EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CURATOR JOB POSTING
Application Deadline Extended
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society (NWH & WHHS) is located in the restored 18th-century birthplace of Noah Webster, a National Historic Landmark, in West Hartford, Connecticut (ranked by Kiplinger in 2010 as “Ten Best Cities for the Next Decade”). The museum is AAM accredited and part of a diverse, vibrant community.
The NWH & WHHS seeks a dynamic, experienced, forward-looking executive director to work with the board to foster the growth of an active local museum and historic site. The position requires an outstanding leader with exceptional communication skills, excellent fundraising skills, a strong public presence, and enthusiasm for presenting the Society to a wide variety of donors and partners. The executive director must have the ability to create and carry out programs that will build on the strong existing programming, engage new audiences and broaden community recognition. The position includes both executive director and curator responsibilities. The Executive Director duties include management of an experienced staff of twenty-five full and part-time employees, museum programs, financial administration, development and planning. Curatorial duties include oversight of collections and exhibitions.
The museum includes the historic house, the Jodik Education Center with a working reproduction open hearth, exhibition galleries, meeting space, a museum shop, a one-room schoolhouse theater, and a long-term exhibit on Noah Webster. Diverse museum collections are related to Noah Webster and West Hartford. The museum serves 10,000 school children and 7,000 visitors annually. The museum also provides workshops, summer camps, a history club for young people, and a broad range of family and adult programs in addition to an ambitious exhibition schedule.
Applicants must have a Master’s degree in museum studies or cultural institution management; 10 years of experience is desirable with at least five at the director level of a similar organization with an annual budget of at least $200,000. Salary range is $60,000-$65,000 annually (based on experience) and includes health care benefits and paid vacation time. For a full job description, go to www.noahwebsterhouse.org Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Mary M. Donohue, Interim Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 2, 2014. Cover letter and resume should contain detailed information concerning work experience and past successes, leadership experience and qualifications and fundraising capabilities. Be prepared to provide contact information for professional references upon request.
NOAH WEBSTER HOUSE & WEST HARTFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Executive Director/ Curator Position Description
The Executive Director/Curator is responsible for the overall operation and management of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, Inc. (NWH&WHHS), its facilities, holdings and financial operations. In this capacity, the Executive Director/Curator:
- Reports through the President of the Board of Trustees
- Is responsible for interpretation and implementation of all policies adopted by the Board
- Is an ex officio member of the Board and Board committees
- Working with the board, is responsible for the development and maintenance of a long range plan for the museum. Assures that the museum is making consistent and timely progress in the strategic goals and achieves its mission.
- Reports regularly to the Board on all aspects of museum management including museum programs, collections, exhibits, physical and financial operations and publicity and public relations
- General Management/Supervision
- Ensures the appropriate recruitment, hiring, training, scheduling, evaluation and management of all paid full- and part-time staff and volunteers.
- Oversees day-to-day activities of the museum and ensures that the museum is adequately staffed and prepared for the services it provides to the public in accordance with the museum’s mission statement
- Fosters a high level of productivity and morale and communicates to the staff the value of protecting the museum’s assets
- Assists with the recruitment and ongoing training of the Board of Trustees
- Institutional representative with government officials, media and community partners
- Oversees the implementation of the museum’s technology plan
- Ensures the appropriate and professional care, conservation, preservation, use and management of the museum’s object and archival collections
- Safeguards the historical integrity and authenticity of the museum’s collections, building and grounds
- Programs, Events and Exhibitions
- Oversees the development, marketing, implementation and ongoing evaluation of all museum programs including exhibits, lectures, student, scout and adult programming and off-site museum-sponsored and initiated programming in support of the organization’s mission to educate the public about the history of West Hartford, 18th century daily life and the life and work of Noah Webster
- Implements programs to build public awareness, expand the museum’s visitor base, and increase earned income
- Provides leadership and vision for statewide outreach and onsite school programs to ensure that the museum meets Common Core State Standards, State of Connecticut
- Maintains and enhances museum’s web presence through website, Facebook, YouTube and other social media
- Maintains with trustees and staff the American Association of Museums accreditation and required preparation for reaccreditation
- Finance, Development and Fundraising
- Responsible for overall fiscal management of the NWH&WHHS
- Works with the Finance Committee to develop for Board approval the annual museum operating budget as an annual operating plan
- Ensures that resources are appropriately deployed and the organization’s finances are prudently managed
- Manages comprehensive development program including annual giving, capital, planned and deferred giving as well as membership growth
- Prepares all grant and solicitation materials including grant applications
- Works with the Board on annual fundraising events including researching and developing concepts, finding sponsorships, community collaborations and staff and volunteer management
- In conjunction with the Board, develops and manages short-and long-range plans for the continued improvement of the museum
- Prepares regular periodic progress reports and transmits to the Board
Skills and credentials required:
- A Master’s degree in museum studies, cultural/arts/history/education administration or appropriate and comparable areas is required.
- Must possess, at a minimum, ten years of museum or cultural institution management experience and proven success. At least five of those must have been at the director level, responsible to an incorporated governing body with an annual budget of at least $200,000.
- Significant fiscal management and successful grant writing and grant administration experience is required
- Significant experience with fundraising, development and capital campaigns is required.
- A successful track record in working closely with board leadership and volunteers, and the ability to form effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies is essential.
- Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
- Some experience or familiarity with social media and social networking skills.
- Must be able to work on weekend days or evenings as needed.
- Computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).