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.
- 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.
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.
● 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