Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave – Museum Director

Buffalo Bill Museum Director

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The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, a facility owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, exists to preserve the memory of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. To this end it maintains the Cody gravesite and related structures on Lookout Mountain Park; collects, cares for and interprets artifacts associated with “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life and times between 1846 and 1917; and records Cody’s ongoing influence on American culture.

ABOUT OUR JOB

We are seeking a Buffalo Bill Museum Director who will develop, lead and execute the strategic vision for the Buffalo Bill Museum. The Buffalo Bill Museum Director have an opportunity to develop and implement fundraising strategies; and engage with the Museum’s patrons and the community at large through outreach. The Buffalo Bill Museum Director will be working to ensure that Buffalo Bill Museum continues to be a charming walk in to American History, your communications skills, and your enthusiasm for working with diverse groups of all sorts must be exceptional.

With more than 70,000 visitors annually, the Buffalo Bill Museum visitors delight in exhibits about Buffalo Bill’s life and the Wild West shows, Indian artifacts and firearms. The Buffalo Bill Museum has a number of permanent exhibits, features a special temporary exhibit every year, and hosts 4 special events annually.

Some of the responsibilities include:

Oversight of exhibits, collections, public programs and a small museum team
Public representative for Buffalo Bill Museum within the museum community– as a speaker, author, panelist, etc.
Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the Buffalo Bill Museum
Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved
Presence at museum at meetings (museum professional gatherings, tourism related associations like Lariat Loop and Visit Denver, civic organizations, etc.)
Operation knowledge; well acquainted with standard museum operations, procedures and policies
Maintain research files and reference library
Build, sustain, and deepen our relationships with audiences and communities most excited to engage with the Buffalo Bill Museum
Oversight of the 64 acre site including lookout mountain park and its upkeep
Oversight and care and maintenance of the site, including the museum and Pahaska Tepee buildings.
Budget setting and monitoring.
Administration of financial and personnel policies and procedures
Oversight of financial expenditures and reporting
Other related work as required.

ABOUT YOU

Our Ideal candidate will have:

A genuine passion and enthusiasm for Buffalo Bill’s life and times
Proven track record of fundraising success, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging and outreaching with a community of motivated supporters
Ability to develop and implement creative fundraising strategies, including marketing techniques
You are a self-starter, creative, energetic person with an eye for what will inspire people to continue supporting the museum.
Experienced manager and thoughtful leader.
Embedded and respected in the Western American History community, and have deep ties and longstanding relationships with people in all corners of the community
An appropriate college degree preferably in Museum Studies, History or related field.
Experience as a public speaker, and writer that can make content meaningful to diverse audiences

APPLY ONLINE AT www.denvergov.org/jobs