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Executive Director - Lincoln County Historical Society

24 Nov 2021 1:25 PM | Anonymous member

Executive Director

Lincoln County Historical Society, Newport, OR

Salary: $50,000-63,000 per year

Full Time

The Lincoln County Historical Society (LCHS) of Lincoln County, Oregon, seeks an Executive Director who is energetic, creative, hands-on and goal-oriented to provide leadership in executing the LCHS mission.  The LCHS team includes an active and engaged Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers.  As Executive Director, you will have the opportunity to join us in finishing the last year of our current three year strategic plan, developing your staffing team, and working towards completion of the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center (PMHC).  The PMHC is an approximately 30,000 square foot building with history located in the high tourist traffic area that is Newport’s Historic Bayfront and has impressive views of the Bayfront and commercial fishing fleet that you can enjoy daily from your office.  The PMHC has been open since June 2013 and is in the completion phase of development.  The Doerfler Family Theater at the PMHC opened in June 2019 and includes a stage and a built-in 4K laser projector system with an 18 foot drop down screen that features local history videos developed through LCHS.  LCHS also operates the Burrows House Museum, Log Cabin Research Library, and the Carriage House located in the City Center of Newport.  LCHS has been busy over the past year and a half with projects including an artifact inventory update, working with the local Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians on a significant loan of LCHS Native American artifacts to the Tribes, working with the Ernest Bloch Legacy Project, organizational policy development, an IMLS Collections Stewardship MAP assessment, and a major outdoor pedestrian and driveway enhancement project at the PMHC.  Find out more about LCHS at www.oregoncoasthistory.org, Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.


The Executive Director (ED) serves as the chief operating officer of LCHS and reports to the LCHS Board of Directors (Board). The ED assists the Board in setting policies, goals and objectives for LCHS through strategic planning and helps implement them. The ED is responsible for overseeing administration and programs, for leading LCHS in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission, for communicating effectively with the Board, and for providing, in a timely manner, information necessary for the Board to make informed decisions. General duties include administrative, fiscal, management, exhibit and educational programming, collections, community outreach and public relations, fundraising, organizational relationships, professional development, public history related projects, institutional development, collaborating with community groups and other areas as needed.


The Executive Director (ED) will have a relevant bachelor's degree and a minimum of 5-7 years of work in a museum setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating an ability to direct a nonprofit organization and work in a museum setting.  A Masters in Museum Science or related subject, experience in management, and experience in collections care and museum best practices is preferred.  Historic preservation and building restoration experience is also desirable.


This is a full time, salaried exempt position. Starting salary range $52,000-$60,000 DOE with benefits. 


January 7, 2022


Please submit cover letter and resume in PDF to:  recruiting@oregoncoasthistory.org with LCHS Executive Director Search in the subject line.  Or mail to:  LCHS Executive Director Search, 545 SW Ninth Street, Newport, OR 97365, received by January 7, 2022.  LCHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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