McAllister House Museum – Director

Seeking Applicants: Director McAllister House Museum

Museum Description: McAllister House Museum is a National Historic Landmark, owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado (NSCDA in CO) since 1961. It is located in Colorado Springs, CO. McAllister House was built in 1873 by Major Henry McAllister, an associate of General William Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs. The house was saved from destruction and sold to the NSCDA in CO by Shepard’s Citations. The museum is located on the edge of the downtown business district and adjacent to Colorado College, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and other cultural institutions. More information about our museum can be found by visiting the website at
Job Title: Director, McAllister House Museum
Salary: Up to $42,000 per year
Broad Scope of Position: The NSCDA of CO recently completed a strategic planning process in collaboration with the El Pomar Foundation. The new Director will play a pivotal role in implementing this strategic vision for the institution. The Director is the Museum’s chief administrator responsible for the overall management and maintenance of its buildings, grounds, collections, and supervision of other paid staff and volunteers. The Director will be responsible for grant writing and fundraising, as well as marketing the museum both locally and nationally. The Director is expected to have a visible role in the community as a representative of the institution. The strategic plan calls for the museum to participate in the Museum Assessment Program sponsored by the American Alliance of Museum’s, and the Director will also be responsible for leading that effort.
Qualifications: This position calls for a museum professional used to working in a fast-paced environment, and comfortable with both day-to-day operations and long-term strategic thinking. The ideal candidate will demonstrate at least two years’ experience in museum management, nonprofit administration, fundraising, program development, and/or grant writing. This position requires a minimum of a BA from an accredited school with a preference in a relevant academic area such as museum studies, history, nonprofit management, or business administration. Also needed are interpersonal and organizational skills, and entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to work for and with a volunteer organization.
Conditions of Employment: The Director will report to the Chairman of the McAllister House Committee and the President of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado (NSCDA-CO). The Director will serve at the pleasure of the McAllister House Museum Committee who will be responsible for the annual evaluation of the Director’s performance.
For consideration please send a resume and a cover letter outlining why you are interested in the position to: Terry Thatcher, Chair McAllister House Museum Committee at or mail to Terry Thatcher, McAllister House Museum, 423 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Deadline for application: September 15, 2017.