Executive Director - Northwest Territory Museum – Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museum, Marietta, Ohio

  • 07 Apr 2022 2:22 PM
    Message # 12698922
    Zinnia Willits (Administrator)

    The Northwest Territory Museum Society on behalf of the Northwest Territory Museum – Campus Martius and the Ohio River Museum - in conjunction with our Management Partner Ohio History Connection, seeks: Museum Executive Director


    The Museum Executive Director is a dynamic and innovative leader responsible for the museums’ values and mission-based leadership for the delivery, quality, and ongoing improvement of the guest experience, staff excellence, and financial performance of the Museums. With an operating budget of $300,000 the Executive Director leads the creation, implementation, and coordination of the strategic plan for the Museums, insuring financial sustainability and successful delivery of the board’s vision.


    • Provide integrative leadership to staff and volunteers for consistent direction, communication, organizational alignment, and visioning.

    • Report to the board of directors encouraging their input and the utilization of their experience and expertise.

    • Work closely with the board and staff, in developing and articulating the strategic direction of the Museums.

    • Manage all day-to-day operations and directions. • Observe and evaluate the staff’s abilities and their responsibilities.

    • Have a thorough understanding of all museum operations and their nuances.

    • Management of the fiscal stewardship of the entire organization.

    • Understand the capital campaign in its entirety, and work with the board to formulate the next steps.

    • Lead the development and marketing initiatives Represent the organization in fundraising and recruitment of donors, working side-by-side with Board members. 

    • Create and maintain a strong relationship with the Ohio History Connection by becoming familiar with the OHC’s other properties and their staff. Collaborate and capitalize on their expertise in interpretation, exhibit development, and fundraising.

    • Serve as the public face for the Museums by representing the organization in all things and getting involved in the community.

    • Have strong interaction with staff and patrons creating a personal one-onone “market research.”

    • Familiarize and evaluate the current exhibits and programming with a fresh eye from the point of view of the visitor.

    • Create dynamic public history programming that drives attendance.

    • Act in a leadership role to monitor public history trends and recommend appropriate programming to keep pace with a changing social environment.

    • Demonstrate a deep passion for preserving history and excitement and share that passion with others.

    • Engage key media resources and create strong public awareness of the organization.

    • Work collaboratively with many constituencies: students, members, program partners, funders, schools, history groups, civic organizations, local and state units of government

    • Plan, develop, and deliver a comprehensive, coordinated, diverse, inclusive, forward-looking museum.

    • Lead the board and staff toward best practices for museums and board governance.

    Education / Experience:

    • Minimum Bachelor’s degree: Masters preferred in related management, development, museum studies, or history fields.

    • Five years’ experience in museums or related experience in venues or attractions with at least seven years at a senior management level.

    • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Salary range: $50,000 to $55,000.

    • In addition to salary included is an annual $7,000 stipend toward benefits, i.e.., medical benefits, etc. 3 Skills/Abilities:

    • Strong administrator.

    • Demonstrated leadership and success in development and implementation of exhibits and public programming.

    • Proven administrative, analytical, and strategic planning skills.

    • Record of being a self-starter, leader, team builder, and problem solver.

    • Experience managing staff and dealing with all human resource related matters including hiring, evaluating, and terminating employees.

    • Proven financial ability to organize and manage a budget and to monitor ongoing financial performance.

    • Demonstrated success in fundraising and community outreach with expertise in creating public and private partnerships.

    • Experience in managing and guiding a board of directors.

    • Effective communicator with proven ability to collaborate with individuals or diversified groups such as staff, government, business leaders, donors, and volunteers.

    • Experience with capital campaigns and new museum planning.

    How to apply

    Please send: A cover letter that describes your background and how you meet these requirements, as well as what excites you about this position. Please also send a current resume.

    Email to: robin@janmckayandassociates.consulting

    The Northwest Territory Museum Society is the operating partner for two museums through a contract with the Ohio History Connection, which is the owner and steward of the properties. The Ohio History Connection’s mission is to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. Embrace the present, share the past and transform the future