Solicitation for MUSEUM DIRECTOR
SUMMARY: The New Britain Industrial Museum [“Museum”] seeks a Director whose
primary focus will be museum development and fundraising. This focus will enable the
Museum to relocate to a larger location that will accommodate the Museum’s extensive
collection with sufficient space to fully tell the story of not only the products that were
manufactured but also how they were manufactured and the time-line of product
evolution. The Director will also work closely with the Fundraising and Membership
committees to increase Museum operating and program income.
Secondary to the above, the Director’s responsibilities will include expanding educational
activities, community outreach and strategic alliances. Primary Responsibilities:
1. Participates in fundraising and development activities, including grant writing and
developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
2. Works with the Board to implement the strategic plan and initiatives to fulfill the
mission of the Museum to increase local, statewide, and national awareness and
3. Directs the Museum’s operations, to include development, education, finance, and
4. Serves as spokesperson and advocate for the Museum. Establishes strong
partnerships in the community. Enhances the Museum’s public image to expand
interest and support.
5. Assists the Board in the overall development of public relations and marketing
6. Advises the Collections and Program Manager, a volunteer position. The director
will be expected to develop a general familiarity with the collection but will not
manage acquisition, conservation or storage of museum collections.
7. The Director will advise the program manager in program selection but will not be
responsible for selection or mounting programs.
8. Due to staff limitations Director’s hours will conform to museum open hours;
Director will advise and assist in building volunteer staff.
a. Minimum education requires a Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree helpful.
b. Five (5) years of experience in a museum, nonprofit organization, and/or business. Minimum of three (3) years at a senior managerial level preferred.
c. Experience implementing strategic plans helpful. Ability to work with and be
responsive to museum board of directors.
d. Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, and similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant
e. Experience in fundraising with businesses and individuals, and audience
f. Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
g. Ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities.
h. Competence in managing museum operations. Ability to work successfully with
museum staff/volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
i. Success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget. Strong
business management skills, including maintaining museum budget.
j. Planning, time management and decision-making skills. Working knowledge of
spreadsheet, database, email, website, calendar/scheduling, marketing, and social
media and word processing software important.
k. Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when
l. Experience with “Past Perfect” software membership/donor components very
The Museum seeks to hire the Director part-time [approx. 25 hours over 5 days weekly], with possibility of a full time position. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
The New Britain Industrial Museum is an equal opportunity employer. Please email resumes by January 7, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail Attn: Randall Judd at NBIM, 59 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051.