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).

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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

EVALUATION:

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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

 

SALARY RANGE: $60K – $65K

Send applications or questions to: director@ashevillehistory.org.

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