EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB SEARCH
Download the job description here.
Deadline: 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River, WY seeks a creative and enthusiastic Executive Director to guide and inspire a diverse and talented staff, foster partnerships, and lead the museum as it grows as a center for cultural and civic engagement.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Established in 1969, the Museum is housed in a renovated 1931 post office building and contains a collection of approximately 40,000 artifacts, county archives with a large historical photograph collection, and local history research material. Sweetwater County has an ethnically diverse history and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum strives to tell the stories of the Native Americans, explorers, fur trappers, travelers of emigrant trails, railroad workers, coal miners, ranchers, cowboys, sheepherders, homesteaders, business people, trona miners, and oil and gas workers who have called this unique landscape home.
The Executive Director is responsible for the development, execution, and management of the policies, programs, and initiatives of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum as guided by its Board of Directors in its mission to preserve and present the story of Sweetwater County. The museum will be celebrating several its 50th anniversary and several other anniversaries of important local events in the coming years. A primary goal of the Museum is expanded space for collections storage, exhibits, and programming. The incumbent will be tasked with securing this space. Those with experience in capital campaigns and historically sensitive building projects are encouraged to apply.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES- these duties are illustrative only and are not intended to describe all functions of the job.
- Assume management responsibility for all staff, programs, services, and facilities of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum, in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Board of Directors.
- Administer the daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual finances of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum and maintain fiscal integrity of the Museum.
- Develop a long-range strategic plan, annual work/events/exhibits schedule, and annual budget for the Museum in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
- Hire, supervise, train, and evaluate staff members, as well as oversee the work of professional consultants.
- Coordinate fundraising and donor management activities as well as identify new initiatives and partnerships. This includes having the capacity for both grant writing and identifying and soliciting corporate and individual donors.
- Develop and maintain highly effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials of Sweetwater County.
- Develop and oversee programs that encourage a broad range of community participation, engagement, and buy-in with the history and culture of Sweetwater County.
- Serve as the Museum’s primary contact and spokesperson, including interaction with the media, community associations, civic leaders, and others as necessary and appropriate.
- Develop the agenda and reports to present to the Board of Directors at its monthly meetings and act as liaison.
- Serve as secretary of the board of the Sweetwater County Museum Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to support the Museum. Keep the Foundation apprised of Museum news, facilitates its meetings, and make requests as appropriate.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
- Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, public history, public administration, business administration, or closely related field PLUS a minimum of 5 years’ management experience in a museum, museum department, or similar institution with a proven and demonstrable track record of success. Experience may substitute for education for exceptional candidates.
- Demonstrated experience and understanding of organizational and/or governmental finance and management to include expertise in budget preparation and fiscal management and analysis
- Ability to develop and implement long-range plans and organizational policies and procedures, as well as work closely and effectively with a Board of Directors and county officials.
- Ability to develop and maintain highly successful working relationships partner organizations, local businesses, etc.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with emphasis on public relations, marketing, and public speaking.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
- Master’s degree in history, museum studies, public history, public administration, business administration, or closely related field PLUS a minimum of 5-7 years’ management experience.
- Familiarity with Sweetwater County, Wyoming, or U.S. West history and culture.
- General bookkeeping, budgeting, and QuickBooks experience are very helpful.
- Proven track record in fundraising and managing large-scale projects. A background specifically in the management of capital campaigns and building projects is highly desirable.
- A sophisticated understanding of historic preservation and best practices/standards for the renovation and maintenance of historic buildings.
- Experience with volunteer recruitment, management, and retention.
- Knowledge of museum departments and procedures, including collections management, exhibit development, education and public programming, and office management.
- Ability to perform historical research, produce articles for newspapers and other publications, and fulfill research requests.
- Experience serving as the chief spokesperson for an organization.
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $50-60k. Some weekend/evening hours will be required. The salary and benefits package is competitive but dependent on and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
HOW TO APPLY
Qualified candidates should submit the following:
1) SWCHM application* (download here);
2) Current résumé;
3) Cover letter addressing applicant’s ability to be an innovative and effective leader of the museum, including a summary of his/her management style and an explanation of how he/she defines leadership;
4) Three professional references.
Send application materials to:
Executive Director Search
Sweetwater County Historical Museum
3 E. Flaming Gorge Way
Green River, WY 82935
*Note: If you are submitting your application materials electronically, you are not required to provide your Social Security number on the application form at that time.