Executive Director

Company Name: 

Clark County Historical Society and Museum


1511 Main St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

Contact Name: 

Karin Ford



Job Description: 

Provide leadership and administration for the Clark County (WA) Historical Society and Museum, including planning, organizing, and directing all operational, administrative, fundraising, and programmatic aspects of the organization.

Full time. Starting range is low $50,000’s to mid $60,000’s; commensurate with qualifications and experience

Closing date: open until filled; review of applications will begin June 30, 2017

To apply: submit a cover letter, resume, and references (in Word document or PDF) to: Karin Ford, CCHS Board President, kford4324@gmail.com

 Full job description is available at http://www.cchmuseum.org/visit/careers-opportunities/

 Organization overview: The Clark County Historical Museum is operated by the Clark County Historical Society, a nonprofit governed by a board of trustees, working in partnership with Clark County and the City of Vancouver. Operational funding is heavily reliant on donations, grants, and memberships. The Museum maintains a varied collection of artifacts and a research library of documents, books, oral histories, and photographs. The primary function of the Society and Museum is to acquire, store, preserve, exhibit, publish and interpret documents and artifacts relating to the history of the people of Clark County, WA and their place in Pacific Northwest and U.S. history. Public programs, including speakers and walking tours, are regularly offered. In addition to the executive director, there are three paid staff and numerous volunteers.

 Essential functions:

  • Oversees fiscal matters; prepares annual budget and action plans; determines and approves expenditures.
  • Directs facility use; oversees safety and security; develops policies and fee structures; ensures maintenance and appropriate use of the facility.
  • Supervises museum employees and volunteers.
  • Develops and secures funding through grants, donations, planned giving, special events, and other formal development activities.
  • Educates through tours, public presentations, and other opportunities.
  • Coordinates the planning of museum exhibits.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with other historical societies and museums.
  • Serves as liaison to local and regional historical groups, community partners, and sponsors; serves as official spokesperson to the media.
  • Plans, manages, and helps execute marketing and promotion activities.
  • Ensures that best practices in museum and collection management are maintained.
  • Works with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement strategic plans.
  • Implements directives from the Board of Trustees; attends board meetings; collects and maintains statistics; prepares and distributes reports.
  • Attends workshops, conferences, and seminars for professional development.

 Minimum qualifications:

The Executive Director for the Clark County Historical Society and Museum is required to possess at least an earned undergraduate degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution, with preference for post-graduate education in a relevant field. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible nonprofit organization management experience is required, including demonstrated proficiency in fundraising.