• Executive Director

Executive Director

300 East Port Marina Drive, Hood River, OR, USA


Type : Job
Date : December 22, 2023
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Executive Director, The History Museum of Hood River County 

Job title: Executive Director

Salary Range:  $55,000 – $60,000, depending on experience

Hours: Full time, 40 hours, willing to work a flexible schedule, occasional evenings and weekends

The Executive Director directs and supervises all aspects of the Hood River County-owned history museum in coordination with the non-profit Hood River County Heritage Council. The Executive Director monitors and evaluates progress toward achieving long range goals, allocates available resources and makes needed operational changes. He/she/they develop major programmatic and revenue producing activities designed to communicate the historical and cultural significance of Hood River County and the Columbia Gorge. He/she/they set policies and guidelines for new programs and specific areas of responsibility, raise funds, write grants, and maintain effective public relations. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the museum’s collections and coordinates research and program efforts. The Executive Director supervises multiple staff and volunteers. The museum’s management is overseen by the Hood River County Heritage Council. The work is performed under the general supervision of the board Chair of the Hood River County Heritage Council.

Major duties:

1. Administration: Oversee general operations of the museum in accordance with standard museum guidelines and best practices; work with the Heritage Council in budget development and management; supervise personnel; coordinate committee work; carry out long term museum strategy and manage day-to-day operations of the museum

2. Preservation and curation: Oversee care of object, document, and photography collections; assess and implement collection preservation needs and projects; maintain guidelines for care of collections according to professional standards

3. Exhibitions and programming: Develop and implement an annual calendar of events, temporary exhibitions, and programs; initiate and supervise planning and implementation of educational and interpretive programs and projects on and off site

4. Fundraising and grant writing: Plan and coordinate fundraising activities; identify and submit grant requests to enhance and expand museum operations and activities

5. Publicity, Marketing and Outreach: Serve as the chief spokesperson to the public and other entities; write promotional releases and articles; Participate in outreach activities such as tabling and speaking with service organizations; direct production of the Museum publications

6. Strategic planning: Work with the Hood River County Heritage Council in setting and evaluating organizational goals and strategy to support the vision and mission of the museum

7. Volunteer management: Recruit, manage, and support a diverse volunteer work force

8. Relationships: Maintain and cultivate strong board, member, and donor relationships; Cultivate partnerships with community organizations and local government

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited university; higher degree preferred

  • Working knowledge of museum operations and standards, principals, methods and practices, public relations, and fundraising

  • At least 3 years’ experience related to the responsibilities outlined in the job description

  • Ability to effectively manage competing and changing priorities, excellent project management skills, manage budgets, meet deadlines

  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers to complete all duties

  • Must be an excellent communicator orally and in writing

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and success in annual programming, major gifts, grant writing, and fundraising

  • Demonstrated ability to work with government and other organizations, community leaders, and build strong relationships in the community

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and participation in related professional organizations

  • Demonstrated ability to work in and foster a team environment

  • Experience with PastPerfect, QuickBooks Online, NeonCRM (donor management software), Square Point-of-Sale, and Google Business Suite

Salary: $55,000 – $60,000 depending on qualifications and experience. References and a background check will be required.

Send resume and cover letter by January 8, 2024 to Erica Roulier, chair, Hood River County Heritage Council:  heritagecouncil@hoodriverhistorymuseum.org

Position open until filled.

The History Museum of Hood River County is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, a spectacular scenic and recreational area.

Hood River County Heritage Council | PO Box 781 | Hood River, OR 97031 | 541-386-6772



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