Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director/Curator will serve as the chief executive officer of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, with primary responsibility for managing the organization's day-to-day activities and operations, leading the organization's fundraising activities, directing and coordinating the work of staff, consultants, and volunteers, and serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization. The Executive Director/Curator must not only be a qualified museum professional but an entrepreneurial leader and a communicator who is able to convey effectively Sugar Land Heritage Foundation's mission and activities to a number of constituencies.
The Executive Director/Curator will ensure that the organization is fiscally and programmatically sound, adheres to AAM standards of exhibition and collection ethics and that its programs are meeting the needs and interests of its constituencies.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
* Take charge of office setup and undertake planning, including exhibit design and installation, marketing and funding of a temporary museum;
* Develops -in conjunction with the President- the agenda for the Board meetings; attends and reports to the Board at its meetings; oversees or performs an accurate recording of the proceedings.
* Leading the organization's financial management; ensuring that sound financial policies and controls are in place and that funds are spent wisely; developing budgets and reporting standards; working with staff and Board to maintain the organization's financial well-being;
* Implement the SLHF strategic plan and develop the work plan for the first 5-years to insure the museum's continued growth;
* Responsible for grant writing and community/corporate sponsorship; cultivating individual and corporate donors; coordinating and overseeing other fundraising initiatives;
* Ensuring an ongoing public presence for the museum through marketing, public speaking, and other public communiqu?ęs;
Oversee all aspects of design, planning and construction of a permanent museum;
* Hires, supervises, trains, and evaluates staff members, as well as overseeing the work of professional consultants and coordinating volunteers.
* Provide creative vision and leadership for all SLHF programs including curatorial and educational activities.
* Help to establish and maintain museum policies as they pertain to its mission and as guardian of Sugar Land's heritage entrusted to the museum through its collections.
* Oversee the arrangement, cataloguing, exhibition, safety and security of the collections adhering to AAM standards.
* Ensure that exhibits and educational programs are developed using innovative and engaging displays to appeal to the museum's clientele, including our youth.
Necessary Skills and Expertise;
* Proven managerial, strategic planning, fundraising, problem-solving, and non-profit organizational experience (more than 3-yr experience a plus);
* Experience working effectively with diverse groups of people, a record of success as a positive team builder and leader,
Professional museum experience in a curatorial or management position;
* A history of communicating effectively in writing and verbally, including excellent public speaking skills; ability to represent the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation/ Museum to a diverse public;
* Strong understanding of design principles as they relate to historical museums; experience in museum exhibit design and preparation;
* Experience in developing and implementing historic educational programs and museum exhibits;
* Experience partnering with and reporting to a volunteer Board;
* Minimum BA degree in Museum Studies, history or a related field (more than 3-years of museum experience could qualify)
* An outstanding relationship builder who is the catalyst with vision that can create excitement and energy around the SLHF programs and encourage others to support the organization;
* A positive, dynamic demeanor and ability to motivate people (museum and community).
* A team builder who: understands how to motivate, direct, and work with others;
* Strong skills in managing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities;