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Daniel Cabage – President
Michael Motto – Vice President
Dr. Terri Switzer – Secretary
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The GERMAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER & MUSEUM SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mission Statement: The German American Heritage Center & Museum (GAHC&M) seeks to preserve and enrich for present and future generations knowledge of the German immigrant experience and its impact on the American Culture.
Vision Statement: Our focus is cultural programs and immigrant contributions. We reach out to other cultural groups and demonstrate the contributions made by immigrants from many countries and from varied backgrounds to the ethnic palette which is the United States.
The GAHC&M operates a museum and calendar of public programming in a restored German immigrant hotel originally built in 1871. In 2022 we celebrate our 28th anniversary as an organization. Our facility achieved a complete renovation in 2009. Today we welcome visitors from across the nation, world, and locally. Members and visitors attend our public programs, which totaled 89 in 2022.
Our permanent exhibit, The German Immigrant Experience, has been distinguished with the Award of Excellence by the American Association of State and Local History. The impact exhibits and lecture series are often a result of partnered endeavors; we collaborate with over 30 local, regional, state and global organizations to tell the continually unfolding story of German immigrant contributions to American life.
The German American Heritage Center & Museum is seeking to fill the full-time position of Executive Director. The Executive Director will have a well-rounded set of competencies as a resourceful and creative museum professional who values collaboration. A visionary leader with the ability to set, pursue, and achieve goals in a timely manner, the Executive Director will have excellent communication skill and a passion for the unique mission and impact of the GAHC&M.
Financial Management & Fundraising:
Human Resources & Administration:
Community Relations & Marketing:
Board & Volunteer Relations:
Exhibitions, Collections, Education, and Preservation:
Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
SALARY & BENEFITS
$60,000-$65,000 annual salary range. Paid vacation time. Flexible schedule.
MINIMUM POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
Education: This position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in History, German, Art History, Anthropology, Education, Museum Studies or a closely related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: 5-7 years prior experience in a museum is preferred. Certifications/Licenses: Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Other Requirements: Fundraising experience, excellent donor relations skills, and understanding of the funding community are necessary. Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting are required. Candidates must possess the ability to communicate in both oral and written form for a variety of audiences, including effective public speaking. Qualities including personable, outgoing with a demonstrated passion for museums with a high degree of initiative are necessary. Excellent organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail are needed. German language skills are desired.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and Google Docs required. Candidates should have familiarity with accepted collections care and management procedures. Knowledge of German history, immigration history, or regional history is preferred. Professional and effective communication skills required. Ability to prioritize and work independently with minimal supervision is a necessity. Demonstrated commitment to broadening program and service audiences to specifically include under-represented populations.
Normal office, museum setting.
Condition of Employment
Manual Dexterity: Work requires definite skilled and accurate physical operations requiring some closely coordinated performance. This position requires the ability to climb stairs and use of ladders. Physical Effort: Work requires handling objects up to 50lbs., but not for sustained periods.
This position description has been prepared to define the general duties of the position, provide examples of work and to detail the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as the acceptable experience and training for the position. The description is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the duties of employees under supervision. The GAHC&M retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to or delete from any portion of this description in its sole judgment.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions may be directed to 563.322.8844. Resumes will be reviewed upon receipt and priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 15th, 2022.
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