Small Museum Association

    Small Museums Working Together

Executive Director

09 May 2022 9:41 PM | Laurie Baty


The National Capital Radio & Television Museum, located in Bowie, Maryland, is looking for a dynamic collaborative leader to take the Museum to the next level. The Executive Director has overall responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum (NCRTV), including, but not limited to: fundraising, staff supervision, planning, financial and program management, marketing, and community relations. This work is subject to the Board of Director’s (Board) oversight. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board to help formulate and put into practice the Board’s vision for the museum.While a degree in Museum Studies or an allied field is preferred, all candidates with appropriate work experience will be considered. This is a 30 hour a week position and is ideal for someone just starting in the field of museum management. Please see the position description for additional information. Complete applications will consist of a cover letter and resume covering qualifications. Email to with NCRTV Executive Director in subject line.

Starting with no building, no funds, no collection, and only a handful of dedicated volunteers, the Museum began by borrowing artifacts from local radio collectors and mounting temporary exhibits in several of the region’s public libraries, downtown at the George Washington University, and at the City Place Mall in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The Museum opened its doors to the public in June 1999, and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009. The spirit of those original volunteers is still a key aspect of the museum community, with current volunteers actively involved as Docents, Radio Repair technicians, and our active Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be the face of the museum to the community, and should embody the same spirit.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include overseeing and managing all aspects of the museum’s operations, exhibits, and education programming; coordinating all aspects of the Museum’s fundraising; serving as the Museum’s face to the community; establishing and nurturing key collaborations with local and regional partners; overseeing the development of innovative new programming; capitalizing on education outreach opportunities; and developing and executing a long-term strategic plan for the Museum.

Oversee and Manage All Activities of the Museum

  • Assist in the development of an annual budget and deliver results against budget.
  • Set direction and create alignment around responsibilities.
    • Delegate appropriate activities and authority.
  • Manage relationship with the 3rd party accounting partner.
  • Prepare and actively focus the Board on key organizational and operational issues as part of the Board and committee meetings.
  • Work closely with the Executive Committee and the Board to develop and execute the strategic plan for the Museum.

 Represent the Museum in the Community

  • Manage ongoing strategic partnerships.
  • Develop and secure new strategic partnerships.
  • Represent the Museum at community and foundation events.
  • Manage Museum publicity.

 Lead Operating Fund Development

  • Develop and implement fundraising strategies to support the operation of the Museum, including, but not limited to:
    • Foundations
    • Corporations
    • Individuals

 Other Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate grant writing and Board and staff involvement in development.
  • Coordinate the annual gala or other fundraising activities.
  • Conduct annual performance evaluations of volunteers.
  • Create and implement a [or] the strategic plan for Board development.
  • Assist in the recruiting and interviewing of potential new Board Members (with the Board Development Committee).
  • Network with other non-profit executive directors in community.
  • Prepare documents in preparation for and to be used at Board meetings.

Position Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably with a concentration in museum studies, non-profit management, or history.

 Required Experience:

  • Experience with personnel and financial management of a small organization, and familiarity with financial software (such as QuickBooks).
  • Familiarity with office computer software (e.g., Microsoft Office suite); website development and updating is a plus.
  • Experience in setting priorities and delegating tasks to both staff and volunteers.
  • Experience in the areas below is desirable:
  • Experience with marketing, publicity, and public relations.
  • Experience with fundraising for a non-profit organization.
  • Familiarity with the museum environment and community.
Salary expected to be between $34-42K depending on qualifications.
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software