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  • 11 Apr 2017 1:03 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Washington County Museum, Hillsboro, Oregon
    The Washington County Museum (WCM) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead the institution through a period of growth and beyond.  The new CEO will take the reins of the Tualatin Valley’s leading cultural organization, as it begins the implementation of a ten year strategic plan.  

    The WCM currently operates two facilities through a partnership between the Washington County Historical Society and the Washington County government.  The facility in Rock Creek consists of the administration offices, the archives and artifact repository.  The collections include a wide range of items related to the cultural heritage of the Tualatin Valley, including an estimated 30,000 objects and more than 60,000 images.  The exhibition and education center is located in the Hillsboro Civic Center.   Through the center WCM offers a variety of temporary and long-term exhibits, programs and events that emphasize the arts, sciences and humanities at they relate to Washington County.  Educational opportunities also include outreach programs for schools and community youth groups.  Discover more at

    The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of WCM and is responsible to the Board of Directors for all museum operations. He/she is responsible for the fundraising activities, finance and budgeting and keeps funders apprised of services, accomplishments and needs.  The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Museum, personnel management, marketing and outreach, leadership, strategic planning, policy development, exhibitions and collections, professional standards, educational programs, facilities maintenance, operations, liaising with the board, and representing the museum externally.  The Director will be offered a competitive salary with benefits, contingent upon experience.

    The position requires a combination of strong professional credentials and demonstrated skills and success in development and community outreach.  The successful candidate should present most of the following: 


    Development and Fund-raising

    -Record of fundraising success, particularly the demonstrated ability to reach out to, inspire, cultivate, listen to, and build relationships with donors.
    -Exposure to planned giving, major gifts, and with capital campaigns is a plus.
    -With the Finance Committee, able to create and monitor operating and capital budgets
    -Demonstrated business and fiscal management strength.

    Museum Leadership
    -Leadership and museum-management experience, skills, and credentials.
    -Ability and enthusiasm to lead a mid-sized museum where the Director works on a variety of fronts and wears multiple hats.
    -Knowledge of museum standards, best practices, and trends
    -Museum experience, including managing and motivating staff, working with and engaging boards, and collaborating with external partners.
    -Managerial style to empower and be accessible to staff.
    -Strong organizational and communication skills.
    -Experience working with or for municipal or county officials is an asset
    -Community Relationships
    -Inspirational and motivational leader to serve as the public face of the Museum in the community.
    -Capability and experience to work well with a variety of stakeholders, including, civic leaders, cultural partners, and museum members and volunteers. 
    -Wants to play a civic-leadership role in the ongoing and successful revitalization of the city and county and its rapid growth in cultural offerings.
    -Enthusiasm for the broad mission and for engaging the public

    Personal Characteristics
    -Accessible, welcoming, gracious, sincere, and sociable person, with a personality compatible with a hospitable and friendly city.
    -Gentle” change agent -- open to new ideas and willing to take sensible risks, but also respectful of tradition
    -Vibrant, engaging public speaker
    -Enthusiastic about educating the public about history and art.
    -Receptive to incorporating new technologies as appropriate in marketing, education programs, exhibitions, and interpretation of collections
    -Expertise, flair, skills, and desire to rebrand and market the Museum to a broader, more diverse audience, beyond the Museum’s traditional audiences, to better reflect the population profile of the region.

    Apply in confidence to   

    Email cover letter, résumé (.pdf preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information.  References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.  Review of applications will begin May 1, 2017 and process will remain open until the position is filled.  Nominations welcome. 

    The Washington County Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 31 Mar 2017 10:16 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Summer is around the corner and the OMSI has a range great opportunities for those with previous teaching, classroom assisting, or bus driving experience, or those wanting to gain such experience. 

    Visit to learn more and apply!

  • 15 Mar 2017 5:06 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)


    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
    818 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 236
    Portland, OR 97204-2405
    Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 207
    Fax (888) 284.6651

  • 15 Mar 2017 5:01 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Cowlitz County Historical Society (CCHS), Kelso, WA, is seeking a full-time Museum Director.

    General Position Summary:
    This position is a county employee who oversees operations including exhibits, public and educational programs, collection acquisition and care, research, and all matters relating to museum's property and facility.  Performs all budget planning and administration for the museum, which includes two budgets, the budget from the county and the budget from the Cowlitz County Historical Society (CCHS), a Section 501(c)(3) organization. This position is the financial officer with respect to the CCHS budget.  Works with the CCHS board of directors to develop procedures and policies for the museum.  Manages department's staff, with full supervisory capacities.   Also oversees recruitment and training of volunteers.  This position plans, sets, conducts and oversees activities to raise operating, capital and special project funds, and writes, submits and reports on grants.

    This position will remain open until filled, with the first review on April 15, 2017.

    For the full description and application instructions, visit:

  • 13 Mar 2017 2:06 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    OMSI is searching for a part-time coding instructor to create curriculum and teach classes for their Spring/Summer classes. 

    Job Summary:

    Responsible for all aspects of the curriculum creation, topic specific, technology classes held at OMSI over the course of 4 weekends.  

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

    • Create curriculum that is focused for 15-17 year old girls. 
    • Create 8 hour lessons and weeklong curriculum on the following topics: 
      • C# and/or C++ for use with Synthesis
      • Agile development methodology
      • JavaScript/HTML web application development
      • Java programming
    • Prepare classroom to provide a stimulating learning environment.
    • Work cooperatively with OMSI staff and volunteers.
    • Communicate with diverse audiences and present lively and entertaining science programs.
    • Present organized, interesting, and enthusiastic science lessons based on prepare curriculum or self-produced material.
    • Encourage students' natural curiosity by allowing time for student exploration.
    • Arrange classroom before and after class.
    • Communicate regularly with instructors, parents and coordinators, and program manager.
    • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly  
    • This position is special project, working 20 hours/week.

  • 01 Mar 2017 2:00 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Job Summary: 

    The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for building and maintaining a portfolio of major donors to help OMSI achieve its strategic and operating goals. This position will work closely with members of the Development team on the identification, solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of major donors and prospects. He or she will play an important role in developing a strong donor-centric culture across the museum. A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application to be considered for this position.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:  

    Performing the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI's corporate headquarters.

    • Develop and manage a portfolio of 75-150+ current and prospective donors; solicit and close major gifts ($5,000-$25,000).
    • Prepare solicitation strategies and plans for meetings with individual major gift donors and prospects.
    • Conduct one-to-one cultivation, solicitation and stewardship meetings with donors and prospects.
    • Use "moves management" to motivate donors and prospects to make annual, special project, and planned gifts to OMSI.
      • Participate in planning and executing OMSI's signature fundraising event, the annual Gala, and other donor cultivation events.
      • Participate in staff meetings, meetings with other departments across OMSI, and other administrative work of the department as necessary.
      • Participate in implementing consistent donor messaging through various communication channels.
      • Manage special projects as assigned by Director of Development and/or VP. 
    • Keep up-to-date on donor cultivation best practices as they pertain to major gifts.
      • This position is exempt, paid salaried
      • This position is regular full-time , working 40 hours/week.
  • 01 Mar 2017 1:47 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is seeking an outstanding leader for a newly created position: Head of People and Culture. The successful candidate will join the OMSI team at a pivotal time in the organization’s history, and will help to design and shape the future of what it means to work at OMSI. This leader reports to the President/CEO and will advise at the executive and board level and collaborate effectively with colleagues across an array of operational functions and community partnerships. The Head of People and Culture will serve as a catalyst for increasing the diversity of OMSI’s employees and volunteers and fostering a culture of inclusion, joyful learning and professional growth, in support of OMSI’s strategic priority to elevate the staff’s experience in working at OMSI.

    Full position details found on the OMSI website:

  • 22 Feb 2017 8:40 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Lane County Historical Museum

    24 hours/week (0.6 FTE)

    $12.50- $16.50/hr


    Conducts or oversees all aspects of the Museum’s educational programs.

    May serve as institutional representative with arts and professional organizations.


    Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Excel). Previous teaching experience w/museums, schools, cultural organizations, or non-profits a plus. Must work well independently and with others, lift 40 pounds and climb stairs. Some weekend hours required.


    Send cover letter and resume to: Office Manager, Lane County Historical Museum, 740 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402 or


    Deadline: 4:00 PM, Wednesday, April 5. For more information, call 541-682-4242.






  • 21 Feb 2017 11:50 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Curator of Art and Community Engagement 


    High Desert Museum

    Full time 


    High Desert Museum seeks a Curator of Art and Community Engagement to provide allaspects of research, exhibition creation, program development, and oversight of the HighDesert Museum’s art collection. 


    Please see link for more information: 

  • 10 Jan 2017 7:41 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

    Full Time

    $59,850 - $77,850/year


    Position Profile: Director of Organizational Development and Diversity

    Our Mission: Inspire curiosity through engaging science learning experiences, foster

    experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and stimulate informed action.

    The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is seeking an outstanding leader for a

    newly created position: Director of Organizational Development and Diversity. The successful

    candidate will join the OMSI team at a pivotal time in the organization’s history, and will help to

    design and shape the future of what it means to work at OMSI. This is a role for an experienced

    professional accustomed to advising at the executive level and collaborating effectively with

    colleagues across an array of operational functions.

    OMSI is a center of excellence in science teaching and learning and a valued destination for the

    community. Founded in 1944, OMSI is ranked as one of the nation's top ten science museums

    and a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that reaches 1 million people each

    year. The museum features five exhibit halls and eight science labs featuring hundreds of

    interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations, as well as residential camps and programs

    across the region. OMSI’s staff consists of 250-300 paid employees and 500 volunteers. They

    share a passion for our mission and believe deeply in partnering with communities across the

    region to achieve collective impact.

    OMSI is a cross-functional organization, and a successful candidate will demonstrate the ability

    to coach and lead a collaborative culture, where information flows freely, where the

    development of strong relationships and informal networks are supported, and where people

    are empowered and are encouraged to develop interpersonal skills. We approach our work with

    a commitment to a clear set of organizational values and performance metrics.

    With community input, OMSI developed an ambitious 20-Year Vision (2015-2035) that positions

    OMSI as a leader in realizing larger community goals. Our strategic priorities for the first five

    years include:

     increasing OMSI’s statewide impact

     reinvesting in the museum to elevate both the guest’s experience and the staff’s

    experience in working at OMSI

     planning for future campus development in Portland’s Central Eastside

     continuing to build partnerships and support to increase contributed revenues

    The Director of Organizational Development and Diversity will report to the President/CEO and

    work closely with senior leadership to define investments in staff experience in working at

    OMSI. The Director will set strategy and implement programs and training to help the

    organization demonstrate two measurable outcomes:

     OMSI recruits, develops, and retains staff of diverse backgrounds and characteristics

     Employees and volunteers report a high level (4+) of satisfaction with working at


    The Director will plan, develop and direct results driven strategies to develop the organizational

    culture that reflects our values and enables our people to do their best work. The Manager of

    Human Resources and Volunteer Services reports to the Director and is responsible for the

    management functions of human resources and volunteer programs. The Director will provide

    oversight of and integration of these programs with organizational development across the

    organization. This position offers a unique opportunity to influence OMSI’s future and impact in

    our community.



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