Director Positions

Executive Director
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF) restores and preserves Unity Temple, Frank Lloyd Wright’s first public building and the oldest still in its original use. Completed in 1908, Unity Temple is a National Historic Landmark; in 2009, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, noting that it “urgently requires a multi-million dollar rescue effort,” placed it on its list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Unity Temple, in Oak Park, Illinois, is home to the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation (UTUUC). UTRF was established in 1973 as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization to raise funds for and manage the temple’s preservation and restoration and to promote knowledge and appreciation of the building.

UTRF, in collaboration with UTUUC, is embarking on a campaign to raise the funds needed to preserve and restore this masterpiece. UTRF will manage the campaign and the restoration as well as programs and educational efforts. The Alphawood Foundation has pledged $10 million for this purpose, subject to success in raising the balance of the necessary funds.

UTRF seeks an executive director to design and lead the aggressive fundraising that will ensure that this goal is met while serving also as UTRF’s chief executive. This position, located in Oak Park, reports to the UTRF board president.

  • Working with the board of directors, take the lead in creating and carrying out a development strategy and plans to maximize contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and governments. Establish goals, work plans, and timelines. With the board, identify, cultivate, and solicit major donor prospects.
  • Evaluate the existing fundraising program, including existing fundraising database and donor solicitation, tracking, and communication procedures; upgrade and/or create new components as needed, ensuring that all are efficient and effective. Develop compelling case statements and other materials as appropriate.
  • Assist board leadership in its governance role. Help establish board policies and resolve organizational issues. Staff the board in its board recruitment and retention responsibilities. Initiate a board strategic planning process.
  • Develop budgets and staffing recommendations for board approval; manage operating and capital budgets; hire and manage staff and consultants. Develop educational and other programming. Manage operations.
  • Manage relations with UTRF’s partners, including UTUUC and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust; expand UTRF’s relationships with local and other businesses and cultural organizations.
  • Manage external communications, including social media, ensuring a consistent identity throughout; build and sustain relationships with UTRF’s many constituencies and in public forums locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • B.A.; a minimum of 10 to 15 years’ relevant experience including successful senior leadership experience and success directing fundraising campaigns with goals in excess of $10 million.
  • Not-for-profit staff and/or board experience. Strong interest in architecture, architectural history, the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the UTRF mission. A relevant Master’s degree preferred, as is small office experience.
  • Superb organizational, communication, outreach, management, networking, and collaborative skills.
Personal Qualities
The successful candidate will be a results-driven strategic thinker and self-starter, equally comfortable in leadership, planning, and hands-on roles. He or she will be able to keep both details and the big picture in mind while managing a small office and developing and maintaining multiple external relationships. Abundant energy is a must.

This position is to be filled in July, 2014.

UTRF is committed to workplace diversity; candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Further information about UTRF is available at

To apply, please send cover letter and chronological résumé to Susan Himmelfarb at

The Himmelfarb Group

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This job posted by MERC from April 18 through July 18.

Director, Wylie House Museum
Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Reporting to Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries: responsible for overall direction of museum and its programs; collaborate with other IUB Libraries units and university community to develop meaningful educational opportunities and public programs; engage with faculty and students in interdisciplinary research and teaching activities relating to Museum and responsible to engage multiple, diverse publics as s/he develops exhibitions and public programs. Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree in historic preservation, museum studies, library science, or related field; combination of relevant education and/or experience will be considered; minimum of two years of successful experience in academic or research library, a museum, or historical center; knowledge of historic preservation and museum studies; knowledge of current preservation and conservation issues and technologies; ability to meet requirements of tenure-track librarian position. Pre! ferred: supervisory experience; development and grant writing experience; familiarity with development and maintenance of heirloom gardens; experience working effectively as part of or leading committees, local agencies, boards of directors, etc. Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. Tenure-track academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves. For complete list of responsibilities, qualifications (both required and preferred), and benefit programs go to: To apply: Applications will be accepted through April 18, 2014. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: Questions regarding the posit! ion or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaff! in, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 201, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Phone: 812-855-8196. Fax: 812-855-2576. E-mail: For more information about Indiana University Bloomington, go to Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Indiana University has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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This job posted by MERC from March 20 through April 18.

Deputy Director - Museum of Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas, USA

The Deputy Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University will support the Executive Director and the university as the lead representative of the Museum to its external constituents and the general public. The Deputy Director’s primary areas of responsibility include marketing and promotion, community engagement, and public education. The Deputy Director will also support the Executive Director in the administrative areas of strategic planning, budget and finance, and policy development and implementation, especially where these areas affect external relations. As appropriate, the Deputy Director will assist and coordinate with the development officer assigned to the Museum. The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director.

Particular duties of the Deputy Director are to:
  • Establish and implement an aggressive marketing plan that will increase the Museum’s visibility locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally by promoting its unique collections and exhibits, academic and public programs, and research functions. Coordinate with the Associate Director for Museum Information Services in these efforts.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, faculty, and staff to maximize the TTU Museum budget and develop new sources of funding to support programs and activities through grants, community partnerships, corporate sponsorships, and similar sources.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director and the Assistant Director for Community Engagement to help organize and promote Museum-based community outreach and engagement opportunities through collaborations within the university, the city, and the region.
  • Help identify and attract additional external audiences for the Museum’s public education programs, including the Planetarium.
  • Liaise with the Museum Association to foster goodwill relationships and functional opportunities that benefit the Museum by that Association’s efforts and resources
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director and the Assistant Director for Operations on policy implementation and practices pertaining to external constituents’ and the public’s use of Museum facilities.
  • Coordinate and engage with staff who serve as the “public face” of the Museum, to include providing informative presentations to community organizations and affinity groups throughout the region, state, and nation.
  • Work with the Executive Director on budgeting for externally generated revenues and for expenditures related to the various functions and activities coordinated by the Deputy Director.
Qualifications: As the minimum qualification, applicants must have a master’s degree in Museum Studies/Science or a discipline related to the mission of the Museum. Preference will be for applicants who have relevant experience in a museum or non-profit environment, who share the Museum’s interests and goals, and who have a proven record of success in marketing and community engagement. Additional preferences include experience in public relations and public education. Previous managerial or administrative experience involving the oversight of multiple direct reports and involving regular interaction with external constituents is required. Highly refined verbal and written communication skills and a commitment to enthusiastically share the vision and accomplishments of the Museum with stakeholders, potential donors, and funding agencies are indispensable.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Apply online at; search for job title Deputy Director. Please provide the following with your online application: resume, cover letter, and professional references. If you have any issues with the uploading/scanning of your materials, contact Human Resources, Talent Acquisition office at 806-742-3851 for assistance.

The entities of the Texas Tech University System are Equal Opportunity Employers and employ without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or other protected classes.

Texas Tech University offers a great benefits/retirement package.

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This job posted by MERC from March 20 through June 12.

Executive Director
Gallatin Historical Society and Pioneer Museum
Bozeman, Montana, USA

The Gallatin Historical Society & Pioneer Museum, located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana, is currently accepting applications for a full-time Executive Director. For further information and application, please send an email to All correspondence will be through email and phone calls will be not accepted.

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This job posted by MERC from February 12 through May 14.

Executive Director
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA


The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, founded in 1924, is the major cultural institution in a city known for its receptivity to and support for a large and varied group of arts organizations. KIA’s current 70,000 s.f. facility includes exhibition galleries, classrooms for the Kirk Newman Art School as well as an art library, auditorium, sculpture garden, administrative offices and art collection storage. The Art School provides classes for 3000 students of all ages in disciplines from painting and photography to ceramics and fiber and also teaches creative writing and foreign languages. The KIA’s permanent collection of 4300 objects emphasizes American art and European and American prints and photographs, and includes an impressive Pre-Columbian collection, an expanding Tiffany collection and a recently created gallery for Asian art. The Museum has an active Education Department serving the neighboring communities and school districts.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts operates with a budget of $3.5 million and a staff of 31 full- and part-time employees, a $25 million endowment, 2,400 members, and a 33‑member Board of Directors.


The Executive Director reports to the Board through the Chair. The position’s primary responsibilities are to provide strategic planning, financial stability and programmatic excellence; leadership in program development and, with staff and Board, in fundraising and outreach activities; be the Institute’s most visible advocate and public spokesperson; and build relationships with the community at large and all stakeholders.

The Executive Director will have a minimum of ten years of senior experience gained in an art museum or other appropriate arts institution with previous experience working with boards of directors and comparable budget and employee management experience. Master’s Degree in a relevant field is required.

Address all inquiries and recommendations in confidence to executive search team:

Freda Mindlin or Nancy Kaufman
Opportunity Resources Inc.
196 E. 75th St., Ste. 14H
New York, NY 10021

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This job posted by MERC from February 10 through May 12.

Director of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York, USA


The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.


The Botanical Garden educates people of all ages about the science, function, and beauty of plants to generate awareness, inspire appreciation, and provide an understanding of the importance of plants to all life on Earth. Its Education Division offers a wide range of structured, programmatic experiences at all levels of learning that is unrivaled at any botanical garden in the world.

Over 300,000 schoolchildren, families, and teachers participate in education programs at the Garden each year, utilizing three facilities: the 12-acre Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden; and the Green School. The Garden’s Professional Development program expands schoolteachers’ knowledge of plant science and ecology, and the Garden’s Curriculum Development program partners with academic publishers to create and distribute textbooks and interactive kits with lesson materials and activities. The Explainer Program engages teens as volunteers in the Children’s Adventure Garden, through personal mentoring and hands-on training to serve as facilitators of family activities. With these extensive offerings and its 250-acre classroom, the Botanical Garden is an ideal place to learn about plants.


Reporting to the Vice President for Children’s Education, the Director of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is responsible for overall management of the Adventure Garden (ECAG) including oversight of ECAG school, teen, and family programs, to ensure a rich educational experience for all visitors.


The Director develops and supervises the creation of authentic, inquiry-based science and nature programs for the Adventure Garden. He/she communicates with other departments to integrate Garden-wide programs and events with Adventure Garden goals and objectives, and represents the Garden at local and national education conferences when necessary.

Exhibits, Horticulture, and Facilities:

The Director supervises all temporary, seasonal, and permanent exhibits and interpretation for ECAG, and develops new supportive signage, interpretation, and exhibits. He/she consults with Horticulture to ensure Adventure Garden plantings are engaging, appropriate and educationally relevant. The Director works closely with the Operations Department to ensure proper maintenance of indoor facilities (the Discovery Center and the Dodge Activity Center); water features; and the hardscape and other pathways in the Adventure Garden.


The Director manages all aspects of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden including administering policies and procedures to improve operations and interactions with other Garden departments. Responsibilities include managing the program coordinators and exhibit staff in the Adventure Garden; maintaining statistics on all Adventure Garden programs; writing year end reports and other reports; and assisting Development with the writing of education grants that relate to informal outdoor science education.


The successful candidate must be creative and passionate about teaching informal science education to children through hands-on, inquiry-based methods, with at least five years of experience teaching science or environmental education to grades K-12. He/she must be able to speak with authority about how children learn; and possess knowledge of New York City, New York State, and National learning standards in science. Supervisory experience, strong written and verbal communication skills, and a bachelor’s degree are required. An advanced degree is preferred.

The Garden offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including four weeks of vacation.

Qualified candidates should send or email resume, letter of interest and three references to:

Karen Yesnick
Vice President for Human Resources And Administration
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10458


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This job posted by MERC from January 27 through April 28.

Executive Director
Great Lakes Children's Museum
Traverse City, Michigan, USA

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the organization’s consistent fulfillment of its mission and objectives. The Executive Director will, among other assigned duties, provide leadership in program development, staff organization, and financial planning for operations, facilities, and programming. Through special emphasis on fundraising, long-range visioning, master plans for expansion, and organizational structure, will provide excellent stewardship for all of the museum’s projects and resources. Interested Candidates should visit the museum website for application requirements. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Questions should be directed to

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This job posted by MERC from January 23 through April 24.

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