Director Positions

Executive Director
Nichols House Museum
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Nichols House Museum seeks a dynamic and action-oriented Executive Director. Located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill and loved by neighbors and international visitors alike, the Nichols House Museum preserves and interprets the 1804 townhouse that was from 1885 until 1960 the home of Rose Standish Nichols, landscape gardener, suffragist and pacifist. The house was built by Jonathan Mason and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch.

The executive directorship of the Nichols House Museum is a full-time position overseeing all functional aspects of the institution. Reporting to the Board of Governors, the successful Executive Director will be as equally skilled in stewarding / preserving the Museum’s collection and facilities as in fundraising. The Executive Director also has overall leadership responsibility for supervising the Museum’s small staff as well as its financial management, strategic planning, marketing and community relations, program management and volunteer development efforts.

Candidate Qualifications and Background
A minimum of 5 -7 years of progressive leadership experience, preferably in a museum or arts related organization, demonstrating a track record of success. We seek a flexible leader who can prioritize and also coach Museum staff, interns and volunteers to act as a core team adept at juggling multiple responsibilities. Past experiences should include successful fundraising and financial management skills as well as demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary to work closely with a committed Board of Governors, volunteers and the community. A master's degree is preferred, but a bachelor's degree will be considered with additional experience.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and are competitive with the American Alliance of Museums reviews.

Application Process
Please submit a cover letter and resume to and write in the subject line “Executive Director Search” by December 5, 2014. Please note that professional and personal references will be required during the interview process.

Executive Director Job Requirements
The efforts of the museum’s six standing committees are fully supported by the Executive Director: These committees include Collections, Fundraising/Development, Finance, Buildings & Grounds, Governance and Investment. In cooperation with the Board of Governors and longstanding and knowledgeable committees, the Executive Director is responsible for the following:

Museum Management
The Nichols House Museum’s building or structure, furnishings and grounds are all “one” collection necessitating the Executive Director work closely with multiple committees to preserve and interpret its unique history. The management of the Nichols House Museum requires:
  • Maintaining (and exceeding) professional museum standards and practices as defined by the American Alliance of Museums, including continued pursuit of accreditation for the Nichols House Museum with the AAM
  • Recommending policy for and undertaking the care and conservation of the permanent and temporary collections
  • Recommending policy for the preservation of the historic building and its infrastructure and undertaking all short and long term maintenance of the structure and grounds
  • Implementing all conservation and preservation planning, including continuous facility maintenance
  • Developing short and long term strategic goals and objectives for the financial management and stability of the institution
  • Leading with the Finance Committee and for approval by the Board of Governors the annual operating budget and planning activities as well as the annual audit
  • Hiring, directing and evaluating all personnel
  • Training and directing the work of all interns, volunteers and docents
Fundraising & Development, including Programs
The development function, of particular importance to all aspects of the Nichols House Museum, is a principal responsibility of the Executive Director and in close collaboration with the Development Committee. Development functions are critical contributors to the operating budget and conservation/preservation projects of the museum. These functions include grant writing, membership, patrons’ program, annual appeal, fundraisers, special programs, and an on-going lecture series. The success of these programs hinges on the Executive Director’s leadership and his/her full engagement in the community. The success of the Fundraising and Development function requires the Executive Director actively work to:
  • Sustain and grow all fundraising events with the Development Committee
  • Expand the Patrons’ Program and develop all special Patron programming and events
  • Take responsibility for and secure all grant proposals to local, state and federal agencies, and private foundations required for the functioning of the institution
  • Enhance and implement all aspects of educational programming
  • Continue with the Lecture Committee the existing lecture series and expand it
  • Execute on marketing and public relations campaigns for the institution in print, digital media and social media as well as consider other digital opportunities for the Museum.
Community Relations
  • The variety and quality of the Museum’s volunteers and its reputation as the “jewel” of Beacon Hill necessitates the Executive Director actively work with and initiate outreach with the community.
  • Engaging with all constituents of the immediate community
  • Working closely with and actively engaging volunteers
  • Representing the Board of Governors and the institution as a whole to the community
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This job posted by MERC from October 27 through January 26.

Executive Director
Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst, Illinois, USA

Elmhurst Art Museum, an exceptional building of glass and steel encompassing Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House, five galleries and a thriving center for arts education, seeks an Executive Director to lead the Museum into the next phase of advancement. Located in the western suburb of Elmhurst, thirty minutes from downtown Chicago and accessible by train, the Museum’s award-winning architecture is matched by its high caliber, ambitious exhibitions of contemporary art, robust public programs and events, artist-led community-based projects, exciting roster of art classes and camps for people of all ages and skill levels and one of three houses in the United States designed and built by pioneering modern architect, Mies van der Rohe.

The next Executive Director will be positioned to leverage the support of a strong Board of Directors, a dedicated staff and a reputation for adventurous undertakings to realize future goals, including an education initiative in modern design and architecture, expanding the scope of artist commissions, artist-in-residency programs and exhibitions and ultimately, restore and open to the public, the entire McCormick House.

EAM seeks a thoroughly experienced and visionary leader with high level development experience, deep knowledge of the arts and its significance in society, proven fiscal management and entrepreneurial spirit for its next Executive Director.

To apply, please email cover letter and CV/resume to

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This job posted by MERC from September 17 through December 17.

Executive Director
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
Burlington, Vermont, USA

The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum seeks an outgoing individual looking for leadership opportunity in a picturesque, historical, New England setting.

At the Museum, home to Ethan Allen, his wife Fanny and his five children, we provide unique educational opportunities to learn about the founders of the 14th State in the Union and life in the 1780’s.

The Executive Director provides conceptual leadership for the organization, oversees museum operations and programming, and holds primary responsibility for fundraising/grant-writing. S/he works with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-range plans.

Please reference the detailed job description and contact information available on our website:  

Executive Director Responsibilities
The Executive Director performs all the duties and responsibilities generally required of a Chief Executive. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Achieving financial goals defined by the Board of Directors
  • Budget management
  • Official spokesperson for the Museum and Board of Directors
  • Program management, goal-setting and development
  • Working with the EAHM’s members to maintain their support
  • Grant-writing, fundraising
  • Monthly status reports to the Board
  • Supervision of all museum employees and/or volunteers
  • Inter-agency coordination with the Winooski Valley Park District
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree with a combination of education and work experience sufficient to the position
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of audiences
  • Experience in personnel management
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrated ability to work within Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and QuickBooks. Individual should understand pivot tables and mail-merge.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and personal transportation.      
  • Weekend and evening work as required
Ideal Candidate
  • Has a passion for history.
  • Has fundraising and grant writing abilities
  • Has an enthusiasm for education
  • Has good communication and community-building skills
  • Has the ability to build a working unit from a diverse group of volunteers
Application Information
  • To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Phyllis Drury (
  • Please, no phone calls or office visits.
  • Interviews will only go to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. If there are not sufficient candidates, the EAHM reserves the right to re-post the position. A satisfactory background check is a prerequisite to being selected as an employee.  
  • The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender, marital status, economic status, HIV-positive status, veteran status, membership in the armed services, or against a qualified individual with a disability.
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This job posted by MERC from September 15 through December 15.

Executive Director
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, an art museum in the mountains of North Carolina, seeks a visionary and enthusiastic museum professional to lead and guide the organization. A successful candidate will have experience with both art and history, an appreciation for the region, and a passion for excellence.

In the fifteen years since its organization in 1999, the Museum developed a strong membership base and secured funds for a facility. The Museum opened its 23,000 square foot building to the public in October, 2011. The village of Blowing Rock, recently recognized as the “prettiest small town in North Carolina”, is a resort town with approximately 1500 full-time residents, whose population soars to over 8,000 during the summer and fall months.


Education - Undergraduate liberal arts degree from an accredited university

Museum Experience
  • At least five years of senior administrative management experience in a non-profit museum or gallery setting
  • Exhibition management
  • Educational programming
Financial Experience
  • Oversight of Museum finances, including financial stability and sustainability
  • Fundraising and donor cultivation
  • Grant writing
Interpersonal Skills
  • Effective communicator with Board of Trustees
  • Effective supervisor and manager of staff
  • Effective engagement with residents and visitors
  • Nurturer of collaborative partnerships and community outreach
  • Creative leader and team builder
Salary is commensurate with education and experience, within a range of $65,000 - $75,000, with benefits.

To Apply
Candidates should email a cover letter, a comprehensive resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to The deadline for the submission of applications is October 31, 2014.

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This job posted by MERC from September 12 through October 31.

Archives and Museum Director
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Los Angeles, California, USA

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is currently seeking an:

Archives and Museum Director

Founded in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's mission is to perform, present, and promote music in its varied forms at the highest level of excellence to a diverse and large audience, both at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is dedicated to continuing its pre-eminent status in the music world of the 21st century.

Position Summary:
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Archives tell the story of Los Angeles’s rich musical and cultural history through concert programs, posters, audio recordings, photographs, film, video, correspondence, institutional records, and ephemera. The LA Phil Archives are situated in 4000 feet of the LA County Hall of Records and support the daily activities of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

The stories of the LA Phil and the Hollywood Bowl are publically shared through two venues, the Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum and the Ernest Fleischmann Gallery. The Bowl museum, located on the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl, was established in 1984 and contains a permanent exhibit of the Bowl’s history on the first floor, with exhibits that change annually on the second. Also curated by the Director is the Fleischmann Gallery located in the backstage area of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The centenaries of the LA Phil and Hollywood Bowl in 2019 and 2022 are opportunities to illustrate their respective and intertwined histories, and to demonstrate the ways in which archives serve the image and strategic priorities of the Association.

The person sought for this position will have a unique combination of skills and abilities, including the vision to advance the role archives play within the Association and the experience necessary to continue the museum's excellence.

Statement of the Job: To direct the Los Angeles Philharmonic Archives; to direct museum activities, including the planning and execution of exhibits for the Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum and the Ernest Fleischmann Gallery at Walt Disney Concert Hall; and to serve as Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl historian.

Position Elements:
Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Archives
  • Oversee the continued development and implementation of an archival and institutional recordkeeping strategy based in 21st C technologies and best practices.
  • Direct and manage current LA Phil and Hollywood Bowl Museum archival collections, both digital and analog, using 21st C best practices.
  • Work interdepartmentally to develop public programs and dissemination strategies for archival collections that support special projects and help advance artistic, communications and fundraising goals.
  • Act as LA Phil historian; work with Archives staff to respond to requests for information from artists, staff, and the public.
  • Be responsible for fiscal operation of the Archives, including preparing annual budgets.
  • Develop funding proposals in conjunction with Development.
  • Supervise full-time and part-time staff and interns responsible for digital cataloguing, acquisitions, preservation, and storage.
  • Hire technicians, consultants, and interns as necessary or appropriate.
Museum and Fleischmann Gallery
  • Develop and execute creative and educational exhibits on musical topics based on the history and current activities of the Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • Hire and supervise project-based teams for exhibit design, graphic design, fabrication and installation, lighting, printing, signage, video production, and expert consulting.
  • Act as Hollywood Bowl historian; respond to requests for information from artists, staff, and the public.
  • Plan and coordinate museum education programs, working closely with the Department of Educational Initiatives.
  • Be responsible for fiscal operation of the Museum, including preparing annual budgets.
  • Serve as resource, writer, and/or editor for exhibit text, publications, grant proposals, and marketing materials.
  • Hire and supervise part-time museum staff and interns.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations.
Position Requirements:
  • Relevant Master’s degree required, specializing in one or more of the following: archival studies, museum studies, musicology, or arts management.
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience as archivist, curator, arts manager/administrator, or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of digital management systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of classical music.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to assemble professional museum exhibit team.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies.
  • Work evenings and weekends as needed.
How to apply:
To apply, you must write “Archives and Museum Director – MERC” in the subject line of your email or written prominently on your mailed submission. Please send resume, cover letter AND SALARY HISTORY to:

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Attn: Human Resources
151 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

No phone calls please.

An Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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This job posted by MERC from September 9 through December 9.

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center
Weatherford, Texas, USA

DHCC Director

At the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, located in Weatherford, Texas, our mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history of Parker County and Texas through cultural and educational events. We are looking for a self-motivated, creative and forward thinking person with prior success in fundraising for endowments, major gifts, corporate sponsors and grants. Our ideal candidate will be an innovative leader with a passion for art and history and an engaging personality. Other qualities include:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A dynamic presenter
  • Business acumen, especially with non-profits
  • High level of integrity and confidentiality
  • People savvy, both internally and externally
  • Good steward of resources and relationships
  • Seeks positive resolutions
  • Budget and basic accounting skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solver
  • Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Power Point, and Outlook
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Non-profit experience, contract negotiations and proven success in fundraising is a MUST
  • Willingness to be involved in the community
***Will include working some nights and weekends*****

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please send resume and cover letter to Beth Smith, and please include “DHCC Director” in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you!

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This job posted by MERC from September 9 through December 9.

Museum Director
Mennello Museum of American Art
Orlando, Florida, USA

Museum Director – CONTRACT
Mennello Museum of American Art

Closing Date: September 21, 2014

Recruit #14-169

This is a full-time CONTRACT position with the same benefits as Permanent full-time. Most contracts are renewable for terms of one year.

Starting Salary: $59,113 to 75,749 per year, depending on qualifications (Grade NB114)

Performs responsible administrative and professional work overseeing The Mennello Museum of American Art. Responsibilities include: maintaining positive interaction with citizen board, friends of the museum committee, and donors; supervising the planning and arranging rotation of exhibitions, scheduling, receiving, installation and educational programming and catalogs; and supervising staff members. Director serves key role in development and fund-raising. Recommends acquisition of new art; provides cataloging data for archives, insurance, and publications.

Master degree in art administration, art history, or related field; and two years art administration or art history experience, including at least one year as supervisor or manager; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Significant exposure to grant writing helpful. Florida driver license required. VALID DRIVER LICENSE FROM ANY STATE MUST BE PRESENTED AT TIME OF INTERVIEW. VALID FLORIDA DRIVER LICENSE MUST BE PRESENTED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF HIRE.

APPLY ONLINE beginning August 30 at using Recruit #14-169. Or call 407-246-2062 for more information.

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This job posted by MERC from September 3 through December 3.

Springs Preserve Botanical Garden
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The Ardent Search Company is seeking a top-notch, strongly qualified, and passionate individual to serve as the Springs Preserve Botanical Garden Supervisor.

The Springs Preserve Botanical Gardens Supervisor leads and manages all aspects of Springs Preserve Botanical Gardens. The Supervisor plans, supervises, oversees and coordinates initiatives to develop the Springs Preserve gardens and exhibits to achieve public gardens’ standards and recognition; coordinates the work of scientific personnel in various disciplines involved in on-going conservation of the Preserve’s cultural and natural resources; serves as the Springs Preserve’s registrar; and performs related duties as assigned.

Please visit our link for a complete Opportunity Profile.

The Springs Preserve features museums, galleries, educational classes, cultural events, colorful botanical gardens and an interpretive trail system that meanders through a scenic wetland habitat. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, Springs Preserve, located approximately three miles from downtown Las Vegas is a cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. Promoting conservation of the region’s limited water resources is a key goal of the gardens, which provides both inspiration and educational support to help residents to create lush, inviting landscapes that are both beautiful and water efficient.

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This job posted by MERC from September 3 through December 3.

Executive Director
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) was founded in 1977 as a project of the Mayor's Office to preserve Baltimore City's rapidly disappearing industrial heritage. In 1981, the BMI incorporated as a private non-profit educational institution and moved into the historic Platt Oyster Cannery building in South Baltimore

BMI Mission:

“We collect, preserve, and interpret the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public by presenting educational programs and exhibits that explore the stories of Maryland’s industries and the people who created and worked in them.”

The BMI has identified four institutional goals to serve this mission:
  1. To reinforce the financial foundation of the BMI.
  2. To ensure the continued stewardship and conservation of the collection and holdings.
  3. To enrich the legacy of and the respect for the history of industry in Baltimore.
  4. To grow the public awareness and support of the BMI and to promote the brand.
Summary of Position:
Working in partnership with the Board of Trustees, the BMI Executive Director has comprehensive administrative responsibility for the organization covering leadership, development, marketing, museum collections and financial management. The Executive Director oversees a wide range of related activities including, but not limited to, staff, board development, fundraising, facilities management, collections, special project administration, long-range planning, and event management.

Duties and Requirements:
  • Is the face of the organization; attends meetings with tourism alliances and other like groups, represents the museum at conferences, gives presentations about the museum and the value the institution brings to the community.
  • Develops and nourishes partnerships with current and potential funders.
  • Develops and implements multi-year strategic initiatives including long range planning and fund development.
Fundraising and Development
  • Takes a leadership role in all fundraising activities in order to strengthen the financial base of the museum, including all corporate, governmental, foundation and individual solicitation materials, identifying new sources of funding
  • Demonstrated ability to be the leadership face of the organization and to be involved in all facets of in the Baltimore community
Budget and Finance Administration
  • Develops and manages the museum’s operating budget. Develops restricted budgets for special projects and grants as needed
  • Oversees the annual audit process
  • Ensures the museum is up to date, registered and in good standing with state and federal taxes and with annual charitable registrations
Primary Board Liaison
  • Works closely with the Board in securing resources to sustain the Museum’s facilities, staff, programs and collections
  • Coordinates all general board and board committee meeting activities
  • Communicates with board members progress and challenges toward meeting aggressive goals
  • Assists with identifying and cultivating relationships with new and potential board members and ensuring new board member orientation
Special Project Management
  • Sees that there are special programs with regard to visitors, sponsorships, budget, etc.
  • Manages all aspects of capital improvement projects (budget, contractor selection, bond bill implementation, grants (etc.)
  • Oversees the development and implementation of all exhibitions
Collection Management
  • Ensures that the collection is cared for and maintained in a way that is consistent with professional standards
  • Responsible for all facility issues.
The BMI’s Executive Director will be self-motivated and highly organized, with experience in all phases of non-profit management and a passion for the preservation and display of American history. Graduate degree in History or Museum Studies and 5 – 7 years of museum experience with increasing responsibility for institutional management.

Apply to: Carole Baker

Application procedure:
Please submit a résumé, the names of several professional references and a cover letter All applications will be treated as confidential. References will not be contacted without an applicant’s knowledge.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please place “Executive Director Search” in the subject line.

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This job posted by MERC from July 30 through October 30.

The last update to this page was 10-30-14.