Executive Director

Company Name: 

New Hampshire Boat Museum


PO Box 1195
Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03894

Contact Name: 

Gail Nessell Colglazier


508 344-0167



Job Description: 

Opportunities of the Position

  • Be part of a team that will create a new museum that will enable the NHBM to carry out its recently expanded mission of interpreting the multi-faceted story of New Hampshire’s lakes, from boating to social and cultural history to environmental stewardship and ecology.
  • Work with a dedicated Board and Capital Campaign Committee to complete the $5.5 million Just Add Water campaign for a new facility and an endowment.
  • Have a significant positive impact on a museum that is “on the cusp of something great” and truly make a difference in a museum and the community and region that it serves.
  • Guide the museum as it positions itself as a family-oriented site offering experiential learning to people of all ages.
  • Broaden the museum’s constituency as it reaches out to new audiences in new communities.
  • Lead and inspire a small professional staff and a group of over 200 volunteers whose work is crucial to the success of the museum and its programs.
  • Work with a Board that is active, engaged, and eager to learn more about the museum field.
  • Enjoy the support of the town government, whose leaders view the museum as an asset to the community and are supportive of the campaign and expansion, as well as the support of area residents and businesses.
  • Work collaboratively with other museums in the region through the NH Heritage Museum Trail. 


  • Lead the strategic operation and administration of the organization. Provide creative visioning and effective leadership for all Museum programs
  • With the Board, work to complete the Museum’s ongoing Capital Campaign and to oversee the creation of the new museum facility.
  • Direct daily museum operations, including hiring and supervision of all paid and volunteer staff, ensuring that sound policies and procedures are in place and followed.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board of Trustees and its chairperson.  Attend all meetings, keep the Board informed of all pertinent issues, and respond promptly and accurately to Board requests for information. 
  • Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the organization to local, regional and national communities.  Establish and build strong, cooperative relationships, promote visibility, and deepen the organization’s brand identification.  Effectively communicate the vision, values and programs of the organization.
  • Ensure the organization is compliant with relevant regulations and is transparent and accurate in all its records and documents. Stay current with and strive to meet best practices of the museum field in all areas of operation.

Required knowledge, experience, and abilities

Academic Background

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.  Master’s degree in museum studies, arts management or similar field strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of/interest in the history of boats, American history, marine environments and ecology a plus.


  • 7-10 years of museum experience, including at least 3 years in management.  Experience in a small museum desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience with sound business/museum financial management practices; willingness to adopt a conservative approach to finances.
  • Track record of developing proactive, entrepreneurial, and innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Strong marketing and public relations experience, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and communities. Fluency in current social media for communication and marketing preferred.
  • Proven track record as a fundraiser. Experience with a capital campaign highly desirable.
  • Experience with exhibit development helpful.
  • Knowledge of best professional practices in all areas of the museum field.


  • Desire to work in a small museum and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Desire to lead, inspire, and motivate a small but enthusiastic staff, an active, engaged board with a willingness to expand their knowledge of the museum field, and a large dedicated volunteer corps.
  • Willingness to work hard to ensure the success of the many different programs and events that take place during the busy summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day). This includes the ability to undertake moderate physical activity and work some evenings and weekends in season.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
    • Outgoing, likes to meet people, be the face of the museum in the community.
    • Demonstrated success in working with boards, volunteers and donors as well as creating and motivating teams of diverse individuals. 
    • Ability to be flexible or strong, depending on the circumstances, and the ability to determine when each approach is appropriate.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Demonstrated success in the creation and delivery of presentations and marketing programs.
  • Flexibility. Ability to multi-task, work with interruptions. 

More about the Museum

The New Hampshire Boat Museum was founded in 1992 with a goal of preserving the boating heritage of New Hampshire’s lakes. Today that mission has expanded to include the history and ecology of Lake Winnipesaukee and other freshwater bodies in the region. With an annual budget of $350,000, a year-round full time staff of two, several seasonal employees, and a corps of over 200 talented and dedicated volunteers, the NHBM has a membership of 500 and serves close to 10,000 people annually through museum visits and onsite and outreach programs and events. The museum itself is open seven days a week Memorial Day through Columbus Day. 

How to Apply

For a complete job announcement and details on how to apply, please contact Executive Search Consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at gncolglazier@gmail.com.  Application deadline: December 11.

Nominations are welcome. Please send names of potential candidates to Gail at gncolglazier@gmail.com.

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum’s policy is to create a favorable work environment in which all employees are treated equally.