Executive Director, Victoria Mansion, Portland

25 Aug 2021 8:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The position:

Victoria Mansion, https://victoriamansion.org, a National Historic Landmark house in Portland, seeks a leader with a passion for historic preservation, history, art history or architecture to create and implement a vision for its future. The spectacular brownstone home, designed by architect Henry Austin of New Haven, CT, was completed in 1860 and is among the finest Italian Villa style buildings in America. The interior is German immigrant designer/cabinetmaker Gustave Herter’s only commission to survive intact, along with 90% of the original furnishings and Italian artist Giuseppe Guidicini’s painted fresco decoration. Fully staffed, the Mansion employs 4 full-time/20 part-time staff, plus 70 volunteers. Pre-pandemic, the Mansion was in sound financial condition and plans to return to normal budget and staffing levels in 2022. The Mansion’s mission is to conserve, maintain, and restore this one-of-a-kind property and share its history with the public. The house, artwork, and furnishings are the heart of all that the Mansion does and serve as the jumping-off point for programs, exhibits, and an active conservation program.

Opportunities of the position:

  • Guide the Mansion as it reopens in a new and different cultural context.
  • Lead a capital campaign to restore the exterior, continue interior restoration, and increase endowment.
  • Oversee ongoing preservation and conservation projects.
  • Lead, inspire, and foster collaborative culture with staff and volunteers.
  • Explore new opportunities for interpretation, collaboration, and the use of technology.

Description:

  • Work with board, committees, staff, and volunteers to ensure the successful operation of the Mansion.
  • In partnership with the board and appropriate committees, ensure that the Mansion is in a financially stable position.
  • Lead in a transparent, collaborative, and supportive manner a staff of four full- and 20 part-time year-round and seasonal employees, plus an engaged volunteer corps of approximately 70.
  • Develop strategies to increase earned and donated income to provide a secure future for the Mansion and enable it to fulfill its mission.
  • Ensure that the building envelope and interior as well as the collections are well cared for, maintained, and interpreted.
  • Serve as the representative of the Mansion in the community, region, and beyond. Communicate its mission and programs to diverse constituents.

Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in historic preservation, history, art history, museum studies, non-profit management, or equivalent.
  • 5-10 years successful leadership of historic house, site, historical society, or museum.
  • Ability to create, communicate, and implement a unifying vision for an institution.
  • Track record of sound financial management and fundraising.
  • Ability to hire, inspire, and manage staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to represent the Mansion in the community.
  • Skills to oversee development, growth, and evaluation of programs and exhibits.
  • Open to new ideas for 21st-century interpretation of the Mansion.
  • Skills to engage in and facilitate conversations about difficult issues. unite diverse opinions.
  • Flexibility to adjust models for running the Mansion as circumstances change.

To apply:

  • For details, questions, nominations, and information on how to apply, please email executive search consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at gncolglazier@gmail.com.
  • The salary for this full-time position is $75,000-$80,000 plus benefits.
  • The Victoria Mansion is committed to fair and accessible employment practices, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.

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