Executive Director

Company Name: 

Jefferson County Historical Society


540 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact Name: 

Bill Tennent





Job Description: 


DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of historical society operations including finances, collections, personnel management, community relations, programs, exhibits, and facilities.


• A Master’s Degree in Museum Studies and at least five years of professional experience in museum work, including supervisory and budget preparation/management, or a Master’s Degree in history, art history, library science, public policy or related field and at least five years’ experience in a museum or non-profit setting combined with relevant supervisory and budget experience;

• Knowledge of current museum ethics, practices and procedures, museum and archival collections management and conservation, including exhibits and publications, current management issues and trends, personnel management and evaluation procedures, budget planning and implementation, fund-raising and grant applications processes;

• Ability to evaluate and implement museum services; supervise and train staff and volunteers; communicate the mission of the society and its programs to the public; represent the society before public bodies; work well with a 17-member volunteer Board of Trustees; develop yearly work plans, long-range plans;

• Possess fundamental computer competence and strong writing skills.

REPORTS TO: The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees


• In consultation with the Executive Committee, hire, dismiss, supervise, and evaluate society staff;
• Supervise and coordinate diverse satellite operations, staff, and volunteers;
• Develop exhibit ideas in consultation with staff and Exhibit Committee;
• Coordinate operations with staff in Museum, Visitor Center, Research Center, Rothschild House, and
the Commanding Officer’s Quarters;
• Provide direct assistance in preparing and mounting exhibitions;
• Oversee committee chairs and staff who recruit and train volunteers to assist with society operations, providing training, motivation, and recognition;
• Prepare the society’s annual budget for the Board of Trustee’s review and passage. Implement and manage the operations budget;
• Assist in the development and implementation of society policies;
• Establish written procedures, forms, and manuals as needed for all aspects of society operation;
• Oversee the preparation and distribution of society news, promotional information, social media, and other marketing;
• Research and apply for grants in consultation with the Executive Committee. Implement other fund-raising measures as directed by the Board of Trustees;
• Attend board meetings and serve on committees as needed;
• Represent the society, in consultation with the Executive Committee, on various local advisory committees relating to heritage issue and participate in state-wide and other museum organizations to maintain knowledge of current museum practices and heritage issues;
• Collaborate with community organizations, city, county, and state agencies;
• Market the society’s services to the local community.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time; salaried 40-hour week with additional hours as needed.

SALARY: $45,000 - $55,000 DOE

BENEFITS: Per JCHS Personnel Policy.

Submit cover letter and resume with references by March 15, 2018
More information at JCHSmuseum.org/About/DirectorSearch.html