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Job Listing: Museum Executive Director

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Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation - Wytheville, VA


Salary: Salary: $25,000.00 to $35,000.00/year



The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation seeks an energetic, growth and detail-oriented professional to serve as Executive Director for the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation and Museum. This position may be part- or full-time and will be dependent on candidate interest and capabilities.  The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Trustees, leads the organization, oversees its operations, and acts as the primary driver of the strategy to fulfill the organization’s mission to preserve and promote the legacy of First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson and to educate and inspire future generations through community programming. 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. The Director is charged with continuing to elevate the institution within the region, nationally, and internationally.



-Position reports to the Board of Directors

-Works with a dedicated Board of Trustees to set the strategic vision, ensure proper governance, and develop the annual organizational budget; Coordinate and help execute an active committee structure; Manage personnel and oversee staffing structure

-Provides oversight to the management of museum operations, including programming, collections, preservation efforts, exhibitions, and interpretive elements

-Accountable for financial and annual budget oversight

-Ensure that the historic site is presented at its best, open to the public, and works 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

-Oversee all fundraising, advancement, and development activities, Execute appeals and special events;

Manages and applies for grant support

-Spearhead marketing and communication efforts ,including external communication, social media, website updates, press relations, and all other public information and ensures all communication are appropriate for Museum audiences

-Work with Education Coordinator to promote, coordinate, and develop educational programs; Develop exhibitions and interpretative content

-Cultivate and leverage the Museum’s existing partnerships within its community, while pursuing new ones



-Bachelor’s degree with concentration or interest in history, Master’s degree preferred.

-Three to five years of related experience in a Museum setting preferred, but not required_

-Familiarity with operations of a historic site, principles of historic preservation, and non-profit management.

-Success in fundraising and development efforts.

--Experience with grant writing, grant submissions, and grant management.

-Interest in First Ladies, presidential history, women’s history, political science, and/or world affairs

-Excellent interpersonal communication, organization, development and leadership skills.