Job Announcement: Executive Director
Leonard's Mills is the centerpiece of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Inc. (MFLM), a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1960, and dedicated to keeping alive the forest industry of long ago for the present-day citizens of the State of Maine. Located on approximately 400 acres on Blackman Stream in Bradley, Leonard's Mills is at the actual site of an early pioneer settlement, identified by the remains of a stone dam and the foundations of several houses.
Today, Leonard's Mills is "alive" once again, as the Museum is represented by an authentic reconstruction of a logging and milling community of the 1790s. The Museum, through our Living History site at Leonard's Mills, teaches people of all ages about the forest and logging history of Maine. Our general purposes are to collect, preserve, and share artifacts, documents, tools, and equipment, and stories relating to the history of the Maine woods - particularly the pioneer and lumbering periods.
Position Overview and Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission through its operational and financial objectives. The Executive Director must be an organized self-starter, an experienced communicator, an enthusiastic fundraiser and a team player to successfully oversee the day-to-day functions of MFLM. He or she must have the ability to move capably and confidently between a wide range of responsibilities including program coordination & development, financial management, human resources, fundraising, public relations, board and volunteer relations, building management and staff oversight. The Executive Director reports to the MFLM President and Board of Directors.
Fundraising (Estimated time 40%): The ED will cultivate and solicit individual, corporate, and foundation support as well as seek out grant opportunities as they arise to support MFLM. This effort must include finding new sources of capital in order to further the museum’s mission.
Program Management (Estimated time 30%): Develop short-term and long-term strategic plans for the MFLM that support the Mission and objectives of the organization. Oversee and engage in the planning, organizing, and operation of events – both onsite and offsite as appropriate.
Operate as the lead contact on potential additions to the MFLM Collections to ensure donations fit the mission.
Communications and Public Relations (Estimated time 15%): The ED will serve as the “public face” of the organization at events, with donors, and with the media in order to promote the MFLM and its programs. In addition he or she will oversee and engage in the creation of promotional materials including MFLM newsletters, press releases, and enhancing MFLM’s web presence.
In addition, the Executive Director will directly oversee and manage all MFLM employees, and serve as a conduit to the Board for those employees.
Budget and Finance (Estimated time 15%): The Executive Director will work closely with the Board President, Treasurer, and Budget and Finance Committee to develop organizational and program-specific budgets and ensure the organization operates prudently within those budgets. The ED will also coordinate the paying of bills to the various vendors the museum uses.
Strong candidates will possess the following qualifications:
- Strong organizational in communication skills Experience in fundraising and grant proposal writing
- Ability to work independently
- Strong operational and financial management skills
- Passion for preserving and showcasing Maine’s forest and logging history Experience communicating with and organizing volunteers
- Strong computer skills, including but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel. The successful candidate will also be familiar with electronic communications, social media and be willing to expand their skillset into database programs.
- Have experience managing education programs and the accompanying physical site.
Pay is commensurate with experience. This is a part-time year-round position at 30 hours per week.
MFLM’s office is the US Forest Service Building on the Government Road in Bradley, Maine.
How to Apply
MFLM’s employment committee will be conducting the candidate search. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Scott Robinson, Employment Committee Chair, at
firstname.lastname@example.org . The position’s expected start date is mid-August, 2013