Executive Director

Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center
Job Description

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is seeking an executive director to lead an experienced team in a sustainable pursuit as a premier tourist destination and a reliable historic and cultural repository for North Central Washington.

The executive director is charged with providing vision, strategic leadership, and steering the nonprofit with regard to fund development, membership development, program development, events, brand visibility, and community partnerships. The executive director is responsible for shaping the vision for the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, the acquisitions program, and exhibition schedule. Through these activities, along with expansive local and regional marketing and public relations strategies, the Director will promote the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center as an essential community asset and cultural destination. Previous museum experience is not required, but candidates must be willing to become thoroughly knowledgeable about the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, its collection, history, culture, operations, and constituents.

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center has been a steadfast cornerstone in the Wenatchee Valley since 1939. Through creative programs, exhibits, collections, and publications the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center tells the stories of the people who built, live, work, and play in our community. The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center strives to foster an appreciation for our collective community memory through: Honoring the Arts, Preserving & Sharing Our History, Celebrating Our Culture, and Exploring Science & Ingenuity. The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center has a diverse and active board committed to supporting the organization’s mission.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in non-profit management or museum-related field (museology, museum systems, history, art history, archeology, anthropology, or humanities). A Master’s degree is preferred/or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Four years of progressively responsible experience in museums or non-profit or for-profit groups involving the administration of museum or cultural and education activities, contact with the public, and budget management, with interest in arts and regional history
  • Adept in fiscal management and strategy-driven budgeting
  • Effective communicator/Enthusiastic about history, art, and culture and energetic ability to convey excitement about its value to all, from scholars to the indifferent. As comfortable with people as with historical or art objects and energized by the introduction of one to the other
  • Passion for engaging the community in support of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, its fundraising efforts, and mission. Desire to connect with emerging and established community leaders and thinkers. Comfortable being a spokesperson and chief advocate of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, enhancing the public image to expand interest and support
  • Experienced manager with a track record of executing projects of scale while successfully directing ongoing operations including personnel matters; demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor, and work successfully with staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies; promote a culture that rewards initiative, accountability, and collaboration
  • It is expected that the final candidate is or will become a committed citizen of the greater Wenatchee area, an important part of the community, and will consider it his/her home.

Please email, in PDF or Word format, your resume; cover letter describing why are you interested in this position; and contact information for three professional references to:

Darrell Dickeson, Interim Executive Director at: ddickeson@wvmcc.org

Please no telephone inquiries. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2018 or until the position is filled. All applications submitted will be treated with confidentiality.

This is a full-time exempt position, annual salary of $70,000 depending on experience, museum benefits include paid time off and a medical stipend. The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity and at will employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

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