. The Museum cultivates and maintains interdisciplinary linkages across campus, particularly in college-based programs in the sciences, arts and humanities, and international studies.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • an innovative vision for a multidisciplinary university museum
  • extensive executive leadership experience in a museum
  • a proven record of sound administrative and fiscal management, and experience with accreditation and/or best practices in professional museum standards
  • demonstrated success in extramural grants, fundraising and growing membership base
  • evidence of successful collaboration with diverse stake-holders
  • a terminal degree in a discipline related and complementary to the work and collections of the Museum
  • a significant record of scholarship and research
For inquiries and additional information, contact the chair of the search committee, Professor Margaret Crocco (

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2015. To apply, please submit a cover letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and three representative scholarly publications through the MSU COMPASS application system for job posting #0659.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and members of minorities are strongly encouraged. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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This job posted by MERC from January 22 through April 21.

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Washington, D.C., USA

The Opportunity

The Lemelson Center seeks a new Director who will lead historical scholarship, exhibitions, and programmatic initiatives. The Director will guide the Center as a distinguished expert on the history of invention and innovation, and serve as the champion for the Center’s educational outreach effort. This is an opportunity to lead a motivated staff and fulfill the Center’s strategic mission, drawing on consistent, protected funding from the current Lemelson endowment.

The ideal candidate must be passionate about the history of invention, its relevance to modern innovation and historical scholarship. S/he is an interdisciplinary interpreter, teacher and storyteller who can inspire diverse audiences, create interest in the Center’s content and, through strategic programming, inspire young and old to explore their innate inventiveness.

To learn more, please see the detailed position profile here.

About the Organization

One of America’s most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson believed that invention and innovation play a critical role in shaping our future. Jerome and his wife Dorothy Lemelson made a generous donation to establish the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Within the Smithsonian Institution, the Lemelson Center is distinguished as the hub for testing bold, new ideas, and stepping beyond traditional boundaries.

Learn more about the Lemelson Center, previous events, research, publications, exhibits and programming on the Center’s website.

Desired Skills and Experience

Candidates should bring a discipline for strategic content and operations planning, taking into consideration revenue generation, staff planning, on-site and traveling exhibits, curatorial partnerships and published research.

Candidates must have a compelling background that demonstrates relevant professional and/or academic experience in the history of invention, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Experience in a museum and curatorial setting is not required. However, exposure through board, consultation or advisory experience is desirable. We are also open to non-traditional candidates that might come from industry, academia, or other fields. An advanced degree is required, and a Ph.D. is preferred.

To Be Considered

Please submit your resume to and include a cover letter that describes how your skill set and background aligns with the demands of the position. Letters should be addressed to Tom Waldron.

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This job posted by MERC from January 21 through April 22.

Executive Director
The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

MISSION STATEMENT: The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of play.

Reports directly to the Board of Directors FULL TIME/EXEMPT

Over the last decade, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) has become a regional destination for interactive learning and PLAY for children and families in South Carolina and the Southeast. CML has continually expanded programs and opportunities to further its mission. In order to carry forth their mission into their next ten years and continue to address the specific needs of children and families in South Carolina, the Board, through a thorough strategic planning process has identified three core overarching principles to help guide the organization's work:
  • Play Framework: Explore, consolidate, and advance CML’s understanding of and distinct approach to play for its audiences; how it will translate its expertise into play and learning experiences and environments and customer service; and how it will communicate its value and benefits to stakeholders and partners.
  • Early Connections – Birth to Three: A comprehensive set of services, experiences, and supporting practices that enables CML to fully serve its youngest audience and their grownups; contributes to the area’s early childhood resources; and distinguishes CML from other early childhood venues through developmentally, “just right” play-based experiences and environments that engage and make young children’s potential visible.
  • Families Together: A broad, flexible approach to engaging families of all backgrounds with varied interests and children of different ages that is capable of serving the family as a cohesive, on-going group as well as supporting relationships and interactions among family members.
We seek a visionary leader with a passion for early childhood education and PLAY. CML’s vision is to be a pioneer in improving the welfare of children in the Charleston Tri-County community; the Board seeks an Executive Director who has a passion and vision for executing CML’s vision. Experience working in an educational setting that values and sustains a strong public-private partnership and a high level of community engagement and impact would be ideal. The desire and ability to easily blend into the community culture is expected, including efforts to reach out to multiple and highly diverse constituent groups.

The person we seek will have the ability to passionately articulate the story of the museum's mission and plans. This person must eagerly and enthusiastically assume the role of the public face of the museum. A background in the successful development of constituent relations that result in major individual gifts, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and other sources of philanthropic support will be a significant factor in candidate selection. Experience using traditional and non-traditional fundraising techniques is expected.

This person must demonstrate consistent success in selecting competent staff and developing a cohesive team of professionals. A leadership approach that is described as accessible, supportive and empowering must be demonstrated, but also balanced by strong decision-making and results-oriented accountability. An understanding of informal, hands-on education programs in a setting like the museum would be highly advantageous. The ability to utilize as well as motivate volunteer resources is strongly valued.

We seek a business-principled leader with a successful track record of astute financial administration and strong operations management. Knowledge and experience gained from working in cultural, entertainment, or destination venues is highly desired. A keen understanding of what it takes to promote highly-effective, customer-centric practices and attitudes from within (i.e. enhancing the visitor experience) is a must. Expertise in the area of childhood development would be a plus.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required; a graduate degree(s) is highly preferable. Evidence of continuing education in museum management, general business, finance, marketing or related disciplines would be expected.

Early Childhood Education and PLAY

  • Inspire and lead CML’s staff and programs related to education and PLAY
  • Oversee and manage organizational and programmatic goals related to educational vision and strategic plan
  • Be an ambassador and thought leader in the community related to early education
  • Management and Administration
  • Provide leadership in developing and managing organizational and financial plans.
  • Carry out plans and policies as authorized by the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee maintenance of financial and donor databases to ensure both are current and accurate.
  • Oversee fiscal responsibility for the annual operating budget.
  • Provide financial oversight and report to the Board regularly.
  • Oversee programming and volunteer outreach and management.
  • Provide direction on operations and exhibits ensuring they are within budget and tied to CML’s Strategic Plan.
  • Oversee the planning and construction of a small (1,200 sq. ft) museum expansion project.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of nonprofit development, museum leadership, and museum operations.
Development and Fundraising
  • Lead a multi-million dollar capital fundraising campaign for the museum. Additional fundraising responsibilities will include oversight of annual campaign, donor solicitation, special events and grant development.
  • Oversee and assist in fundraising efforts including major gifts and other personal individual solicitations.
  • Participate and support ongoing prospecting and donor cultivation programs.
  • Ensures that a diverse development strategy of philanthropic, grants/contracts and Federal/State is adopted and implemented resulting in a diverse revenue stream for CML.
Board Relations and Communications
  • Assist the Board in maintaining and promoting the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Initiate and assist in recommending and setting priorities.
  • Work with the Board to ensure effective and efficient committee structures.
  • Communicate regularly with the Board Chair.
  • Serve as liaison to Board committees.
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection and orientation of new Board members and officers.
  • Assist the Board Chair in planning the agenda and materials for Board meetings and planning retreats.
  • Provide an Executive Director's report at Board meetings.
Stakeholder Relationships
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with key elected officials, community leaders, donors and potential donors.
Public Relations and Communications
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for CML in order to increase awareness for the center and its programs.
  • Oversee all internal and external communications, including fundraising materials, newsletters, donor letters, event programs, brochures, flyers and press releases.
  • Develop and administer Board approved personnel policies.
  • Provide for adequate supervision and evaluation of all staff.
  • Encourage staff development and education.
Characteristics, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Passion for early childhood education and PLAY
  • Demonstrated management experience, including staff development, fundraising experience and working knowledge of non-profit organizations.
  • Proven and demonstrated performance within an area of development: Evidence of clear administrative skills, leadership, ability to work with volunteers.
  • Philanthropic
  • Grant writing and or working knowledge and understanding in this area
  • State and Federal funding
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly motivated and committed to the mission and programs of CML.
  • Ability to immediately establish relationships with leaders in the community, volunteers, board members, staff and donors.
  • High level of energy and enthusiasm.
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

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This job posted by MERC from January 12 through April 14.

Yellowstone Historic Center
West Yellowstone, Montana, USA

Yellowstone Historic Center
PO Box 1299
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Phone & Fax: 406-646-7461

Job Title: Yellowstone Historic Center Manager
Date Posted: January 5, 2015
Posting Expires: Open until filled

The Yellowstone Historic Center (YHC), a 501 (c)(3) corporation, operates a Museum focused on the history of transportation to Yellowstone National Park and manages an extensive collection of archival and display artifacts. The Museum is housed in the 1909 Union Pacific Railroad Depot in the Town of West Yellowstone, Montana, near the west entrance to the Park; it opens seasonally, May to October. The YHC also works closely with the Town to preserve its Historic District, which includes the largest intact assemblage of historic railroad buildings in the country. The YHC employs one full-time Manager, a seasonal Museum Manager, and 4-6 part-time museum workers.

The YHC seeks a dynamic manager to provide effective and enthusiastic leadership, and to direct planning, administration, staffing, and museum operations. The Manager will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the YHC’s fundraising endeavors, exhibitions, collections management, and community outreach. The ideal candidate is a disciplined yet flexible self-starter who enjoys both leading teams to handle multiple activities during busy times, and taking advantage of quiet times to work independently and productively on long-term goals. This is a full-time position and includes occasional weekend, evening, and off-site duties.


Required Knowledge, Skills, Training, and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a management level position, demonstrating a strong working relationship with staff and effective supervision of projects and operations
  • Strong track record of leadership; proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to take initiative to plan, set priorities, organize, delegate and follow through to completion areas of responsibility in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising skills
  • Some understanding of how non-profit organizations operate
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; comfortable learning new software
  • Ability to perform some physical labor, including lifting and climbing stairs
  • Professional integrity with strong commitment to ethical standards
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Training, and Experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field related to history, museum studies, or non-profit management from an accredited college or university, or equivalent
  • Basic knowledge of western American history, especially of transportation and visitation to Yellowstone since its founding
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a culture that attracts, motivates and retains skilled and dedicated staff and volunteers
  • Non-profit experience as an employee or a volunteer in a leadership position
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with boards, staff, volunteers, community leaders, stakeholders, and other museums and professional organizations
  • Experience in managing museum or similar facilities open to the public
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising, especially through grant applications, events, and donor development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations
  • Experience in planning, developing and installing exhibitions
  • Experience and training in collections accessioning, care and preservation
  • Proficiency in Past Perfect museum management software
  • Experience using a dynamic website and social media to increase an organization’s visibility and engagement with stakeholders
  • Ability to use the seasonal cycle of museum operations in a strategic way to move the organization forward
The YHC, at its discretion, may choose to use alternate combinations of knowledge, skills, training and experience, other than those listed above, in determining candidates to interview and/or offer employment.

Salary Range: $40K to $60K, commensurate with qualifications and experience

For more information: Please send an email to with “Manager Job Description” in the subject line. For more information about the YHC, please visit the website:

To apply: Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and a list of three professional references by e-mail to the YHC. Include “Manager Job Application” in the subject line of the e-mail. Please include your answers to the following questions in your letter:
  1. What do you feel is the most important ability or experience that you can offer the YHC? How have you used it successfully in the past, and how might it benefit the YHC?
  2. Name three qualities you think make for an effective leader and tell us why. Give an example of a time you drew on one such quality in yourself, what doing that looked like, and what the result was.
We will acknowledge the receipt of your application via email, and exceptional candidates will be invited for an in-person interview with members of the YHC’s Board of Directors.

Please reference when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from January 5 through April 6.

The last update to this page was 3-23-15.