Director Positions

Executive Director
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Dennis, Massachusetts, USA

The Cape Cod Museum of Art, (CCMoA) with a mission to educate, inspire and excite the imagination of all through its outstanding collection and diverse exhibitions and programs, seeks a dynamic, outgoing Executive Director with experience in financial management and fundraising and an enthusiasm for art to lead the organization into the future as it prepares for its 4oth anniversary. The director will manage an enthusiastic and devoted staff of nine part-time and contractual employees and a dedicated group of 100+ volunteers and will manage an annual operating budget of $500,000. CCMoA has approximately 1,400 members and an annual visitation of about 18,000.

The Museum, founded by area artists in 1981 to preserve the work of Cape Cod’s finest artists and celebrate the distinctive artistic identity of the Cape, is a major hub of cultural creativity on the Cape. The Museum is situated in a beautiful campus-like setting that includes the Cape Cinema, a 1930s movie house that has been restored to its original glory, and the Cape Playhouse, which features seasonal live theater performances. CCMoA has seven galleries for its active exhibition program; the Weny Education Center and studio space; the Harry Holl Sculpture and Clay Studio; an auditorium, and a museum shop. The Yasuna Denny Sculpture Garden encourages visitors to explore the museum’s grounds. CCMoA is part of the Cape Cod Museum Trail, a consortium of museums in the region that work together to coordinate and publicize their organizations and events.

Essential Job Functions
  • Lead the strategic operation and administration of the organization. Provide creative visioning and effective leadership for all Museum program
  • Direct daily museum operations.
  • Oversee development and implementation of annual operating budget, monitor budget, and effectively manage resources.
  • Hire and supervise all paid and volunteer staff, ensuring that sound policies and procedures are in place and followed. Clearly define and manage the roles of staff, volunteers, and the Board to achieve CCMoA goals.
  • Oversee development, implementation, and promotion of programs, exhibits, special events, other activities.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board of Trustees and its chairperson. Attend all Board and Executive Committee meetings, and other committee meetings as needed. Keep the Board informed of all pertinent issues, and respond promptly and accurately to Board requests for information.
  • With the Communications Director, develop a marketing plan for the Museum and its exhibits and programs. Assist with writing appropriate promotional and educational materials as needed.
  • Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Museum to important external constituencies, including members of the Cape Cod arts and business communities, potential supporters, and the media. Establish and build strong, cooperative relationships, promote visibility, and effectively communicate the vision, values and programs of CCMoA.
  • Ensure that the Museum has a strong buildings and grounds management plan, including long-term and regular capital maintenance needs.
  • Strengthen existing and develop new sustainable funding sources for the Museum.
  • Advocate for the Museum with local, state, and federal governmental agencies and elected officials on issues that affect funding and legislation favorable to nonprofit arts organizations.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate exhibitions, programs, and collections.
  • Working with Exhibits Committee and staff, develop annual schedule of informative, engaging, and relevant exhibitions that will bring new visitors to the Museum while retaining the core audience.
  • With staff, contractual workers, and volunteers, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative programs and events for adults and children, with particular emphasis on attracting new audiences.
  • Supervise the acquisition, management, and care of CCMoA’s permanent collection.
  • Facilitate the acquisitions of new art works through gifts, bequests, and/or purchases. Present new works of art for approval or rejection by the Acquisitions Committee and the Board of Trustees respectively.
  • Give presentations and lectures that promote the Museum, the CCMoA’s permanent collection, and attendant scholarship to museum visitors and community groups.
Required Knowledge, Experience, and Abilities
  • Minimum of five years leadership experience in a museum or similar nonprofit organization preferred. Experience in/enthusiasm for the arts, familiarity with the workings of small organizations, and knowledge of best practices in museum management are desirable.
  • Degree in Museum Studies, Arts/Nonprofit Management/Administration, or similar field. B.A. required. M.A. preferred.
  • A track record as a successful fundraiser, including individual and corporate donor cultivation and asks, grant writing, and familiarity with key funding sources for museums. Successful at raising funds for general operations and special projects.
  • Knowledge of philanthropy on the Cape is beneficial but not required.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • An outgoing, sociable person who can relate to and engage a variety of people; enjoys meeting people, being the public face of the Museum, promoting it, and expanding its base of support.
For more information and a full job announcement, Contact Executive Search Consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at
- Applications must include cover letter, résumé, salary requirement, and names and contact information for three professional references.
- Application deadline: November 27, 2018.
- CCMoA is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from October 19 through November 27.

Executive Director/CEO
By Western Hands
Cody, Wyoming, USA

Ready to put your passion for western arts, your retail experience, your Cowboy Ethics and values and your know-how at managing big projects to work? Based in Cody, Wyoming, one of America’s best small historic towns located near Yellowstone National Park, By Western Hands is seeking a Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.

The primary objectives of the organization are to educate and train the next-generation of western artisans, build a sustainable recognizable brand, conserve and celebrate American western history and educate, promote and preserve western design and functional art.

By Western Hands offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and a proven track record, including health insurance and paid vacation and holiday benefits.

Applicants may submit a resume with qualifications, experience and salary history to Visit the By Western Hands web-site ( today for additional details and a look at the job description.

Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2018. Position start date is January 7, 2019.

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This job posted by MERC from September 28 through October 31.

Executive Director
Loudoun Museum
Leesburg, Virginia, USA

The Loudoun Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of Loudoun County, Virginia, through innovative programming, interactive exhibitions and the unique collections of the Museum, is seeking an Executive Director.

This position’s chief responsibilities will be the following:
  • Overall administration and management of the staff and the museum facility, including budget preparation and management, day-to-day operations of the museum facility, and personnel and volunteer management.
  • In partnership with the Board of Trustees, develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Museum.
  • Oversee the overall exhibition and program development of the museum, including developing high-quality exhibitions, programs and activities (including experiences for school, family, youth, adult, and community audiences).
  • Engage with community organizations, Loudoun Museum members, and local, state and national governmental and educational organizations to build advocacy for the museum and assess community needs and issues.
  • Develop and execute a marketing and strategic communications program in support of the Museum’s goals.
  • Participate in fundraising activities, including grant writing, to support the Museum’s exhibits, conservation and preservation initiatives, and educational programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws as well as financial reporting and audit requirements.
Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree in American Studies, Public History, or Museum Studies, or a closely related field, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in planning, directing, and managing all aspects of a museum, public historical program or institution, business, governmental program, or non-profit organization (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the museum field, current museum practices, and artifact preservation and conservation standards.
  • Curatorial and/or interpretive experience in a museum or corporate history environment.
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with a Board of Trustees.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, colleagues, staff, officials from other governmental and private organizations, and the general public.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and familiarity with, historical and material culture research, issues and trends in regional public history, and general familiarity with American and Virginia history.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising a wide range of staff positions -- both professional and non-professional -- in planning and developing complex projects, such as museum exhibits or educational programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, marketing and strategic communications, and working with membership organizations.
  • Outstanding writing and public speaking skills.
Preferred requirements: Additional years of experience in an academic or interpretive public historical program and/or a PhD degree are desirable.

Salary commensurate with skill and experience. Position is open until filled.

Please submit CV, letter of interest and three professional references to

The Loudoun Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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This job posted by MERC from August 2 through November 1.

The last update to this page was 9-28-18.