EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB SEARCH
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 1967, 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. Please visit www.sweetwatermuseum.org for more information.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Develops the agenda and reports to present to the Board of Directors at its monthly meetings and act as liaison (and secretary as needed).
- Runs the museum store including ordering and financial oversight.
- Serves as secretary of the board of the Sweetwater County Museum Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to support the Museum. Keeps the Foundation apprised of Museum news, facilitates its meetings, and make requests as appropriate.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, history, museum studies, public history, or closely related field PLUS a minimum of 5 years' management experience. Experience may substitute for education for exceptional candidates and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- 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 business administration, public administration, history, museum studies, public history, or closely related field and 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.
- Knowledge of museum departments and procedures, including collections management, exhibit development, education and public programming, and office management.
- Experience serving as the chief spokesperson for an organization.
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $50,000-60,000. Some weekend/evening hours will be required. The benefits package is competitive and includes health, dental, and vision insurance administered by Sweetwater County as well as contributions to the Wyoming Retirement System. The salary is dependent on and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
HOW TO APPLY
The first round of interviews will be conducted by phone or video conferencing. If invited for a final in-person interview, travel reimbursement in full or in part will be discussed with the candidate and based on available funds. If the preferred candidate does not fill the position, further in-person interviews will be conducted until the position is filled.
All applicants will get a confirmation email when their complete applications are received. We believe in transparency, communication, and respect so we make every effort to inform all applicants of their status throughout the hiring process.
The interview committee will consist of members of the Museum Board and staff. We encourage a relaxed and conversational interview so candidates can best express their qualifications and goals. The final hiring decision is made by the Museum Board with input from the staff.
When the position is filled, this listing will no longer be available on the museum's website: http://sweetwatermuseum.org/index.php/about-us/employment
No phone calls, please. Direct questions to the Curator (Amanda Benson) using the email address listed above. Visit our website and social media for information about the museum. The preferred start date for the position is October 26, 2020, or sooner. A later start date can be discussed based on the existing commitments of the successful candidate. Best of luck in your job search!
There are no other openings at this time.
Please contact the Public Engagement Coordinator if you are interested in internship or volunteer opportunities.