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Executive Director: Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, Powell, Wyo.

16 Jan 2023 2:22 PM | Aura Newlin

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation seeks an Executive Director to implement the strategic mission of the Foundation, manage the day-to-day operations of the Interpretive Center, recruit and manage staff, serve as the Foundation’s primary spokesperson for public engagement, and lead the Foundation’s scholarly and public service initiatives. This is the key leadership role for our rapidly growing organization.


  • Strategic leadership: Works closely with the Board of Directors to guide and implement the Foundation’s strategic vision. Identifies new opportunities for growth and collaboration in line with the Foundation’s mission and scope. Oversees the development and operations of the new Mineta-Simpson Institute.
  • Museum operations: Oversees the Interpretive Center’s facilities, day-to-day operations, and visitor experience. Ensures the timely planning, development, and execution of exhibits and educational program offerings. Oversees the preservation, acquisition, and deaccessioning of the Interpretive Center’s collections. Manages and leads a multi-faceted team of staff, consultants, and contractors. Develops the organizational culture and fosters a collaborative and inclusive work environment.
  • Site development: Oversees the planning and development of site infrastructure, including new and ongoing construction and maintenance for the Interpretive Center, the Mineta-Simpson Institute, and historic/interpretive structures on the property (i.e., root cellar, barrack, hospital buildings, administrative buildings, military honor roll and memorial, and interpretive walking trail). Identifies new opportunities and acquisitions for the historic site.
  • Fundraising and financial management: Oversees all financial and accounting functions to protect the Foundation’s assets and financial stability. Makes financial recommendations as needed and maintains budgeting records and reports. Identifies fundraising prospects and manages fund development strategies.
  • Public relations: Serves as the primary spokesperson for and face of the Foundation. Cultivates and strengthens relationships with relevant local, state, national, and international partners.
  • Develops and implements a communications plan that includes oversight of website content, social media presence, media relations, and print materials.


  • Bachelor’s degree or professional equivalent in museum studies, anthropology, history, sociology, public administration, nonprofit management, historic preservation, or a related field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • At least five years of experience working in a museum, historic site, nonprofit organization, educational institution, or similar setting
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction
  • Knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, nonprofits, or similar organizations
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the Japanese American incarceration experience
  • Ability to recruit, develop, evaluate and retain a highly qualified staff
  • Strong management skills, including an ability to manage an annual operating budget
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and donor development
  • Ability to cultivate effective working relationships with stakeholders and diverse audiences, including membership, community groups, schools, government, private and civic organizations
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, and public speaking skills
  • Excellent planning, time management, and multi-tasking skills

JOB TYPE: Onsite, full-time

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: The position may require up to 10% of local, regional and/or national travel.

SALARY RANGE: $85,000 to $115,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Competitive benefits package.


Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Lia Nitake at no later than February 15, 2023.

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