The Board of Directors seeks a visionary leader with an excellent track record of sound budget management, fundraising, strategic planning and staff management to lead the organization to the next level. The mission of this role is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the museum by building and maintaining a strong brand identity, expanding revenue sources, and maintaining a high level of fiscal and people management practices.
The Executive Director (ED) collaborates with the Board to set the vision and strategic direction of the organization. S/he serves as the Museums public face and spokesperson and must be visible and proactive in the community. S/he is also the organizations primary fundraiser and works closely with the Board of Directors and staff to cultivate new and established donors and to continue to grow productive partnerships with business, cultural and academic entities. The ED establishes fundraising priorities and objectives; creates strategies to meet goals; develops and cultivates donors and prospects; and solicits and stewards major donors.
The ED will possess strong emotional intelligence and play an important role in a range of activities related to institutional planning and resource management. The position manages the annual budget and planning process and makes finance presentations to the board and its subcommittees. S/he is expected to be a thought leader, overseeing and directing procedures related to museum operations and leading efforts for continuous improvement throughout the organization, including exhibitions and education and public programs.
Finally, the ED has the authority and responsibility for the museums budget and its physical and human resources. The successful candidate will be an energetic leader who will embrace the opportunity to move the Museum to a new era of growth and recognition.
The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of work experience in a senior leadership position with fundraising, financial management, and staff management responsibilities. Specifically, the following competencies will be essential to the EDs success:
The museum is dependent on individual, corporate, foundation and government donors who provide $700,000+ in contributed income which supplements the $300,000 million in revenue earned through museum admission fees, education programs, facility rentals and shop/cafe revenue. The existing donor base is heavily concentrated around Elmhurst. The ED must be a skilled fundraiser who can expand development efforts into and beyond the local area, build strong relationships with existing donors, and enlarge the donor base across all funding streams with the aim of eventually growing the organizations cash reserves and endowment funds.
The museum is a sophisticated facility that includes a priceless historic house; a museum center with permanent and changing exhibitions; an education center which offers classes for children and adults as well as a popular summer camp; a store with on-site and online sales; and a small cafe. The ED must have highly developed operating management, financial management, and leadership skills to ensure responsible and effective management of daily operations and the management, coaching, and development of its employees. The ED must also be able to maintain and support an atmosphere where events are executed successfully and profitably.