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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: FULL-TIME


WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) seeks an experienced, self-directed, organized professional Executive Director for a full-time position based in Asheville, NC. A bachelor’s degree is required. Preference will be given to applicants with historical association, museum or non-profit experience. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing operations of WNCHA and the Smith-McDowell House Museum, educational programming, fundraising, membership, and marketing. The salary range is $50-60,000 plus benefits. Please reply by September 30 with a current resume and cover letter outlining your relevant experience, interest, and qualifications to [email protected] or mail to: WNCHA, Smith-McDowell House, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801, ATTN: Executive Director Applicant (EOE).

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (WNCHA)

JOB DESCRIPTION: Executive Director (Full-Time)

REPORTS TO: President of the Board of Trustees of the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Executive Committee

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Executive Director will administer the affairs of the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Smith-McDowell House Museum. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of WNCHA and the Smith-McDowell House Museum, educational programming, fundraising, membership development, community outreach, and marketing. supervises two part-time staff members; and performs related duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees. Salary range $50-60,000 plus benefits, commensurate with experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists the Board with developing and securing outside funding sources through grants, sponsorships, contributions, and other fund development activities in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.
  • Manages the membership program of WNCHA.
  • Oversees museum fiscal matters, assists in preparation of annual budget with the Treasurer assists in setting priorities for expenditures.
  • In collaboration with the Board Treasurer, manages all financial matters of the organization including financial record keeping, bank deposits and reconciliation, and monthly financial reports.
  • Directs facility use; oversees safety and security; ensures the maintenance of the facility including the collections and grounds.
  • Develops marketing and community relations plans in conjunction with board committees.
  • Supervises museum employees.
  • Serves as museum liaison to sister historical houses and museums and develops a working relationship with these groups.
  • Represents the organization through networking, public speaking and community interactions.
  • Develops and manages programming and exhibits in conjunction with board committees as part of the overall educational mission of the organization.
  • Oversees and assures the safety and preservation of the museum collections.
  • Works with the House Manager to develop and maintain a network of volunteers and docents.
  • Works with the Education Coordinator to develop and present children’s educational programming.
  • Surveys operations of the Smith McDowell House to ensure professional standards are maintained.
  • Attends monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Board. Staffs and attends Committee meetings as requested by the Board.
  • Writes and distributes the monthly email newsletter, prepares and distributes all press releases, and ensures that the WNCHA website and social media are updated and current.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees.

EVALUATION:

The Executive Director is evaluated annually by the WNCHA executive committee. Evaluation is based on performance measured against annual goals and objectives set by the Board of Trustees.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:
● Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
● 3 or more years experience in related field

Preference is given to candidates with demonstrated skills/abilities in one or more of the following:
● Non-profit management experience
● Museum management experience
● Advanced degree in a related field
● Demonstrated success in fundraising
● Demonstrated success in membership development
● Strong oral and written communication skills
● Finance and budget experience
● Demonstrated interest in history