Topic ID #38233 - posted 4/10/2017 4:02 PM

CAREER OPPORTUNITY - Executive Director


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Washington County Museum, Hillsboro, Oregon

The Washington County Museum (WCM) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead the institution through a period of growth and beyond.  The new CEO will take the reins of the Tualatin Valley’s leading cultural organization, as it begins the implementation of a ten year strategic plan. 



The WCM currently operates two facilities through a partnership between the Washington County Historical Society and the Washington County government.  The facility in Rock Creek consists of the administration offices, the archives and artifact repository.  The collections include a wide range of items related to the cultural heritage of the Tualatin Valley, including an estimated 30,000 objects and more than 60,000 images.  The exhibition and education center is located in the Hillsboro Civic Center.   Through the center WCM offers a variety of temporary and long-term exhibits, programs and events that emphasize the arts, sciences and humanities at they relate to Washington County.  Educational opportunities also include outreach programs for schools and community youth groups.  Discover more at



The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of WCM and is responsible to the Board of Directors for all museum operations. He/she is responsible for the fundraising activities, finance and budgeting and keeps funders apprised of services, accomplishments and needs.  The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Museum, personnel management, marketing and outreach, leadership, strategic planning, policy development, exhibitions and collections, professional standards, educational programs, facilities maintenance, operations, liaising with the board, and representing the museum externally.  The Director will be offered a competitive salary with benefits, contingent upon experience.



The position requires a combination of strong professional credentials and demonstrated skills and success in development and community outreach.  The successful candidate should present most of the following: 

      Development and Fund-raising   

·         Record of fundraising success, particularly the demonstrated ability to reach out to, inspire, cultivate, listen to, and build relationships with donors.

·         Exposure to planned giving, major gifts, and with capital campaigns is a plus.

·         With the Finance Committee, able to create and monitor operating and capital budgets

·         Demonstrated business and fiscal management strength.


      Museum Leadership

·         Leadership and museum-management experience, skills, and credentials.

·         Ability and enthusiasm to lead a mid-sized museum where the Director works on a variety of fronts and wears multiple hats.

·         Knowledge of museum standards, best practices, and trends

·         Museum experience, including managing and motivating staff, working with and engaging boards, and collaborating with external partners.

·         Managerial style to empower and be accessible to staff.

·         Strong organizational and communication skills.

·         Experience working with or for municipal or county officials is an asset


Community Relationships

·         Inspirational and motivational leader to serve as the public face of the Museum in the community.

·         Capability and experience to work well with a variety of stakeholders, including, civic leaders, cultural partners, and museum members and volunteers. 

·         Wants to play a civic-leadership role in the ongoing and successful revitalization of the city and county and its rapid growth in cultural offerings.

·         Enthusiasm for the broad mission and for engaging the public


Personal Characteristics

·         Accessible, welcoming, gracious, sincere, and sociable person, with a personality compatible with a hospitable and friendly city.

·         Gentle” change agent -- open to new ideas and willing to take sensible risks, but also respectful of tradition

·         Vibrant, engaging public speaker

·         Enthusiastic about educating the public about history and art.

·         Receptive to incorporating new technologies as appropriate in marketing, education programs, exhibitions, and interpretation of collections

·         Expertise, flair, skills, and desire to rebrand and market the Museum to a broader, more diverse audience, beyond the Museum’s traditional audiences, to better reflect the population profile of the region.




Apply in confidence to   Email cover letter, résumé (.pdf preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information.  References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.  Review of applications will begin May 1, 2017 and process will remain open until the position is filled.  Nominations welcome.  The Washington County Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

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