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Posted: 12/05/2016

Harbor History Museum
Executive, CEO

Established in 1964, the Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society dba the Harbor History Museum was awarded a 501 (c) 3 status by the IRS, and began operating a Museum in 1976. In the summer of 2007, the Society underwent a re-branding to create the name that communicates the essence of our mission. “Harbor History Museum,” was established at that time. The Museum fulfils its mission and vision by providing a museum to the community and educational programs serving residents, visitors, researchers, and students. The Museum re-opened to the public on September 18, 2010 after conducting a capital campaign to build a new facility. The facility includes an 1893 fully restored one-room school house, a 65 foot fishing vessel currently under restoration, 7,800 square feet of exhibition space, and a 900 square foot library, research and meeting room. The Museum provides a variety of public education programs. Our core educational program is the Pioneer School Experience (PSE), which serves over 1,500 students every year. Led by a trained “school marm,” the children experience a pioneer school classroom complete with lessons, recitations, music, recess, and lunch. Children are encouraged to dress in period costume, and are provided with pioneer identities to support their learning experience. For our full-day programs, students also tour the Museum galleries and participate in “history mystery,” exploration stations. Our permanent exhibit features professionally designed exhibitions, larger than life experiences, and opportunities for hands on exploration of our region’s rich history and unique heritage. Artifacts, video kiosks, hands on exhibits, computer interactives, and a small theatre bring Peninsula history to life in our permanent galleries. In addition, the Museum provides 3-5 special exhibits throughout the year so there is always something new to see and experience for our members and visitors. We also provide monthly Third Thursday concerts, lectures, book readings, workshops, and film presentations.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Gig Harbor, WA

Position Title: Executive Director

Job Location:  Gig Harbor, WA 

Position Category:  Full-time, Exempt

Salary Level:  Senior Leadership, Commensurate of Experience



The Harbor History Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities to experience the history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula.  Located on the historic waterfront in downtown Gig Harbor, a community of 30,000 on Puget Sound in western Washington, the Museum is home to a strong collection of material artifacts and photographs.  Its award-winning exhibits and programs are largely contained within a state-of-the art museum and campus.  For more information visit www.harborhistorymuseum.org


[Describe overview of job missioGENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The Executive Director is the full-time chief executive officer of the Harbor History Museum, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight of the museum by maintaining the strategic vision of the museum and carrying out a plan of work to achieve the museums mission.  The Executive Director has the overall responsibility for all museum operations.



1.       Plan, organize, direct, supervise and coordinate the operations and activities of the Museum;

2.       Develop and maintain productive working relationships with the Board of Directors and work with the board to develop and carry out the strategic plan;

3.       Lead the Museums fundraising efforts and build personal ties with potential donors whose support will assure its future visibility; 

4.       Maintain quality of operations and artistic oversight assuring a growing collection of mission-related artifacts, outstanding exhibits, and engaging programs;

5.       Provide strategic vision for the organization including short-term, mid-term, and long-term planning;

6.       Support, advise and inform the board of operational and environmental circumstances affecting the Museum.  Work with the board to ensure the museums success;

7.       Communicate the policies, goals, mission, and vision of the organization to the staff;

8.       Define and implement staffing plan: recruit, select, maintain and supervise staff;

9.       Develop organizational budgets, monitor financial status, and work with the board to ensure financial sustainability for the Museum;

10.    In coordination with the Marketing and Communications Manager and Development team, implement a marketing program that builds on the Museums reputation as a major regional cultural center;

11.    Serve as Museum spokesperson to the local community, the media, and the regional heritage community;

12.    Oversee Shenandoah Restoration Project and related collections management strategies;

13.    Build and maintain close ties with constituents important to the future of the Museum including elected officials, state and local grant agencies, tourism officials and businesses, and current and potential donors;





Accountant, Office Manager, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Marketing &

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please send your cover letter and resume to katharineh@harborhistorymuseum.org. No phone calls please.
Katharine Hensler

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