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  • Executive Director

    Posted: 01/07/2022

    DESCRIPTION:  The Executive Director is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all operational, administrative, financial disciplines, fundraising and programmatic aspects of the Fairfield County Heritage Association as directed by its Board of Directors.  Properties include both the 1832 Georgian Museum and the 1811 Sherman House Museum.  FCHA serves as the county historical society, and presents educational programs and exhibitions to the public. Salary commensurate with experience, starting range $40,000-$50,000. Starting date to be March 2022.

    PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
     

    • Lead the Board, staff and volunteers in carrying out FCHA’s mission.
    • Ensure the operations and administration of FCHA are in compliance with Board policies.
    • Provide overall supervision of the financial operations of FCHA on a daily basis; develop an annual operating budget with direction from the Finance Committee.
    • Supervise, plan, and direct the maintenance and preservation of the two historic house museums.
    • Manage paid staff, volunteers and interns.
    • Oversee the implementation of marketing strategies; promote the organization, its mission and the museums through public relations outlets.
    • Execute fundraising initiatives, including grant writing, major fundraising events and cultivating relationships with major stakeholders; oversee educational events.
    • Provide leadership for volunteer committees responsible for public programming.
    • Cultivate professional relationships with community leaders and organizations for the purpose of increased awareness of and involvement in FCHA.
    • Manage and provide care for museum collections.
    • Develop temporary exhibitions in collaboration with museum volunteer committees.
    • Contribute to the writing and contents of the FCHA Quarterly newsletter.
    • Prepare reports for the Board monthly; keep records as requested or required.
    • Serve as member of all committees and attend their meetings.
    • Serve as museum docent or receptionist, if needed in case of emergency.
    • Have a willingness to be hands-on in all areas make sure activities or programs are done thoroughly and to the best result for FCHA.
    • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as the job demands.
    • Willingness and skill in researching local history.
    • Creativeness in instituting fundraising and events a plus.
    • Responsible for the acquisition, inventorying, maintenance, preservation, and security of an extensive historical collection.
     EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
     
    Minimum requirements:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in the following or closely related fields: History, Historic Preservation, Museum Studies or Business Administration or 5 years of equivalent work experience.
    • Knowledge of museum management best practices and procedures.
    • At least three years of supervisory experience.
    • At least three years’ experience in non-profit fundraising.
    • Budget preparation experience. 
     Preferred experience:
    • Master’s Degree in Public History or Museum Administration.
    • Previous experience as a Museum Director or Assistant Director is desirable.
    • Experience in planning, organizing and operating public informational and educational facilities, programs and exhibits.
    • Experience with PastPerfect Museum Software and Quickbooks accounting software.
      Required skills
    • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, establish and maintain effective working relationships with FCHA staff, volunteers, members and the public.
    • Demonstrate enthusiasm for history and a desire to preserve and share local history.
    • Ability to develop and implement successful fundraising and membership drives.
    • Ability to prepare and analyze data, to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and to carry out projects to their completion.
    • Must have a valid Driver’s License.
     
    Send resume, along with three references to director@fairfieldheritage.org or mail to FCHA, Attn: Search Committee, 105 E. Wheeling St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130.
     
     PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
     
    • Lead the Board, staff and volunteers in carrying out FCHA’s mission.
    • Ensure the operations and administration of FCHA are in compliance with Board policies.
    • Provide overall supervision of the financial operations of FCHA on a daily basis; develop an annual operating budget with direction from the Finance Committee.
    • Supervise, plan, and direct the maintenance and preservation of the two historic house museums.
    • Manage paid staff, volunteers and interns.
    • Oversee the implementation of marketing strategies; promote the organization, its mission and the museums through public relations outlets.
    • Execute fundraising initiatives, including grant writing, major fundraising events and cultivating relationships with major stakeholders; oversee educational events.
    • Provide leadership for volunteer committees responsible for public programming.
    • Cultivate professional relationships with community leaders and organizations for the purpose of increased awareness of and involvement in FCHA.
    • Manage and provide care for museum collections.
    • Develop temporary exhibitions in collaboration with museum volunteer committees.
    • Contribute to the writing and contents of the FCHA Quarterly newsletter.
    • Prepare reports for the Board monthly; keep records as requested or required.
    • Serve as member of all committees and attend their meetings.
    • Serve as museum docent or receptionist, if needed in case of emergency.
    • Have a willingness to be hands-on in all areas make sure activities or programs are done thoroughly and to the best result for FCHA.
    • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as the job demands.
    • Willingness and skill in researching local history.
    • Creativeness in instituting fundraising and events a plus.
    • Responsible for the acquisition, inventorying, maintenance, preservation, and security of an extensive historical collection.
     
     
    EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
     
    Minimum requirements:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in the following or closely related fields: History, Historic Preservation, Museum Studies or Business Administration or 5 years of equivalent work experience.
    • Knowledge of museum management best practices and procedures.
    • At least three years of supervisory experience.
    • At least three years’ experience in non-profit fundraising.
    • Budget preparation experience.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Preferred experience:
    • Master’s Degree in Public History or Museum Administration.
    • Previous experience as a Museum Director or Assistant Director is desirable.
    • Experience in planning, organizing and operating public informational and educational facilities, programs and exhibits.
    • Experience with PastPerfect Museum Software and Quickbooks accounting software.
     
    Required skills
    • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, establish and maintain effective working relationships with FCHA staff, volunteers, members and the public.
    • Demonstrate enthusiasm for history and a desire to preserve and share local history.
    • Ability to develop and implement successful fundraising and membership drives.
    • Ability to prepare and analyze data, to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and to carry out projects to their completion.
    • Must have a valid Driver’s License.
     
     
    Send resume, along with three references to director@fairfieldheritage.org or mail to FCHA, Attn: Search Committee, 105 E. Wheeling St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130.