Museum L-A Executive Director

21 May 2021 11:21 AM | Anonymous

Museum L-A seeks a highly motivated Executive Director at a pivotal moment in its history. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to be part of a transformational capital campaign that will shape, guide, and execute the creation of outstanding programming and visitor experiences and develop a community gathering place to celebrate the accomplishments of the community while providing inspiration for the future.

  • Position Overview: The Executive Director leads the operation of Museum L-A and provides overall management, planning, and vision for all aspects of the Museum including fundraising, programs and services, finance, human resources, visitor services, communications, and board development. A major aspect of the position relates to outward-looking functions, which include leading Museum L-A’s capital campaign and fundraising efforts. The director must be an innovative, entrepreneurial, experienced and visionary leader, demonstrating a passion for engaging others in high-quality experiences that are financially sustainable. A commitment to and understanding of local communities and their role is essential. 

    About Museum L-A:  Located in a temporary location in the Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston, Maine, Museum L-A is dedicated to the industrial and community history of Lewiston-Auburn and surrounding areas.  Since 2004, the Museum has evolved from a single focus subject of textile mills to a dedicated community museum serving as an extended classroom, welcoming tourists, celebrating heritage, fostering innovation, and spurring economic growth as a key contributor to and catalyst for civic, cultural, and economic revitalization. It owns a 2.5-acre site on the banks of the Downtown Riverfront Island of Lewiston where the planning of a rehabilitation of a former textile mill and new addition is ongoing.  

    Job Responsibilities:  The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and provides day-to-day oversight for all museum operations.

    The responsibilities of the Executive Director include the following:

  • ·      Leading development efforts for the museum to implement robust fundraising activities and results including annual fund, grant-seeking programs, and the capital campaign;
  • ·      Exercising overall responsibility for all financial elements of the museum; 
  • ·      Serving as the spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum; establishes strong partnerships in the community;
  • ·      Cultivating a culture of strategic action and vision, including recommendations on timelines and allocation of resources; 
  • ·      Managing, securing, and maintaining the museum facility with responsibilities for the security of the physical plant, historic artifacts and associated databases;
  • ·      Working in conjunction with the Board, developing a sustainable strategic direction and developing initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and increase local, statewide, and national awareness and prominence; 
  • ·      Supervising and overseeing the actions of the museum staff and volunteers. 
  • Qualifications and Skills      
  • ·      Operational and capital campaign fundraising experience, with an understanding of identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors at the individual, corporate, and foundation levels. Leads the development of strategic and innovative approaches to broaden the source and scope of revenue;
  • ·      Personal qualities of passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed;
  • ·      Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills; strong influencing skills;
  • ·      Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget; robust business management skills;
  • ·      Ability to provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction that cultivates a culture of action;
  • ·      Possess or have the ability to obtain a basic understanding of local industrial and community history;
  • ·      Ability to plan and expand programs that raise the level of surrounding community engagement and awareness of Museum L-A; 
  • ·      Minimum education requires a Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Museum L-A is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Audrey Thomson, Executive Director, at Please include the job title in subject line.

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