Closes 04/30/18

Executive Director

Historic Westville, Inc.


Full Time

Administration, Museums & Historical Societies, Non-profit

Position description: Executive Director 

Historic Westville is currently closed to the public as it undergoes a move to Columbus, GA and re-interpretation. Historic Westville is a museum of Southern history and culture representing the diversity of the Southern Experience by telling the stories of all southern peoples including European Americans, African Americans, American Indians, and immigrants and how their lives were inextricably linked but their experiences diverse. Through the use of exhibits, live interpreters, food and crafts, visitors will learn about life in the 19th century South and how major historical events affected the region.  Historic Westville is searching for an enthusiastic leader during this time of transition to ensure a successful re-opening.


The Executive Director of Historic Westville is responsible for ensuring the quality of programs and the successful administration of the organization. The director works with the Board of Trustees to fulfill the mission, achieve the vision and enhance the image in the community. The director is responsible for fundraising as well as for the overall management of the financial function, building operations, public relations, marketing, and personnel management. The Executive Director represents the museum to key stakeholders, media, and other institutions.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Management experience or any combination of experience and training which enables one to perform the essential job functions
  • Ability to quickly analyze a situation and take action. Ability to make necessary staff changes/reductions/additions to complete the mission
  • Knowledge of basic accounting concepts and principals
  • Proficient in use of a personal computer and Microsoft Office
  • Willing to work in inclement weather as well as weekends/holidays when necessary
  • Physically able to lift, carry, move or push 50 pounds using proper techniques, and to stoop, bend, stand and/or sit for prolonged periods
  • All requirements are subject to modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Sciences, Humanities, not-for-profit Management, Museum Studies or a related field with eight (8) years or more of senior management experience in the area or any combination of experience and training which enables one to perform the essential job functions
  • Knowledge of grant writing
  • Project management skills
  • Known and respected in the community


Personal Characteristics:

  • Integrity, trustworthiness and credibility
  • Excellent communicator who can engage a variety of audiences
  • Tactful, collaborative, and diplomatic
  • Proven success in leadership
  • Excellent customer service is imperative


Key Responsibilities (not inclusive):

  • Works under the general supervision of the Board of Trustees of Historic Westville to provide management and administration of all facilities that comprise the organization
  • Willing to refer to the Executive Committee for assistance/guidance as needed
  • Provides leadership, vision, and direction to volunteers and museum professionals
  • Develops the annual budget with the support of the Finance Committee of the Board ·      Ensures timeliness and accuracy of financial and management reporting for government funders, foundations, and Board of Trustees; oversees the preparation of annual financial statements  · Ensures the gathering and reporting of relevant data by which staff and Board may evaluate the effectiveness of the organization’s programs and activities
  • Ensures legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial and human resources requirements
  • Provides leadership to personnel that fosters loyalty, integrity, commitment, and creative thinking.
  • Ensures the maintenance and appearance of the museum and the grounds so as to reflect the best possible professional standards  ·   Fosters a culture of collaboration, institutional transparency, and occupational safety
  • Encourages and supports continuing education efforts  ·  Builds the capabilities of the team by providing an environment in which each member feels both the responsibility of and the satisfaction for a job well done
  • Must have excellent rapport with a wide range of visitors, customers, and vendors that will be encountered
  • Participates in government relations, community relations and other public relations activities
  • Ensures that resources of the museum are focused on relevant, major objectives designed to meet the mission of providing entertaining exhibits and education programs that will be attended and utilized by a diverse population
  • Develops, implements and administers museum policies and procedures consistent with the general accepted museum practices as outlined by the AAM and other regulatory agencies, and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and policies
  • Has overall supervisory responsibility of the museum staff to assure professional practices, activities, and programs, including but not limited to: exhibitions, acquisitions, collections management, education development, administration, preservation, research and facility management, memberships, public relations and volunteer/docent programs. Plans for and implements the orderly growth of the same, consistent with the museum’s long range plan
  • Conducts the business of the museum so as to make certain that all employees follow the operational mandates as defined and adopted by the Board of Trustees
  • Attends all organizational meetings and maintains meaningful liaison with the community and those local, state, regional and national professional organizations whose goals pertain to the museum


  • Competitive salary and benefits