Asheville Museum of History Seeks Executive Director


Position: Executive Director

REPORTS TO: President and Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Asheville Museum of History (AMH).


The Executive Director will administer the affairs of the Asheville Museum of History. The Executive Director will participate in fundraising activities: oversee the day-to-day operation of the Smith McDowell House, be responsible for community outreach and marketing; supervise staff members; and perform related duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees.


  • Develop and secure outside funding sources through grants, sponsorships, contributions, and other development activities in collaboration with the Board of Trustees
  • Manage the membership program of AMH
  • Oversee museum fiscal matters, prepare annual budget with the Treasurer, assist in setting priorities for expenditures
  • In collaboration with the Treasurer and outside accountant, manage all financial matters of the AMH including financial record-keeping, bank deposits and reconciliation, and monthly financial reports
  • Direct facility use; oversee safety and security; ensure maintenance of the Smith-McDowell House, collections, and grounds
  • Ensure compliance with applicable regulations and requirements related to the Smith-McDowell House’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places and local historic landmark designation
  • Develop and oversee marketing and community relations plans
  • Supervise AMH employees
  • Serve as museum liaison to Asheville Buncombe Technical College, and other historic houses and museums, government agencies, and professional associations, and develop working relationships with these groups
  • Represent AMH through public speaking and community interactions
  • Manage exhibitions and recommend future exhibitions as part of the overall education mission of AMH
  • Oversee and assure the safety and preservation of the collections
  • Develop and maintain a network of volunteers and docents
  • Work with the Public Programs Director to develop and present children’s educational programming
  • Work with the Awards Committee to plan and execute selection and presentation of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award and Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Attend meetings of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee
  • Attend Board Committee meetings as requested
  • Write and distribute the monthly email newsletter, prepare and distribute press releases, and ensure the AMH website is updated
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees


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


A Master’s Degree is preferred, or a Bachelors in related field with five years’ experience in lieu of a Master’s.


Preference given to candidates with demonstrated skills/abilities in the following:

  • Successful and measurable fundraising experience
  • Museum Management
  • Supervisory Experience
  • Strong Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Finance and Budget Experience
  • Interest in History as demonstrated through education, work history, or volunteer activities



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Application Deadline: March 1, 2024, 5:00 PM