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Posted: 05/16/2013

Hill-Stead Museum

The Organization and Opportunity Hill-Stead Museum (Hill-Stead), a National Historic Landmark, serves diverse audiences in Connecticut and beyond as a welcoming place for learning, reflection and enjoyment. The museum develops, preserves, documents, displays and interprets its exceptional Impressionist paintings, 1901 historic house and 152-acre landscape for the benefit of present and future generations. Hill-Stead was incorporated in 1946 in accordance with the will of Theodate Pope Riddle, the pioneering architect who designed the Colonial Revival-style house to showcase the Impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas and others, sculptures, ceramics, numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints collected by her father. The extraordinary, intact collection and interiors constitute an ongoing blockbuster exhibition. Outside, stately trees, a pond, seasonal gardens and more than three miles of stone walls and woodland trails accent the grounds. Other programs include house and garden tours, gallery talks, lectures, curriculum-based school activities, nature activities and studies, seasonal farmersí markets, concerts and writing workshops. Hill-Stead attracts approximately 45,000 visitors per year, 10 percent of whom are school children from 52 educational systems across Connecticut.

Professional Opportunity
Farmington, CT

Hill-Steads new director & CEO will have experience leading and managing in an environment of limited financial resources.† S/he will articulate a clear, realistic vision for the future and communicate that vision in ways that inspire and motivate others to become involved, donate money and other resources, and visit and participate in programs.† The new leader will successfully build on Hill-Steads many strengths to make it a thriving, inclusive institution.

Important organizational priorities include the following: †

  • Create a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization, including developing and implementing a fundraising plan, strengthening existing relationships and cultivating new ones, and soliciting contributions from a variety of constituencies.
  • Engage board, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders in a process to review and update the strategic plan. †
  • Support the board of governors as it transitions itself to focus on organizational direction-setting, monitoring progress and fundraising.
  • Develop and implement realistic strategies to increase Hill-Steads visibility, increase visitation and program participation, and significantly broaden the base of support.† Increase diversity and inclusiveness throughout the organization.
  • Implement and manage cost effective staffing and volunteer structures to support strategic goals.
  • Maintain high levels of staff morale and volunteer engagement; foster a spirit of teamwork among staff, volunteers and other stakeholders; strengthen internal communications and decision-making; and ensure accountability for results throughout the organization.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have the following professional background and personal characteristics. †

Professional background, skills and knowledge: †

  • Five to 10 years of demonstrated success as a leader and senior manager in a successful nonprofit or small business environment, with experience managing change, improving financial results and engaging the community in an environment of limited resources
  • Proven ability to increase revenue, both earned and contributed, including cultivation and solicitation of major donors, corporate and community leaders, foundations, etc.
  • Experience attracting donors or investors to an institution, project or idea
  • Successful track record managing an organizations finances, with demonstrated success balancing mission and bottom line
  • Experience utilizing market research and other tools to assess customer needs, inform decision-making, develop responsive programming and expand audiences
  • Experience forging credible, effective, motivational working relationships with people from a wide variety of economic, cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds†
  • Experience working with, motivating and engaging volunteers at both the governance and operational levels
  • Advanced degree in business, museum studies, womens studies, history, collections care and management, nonprofit management, marketing or other related field
  • Experience in an historic house or small museum environment desired
  • Familiarity with program development, conservation, preservation and/or historic property development issues a plus

Personal characteristics and leadership attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for Hill-Stead, its collections and its stories
  • Credible and trustworthy
  • Results-oriented; holds self and others accountable for results†
  • Collaborative, transparent management style
  • Ability to balance inclusive decision-making style with decisiveness
  • Effective communicator, both orally and in writing, with the ability to present ideas clearly, energetically and passionately to individuals, community and corporate leaders, groups, media, etc.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Application Guidelines: This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New Englandís Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Ann E. Thomas. For complete position profile and application guidelines please visit http://www.tsne.org/jobs/hillstead Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply in a timely manner. Hill-Stead Museum is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience, within the framework of Hill-Steadís operating budget.
Mimi Brunelle

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