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Director, Manchester-by-the-Sea Museum

03 Mar 2024 9:22 AM | Mary Minott

 Position: Director, Manchester-by-the-Sea Museum 

Location: 10 Union St., Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts 

Salary: $40,000 per annum

Time commitment: 20-24 hours per week

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

Position Description: The Manchester-by-the-Sea Museum is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to fill the role of Director. As the Director, you will play a pivotal role in preserving and promoting the rich historical heritage of Manchester-by-the-Sea and representing the Museum to the public as a thoughtful leader and advocate.  This position requires a commitment of 20-24 hours per week and reports to the Board of Trustees. 


Under the direction of the Board of Trustees, implementation of the Museum's strategic plan. Allocate resources  in alignment with the Museum’s mission/strategic plan  and adhere to the Museum budget set by the Board of Trustees. Ensure that the museum maintains high standards of historical integrity. 

 Implementation of board directed fundraising strategies to support the museum's initiatives and ensure continued financial support,  including grant writing, donor cultivation, and community engagement.  Collaborate with the membership committee to support engagement and cultivate new membership.  Utilize existing and create new connections within the museum community to foster collaborations, partnerships, and opportunities for the museum. 

Management of day-to-today museum operations  including supervisory care of the house museum and grounds, budget and administrative management, website management, staff supervision and training.  Implementation of museum events, educational programming, museum tours and ensuring a seamless and stimulating visitor experience.  Recruit and manage community volunteers and docents.  

Collaborate with the Curatorial Advisory Committee on the entire breadth of the Museum’s collections -- including artwork, artifacts, archival materials --  and exhibits.  Collaborate with the Program Committee on the implementation of lectures. events and children’s programming.  


  • Demonstrated strong organizational, public speaking and computer skills to maintain and promote the museum's archives, collections, and exhibits.

  • Proven experience in museum management, administration, and development. 

  • Positive leadership skills and ability to develop a team.Supports a fun learning environment within the museum and staff.

  • Demonstrated strong organizational and communication skills with attention to detail. Ability to work effectively within a 20-24-hour workweek. 

  • Demonstrated ability  fundraising techniques, grant writing, and donor relations. 

  • Strategic thinking and the ability to navigate the museum landscape.

  • Passion for history and knowledge of curatorial and archival practices. 

If you are a strategic thinker with a passion for history, possess the required expertise, have the ability to wear many hats, and are eager to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Manchester-by-the-Sea, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Please submit your resume and a cover letter

For more information, call Mary Minott, 617-365-7053

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