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Job Listing: Executive Director

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The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation is a non-profit museum that celebrates the life and legacy of the only Appalachian-born First Lady. Now celebrating its 10th year, the museum presents the story of the First Lady in the historic birthplace and childhood home of Mrs. Wilson. The museum is one of two presidential historic sites located on an American Main Street, and one of eight historic sites dedicated to the interpretation of an American First Lady. It currently serves 5,000 visitors annually through tours, education programs, and community outreach activities.

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation seeks a visionary Executive Director to prepare the young organization for growth and expansion. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the museum’s activities, including fundraising, marketing initiatives, fiscal management, and interpreting the collection and the building’s history. The Executive Director, alongside museum’s Trustees, serves as a primary driver of the organization’s mission to preserve and promote the legacy of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson. As the chief fundraiser for the Museum, the Executive Director will lead the planning and implementation of development activities and will be actively engaged in cultivating and stewarding current and potential donors. The Executive Director manages a part-time Education Coordinator, visitor services and administrative staff, interns, and a dedicated group of volunteers. Ensuring the continued relevance of the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation is a key priority, and the Director is charged with elevating the institution and Mrs. Wilson’s story within the region, nation, and world.

-Work with a dedicated Board of Trustees to set the strategic vision and ensure proper governance; Coordinate and help execute an active committee structure; Develop the annual organizational budget; Evaluate plans to acquire and restore the historic building that houses the museum
-Ensure secure fiscal oversight and budgets, Manage personnel and oversee staffing structure
-Develop and implement fundraising strategy, including executing fundraising appeals, special events, and other advancement activities; Manage and apply for grant support
-Provide oversight to the management of museum operations, including programming, collections, preservation efforts, exhibitions, and interpretive elements
-Ensure that the historic site is presented at its best, open to the public, and work to enhance the visitor experience
-Serve as the face of organization as the primary representative to the community; Helps engage and inspire broad support for the museum while expanding its profile
-Spearhead marketing and communication efforts, including external communication, social media, website updates, press relations, and all other public information
-Work with Education Coordinator to promote, coordinate, and develop educational programs
-Cultivate and leverage the museum’s existing partnerships within the community, while pursuing new ones

-Bachelor’s degree in history or historic preservation or equivalent experience in museum management. Master’s degree preferred.
-Three to five years of related experience required
-Familiarity with operations of a historic site, principles of historic preservation, organizational development, and nonprofit management
-Experience with board engagement
-Proven success in fundraising and development efforts
-Experience in budget development
-Interest in First Ladies, presidential history, women’s history, political science, and/or world affairs
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as organizational development and a record of visionary leadership

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