Director Positions

Museum Director
City of Ketchikan
Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

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

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

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

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

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

Museum Account Manager
Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Do You Know the Museum World? We Should Talk.

We’re Chicago Scenic Studios. We give our clients Solutions that Engage™ from broadcast sets and live events to museum exhibits and branded environments.

We’re in the midst of amazing growth, and we need a face for our Museums and Environments divisions to tell the story of how we help our clients.

That’s where you come in.

You know the museum world inside and out. You’ll help our valued clients and prospects understand what’s kept us busy providing solutions for almost 40 years.

Your degree may not have anything to do with museums, but your knowledge of them is crucial. You also have a pretty good idea about what keeps clients up at night.

If you have selling experience, we’ll look at your skills closely. But if not that’s okay too, because we’ll make sure you learn those skills.

Please go to our website Careers page at and give us your resume and salary requirements. Like our long track record with clients, we have an even longer track record with our valued employees.

If you want to help us achieve our ambitious growth plans, we want to hear from you!

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This job posted by MERC from July 19 through October 18.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) invites applications for the position of Director, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This institution is part of the Presidential Library System, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located in Boston, MA.

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

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

This position is an excepted service Senior Level (SL) appointment within the Federal Government and serves at the pleasure of the Archivist of the United States. The salary range for the position is $123,175 - $170,400. Relocation expenses may be paid. Detailed information about NARA and the national Presidential Library System is available at The deadline to apply is August 22, 2016.

  • Extensive experience directing a historical, archival, cultural, philanthropic, educational, or governmental institution.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and maintaining public-private or other coalitions and partnerships to advance the programs and missions of a public or private institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and to create a dynamic working environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a large, complex organization.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Creative and thoughtful regarding the utilization of new technologies
  • Innovative thinker in leveraging NARA and Foundation assets to market the museum to drive attendance
  • Excellent judgement and creative problem solving skills
  • Exceptional negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Interest and understanding of events and issues of the 20th Century sufficient to contribute appropriate historical perspective and intellectual leadership to the work of the Library and Museum and its presentation to the public.
  • U.S. citizenship is required for this position.
To Apply:
The deadline to apply is August 22, 2016. Applicants should submit a resume and a statement addressing how their qualifications and experience relate to the requirements outlined above to the following address:

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

Fax: 301-837-3199

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This job posted by MERC from July 18 through August 22.

Executive Director
National Capital Radio & Television Museum
Bowie, Maryland, USA

Position Overview
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the National Capital Radio & Television (NCRTV) Museum, including, but not limited to: fundraising, staff supervision, planning, financial management, program management, marketing, and community relations. This work is subject to Board oversight. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board in putting into practice the Board’s vision for the Museum.

Reporting Relationships
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and manages a part time staff of 1 as well as approximately 25 volunteers and docents.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Key responsibilities include overseeing and managing all aspects of the Museum’s operations, exhibits, and education programming; coordinating all aspects of NCRTV’s fundraising; serving as NCRTV’s face to the community; establishing and nurturing key collaborations with local and regional partners; overseeing the development of innovative new programming; capitalizing on education outreach opportunities; and developing and executing a long-term strategic plan for the Museum.

Oversee and Manage All Activities of NCRTV
Develop annual budget and deliver results against budget
Set direction and create alignment around responsibilities
  • Delegate appropriate activities/authority
Manage relationship with 3rd party accounting partner
Prepare/actively focus Board on key organizational and operational issues as part of Board & committee meetings
Work closely with Executive Committee and the Board to develop and execute strategic plan for Museum

Represent NCRTV in the Community
Manage ongoing strategic partnerships
Develop/secure new strategic partnerships
Represent the Museum at community and foundation events
Manage Museum publicity

Lead Operating Fund Development
Develop fundraising strategy for all areas of development support for the museum, including, but not limited to:
  • Foundations
  • Corporations
  • Individuals
  • Museum-developed and implemented fundraising opportunities (e.g., annual fundraiser and capital campaign)
Coordinate grant writing and board and staff involvement in development
Coordinate annual gala or other fundraising activities

Other Key Responsibilities
Conduct annual performance evaluations of volunteers and docents
Create and implement strategic plan for Board development
Recruit and interview potential new Board members (with Board Development Committee)
Network with other non-profit executive directors in community

This is a one-half to three-quarter-time position.

To apply: send letter of inquiry, resume, and three references to:

Please no phone call or email inquiries.

Resumes will be evaluated immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

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This job posted by MERC from May 24 through August 25.

Executive Director
Museum of Danish America
Elk Horn, Iowa, USA


The executive director’s role has both strategic and operational components. The executive director has the day-to-day administrative responsibility for achieving the organizational mission of the Museum of Danish America, implementing the strategic plan, and assuring the efficient and effective operation of the organization. To do this he/she works closely with the museum’s Board of Directors through the Board’s President and Executive Committee to develop policies, procedures, budgets and strategic plans that realize the museum’s mission and vision. He/she also assures compliance with legal, financial, accounting and ethical requirements, including the standards and practices set forth by the American Alliance of Museums.


Vision, Mission, and Strategies
Working with the board and staff, the executive director must develop a shared vision for the future of the museum, build understanding around the current mission, and develop appropriate goals and strategies to advance that mission.

Accomplishment of Management Objectives
Working with the board, the executive director establishes operational objectives that support the strategic plan. The executive director is responsible for leading the staff in the implementation of the strategic plan and any annual plans.

Program Management
The Museum of Danish America carries out its mission by offering specific exhibits and programs. The executive director leads the staff in managing and administering these exhibits and programs.

Effectiveness in Fund Raising and Resource Development
The executive director, in partnership with the board and appropriate staff, is responsible for developing and implementing appropriate fund-raising and financial development strategies. The executive director and board use their combined strengths, knowledge, and relationships to help the museum achieve its objectives.

Fiscal Management
Ensuring that income is managed wisely is especially important for a museum. It is the role of the executive director to see that solid planning and budgeting systems are in place and that the museum’s goals and strategic plan serve as the basis for sound financial planning. In addition, it is the executive director’s responsibility to ensure that qualified staff are hired to accurately monitor, assess, and manage the financial health of the museum.

Operations Management
The executive director is responsible for day-to-day management. The executive director works with staff to develop, maintain, and use the systems and resources that facilitate the effective operation of the museum.

The Executive Director/Board Partnership
The executive director and the board must work together as partners. Each arm of leadership draws upon its own unique strengths and abilities. The executive director and the board have joint responsibility for developing and maintaining a strong working relationship and a system for sharing information.

External Liaison and Public Image
The executive director, staff and board members are key players in establishing and maintaining positive relationships with the many groups that support the work of the museum.

Other Duties
Performs other duties, included but not limited to duties as assigned, some of which may include the development and creation of a variety of copyrightable works included but not limited to print, photography, film, music, visual arts, etc. for distribution in any and all media and formats on a world-wide basis, all of which shall be for the benefit of the Museum.


Has the cultural knowledge and intellectual vision to lead the Museum of Danish America which includes having knowledge of or affinity for learning about Danish and Danish American culture. Danish language skill is highly desired.

Is a good communicator who can articulate the museum’s vision and non-profit niche to attract and retain public constituencies. Communication competency is required in written and spoken communication and in the ability to make effective, credible presentations.

Works cooperatively and effectively in supervising and directing museum staff to create well-conceived programs that serve the museum’s membership and wider publics and develops supportive constituencies.

Increases the financial base by expanding private contributors, increasing institutional collaboration, and developing new approaches to potential constituencies.

Interacts well with people and is open to suggestions and perspectives of others.

Exhibits deep commitment and integrity

Manages by organizing effectively, putting quality first

Plans realistically

Understands and manages finances soundly

Creates and maintains a donor focus

Builds a competent diverse and empowered workforce

To apply mail cover letter, resume and three references to:

Ms. Terri Johnson
Administrative Manager
Museum of Danish America
2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, IA 51531

OR send email to:

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This job posted by MERC from May 16 through August 17.

Executive Director
Bolduc Museum
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, USA

New France—The Other Colonial America, At The Bolduc Museum in Ste. Genevieve


The New France Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration, program development, and implementation of the strategic plan of The National Society of the Colonial Dames in America in the State of Missouri with special attention to the educational program and curatorial activities of the Bolduc Historic Properties Committee.  Other duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

General Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will report to the Bolduc Historic Properties Committee of the NSCDA-MO and to its governing Board and support its organizational mission as defined by the Board and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Executive Director will be responsible for communicating with the Committee in a timely and accurate manner all information necessary for the Committee to function properly and make informed decisions. The Executive Director will also supervise the maintenance of NSCDA-MO records required as Headquarters of the State Society.

The Executive Director shall be responsible for monthly reports to Bolduc Historic Properties Committee as well as development of the New France annual budget, to be approved by the Bolduc Historic Properties Committee and NSCDA-MO Board. The Executive Director will make day-to-day operating decisions within the limitations of the approved budget unless otherwise approved by the Bolduc Historic Properties Committee and NSCDA-MO Board.

Administrative responsibilities of the Executive Director will include supervision of all New France personnel as well as oversight of daily and long-term maintenance of New France properties. The Executive Director is responsible for the hiring, annual employee reviews, and, if needed, termination of paid staff as well as their compliance with New France employment policies. The Executive Director will also maintain ongoing communication with outside professionals who contract with New France in service of its mission and ongoing operations. Responsibility of ongoing operations includes preparation of financial information required for government and grant reporting and required audits. The Executive Director will supervise a program of internal professional development that shall include but not be limited to all staff and volunteer training, broadening internship opportunities, and assistance to visiting scholars and researchers.

The Executive Director is responsible for development of resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of New France through grants, fundraising events, annual giving and capital campaigns, Friends of New France, corporate giving, as well as fees from facility rental, entertainment events, educational programs and merchandise marketing. The Executive Director shall maintain direct relationships with donors and be responsible for accurate donation records and communication as well as donor appreciation events and gifts. The Executive Director shall supervise the management of the Museum Store (including internet sales), event and facility rental, as well as any food and beverage services and keep the Bolduc Historic Properties Committee apprised of branding, merchandising, and financial opportunities that support the financial self-sustainability of New France in accordance with its strategic plan.

The Executive Director will promote the awareness and advancement of New France's mission through outreach including but not limited to local and state professional and civic organizations, educational institutions of all levels, historic preservation associations, international relations and multi-cultural associations, hereditary societies, and other museums. The Executive Director shall oversee continuing communication of New France's mission to all members of the public and promote New France's programs and development through its newsletter and other materials as well as online and social media sites. The Executive Director must be able to travel as needed both in-state and nationally. The Executive Director must be willing to participate in local, state, and national organizations and on boards in support of New France's mission. The Executive Director must be capable of confidently communicating New France's mission through public speaking and written communication in a variety of media incorporating a broad range of technological aids.

Given New France's unique legacy, the Executive Director shall give particular attention to promote programs, services, and activities that expand awareness of Colonial French history and the New France's archives, artifacts, and collections, in accordance with the Bylaws of the NSCDA. The Executive Director shall oversee programs that include but are not limited to special exhibits; online educational opportunities; homeschool, private, and public school workshops and class materials; Living History events; re-enactments; entertainment events; and, scholarly lectures, seminars, and colloquia. 

Job requirements include: 
  • A bachelor's degree but preference will be given to a master's degree in non-for-profit management, museum studies, French or Colonial history, historic preservation, marketing, or a related field; CFRE; or, Certificate of Fundraising Management.
  • Minimum of five years working in a supervisory capacity in fund-raising, not-for-profit management, or museum management. Proof of successful supervisory management is required.
  • Successful experience in grant writing and competitive grant awards.
  • Understanding of standard accounting practices in not-for-profit management.
  • Experience with federal and state reporting materials and procedures.
  • Proven experience in oral and written communication (published writing sample required).
  • Preference given to applicants with Living History or re-enactment experience.
  • Preference given to applicants with board understanding of French and Colonial history as well as proficiency in French.
  • Preference given to applicants with familiarity in facility and grounds maintenance.
  • Preference given to applicants with experience with Part Perfect 4.0 Museum Management Software.
  • Must be able to relocate to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
  • Must be able to travel locally, throughout Missouri, and nationally, if needed.
Application Information:

Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and resume to:
Bettina Esser
109 Forest Club Dr.
Chesterfield, MO  63005

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This job posted by MERC from May 16 through August 17.

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