Genesee Country Village & Museum
Position: Senior Director of Programs
Reports to President & CEO
Primary Function: Provide leadership and management for three departments and the majority of public programs for an 1800s historic village, Nature Center and Art Gallery.
Reports: Six direct and 20+ year-round PT and seasonal staff
Genesee Country Village & Museum, located outside of Rochester, NY, is the country’s third largest living history museum and also includes a nature center and art gallery. GCV&M is embarking on a new strategic plan as we move towards our 50th anniversary in 2026 that will mark an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the Museum as a more engaging, relevant, and sustainable community asset and attraction.
The Senior Director will be a collaborative, creative thinker who can work with staff to develop informative and interesting programs for a wide range of audiences and also assist with implementing new strategic initiatives. The position will require extensive collaboration with other key staff across the Museum and with outside organizations. It will also have a significant impact on attendance and revenue in the coming years.
Staff and Program Management – 60%
Provide leadership and oversight management the following departments:
Education (3 staff)
Nature Center (1 staff)
Special Events (2 staff)
Provide the following support for all departments:
· Lead, mentor, delegate to, and evaluate the performance of a diverse team of managers, providing opportunities to develop programs that support Museum strategic priorities.
· Ensure that all events and programs are of the highest quality. They must be mission and value driven – supporting the Museum’s goals, incorporating diverse voices, and providing both educational and engaging experiences for those attending.
· Develop budgets for all departments on an annual basis. Regularly monitor all budgets and promptly address any resulting issues/concerns, insuring that budget goals are met, particularly as they relate to revenue.
· Work with colleagues across the Museum to support programming initiatives, including Communications, Development, and Interpretation Departments.
· Assist with staffing or managing events as needed, particularly on nights and weekends
Implementation of Strategic Priorities – 25%
· Develop policies and procedures to insure full and open planning, communications, and evaluation of programs between all departments involved in and affected by public programs.
· Work with staff to develop new programs and evaluate current ones both during regular Museum hours and in the off-season.
· Serve as point for many of the new programming initiatives within the Museum’s ongoing strategic planning process. Will require building partnerships inside and outside of the Museum.
Other – 15%
· Serve as a member of the Administrative Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup
· Frequently interact with Board of Trustees, key donors, and volunteers
· Build relationships throughout the local community with individuals and organizations who can support strategic priorities.
· Maintain relationships with professional organizations and stay informed of the latest trends in museums and non-profits, particularly living history museums.
· Other duties as assigned
· 8+ years of experience in a museum or educational institution, with a focus on programming, and/or education, with a preference for a living history site. Supervisory experience also required.
· Preference for Master’s degree in related field.
Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills and comfort with navigating an organization through change.
Ability and desire to work in a team environment, managing multiple tasks simultaneously and collaborating inter- and cross-departmentally to plan and problem solve.
· Proven ability in management and leadership including supervision, planning, budgeting, and oral and written communications.
· Proven ability in creating, planning, implementing, and evaluating creative and relevant public programs for a wide range of diverse audiences. Experience with strategic planning is a plus.
· Excellent computer skills
· Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in programming and support of the Museum’s mission, vision, and values.
· Ability to work nights and weekends, particularly during the summer, and also to travel to museum conferences and to other museums for benchmarking purposes.
Museum Overview: Genesee Country Village & Museum, located in Mumford, NY 25 miles outside of Rochester, is the largest living history museum in New York State. Our 68-building Historic Village, John L. Wehle Gallery, and Genesee Country Nature Center host nearly 100,000 guests each year on site, off site around the community, and online across the world. Learn more on our website.
Salary Range: $64,000-$70,000 plus benefits outlined below.
How to Apply: Interested applicants should visit www.gcv.org/employment/ to apply and include both a cover letter and resume.
Medical Insurance: We currently offer a copay and high deductible health insurance options. Some plans offered provide 100% of employer paid premium for single plans and single, plus children plans.
Dental Insurance: We currently provide 50% employer paid premium for single dental policy
Life Insurance: We provide a 100% employer paid premium group life insurance policy of $50,000.
Membership: Family membership to the Genesee Country Village & Museum
Vacation: Four weeks of paid vacation (prorated based on hire date)
Sick Time: 1 hour of sick time accrues for every 30 hours worked
Holidays: Ten paid holidays
Diversity Statement: Genesee Country Village & Museum is actively committed to broadening our understanding of DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion), and making it part of everything that we do. Guided by our mission, values, and inclusive culture of curiosity, we strive to dismantle inequity and address erasure through ongoing dynamic interpretation, communications, research, and outreach. We celebrate the stories of our shared past; connect the rich diversity of the 19th century to the present; and collaborate with the communities we serve to create welcoming spaces for learning, work, exploration, and play.