Museum Director
Iroquois Indian Museum - Howes Cave, NY

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The Director is the chief executive officer of the Iroquois Indian Museum, responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight by maintaining the strategic vision of the museum and carrying out a plan of work to achieve the museum's mission, profitability and growth. As an individual excited about and equipped with the knowledge and demonstrated experience that will advance the Museum through new approaches to marketing and supporting the Museum's collections, the Director:
  • Is responsible for cultivating relationships with donors, staff and board members; revenue generation and fundraising; public relations and community outreach; staffing and operations; and planning and coordinating educational programming.
  • Assumes managerial responsibility for the museum in administration, curation, educational programs, operations and support, through specialized training in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the Museum's mission to collect and interpret in the field of Iroquois art, culture, and society.
  • Serves as the liaison between the IIM Board of Trustees and the museum staff, communicating the goals, policies and strategic vision of the Board while protecting the interests of the museum's collections, programming and staff, as well as the Iroquois communities.
  • Works with board members on policy-making, managerial duties, and budgetary matters, and prepares a variety of special reports as requested by board members.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work of staff members and volunteers in matters of acquisition, preservation, research, interpretation, exhibitions, education, public programs, daily operations, and financial management.

The successful candidate for the Director position must demonstrate the following Leadership Competencies:

Experience in grant writing and management; expertise in fundraising with donors, corporations and foundations in support of exhibitions, endowments and public programs; and strong understanding of non-profit management and organizational finance and management.
  • Skills in new approaches to publicizing and growing museum programming, social media and web marketing.
  • Work history that exemplifies the highest standards for museum exhibitions and programming, research, education, public outreach, and service.
  • Ability to implement policy established by the governing body of a museum or other cultural institution, and to work with that body to develop and implement long-range and annual strategic goals and plans.
  • Prior management and/or other leadership experience in a museum or other cultural institution, including the ability to supervise diverse staff and volunteer/student workers.
  • Capacity to deal effectively with stakeholders from varied backgrounds (members and Board, Iroquois leaders and community, artists, educators, philanthropic groups, politicians, media and tourism representatives).
  • Specialized training in one or more disciplines relevant to implementing the mission and goals of the IIM (Iroquois or Native American Studies, Anthropology, History, and/or Museum Studies), or equivalent work or life experience.
  • Excellent communications skills, including experience in inter- or cross-cultural communication.

The successful candidate for the Director position should possess the following credentials, skills and attributes:

Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in a relevant discipline (history, museum studies, anthropology, Native American studies, business or museum administration) or related disciplines.
  • 3-5 years' experience in museum administration and facility management.
  • Broad knowledge of Iroquois/Haudenosaunee history and culture.
  • Demonstrated experience with website development and social media, especially as used in museums and educational settings.
  • Collaborative and outgoing personality,strategic thinking, fostering innovation and change; achievement-oriented with the ability to multi-task, function independently and in a team environment.

Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Director has the option to increase salary pending successful fund-raising efforts. Vacation and health benefits are provided.