The Executive Director will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and will be responsible for the effective leadership, management, and operations of the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures while ensuring the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. Reporting to a 15 Member Board of Directors, the Executive Director will directly manage a $1.2 million budget in addition to an endowment fund and a staff of nine full-time and two part-time staff.
S/he has primary responsibility for the accomplishment of the Museum’s organizational and programmatic goals and objectives including Board support; University of Missouri Kansas City and Community partnerships; fund development; executive leadership and management; museum programing, collections and exhibit management; financial management; human resource management; information management and administrative operations; and marketing and external relations.
In addition, it will be important for the Executive Director to provide an ongoing vision for the expanding role of the Museum for the Board, staff, external stakeholders and colleagues around the nation who lead similar ventures. S/he will lead and work collaboratively with the Board and key staff to diversify funding support and revenues by integrating a fundraising perspective into activities, programs, and operations. Finally, the Executive Director will have a passion for the decorative arts and an understanding of the cultural relevance that this Museum provides to Kansas City and to the museum community; locally, nationally and internationally. Specific responsibilities for this position include:
Leadership: Serve as a decisive, credible leader for the T/m and oversee all programs, services, and activities to ensure that program objectives are met. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board. This person will be in the Community as the face and voice of The Museum.
Fund Development: Will provide leadership, management and coordination for The Museum’s broad-based individual and institutional fundraising efforts as well as membership activities. Be the designer and implementer of strategies to increase self-sufficiency and the endowment through annual support, major and capital gifts, membership revenue, foundation and government grants, corporate partnerships, planned gifts and special events. Build sustainable relationships with current and potential donors.
Board Relations: Provide the Board with a business plan that perpetuates the development of the Museum while promoting active participation by the Board, employees, and volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work. Assist in the development of the Board agendas and provide/develop background materials for meetings of the Board of Directors as needed.
Strategic Visioning: Work with the Board to identify and develop broad strategic direction, long-term goals and annual objectives for the T/m and facilitate a regular strategic planning process. Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
Fiscal/Budget: Develop and maintain sound financial practices. Work with the staff, Finance Committee and the Board in preparing a budget to ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines. Develop a strategy to generate adequate funds that will allow the organization to meet its objectives.
Human Resources: Oversee the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are utilized. Ensure that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total programming of the organization. Maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a staff of top quality people.
Policies and Procedures: Maintain office policies and procedures and oversee staff to ensure compliance in the day-to-day operations of Museum. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with UMKC as well as, federal, state and local regulations. With the Chair of the Board and University partners, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.
Communications: See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it. Publicize the activities of the Museum, its programs and goals. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and professional museum organizations. Represent the program and point of view of the organization to professional associations, organizations, and the general public.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
A minimum of six years of professional experience, preferably in museum administration, management, planning and fundraising is desired.
- Leadership experience at an accredited museum would be viewed positively.
- Service in an executive leadership role of an organization where answering to a Board of Directors was a key component is preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge and success in areas of program development and implementation, personnel administration and curatorial activities.
- Direct experience in museum operations and decorative arts/cultural collections or destination attractions in an environment where success measures include expanding attendance figures.
- Substantial experience with marketing, stakeholder relations, and philanthropy to ensure positive working relationships with the Museum’s key stakeholders, key financial supporters, and the general public. Specific experience in fund development, including major gift solicitations, deferred gift strategies and endowment campaigns would be viewed positively.
- Demonstrated success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including civic leaders, charitable agencies, foundations, fundraising sources, other museums, etc.
- Background in written communications, public presentations and facilitation of special events/group meetings.
- Technology systems and records management oversight as well as demonstrated experience in financial management including budgeting and financial planning.
- Must be a passionate advocate for the decorative arts, and the mission and purposes of The Museum.
- Must possess solid leadership and organizational skills, and the ability to work to create a vision and mobilize and delegate constituencies to turn that vision into a reality.
- Management style that is dynamic, firm, fair, and noted for inclusiveness, consensus-building, facilitation and follow-through.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to positively interact with a wide range of departments, employees, and volunteers as well as community segments including Board members, donors, collecting enthusiasts, historians, museum and academic leadership, elected officials, news media, the general public and community, professional and philanthropic leaders.
- Exemplary written and verbal communication skills, along with highly developed listening skills.
- Enthusiastic and forward-thinking and high energy - a “make things happen” personality.
- An “idea person” who can maintain continuity while being creative and appropriately confident in challenging historical policies and procedures and recommend changes accordingly.
- Broad business perspective with the ability to understand “the big picture” and professionalism necessary for success on an organization-wide basis.
- Strong analytical skills and creative capabilities are required in order to effectively administer revenue and expenses, assess the success of the entire organization and develop strategies to drive improvements in the organization’s performances, programs, exhibits and attendance.
- Established, broad-based business acumen including operations, financial and budget management, human resources knowledge and senior-level leadership skills.
- Continually seeking more knowledge, understanding, perspective and insight into the history of toys and miniatures its impact on the cultural development of society.
- Must be confident and credible, while at the same time open to constructive suggestions, inclusive in style, and supportive of a wide range of stakeholders and ideas.
- Must be enthusiastic and forward thinking with a high level of energy, a “make things happen” personality, and the poise and maturity appropriate for an executive director assignment.
- Must have a strong personal value system that encompasses high integrity, honesty, a solid work ethic, high professional standards and strong moral character.
The search is being conducted by an Executive Search firm, EFL Associates. All questions should be directed through the firm.