The Executive Director (ED) of the YVM must be a strategic and practical leader. As the face of the organization, the ED will further elevate the museum as a major cultural and educational resource and tourist destination for the Yakima Valley and Central Washington. Reporting to the board of trustees, the ED will have day-to-day oversight of all museum operations, using widely-held museum best practices in the care and stewardship of collections and in all matters related to board governance and financial management. The ED will also maintain a high professional profile in the community and personally cultivate financial resources while educating, engaging, and energizing the board of trustees in its role as fundraisers, policymakers, and community ambassadors. This individual will build a culture of teamwork, open communication, learning, and community impact and will show respect for and commitment to the history, culture, diversity, and traditions of the Yakima Valley as well as its future.
Leadership, Outreach, and Community Relations
The ED will create new opportunities for learning and collaboration that further the mission, programs, and impact of the YVM and act as its primary spokesperson along with the Board President, enhancing the organization’s reputation as an active and relevant regional cultural asset.
* Communicate and advocate the work and mission of the organization to the public in a manner that enhances its reputation and standing locally and regionally.
* Develop and maintain good relations with civic leaders throughout the region, other arts and cultural organizations, community service organizations, and the media.
The ED will take a leadership role in all fund development programs and identify appropriate funding opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies with the board of trustees and staff.
* Lead staff and board in development activities, maintain strong relationships with the funding community, and develop the most effective donor stewardship and cultivation methods with the board and staff.
* Develop marketing, communication, and public relations programs, including social media platforms, with the board and staff that achieve earned income goals from memberships, special programs, events, and rentals while enhancing the YVM’s visibility, value, and reputation in the community.
The ED will ensure the sound and responsible management of the collection, library, and archive, including legal, social, and ethical obligations to provide proper care. In collaboration with the curators, the ED will develop a coordinated exhibition and program schedule that maximizes use of the YVM’s collection and resources in order to advance its mission.
* Seek opportunities to strengthen connections and partnerships with other arts and culture organizations in support of the programs, collections, and exhibitions.
* Identify and develop external exhibitions that support the museum’s mission and program goals.
The ED will oversee and drive short-term operational and long-range strategic planning and implementation processes, including the effective management of the organization’s human capital and financial resources.
* Consult and strategize with the board and staff regarding annual programming, educational, and outreach plans and appropriate budgets.
* Develop and foster an internal culture that maintains the highest standards for customer service, excellence of visitor experience, and fiscal, operational, and organizational integrity.
* Direct administrative personnel to ensure an effective, collaborative team that understands accountabilities and achieves goals. Ensure that the museum meets all legal and ethical obligations to its staff and volunteers.
* Develop a strategy to effectively mobilize and utilize volunteers in support of the YVM and its programs.
The ED will provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the board and work closely with board members to ensure strong fiscal health and organizational governance.
* Manage cash flow and regularly present appropriate balance sheets, income statements, and other financial oversight tools for board review.
* Initiate and maintain effective communication with and between board members, staff, and volunteers.
* Partner with the board in prospect identification, cultivation, recruitment, and orientation of new board members.
* Develop, educate, and engage board members to maximize their effectiveness.
* Acknowledge and celebrate the collective and individual successes of the board and its members, recognizing their contribution of time and resources as community ambassadors.
* Assist board committees in developing and implementing their goals and objectives for the museum.
The successful candidate will bring a balance of professional expertise and credibility, interpersonal skills, and commitment to internal and external stakeholder satisfaction, with a strong capacity for self-management and the highest levels of personal accountability and integrity. This individual will be an intellectually curious, diplomatic, and assertive professional and hands-on manager with a proven track record of success.
* People Oriented – Successfully works with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds to achieve win-win outcomes.
* Planning and Organizing – Sets relevant, realistic, and attainable goals and prioritizes activities to meet those goals and objectives. Anticipates effects, outcomes, and risks and manages resources according to priorities.
* Conceptual Thinking – Demonstrates the ability to forecast long-range outcomes and develop business strategies. Identifies, evaluates, and communicates potential impacts of hypothetical situations.
The ED should have demonstrated skills in all aspects of nonprofit management, an understanding of and passion for regional museums, and at least three to five years of senior management experience with increasing levels of responsibility. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred. The position requires excellent knowledge of and ability in fundraising, marketing, audience development, and museum operations as well as proficiency with standard computer software and electronic communication tools. Experience with direct stewardship of boards of trustees is preferred.
The YVM provides competitive compensation for an organization its size and a standard benefits package, including health insurance and paid time off and holidays, as well as the quality of life offered by the beautiful Yakima Valley.
Please submit a letter and resume (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Vice President, Arts Consulting Group
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Portland, OR 97204-2405
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