|Location:||Minnesota, United States|
The Stearns History Museum & Research Center (SHM) is a vibrant and highly regarded public history museum serving central Minnesota. The organization’s roots go back to 1936, when local citizensorganized the Stearns County Historical Society. Between 1974 and 1984 a new grassroots effort reinvented the Society as a professional and modern museum, adopting state-of-the art collecting, cataloging, and documenting local history.
Throughout the year the museum presents a variety of exhibits, programs and activities designed to educate, entertain, and inspire for both adults and children. SHM also offers traveling exhibits, monthly discussion groups, a book club, and holiday events (Halloween Historia and Kringle Fest). It also hosts genealogy workshops, bus tours, community events, and runs an active Century Farm program that celebrates the county’s rich agricultural history by designating farms of 50+ acres that have been in a family at least 100 consecutive years.
The Executive Director is the chief executive of the Museum and, as such, responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the entire organization, including programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets, and external relations. Above all, the Executive Director is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of the organization in a fiscally sound manner. This person will play a leading role, working closely with the Board and staff, in developing and articulating the strategic direction of the Museum and in implementing the resulting strategies and initiatives. At the same time, she or he will play a key role in the greater community requiring the ability to prioritize between internal and external focuses. In particular, the new Executive Director must take a lead role in identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities and programs.
This position will require an outstanding leader with exceptional communication skills. Excellent fundraising skills, a strong public presence, and enthusiasm for making the case for SHM to a variety of donors and partners, especially the County, are also required aspects of this profile. This individual must have the ability to work with the Board to create and carry out a vision for what the Museum can and should do. The ability to articulate a vision must be combined with the drive to achieve results.
The director must possess the people skills and versatility to effectively build relationships across a broad spectrum of personalities. A team-oriented approach to problem solving and decision-making is important.
Ideally, he or she will have at least ten years overall nonprofit experience as a leader or manager within a historical society, public museum, or a similar non-profit organization. Candidates who have not led an organization, but can demonstrate the above skills and a high potential to grow into this profile, will also be considered.
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|Primary Category:||Local History
|Secondary Categories:||American History / Studies