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Museum Director - Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

09 Oct 2020 1:44 PM | Anonymous member

Occupational Summary


The Museum Director provides dynamic leadership which supports the mission of the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum to build visibility through leadership, direction, oversight of operations, community relations and fundraising efforts for current and future financial stability through the effective implementation of the policies set forth by the Museum Board. The Museum Director provides oversight and implementation in research, planning, design and installation of temporary and permanent Museum exhibits and assists other Museum employees and the community in acquiring and preserving historical artifacts and information of Tillamook County and the Pacific Northwest.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Administration (40%)

1. Recommend or advise the Board on Museum’s mission, policies, procedures and long-range goals. Implement short-term goals, objectives and strategies.

2. Implement the strategic plan and update the Board on its progress twice annually. Be proactive in implementing the strategic planning process when it is time to create a new plan, if needed, procure a third party facilitator to lead that process.

3. Attend Board meetings (except those dealing with Museum Director’s performance) and report on Museum’s business and activities.

4. Participate in exhibition and education planning, development, and implementation.

5. Maintain security of the Museum’s building, grounds, artifacts, and exhibits.

6. Oversee the daily operations of the Museum to achieve goals within available resources.

7. Oversee all print and electronic publications of the Museum.

8. Supervise Museum Store operations and profitability.

9. Seek out innovative temporary exhibits and coordinate scheduling and installation of traveling or in- house exhibits.

10. Assist in securing the safety and stability of artifacts and determining what environmental conditions are required to house collections.

11. Determine if an artifact needs to be removed, repaired, or renovated.

12. Solicit collections of artifacts, research materials, historical photographs, papers, and other artifacts important to the regional theme of the Museum.


Financial Duties (30%)

1. With initial direction from the Museum Board, prepare an annual operating budget and present to Museum Board for approval for final presentation to the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners.

2. Authorize operating expenditures and administer the approved budget with direction from the Museum Board as needed.

3. Oversee the preparation of the financial reports for the Treasurer to present those to the Museum Board.

4. Support development of annual fund raising activities; implement special fundraising campaigns under the direction of the Museum Board; and make proposals to the Board for increasing revenue and income.

5. Identify and cultivate donors and increase current memberships.

6. Research, write, and administer grant applications from public and private sources.

7. Work with museum staff to identify needs for capital purchases, major renovations, restorations, leasing and expansion for presentation to the Museum Board.



Public Relations (20%)

1. Promote the Museum, Board, staff, and volunteers in a positive manner at all times to maintain goodwill and encourage continued community participation in all Museum sponsored activities.

2. Promote the Museum through contacts with media, businesses, government officials, researchers, educators, students, schools, volunteers, and members of the general public.

3. Implement and maintain website, social media presence, and electronic communications.

4. Represent the Museum at professional meetings and participate in museum, library, community, and other civic, historical and trade organizations.


Personnel (10%)

1. Administer the Personnel Policy and assist Personnel Committee in the updating of the policies. All hiring, firing, and extreme discipline matters must be coordinated through the Personnel Committee with final approval from the Museum Board.

2. Update job descriptions for staff and key volunteers to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Present to Personnel Committee for review and to Museum Board for final approval.

3. Provide direction to staff on all projects, ongoing and future, and direct changes or suggest training as needed.

4. Guide staff with regularly scheduled meetings to discuss upcoming events, workflow expectations, and gain feedback and conduct annual reviews to set goals and gauge progress.

5. Work with volunteers on projects to assure assigned areas of responsibility are understood and performed within the guidelines of the Museum’s mission.

6. Coordinate all workflow and monitor hourly employees’ work periods to operate efficiently within budget constraints.

7. Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:


Individual must have substantial experience in the areas of financial development and management including grant writing, fundraising, budget preparation, and administration. Additionally, the Museum Director must display the capacity to build and sustain relationships, supervise, motivate, and work effectively with the staff, Museum Board, members, vendors, volunteers, visitors, and the general public.

The ideal candidate has experience as part of a visitor-centered museum and is dedicated to the development visitor experiences that creates a level of comfort for all visitors, with special attention to novice viewers of all ages. Must be a team player in working across departments and community institutions.


Educational/Experience Requirements:

• B.A. in museum studies, history, public administration, or related field of study

• Experience in museum or historical site administration, community relations, and fundraising is required

• Excellent oral and written communication skills and comfort with technology is required

• Comfort with and knowledge of multiple technological tools and proven ability to master new technologies quickly 

• Knowledge of regional and American history is a plus

License or Certification Required: None

Supervises: All staff and volunteers

Working Conditions: Must be willing to work weekends and evenings. Must be able to lift light equipment for programs as needed. 

Physical Demands: General office and facility management work.

Salary:  $35,000 to $45,000 Annual

Send cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references to tcpmopportunities@gmail.com Or mailed to Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, 2106 2nd Street, Tillamook, OR 97141. Position will remain opened until filled.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the Museum Director.


The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is an equal opportunity employer



Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
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