Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a unique blend of museum and education provider with programs that range from classroom instruction, hands-on learning opportunities including a semester long boat-building program, and professional development courses for educators. Our summer camps (Lake Adventure Camps) are a popular staple during the summer. And the core of our museum, what gave it life and underpins the entire organization, is our nautical archaeology program. In a word, shipwrecks. Lots of them and we’ve only just scratched the surface. In fact, two shipwrecks, the General Butler and O.J. Walker, gave birth to our replica sailing canal schooner Lois McClure!
LCMM (Vergennes, VT) seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and in partnership with the board and key staff implement a vision and strategic plan for the organization going forward into the future. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s revenue generation, fundraising, exhibitions, boat-building projects and seasonal tours, nautical archaeology research projects, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach.
I. Summary of Responsibilities:
Works in conjunction with the Board to develop a sustainable strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and increase local, statewide, national and international awareness and prominence.
Directs the Museum’s operations, to include the alignment of revenue opportunities, development, education and public programming, finance, external communications, and staffing.
Manages and leads the staff (full-time year-round and seasonal), volunteers, and consultants.
Creates a strong financial backbone – balanced budgets, sufficient cash reserves, growing endowments, financial systems that allow for monitoring of financial status.
Works closely with the Director of Development to implement robust fundraising activities and results. Leads and participates in all fundraising and development activities, oversees grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum. Establishes strong partnerships in the community. Enhances the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support.
Works closely with the Director of Marketing & Business Development to create an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the Museum. Oversees and directs development of marketing initiatives.
Manages, secures and maintains the property and facilities of the Museum, as well as the collections held in public trust.
Advocates on important issues in historic preservation and underwater cultural resources on the local, regional, national, and international level.
II. Desired Leadership Attributes
Leadership – nurtures a senior staff team that focuses on the best interests of the organization as a whole, understands the role of the team – and the individuals on the team – and follows the imperatives of the strategic plan.
Passion for Mission – demonstrates and communicates passion for the organization’s core purpose – “to preserve and share the history and archaeology of the region”.
Credibility – demonstrates honesty, sincerity, humility, and respect. Inspires trust from the board, staff and key stakeholders.
Judgment – recognizes the consequences of actions, accurately assesses the environment, applies appropriate discretion, draws upon relevant experience, and assesses and determines risk.
Interpersonal Skills – builds appropriate rapport and effective relations both internally and externally. Relates well to people of diverse backgrounds and exhibits genuine warmth and approachable behavior. Listens carefully to understand the needs, intentions, and values of others.
Strategic Thinking – cultivates a culture of strategic action, including recommendations on timelines and allocation of resources to move forward in annual planning and budgets.
Results-Driven Mindset – improves and sustains organization’s performance, develops and follows through on priorities, delegates appropriately, holds staff accountable, and makes sound decisions.
Demonstrated Success in Community Networking – develops strong community relationships to leverage good will, financial support, and program and service development.
Financial Management Expertise – ensures that the organization maintains adequate reserves and accumulates sources of capital to invest in the changes needed in the future. Understands and diligently attends to all budget and financial matters and can manage operations within budget constraints, including making hard financial decisions when required.
Human Resources Management Experience – has the ability to attract, develop, and retain a diverse staff talent pool needed to meet and exceed organizational goals.
Steward of Positive Organizational Culture – maintains and nurtures a culture that recognizes the strengths and talents of each team member, is open to change, encourages new ideas which challenge the status quo by asking “why not?”, and allows others to create organizational agility.
Visibility – acts as “face of the museum,” to key external stakeholders and staff, assuring that a recognizable, consistent person is leading the organization.
Fundraising ability – leads the development of strategic and innovative fundraising approaches to broaden the source and scope of revenues for the organization.
III. Required Qualifications
Minimum education requires a Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree preferred.
The ideal candidate would have 10 years of experience in a museum, historic site or non-profit organization or business, preferably with a cultural focus. At least four years at an executive or senior managerial level.
Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction. Experience developing, with boards of directors, and implementing strategic plans.
Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, nonprofits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
Proven ability to work cooperatively, creating an effective partnership with the board of directors, enabling them to discharge their governance responsibilities and seek their engagement in sharing their skills, expertise and work in pursuit of LCMM’s mission.
Competence in managing museum operations. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with, museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills.
Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills.
Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings, when needed.
Competitive benefits package.
LCMM is an equal opportunity employer.
About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a research and educational institution dedicated to preserving and sharing the extraordinary cultural and natural resources of Lake Champlain. We inspire children and adults through world-class nautical archaeology, robust educational programs, and full-sized and operational replica vessels that bring history to life.
Our four-acre campus is located right on the water's edge, so our collections invite discovery and understanding in their original setting and visitors can embark on lake adventures of their own!