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Museum Executive Director
The Andrew County Museum, and Historical Society, Savannah, Missouri, a private nonprofit organization invites applications for Museum Executive Director. The Museum is located in Savannah, Missouri, 15 miles north of St. Joseph and 65 miles from Kansas City. Savannah, with a population of 5,000, is the county seat of this growing agricultural county with about 15,000 residents.
The Historical Society was founded in 1972 and opened a small museum in the county courthouse. Through the generosity of a benefactor, a 14,000 sq. ft. museum facility was built and opened in 1989. With the support of the local community a 4,000 sq. ft. permanent exhibit, “A Rural Way of Life” opened to the public in October 2009.
The optimum candidate should hold a Master’s Degree in Administration/Management, History and/or Museum Studies, have three to five years of management experience especially regarding finances. A demonstrated knowledge of rural history is preferred. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, PastPerfect, and QuickBooks, or similar programs, is required. The Executive Director should be highly organized, details oriented, and possess solid financial management skills and research and writing skills. This person must be able to work independently and possess strong time management capabilities. They should be a creative thinker and work effectively as a team member. Solid people skills are a must.
The Board seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as Director who, working with the Board, will make the Museum a community gathering place where visitors learn and take pride in Andrew County’s rural way of life —its families, farms, towns, social life, and community spirit. Over the next five years, the Museum will: develop and promote new programs and temporary exhibits to increase community awareness and attract new and returning visitors, programs to attract and retain members; strengthen internal systems, train staff and expand the use of volunteers; and develop plans to diversify the funding base.
The Executive Director reports to the Board and has primary responsibility and authority for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission. S/he is responsible for providing leadership, for budgeting and financial management, maintaining good public relations, coordinating fund raising and grant applications, administrating and coordinating of programs, and working with personnel and volunteers. The ideal candidate will have passion for the mission and vision of the museum and be a hands-on team leader. S/he is directly responsible for:
w Making recommendations to the Board of Directors to formulate short and long-range plans and budgets for the Museum’s success.
w Developing and implementing policies, systems and performance measures to ensure that professional museum standards are met for operating the museum.
w Providing conceptual leadership in museum operations including collections, education, visitor experience, membership, volunteer program, facilities, and retail operations.
w Providing creative leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of mission-based programs and temporary exhibits interpreting Andrew County’s history.
w Overseeing the development and implementation of marketing activities related to branding, programming, community visibility and membership recruitment/retention.
w Making recommendations and assisting the Board of Directors indeveloping and implementing comprehensive fundraising strategies, including the development and cultivation of relationships with current and potential donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations.
w Assigning responsibilities, leading, supervising and evaluating performance of Museum staff.
Starting Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000, annually depending upon qualifications and experience, with benefits including health insurance, PTO (paid time off), and paid opportunities for professional development such as attendance at one annual meeting of relevant professional association each year.
To be considered for this challenging opportunity, please submit a letter of interest and resume with names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at this email. Applications will be accepted until March 21, 2016 or until position is filled.
For additional information on the Andrew County Museum, please visit the following URL: http://www.andrewcountymuseum.org/
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