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Executive Director


The Board of Directors is seeking an individual with a passion for children and education to continue the strong momentum of this museum. The Executive Director (ED) leads the Museum’s continuing growth including its role as a vital community partner. The ED is charged with fulfilling the Museum’s mission and implementing the Board of Directors’ strategic plan. The ED is the primary voice in promoting the Museum’s vision and take the lead role in all fundraising efforts to support the Museum’s mission and its unique learning environment to the community and potential supporters. The Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum Board of Directors seeks an innovative and collaborative executive director to lead the Museum into its next chapter. The ideal candidate must have knowledge and experience securing donors and funds, working with community partnerships, and fostering innovation in a non-profit, educational, or children’s museum’s setting.

• Commitment to working in a non-profit organization and driving the vision of a growing museum

• Proven leadership, operational, and relationship management experience

• Successful experience in fundraising including: seeking private and corporate donations, implementing events and grant writing

• Strong operational management skills including: planning, organizational, administrative, supervisory, and budget management skills

• Superb written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills

• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of private, public, and non-profit leaders or organizations

• 5-10 years of relevant experience in non-profit management, program and exhibit development and management, operational oversight, or a similar combination of progressive responsibilities where knowledge and qualifications can be inferred.

• Master or Bachelor degree in education, science, museum studies or other related field preferred but not required if comparable skills and experience are demonstrated.

Fundraising and Finances

• Energize the Rutland County community to financially support and engage with WKM as it grows to a new level

• Provide leadership for and execute annual fundraising strategy including campaigns, events and building and maintaining major donor relationships

• Strengthen and diversify the organizations funding sources

• Identify and apply for grants as well as maintain grant records

• Oversee the maintenance of donor database

• Develop and manage the annual budget

• Provide excellent financial stewardship for all the museum’s resources

Leadership and Strategic Planning:

• Develop and execute, in partnership with the Board of Directors, the next level strategic and fundraising plans as well as drive the long-range vision

• Represent and promote WKM at community strategic endeavors including working with the city of Rutland and other civic and government organizations, insurance companies, business groups and other community and art/museum organizations

• Ensure ongoing quality program and exhibit development

• Ensure effective systems to track and measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents

• Maintain and develop vital community partnerships

• Guide the development of the board of directors

• Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of nonprofit development, museum leadership, and museum operations

Operations & Staffing

• Provide oversight of all museum operations and supervision of staff and volunteers

• Ensure staff training and professional development

• Manage the operation and maintenance of the museum’s physical and exhibit spaces maintaining a high quality of experience for visitors

• Oversee completion of all reports

• Communicate effectively to the board of directors the monthly and annual finance and attendance reports

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Name Description
Deadline 9/14/2017
Date Listed: 8/1/2017
Organization Wonderfeet Kids' Museum
Web Address
Address PO Box 6243
City Rutland
State/Prov VT
Country United States
Postal Code 05701
Job Listing
Job Status Full-Time
Exemption Status Exempt
Salary Full time job with compensation commensurate with experience
Application Instructions Please send resume and cover letter to or apply online at

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