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Posted: 09/25/2017

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

Tyron Palace Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
New Bern, NC
$57,393.00 - $95,037.00

DNCR is looking for an Executive Director for one or our most popular historic locations located in New Bern, NC. Tryon Palace is an educational institution and heritage tourism attraction of statewide significance with museum, historic site, archives, and garden components. Tryon Palace's mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the mid-twentieth century by collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and sponsoring events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

The Executive Director is a leadership role and provides the unified vision that coordinates both the long-term, strategic plan and daily operations of the site. The selected candidate must demonstrate a belief in the value of history and its role in the community while encouraging high quality customer service for visitors, and among staff and supporters. Responsibilities include managing approximately 50 full-time staff members, as well as additional temporary staff, collaborating with approximately 300 volunteers, overseeing the State financial and physical resources of the site and ensuring all state and federal laws and regulations, departmental policies, and professional ethics are followed. Management duties include oversight of preservation of artifacts, archives, and historic structures; safety of staff, volunteers, and visitors; exhibit development, interpretation, and programming; special event planning, contracted services, and other receipt-generating activities; operational oversight of museum store(s); accounting services, forecasting, and reporting; and all human resources activities. The director is the public face and lead spokesperson for Tryon Palace and must diplomatically coordinate the advice and guidance provided by multiple stakeholders and support groups. This position is also the lead fundraiser, collaborating and networking with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to generate essential funding for this historic resource. The Executive Director serves as a division director and takes part in the development and execution of departmental policies and cross-divisional activities as directed by the department's senior leadership.

This position reports to the Deputy Secretary/Director of Office of Archives and History and maintains active communications with DNCR. All staff employed by Tryon Palace report to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources through the Executive Director. The Executive Director coordinates with the Tryon Palace Commission who acts as an advisory body to the staff while fulfilling certain statutory responsibilities, including the statutory mandated supervision, management and maintenance of Tryon Palace. These responsibilities include decisions with regards to the preservation and use of historic structures and the accessioning, deaccessioning and loan of artifacts (powers vested in the North Carolina Historical Commission for other Office of Archives and History institutions). This position also coordinates with the Tryon Palace Foundation which is the private, non-profit fundraising arm of the Palace. The Foundation has its own separate board. The state employees (reporting to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources), Commission, and Foundation all work together to achieve Tryon Palace's mission. The Executive Director serves on the Tryon Palace Foundation Committee and attends Tryon Palace Commission meetings.

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application. Any information omitted from the application, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit**

Applicant must meet the minimum Education and Experience requirements and possess the below Knowledge, Skills and Abilities to be considered. Applicant must also consider the supplemental questions.

  • Leadership advanced working knowledge and experience to lead employees and/or stakeholders toward the vision and mission of the organization.
  • Strategy advanced working knowledge and experience of proven strategic planning and project management skills.
  • Fund Raising advanced working knowledge and experience with fundraising skills.
  • Management advanced working knowledge and experience with expertise in personnel, financial and marketing management.
  • Communications ability to operate with both strong written and presentation skills and the ability to engage with all stakeholders effectively.
  • Content advanced knowledge of American history and North Carolina's role in that history; general understanding of and appreciation for core museum practices in non-formal, interactive educational activities; curation and collection management; exhibitions and programming.

Management prefers a candidate with: Experience as a leader in a museum or non-profit educational or cultural organization that has 1) collaborated with multiple organizations and 2) was successful in revenue generating activities (earned income) concert series, tours, facilities rentals, and profit-making public programming.

Masters degree in history, museum administration, business administration or a closely related field and four years of progressive experience in public or private museum work or historical research including two years in an administrative capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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