Director Positions

Director Coach & Livestock
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Primary Duties

Provides leadership for Colonial Williamsburg’s Coach and Livestock program. Provides direct or indirect supervision to 15 - 20 employees and 10 - 15 volunteers working in coach operations, the stable, and rare breeds interpretation.

Develops innovative approaches to educating and interpreting rare breeds and 18th-century American farm life to guests and general public. In conjunction with Program Development staff, works with staff in Coach and Livestock to develop engaging interpretive programs that provide interactive, immersive experiences for guests. Supports the educational mission of Colonial Williamsburg and the foundation’s comprehensive interpretive plan. Observes and assesses programs and provides critical feedback as needed.

Directs the personnel and employment of human resources which includes interviewing, hiring, training, encouraging, coaching, disciplining, and terminating employees; administers an effective performance management system; provides training and development opportunities for supervisors and employees; and, when necessary, counsels and terminates employees. Ensures that supervisors understand and follow Foundation and personnel policies and procedures.

Establishes and monitors the enforcement of safety standards in the Coach and Livestock operation.

Establishes and enforces standards ensuring that Colonial Williamsburg provides the highest level of animal care. Works with supervisors and other employees to set up practices that guard the animal’s health and to ensure that the stables and pastures meet all safety and health standards. Maintains contact with veterinarians and animal health care professionals.

Works with head coach driver in setting and maintaining maintenance standards for the coaches. Directly oversees the restoration of carriages and the purchase of correct materials used. Works directly with carriage vendors to design authentic vehicles that meet modern safety requirements.

Develops sources of supplies including feed, bedding, equipment, livestock, vehicles, etc.

Develops long-term plans for the Coach and Livestock unit. Ensures the plans meet the interpretive and business objectives of the Foundation and division.

Oversees preparation of unit budgets of over $1 million. Monitors the budgets to ensure the achievement of revenue and expense targets. Adjusts budgets to accommodate business needs when necessary.

Works with harness makers and wheelwrights to furnish Coach and Livestock program with necessary equipment. Assists tradesmen in researching period equipment and in developing specifications for reproductions to be used by Coach and Livestock program.

Works with staff from Development to develop donor opportunities for the Coach and Livestock program including assisting with the development of funding proposals, cultivation of donors and prospective donors, writing reports, and managing gift accounts.

Provides support for special programs inside and outside the Foundation.

Establishes and maintains ties with other authorities in a variety of fields including coach and livestock, rare breeds, saddle and harness making, wheel and coach making. Represents Colonial Williamsburg at conferences, seminars, etc.

Application Qualifications

In-depth working knowledge of animal husbandry and a background in driving horses – singles, pairs, and teams. Scholarly experience in researching and presenting information on historical topics to a public audience. Proven experience training and working with carriage horses, experience assessing and buying carriage horses and experience in maintaining and restoring carriages. Experience developing funding proposals and cultivating donors. Strong organizational skills; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to plan, develop, organize, implement, and evaluate programs; ability to lead work teams and manage personnel; ability to develop and manage budgets – generally gained through completion of a four year degree in management or animal husbandry, plus a minimum of ten years experience in a livestock operation including five years supervisory experience. Must be able to work flexible schedules including weekends, holidays and evenings.

Must possess a valid Commonwealth of Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record as measured against Colonial Williamsburg’s criteria.

Highly desired: Experience working in a living history museum; program development experience; scholarly publications.

Hiring rate: Commensurate with experience.

Relocation Eligible: yes



Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

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This job posted by MERC from April 7 through July 7.

Historical Writer, American Revolution
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Washington, DC, USA

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is seeking a skilled writer and historian to work with the executive director and staff of the Institute to create materials on the Revolutionary War, including web-based and traditional print publications and educational enrichment materials.

The qualifications for the position are simple and very specific: extensive knowledge of the American Revolution, particularly the military history of the Revolutionary War, and the ability to write about this subject gracefully and quickly.

The American Revolution Institute is the programmatic arm of the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783 by the officers of the Continental Army to perpetuate the memory of the American Revolution. The Institute supports advanced study, presents exhibitions and other public programs, advocates preservation of Revolutionary War battlefields and provides resources to teachers and students to enrich understanding of our War for Independence and the principles of the men and women who secured the liberty of the American people. The Institute includes a rare book and manuscript library and a museum collection focused on the Revolutionary War and conducts a wide array of educational programs to carry out the mission first articulated by George Washington, Henry Knox and the other founders of the Society.

This is a full-time position on the staff of the Society of the Cincinnati, reporting directly to the executive director. The position includes a starting salary of $40-45,000 plus health insurance and retirement benefits. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest, background and qualifications, a resume and at least two writing samples of any length. Particularly promising applicants will be contacted by e-mail and asked to respond in writing to a selection of prompts relating to the American Revolution. The purpose of this exercise is to assess ability to write on assignment for a deadline, which is a critical aspect of the position. Interviews will be held at the Society’s Washington, D.C., headquarters or by phone. This position will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to Jack D. Warren, Jr., Executive Director, at

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This job posted by MERC from April 3 through July 3.

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
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:

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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.

The last update to this page was 4-23-15.