Museum Director

Company Name: 

Seattle Children's Museum


305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Contact Name: 

Andy Mathews, Board of Directors -OR- Alissa Rupp, Acting Director


773-412-6024 OR 206-234-7217


Job Description: 

The Museum Director will:

  • Provide leadership, vision, strategy and direction for the museum’s fundraising and development initiatives.
  • Provide leadership, vision, strategy and direction for the museum’s operations, marketing/communications, financial/HR management, education, programming and visitor experience initiatives.
  • Lead the museum as we strive toward creation of a diverse, equitable, inclusive, anti-racist and just workplace.
  • Collaborate closely with the staff and board, setting a tone for inclusive and collaborative communication.
  • Review and direct financial reporting and management, including cash flow, AP, AR, budgeting.
  • Engage with donors and supporters, including: individuals, corporations and foundations; city, county, state and federal agencies and departments; private organizations; and neighborhood leaders to create and maintain long-lasting partnerships and funding opportunities.
  • Direct and participate in community engagement and media interaction.
  • Lead and update efforts related to the Museum’s five-year plan for improvements and upgrades to the museum and support spaces. Work with the board, management team and Capital Projects Director to evaluate the museum’s current location.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with Seattle Center management and peer organizations.
  • Recruit, train and support the museum’s management team. Assist that team in recruiting, training and supporting their direct reports.
  • Cultivate collaborative and productive relationships with the regional and national associations of museums, children’s museums, science centers, visitor attractions and educational organizations.
  • Develop and maintain programs for staff development and continuing education.


  • Reports to: Board of Directors
  • Direct Reports (as hired): Development, Marketing & Communications Manager; HR/Financial Manager; Museum Operations Manager; Education, Programs & Outreach Manager; Visitor Experience Manager; Exhibits Manager; Executive Assistant.
  • Collaborators: Capital Projects Director (contract), Bookkeeping/Accounting Team (contract)

Desired experience/education:


To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume, via email, to:

  • Reference “Museum Director Position” in the subject line.  
  • In your letter, let us know how you can help the Seattle Children’s Museum meet our goals and serve our purpose through this position.
  • Candidates selected for further review will be asked to provide references and samples of relevant work.