QHS is looking for an experienced museum professional to serve as the Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will serve as a forward-thinking, innovative, and creative chief executive officer with overall responsibility for the execution of the Society’s mission. The Executive Director will be committed to museum excellence and best practices, cultivation of multiple stakeholder and constituent groups, and providing interrelated strategic vision and operational leadership. This is not a position for a traditionally-minded history museum director.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Strategic and Operational Leadership
Responsible for strategy development and implementation, development and fundraising, community relations, curatorial and exhibition-making, educational program development, personnel administration, financial and facilities management, marketing, and archival and collections management. Able to conceive, articulate, and realize a progressive curatorial vision for exhibitions and programs that is innovative, creative, thought-provoking, and forward-thinking. Responsible for hiring, tasking, and managing staff employees, independent contractors, volunteer organizers, and interns.
Oversees all day-to-day operations, with a focus on providing quality exhibitions and programs within the framework of excellence in the visitor experience. Manages communications with stakeholders to articulate a clear vision for programming, financial support, and community partnerships, and ensuring consistency of branding and messaging.
Ensures that the necessary organizational structure, policies, systems controls, and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed for effectiveness. Meets regularly with the Board of Directors, including with the Executive Committee and other Board-established committees, to report on and coordinate organizational activities.
Fundraising and Financial Management
Partners with the Board to cultivate relationships and financial resources that will ensure the success of the institution. Cultivates major donors, members, and event volunteer leaders to expand fundraising activities and build financial resilience in support of ongoing programs and operations.
Manages the development of institutional funding sources including government agencies and private foundations. Manages the preparation of the annual operating budget with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee, and provides quarterly financial reports to the Board.
Oversees the preparations of the annual audit report and 990 tax filings with an independent auditor, and coordinates reporting by the auditor to the Board. Oversees routine financial transactions and management with the Business Manager, bookkeeper, and accountant, and coordinates liability, healthcare, and collections insurance coverage.
Community Relations and Engagement
Develops an active community presence and relationships to foster opportunities for new initiatives and partnerships that build connections, support increased attendance and membership, enhances organizational reputation, and strengthens the fabric of social and cultural organizations in the Borough of Queens communities.
Uphold the Society’s commitment to embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion in programming and outreach including, but not limited to, free public access to the Society’s archives and research collections. This commitment includes programming that challenges structural inequalities and promotes constructive dialogue around issues related to marginalized communities.
Actively engages with a comprehensive network of museum professionals, independent curators, and arts and culture sector practitioners by hosting and participating in relevant meetings and convenings that share sector trends and current best practices.
Develop local networks in the arts and culture community to identify and cultivate collaborative programs with independent curators and institutional partners.
Experience and Qualifications
• Graduate degree in History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities, or a related field.
• Professional experience at the senior management level, in museums or arts/cultural non-profit sector organizations.
• A seasoned professional with multiple literacy skills: social, cross-cultural, business, civic, programmatic, media.
• Agility to oscillate between and interrelate strategic direction and operational management.
• A mindset of cross-disciplinary and collaborative thinking.
• An appetite for innovation and new ideas in progressive museum practice.
• Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
• Experience and enthusiasm for working with a wide variety of public constituents; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Enthusiasm for participating in a wide range of organizational functions.
• Experience managing staff, independent contractors, volunteers, and interns.
• Proficiency with MS Office suite.
• Familiarity with QuickBooks, WordPress, and Google Cloud Apps.
• Knowledge of the local and regional community and its history.
Salary and Benefits
This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range of 45-50K. Benefits include 10 days annual vacation per year, 10 days medical leave, and 11 paid holidays.
The Queens Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. The Society is dedicated to diversity in all forms in its staffing and governance, as well as in its accessibility policies, to create and promote an inclusive organization and community.
Email letter of interest, resume, and three professional references in Adobe PDF format to email@example.com using the job title and your name in your subject line (example: “Executive Director – Jane Smith”). All attachments should be submitted with the applicant’s first initial and last name included in the file name (for example “J.Smith Resume”). Interviews will be held during May, June, and July, and the position start date is anticipated to be no later than August 1, 2021.