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Wright Museum of World War II
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, United States
8 days ago

Description

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Executive Director of the Wright Museum of World War II (“the Wright”) will have the opportunity to lead a vibrant museum committed to sharing American culture in the WWII era and spearheading innovative programming that resonates with contemporary audiences. The museum has just completed major renovations, and the director will bring new initiatives and greater regional and national attention to one of the premier WWII museums in the country.

New Hampshire holds a special place in American presidential elections and maintains a strong international tourism market. The Wright’s location in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is particularly attractive for tourists, and the museum draws visitors from around the world, as well as from the Boston and New York metro regions.

Founded in 1994, the Wright’s vision is to be a preeminent history museum that preserves and promotes a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the lasting impact of World War II-era Americans. Unique among World War II museums, it puts the American World War II experience into full context, with exhibits that capture daily life at home and a permanent exhibition that connects events on the battle front with the political, economic and social life of the home front. The very popular Time Tunnel provides an immersive year-by-year connection to the era, going beyond front-page political news to include the cost of goods, movies, music, fashion and other aspects of daily life.

Open to the public six months of the year, May 1 – October 31, and to school groups and special tours year-round, the Wright welcomes approximately 20,000 visitors annually. The annual operating budget is currently $500,000, funded through admissions, grants, gifts, membership and annual-fund contributions. In addition to the ED, there are two full-time, year-round employees and three part-time employees who work during the museum’s open season. The museum relies on 40+ volunteers who serve as docents, gift shop clerks and vehicle maintenance support. The Wright has a collection of more than 14,000 objects, including 24 working military vehicles, and has approximately 30,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibition space, a large multipurpose room, a small chapel, a 150-seat auditorium/lecture room, and a gift shop. The museum’s military vehicles are stored and maintained on a nearby property with plans to rotate vehicles through an onsite motor pool exhibit. The permanent exhibits include military vehicles and battlefield artifacts in immersive displays and a stunning set of Home Front galleries, exhibiting artifacts in captivating 3-D installations of public and homelife settings.

In 2019, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Wright launched Project 25, a successful capital campaign to renovate and expand the facility, increase temporary exhibition space, create classroom space and upgrade other infrastructure and technology. The museum is poised for growth and is looking for a visionary leader who will move the museum forward and put the museum on the map with an enhanced programmatic vision. Visit the Wright Museum of WWII website to learn more.

Candidate Profile

The incoming ED will be outgoing and open-minded, bringing a strategic mindset and curatorial vision, with a skillset that includes asset-development and project follow-through. The ED should bring a passion for the museum’s focus on the World War II era and fresh ideas about how these histories can resonate with audiences and visitors today. The ED will be a community builder and connector and enthusiastically engage the diverse constituencies of the Wright, including its donors, staff, volunteers, and community partners. Candidates should be comfortable rolling up their sleeves in a small museum and enthusiastic to work with a significant pool of volunteer support. Candidates should also have excellent donor-cultivation skills and knowledge of grant-writing and should ideally bring national networks that can enhance the Wright’s exhibition opportunities.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Museum’s staff, programs, facilities, and execution of its mission. As a visionary leader, the ED will bring significant museum and nonprofit leadership experience, will be comfortable mentoring and developing staff and volunteers, spearheading a development plan, and overseeing operations.

Responsibilities

Leadership:

  • Provide vision and leadership for the 27-year-old museum, partnering with the Board to set direction, goals and priorities for the museum’s future. Work with the Board, staff and stakeholders to define long-term strategies for the collections, programming and interpretation.
  • Garner the annual resources needed to meet the current and future operating needs of the museum and plan for continued growth.
  • Provide oversight and input for an engaging and professional curatorial program of exhibitions and public programs, including traveling exhibitions.
  • Collaborate closely with the board of directors, serving ex-officio on committees, to set and reach strategic goals.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and program evaluation.

Operational Oversight

  • Develop and oversee the annual budget and maintain consistent quality of finances and administration, fundraising, and communications.
  • Effectively utilize resources to present the best possible exhibitions and programs.
  • Actively engage and energize the Wright’s nonprofit volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain the Museum’s staff.
  • Oversee marketing strategies to augment visibility and community connections, to continue to grow and broaden audiences, and to promote the Wright and its offerings locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Enhance technology and remote learning to meet the needs of today’s audiences and learners.
  • Adhere to museum standards and provide appropriate care for and stewardship of the building and collections.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities (grant writing, major gift solicitations, donor stewardship and donor relations) to support existing program operations and future expansion.
  • Seek new opportunities to build support through gifts, grants, sponsorships, and partnerships.
  • Be a dynamic representative of the museum in the community to enhance visibility as an important resource; establish and enhance partnerships.

Qualifications

The ED will be an enthusiastic champion of the Wright’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship-management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • A proven passion for American history, preferably in a museum context.
  • BA required, advanced degree preferred, with a minimum of 4 years of progressive professional experience, to include a minimum 2 years at a senior-management level with staff management and budget responsibilities.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Track record and examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Previous success in fundraising, in particular, experience with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders is desirable.
  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • An inspirational leader who can engage volunteers and donors to support the Museum with their time, talent and treasure.
  • Marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Past success working with a board preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

Nominations and inquiries welcome. To apply: email cover letter and résumé, salary request or range, and names of 3 references with contact information by March 4, 2022, to: Connie Rosemont, Senior Search Consultant at: searchandref@museum-search.com. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant, and all applications and nominations are kept confidential.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Wright Museum of WWII is an equal opportunity employer. The museum actively encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. It does not discriminate against any candidate or employee on the basis of race, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or veteran status.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

In 1994, the Wright Museum of World War II opened in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, a creation of its visionary founder the late David Wright. For over twenty years, this educational institution has fulfilled Mr. Wright’s dream of creating a public understanding and appreciation of the exceptional contributions on the home front and the battle fields made by World War II-era Americans.

The Wright accomplishes its mission through careful preservation and thoughtful display of its extensive permanent collection of 1939 – 1945 era items, thereby building a reputation as a national repository for historically significant WWII items and memorabilia. It is the region’s leading resource on World War II for educators and learners of all ages. Unique among WWII museums, the over 14,000 items in its collection are representative of both the home front and the battlefield. These irreplaceable items, together with fully operational military vehicles, introduce visitors to a seminal period in American history. Just as importantly, the Wright places the period into historical context by illustrating the enduring legacy of Americans known today as, “the greatest generation.” In addition to serving as a knowledgeable guardian of our cultural heritage, the 30,000-square-foot. facility offers a variety of educational programs, conducts school tours for students of all ages, and hosts special traveling exhibits relating to the WWII years and beyond. Recent special exhibitions have included D-Day photographs; Anne Frank: A History for Today; WWII Quilts; the Associated Press exhibit Memories of World War II; the Smithsonian Institution’s Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and WWII; Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Home Front; the Associated Press exhibit Vietnam: The Real War; Korea: The Forgotten War; and the Wright-curated show Private Charles J. Miller: WWII Paintings of the South Pacific.

ABOUT WOLFEBORO, NH

Wolfeboro is located on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and in the heart of New Hampshire’s popular Lakes Region. With a town motto of "the Oldest Summer Resort in America," Wolfeboro is a popular and affluent summer tourist destination, during which its year-round population of approximately 6,500 residents increases six-fold. In 2021, Travel and Leisure magazine named it one of the 15 best lake towns in the U.S. Wolfeboro has excellent amenities, shopping and dining opportunities in and around its town center. It has excellent public schools and is also home to Brewster Academy, a co-educational independent boarding school for grades 9-12. Huggins Hospital, which specializes in ambulatory care and is affiliated with Dartmouth Medical Center, is in town. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is 60 miles away. The University of New Hampshire is 45 miles southeast. Wolfeboro offers a small-town community experience with cosmopolitan neighbors and a receptivity to national and international visitors. The great outdoors is immediately at hand, with the lake at the edge of town and several other lakes nearby. The White Mountains are just an hour away for hiking, skiing and more.

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 61082601
  • Location:
    Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, United States
  • Company Name: Wright Museum of World War II
  • Position Title: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • Job Function: Director/Administration
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Salary: $90,000.00 - $110,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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