Topic ID #37312 - posted 8/18/2016 1:05 PM

Executive Director, Coos History Museum


Executive Director, Coos History Museum

The Coos History Museum (CHM) is seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader who can accept responsibility for and further the growth of the museum's financial health, new program development, and management of the museum.  We offer an opportunity to manage, promote, and grow a new facility with the help of an engaged board, experienced staff, and a large contingent of enthusiastic volunteers.  The deadline to respond is September 14, 2016.

Overview of the Coos History Museum:  The Coos History Museum creates a better understanding of life in Coos County and Oregon’s South Coast, past and present, and our place in that life.  We do this by collecting and preserving stories, artifacts, photographs, and documents, and by helping create opportunities for people to interpret them in meaningful thought-provoking, and engaging ways.

The Coos History Museum is located on the bay front in Coos Bay, Oregon.  Although the Museum has had a presence in Coos Bay since 1891, we opened a new facility in 2015.  In addition to exhibits, we produce and host educational programs, community events, rent our beautiful meeting rooms, and operate a museum store.  Our small staff includes a collections manager, assistant collections manager, part-time education/program coordinator, rentals and events coordinator and bookkeeper.  We also have an active, working Board of Trustees and a substantial contingent of volunteers, extensive community support, and a lovely small-town place to live.

The Museum is on the threshold of reaching the goal of becoming a thriving, stable and enriching facility of the greater Bay Area (the other Bay Area) and the Board needs someone to step in and reach such goals.  The Board believes this is a unique facility and opportunity, and we applaud any applicants willing to pursue this challenge.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director is the chief administrative and financial officer reporting to the Board of Directors through its President, and is responsible for the implementation of board policy.  The Director will be the local “face” of the Coos History Museum. This position is an essential part of the organization’s leadership team, ensuring the Coos History Museum meets its mission and strategic goals. The organization seeks a dynamic leader who is skilled at working with diverse groups, well-versed in non-profit leadership, and comfortable supervising volunteers and staff.

Essential Job Function Areas

Fundraising  The Executive Director oversees, and is accountable for, the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies.  As the museum's chief fundraiser the Executive Director will work in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, volunteers, and committed community members to achieve financial sustainability.  This, in turn, will enable the museum to carry out and expand its programs and operations. 

Financial Management  The Executive Director ensures that the museum has proper budgeting and accounting systems in place, and that financial and risk management controls protect the institution's assets. 

Strategic Planning  A successful director will balance the cultural, historic, and community needs of Coos County with the financial realities of keeping the business aspects of the museum viable.

 Public Relations   The Executive Director is the primary spokesperson and public face of the museum.  The Director must effectively promote the museum and its mission with the community and in all other professional interactions.  The Executive Director will continue to expand important relationships with stakeholder groups such as donors, public officials, businesses, schools, tribal leaders, and other cultural and professional organizations.

Candidate Personal Characteristics  The Executive Director must

·        have credibility, honesty, and integrity.

·        have decision making skills that are decisive, but collaborative, and within the bounds of board policy.

·        be willing to solicit ideas, accept help, and support volunteers and board members as they work for museum purposes.

·        have exceptional communication and organizational skills.

·        have the ability to motivate people.

·        have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including public speaking

·        be professional in appearance and conduct

Eligibility Requirements  The successful applicant will meet these minimum criteria:

·        have a BA or BS degree

·        have experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors or Trustees

·        have fundraising expertise

·        have executive experience with non-profit or related arts and culture organizations

Location:                            Coos Bay, Oregon

Start Date:                         When position is filled

Salary:                               $45,000 - $60,000 per year, depending on qualifications and experience,

                                           with health benefits.

 Interested candidates should respond by September 14, 2016, with a resume and cover letter to: 

                                             Search Committee, Coos History Museum

                                             1210 N. Front Street, Coos Bay, OR  97420    or                                                                                   

                                             (541) 756-6320


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