WOW! Children’s Museum

executive director

Executive Director
WOW! Children’s Museum is an equal-opportunity, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that offers employees a creative and collaborative working environment. We engage all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity and discovery and serve approximately 90,000 visitors annually. The Museum seeks a visionary leader with a track record of generating diverse financial support for the creation of innovative learning experiences. The ideal candidate will demonstrate success in fundraising and relationship building; have exceptional public speaking and communication skills; and be highly committed to the Museum’s mission.

To apply please email cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to by August 16. No phone calls, please.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Status: Full-time
Grade/Level: Experienced
Reports to: Board of Directors
Work Schedule: Average 40 hrs./week
Amount of Travel Required: Minimal
Benefits Eligibility: Eligible
Positions Supervised: All

$70,000 – $85,000 per year.

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Museum according to its mission and values and the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director has the overall operational responsibility for the staff, visitors, volunteers, programming, finances, development and the reputation of the organization in the community.

Motivational Leadership
• Champion organizational excellence by setting ambitious shared goals and working with staff to identify and secure resources critical to their achievement.
• Hire, retain, motivate, and mentor a highly-qualified team of 15 professionals in partnership with 5 direct reports.
• Create opportunities for professional growth, recognition, and internal promotion for all staff members.
Community Relations
• Build relationships with external partners and serve as the primary ambassador for the Museum in the community.
• Identify and engage in outreach to potential community partners to build mutually beneficial relationships that advance the Museum’s mission, reputation, and funding.
• Participate regularly in community outreach and networking events and identify opportunities to showcase the Museum to existing and potential stakeholders and partners.
Board Relations
• Cultivate strong and open working relationships with the Board of Directors.
• In partnership with Board leaders, help build and maintain a diverse and inclusive non-profit Board that is representative of the community, highly engaged, and willing to contribute to and advocate for the Museum’s mission.
• Serve as an ex-officio member of each Board committee, providing candid and expert guidance on major challenges and opportunities related to strategic planning, operational systems, financial interests, and community reputation.
• Report quantified programmatic measures against stated goals and objectives and identify issues and corrective strategies.
Financial Sustainability
• Evaluate and enhance the long-term sustainability of a non-profit funding model that currently raises $800K annually – 60% from earned income and 40% from contributions; ensure appropriate and ambitious funding targets are adopted relative to the marketplace and to the Museum’s financial and strategic goals.
• Create and manage approved budget to ensure financial viability.
• Work with the Development Director and Marketing Director to create and execute a comprehensive marketing, communications, and development plan designed to expand and diversify the donor base, meet and exceed revenue objectives, and maximize impact on programmatic opportunities.
• Play a primary role in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding key funders to increase participation and contributions.
Program Quality
• Work very closely with Museum staff and content experts to identify new exhibits, or renovations of existing exhibits, aligned with and guided by WOW!’s values, strategic plan, learning approach and aesthetic standards.
• Evaluate exhibits and programs for impact and effectiveness.
• Consult regularly with program staff in order to identify and prioritize resources critical to the delivery of high-quality Museum exhibits and early education programming.
• Stay abreast of current trends in children’s museums; anticipate potential changes in program design.
General Administration
• Responsible for maintaining and enforcing sound HR practices that are in compliance with legal regulations.
• Oversee implementation of point of sale software to ensure that daily sales, membership and fundraising revenue is appropriately tracked.
• Ensure that the facility and equipment are properly maintained and that the Museum environment is clean and safe for visitors.
• Ability to think and work creatively.
• Positive and flexible attitude, receptive to feedback and ideas of others.
• Experience participating in a non-profit fundraising program, including experience directly cultivating and soliciting donors.
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performance teams; set and achieve strategic objectives; and manage a budget.
• Demonstrated experience in working with a nonprofit Board of Directors, and ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Commitment to the Museum’s mission, with a core passion for providing educational experiences for all families.
• Successful completion of a criminal background check is required.
• Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred.
• At least 5 years in a non-profit leadership role which included the management of staff.
• Regularly required to stand, sit, walk; talk, and hear
• Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, grasp, or feel
• Regularly required to use close vision
• Occasionally required to lift up to 20 lbs.
• Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets
• Subject primarily to indoor conditions
• Occasionally subject to a loud and busy environment