The Washakie Museum & Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, operating as a history museum and cultural center located in Worland, Wyoming. The WMCC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Museum is housed in a 25,000 square foot facility opened in 2010. Included in the facility are 2 permanent exhibition galleries, 1 temporary exhibition gallery, a special event center, archival storage, and administrative offices.
WMCC works to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. Its holdings include a substantial collection of artifacts, photographs, documents, and ephemera related to its history.
The WMCC holds numerous events throughout the year including plays and musicals, fundraisers, facility rentals, art and history programs for adults and youth, as well as several other events. The WMCC is currently expanding on a second-year festival for Indigenous People’s Day. The largest fundraiser of the year, a partnership with Worland Rotary Club, is the Mammoth Quick Draw currently in planning stages for the 9th Annual to be held in November 2020.
The Executive Director (ED) is the chief executive of the Washakie Museum & Cultural Center and reports to the Board of Directors. S/he is responsible for the development, execution, and management of the museum’s strategic goals as approved by the Board. The ED also plans, directs, monitors, and supervises all facets of day-to-day operations. Responsibilities include maintenance and preservation of buildings and grounds, personnel management, financial management, security, collections care and management, exhibits, programs, interpretation, educational programming, various types of planning, recruitment and training of volunteers, fundraising, identifying and developing community partners, marketing, development of membership, implementation of policies and procedures, and promotion of the site locally, regionally and nationally.
The ED will oversee the following:
• Financial Records and Reports: Performs ongoing financial management as well as long-term planning and reporting. Works with the Board of Directors to develop an annual budget.
• Planning: Responsible for strategic planning, as well as creating long-term, short-term, and annual goals and objectives for the organization, in partnership with the Board.
• Membership: Works to increase membership, define members benefits, and maintains member records.
• Staffing: Identifies, assigns, and supervises work of paid and volunteer staff. Assures that all are appropriately trained, and that adequate staffing is maintained to meet the museum’s needs and objectives. Responsible for recruiting and retaining volunteers.
• Community Outreach: Develops programs, community activities, and appropriate meetings which further the mission of the museum and benefit the community
• Public Relations and Marketing: Serves as primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public. Promotes museum events and activities. Oversees marketing, web and social media presence, and other communications efforts.
• Grants: Identifies grant opportunities and works to develop government, non- profit, and foundation grants to support the operations of the museum. Responsible for appropriate monitoring of grants and required reporting.
• Facilities and Equipment: Coordinates maintenance and preservation of the museum building, grounds, and equipment, and provides for safe and reliable operation of the museum. Reviews, approves, and oversees contracts for services.
• Museum Operations: Regularly meets with staff to oversee coordination of all museum functions and services. Provides oversight and support as needed to staff.
• Special Events & Rentals: Assists in the management of rental and internal events, from contracting to production and collection. Maintains working relationships with key vendors and partners.
• Exhibits and Collection: Works with the curator to develop and implement exhibits for the museum. Ensures items donated to the museum are appropriately reviewed, accessioned, conserved, preserved, and cataloged.
• Records: Keeps electronic records in an orderly and accessible system and monitors regular file back-up. Maintains hard-copy files in an organized manner.
• Museum Shop: Provides final oversight on shop purchases, shop personnel, timing of shop activities, and setting of prices for the shop.
• Professional Development: Participate in educational activities and museum associations.
• Development: Develop and execute a program for major gifts through lifetime or estate planning.
Traits and Characteristics
The board of the Washakie Museum & Cultural Center is looking for a visionary leader with good management skills. The board desires an executive director with the skills to grow the membership and donor base, expand community engagement, and public outreach.
• College degree in History, Public History, Museum Studies, Non-Profit Management, Accounting, or a related field
• A minimum of 3 years progressive, non-profit, professional management, or museum experience
• Solid budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
• Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
• Strong writing and speaking skills
• Demonstrated fundraising ability
• Knowledge of Museum Professional policies, issues, ethics, and strategies
• Demonstrated collaborative skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to meet the physical demands of working in a museum and events center including setting up tables and chairs.
• Demonstrated creativity in developing programs and events.
• Must be able and willing to work evenings and weekends as determined by the museum’s schedule of events.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
Benefits and Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $48,000 to $60,000 depending on skills and experience.
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Cheryl Reichelt, Executive Director
Washakie Museum & Cultural Center
2200 Big Horn Avenue
Worland WY 82401
Phone: (307) 347-4102
Anticipated start date of August 1, 2020.
Job Type: Full-time Exempt