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Executive Director - Pella Historical Society



The Pella Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, maintaining, exhibiting, and educating about the history of Pella’s Dutch-American Heritage.  The museum assets include the Historical Village, Scholte House, Windmill/Interpretive Center, Amsterdam School, Klokkenspel, and misc. storage buildings. 

PURPOSE OF POSITION:  The Executive Director position is a new position created as part of a staffing reorganization designed to provide central leadership to advancing the mission and goals of the organization.
SCOPE OF POSITION: Duties will include leading all aspects of organizational development of Pella Historical Society, including strategic planning, fiscal management, membership and resource development, office administration, event coordination (Tulip Time Festival, etc.) and the supervision of museum staff. He or she will provide interpretive direction of programs, exhibitions, and publications, and will lead the museum’s fundraising efforts and build personal ties with potential donors to assure the future viability of the museum.
• Knowledge of and ability to lead Pella Historical Society in progressive museum management strategies; historic preservation, exhibits and archiving; and Dutch Heritage.
• Maintain strong professional connections within the historic museum community.
• Support the Board of Directors in developing and implementing short and long term organizational goals and strategic plans; developing and implementing policies, procedures, budgets and programs. Collaborate with and support the Board of Directors in the development of a well-functioning and engaged Board.
• Implement all policies and directives as set forth by the Board. Responsible for regular communication and feedback with the Board providing sufficient and up-to-date information that will assist the Board in its decision-making process
• Oversee staffing activities of the organization, including recruiting, selecting, training, supervising, and evaluation of both paid and volunteer staff, including coordination of volunteer committees.
• Oversee all fund development planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources (i.e. capital/annual fund campaigns, major gift acquisition, memorial and planned giving, fundraising, grants), establishing prospect strategies, managing donor relations, and overseeing fundraising records and documentation.
• Work with membership committee to develop plans, objectives and strategies to build and maintain a strong membership base.
• Assure quarterly and annual reports to membership are prepared and distributed.
• Ensure local, state, and federal compliance with all not-for-profit regulations.
• Oversee the financial operations of the THSF including: creating annual budgets in collaboration with Board, monitoring financial performance, monitoring cash flows, and providing required reports to the Board, PHS membership and outside agencies as required or requested.
• Act as the chief spokesperson of the Pella Historical Society, cooperating and coordinating with the community groups and organizations as appropriate and maintaining a highly visible presence in the Pella community.
• Develop and implement a cost effective marketing plan
• Oversee the maintenance and effectiveness of social media (website, Facebook, etc.)

• Minimum 4 year degree in Historic Museum Management or related field or 4 year degree with a Museum Management Certificate; graduate degree in these areas preferred
• Knowledge of Dutch culture, language and immigration history desirable
• Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a non-profit organization related to museums, archival, or historic sites.
• Demonstrated background in strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, personnel supervision and evaluation, budget preparation and management, marketing, and program implementation.
• Residence in or near Pella very desirable.
• Strong computer skills in writing, communications, time management, administrative and financial management. 
• Background in using curator data base software.
• Ability to work equally well with board members, staff, volunteers and visitors in a mature and pleasant manner.
• Licensed to drive and ability to travel for one to 3 day periods.
• Knowledge of garden and facility maintenance preferred.
• Physical requirements include standard physical mobility, which includes daily office and outside activities (walking, sitting for extended periods, climbing stairs, stooping, kneeling, standing, walking, push/pulling, talking, hearing, etc.); occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.

Cover letter, resume and at least three references should be addressed to Mike Morgan, President- Pella Historical Society, Pella, IA and sent to: Mike Morgan at or  Mike Morgan, President- Pella Historical Society,1109 Fountain View Dr., Pella, IA   50219. 

The application deadline is January 31, 2013.