Seeking Executive Director

Executive Director Search Profile

Mission of JHHSM: The mission of the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is to collect, preserve and explore the cultural, and related natural history of Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone area through education, research, public programming and collaboration.


Founded in 1958 by avocational archaeologist and western history enthusiast Slim Lawrence, Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum plays a critical role in the Jackson Hole community and Greater Yellowstone. In addition to collecting, preserving and exploring the past, the museum supports educational programs and research that focuses on archaeology and the history of the Native American presence in the Intermountain West. The fur trade, homestead, ranching and dude ranch eras, development of tourism, mountaineering, skiing and other outdoor recreation, are also part of our mission, as well as the importance of the region’s role in the history of the country’s national and international conservation movements.
To support its mission, the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum offers a wide variety of educational programs, from walking tours of historic downtown Jackson, to history excursions and program series to customized programs for local and regional students, and wide ranging historical exhibitions.  The organization also publishes scholarly works on the history of the region.  These activities help local residents and visitors to the area understand and appreciate our western heritage, and to reflect on the future of our community. The museum also engages in web based activities.

In addition to a permanent collection of two and three dimensional artifacts, the historical society and museum features a substantial research library with subject and biographical files, document archives, maps, oral histories, and photograph archives.


The Executive Director is the chief executive officer for the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum (Museum). He or she is the principal party responsible for accomplishing the mission of the organization. He or she is responsible, in conjunction with the Board of Directors (Board), for establishing and implementing the vision of the organization.
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board and is accountable to the Board for actions and decisions involving the Museum and Historical Society. He or she is responsible for managing the museum in accordance with standard museum practices. The Executive Director’s duties and responsibilities fall primarily into the following areas.

Leadership: The Executive Director is responsible for conceptual direction and long term vision for the organization. He or she will pursue policies that are consistent with the mission and purpose of the organization. He or she will monitor trends in the community and the profession, and design programs to address the future needs of the organization to ensure long term sustainability.  If warranted and approved, seek out appropriate partnerships to achieve this objective.

Financial Resources of the JHHSM: Subject to Board’s concurrence, the Executive Director is responsible for budget management and allocation of financial resources for the organization. He or she is charged with managing the assets and financial resources of the organization responsibly.

  • Preparation and management of annual and multi-year budgets
  • Oversee risk management
  • Oversee purchasing and expenditures
  • Oversee financial records and systems related to accounting functions
  • Seek professional assistance in this area as needed
  • Report regularly to the Board on the financial status of the Museum

Development / Fundraising: The Executive Director will take a leadership role in development planning and fund raising and be active and dynamic within the community.  The Executive Director is responsible for supervising all development activities of the museum.
Community Engagement: The JHHSM is a valued community resource supported by public funding in a public-private partnership.  The Executive Director will oversee the public relations area of the museum. He or she will be the chief spokesperson for the organization and will represent the organization in public, at town/county meetings, conferences, and other public and professional outings. He or she will participate in the community and in the museum profession, and will promote general visibility, public awareness and understanding of the museum.

Board Relations:  The Executive Director is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors, serves on all standing Board committees (non-voting) with the exception of the Executive Committee, and participates with the Board in setting policy and making decisions that affect the Museum. His or her responsibilities in the area include the following duties.

  • Provide conceptual direction for the Board of Directors
  • Advise and assist the Board in developing and establishing overall policy and direction for the Museum
  • Conduct research, provide information and analysis, and formulate recommendations to assist the Board in developing policy and making decisions
  • Identify issues and strategies to bring to the Board’s attention
  • Recommend annual  and three year budget and long-range planning
  • Implement policy and other decisions established by the Board
  • Facilitate communication with the Board President as well as Board members
  • Serve as primary liaison between Museum Board and Staff
  • Provide support to the Board and its various committees
  • Implement and manage special projects

General Management of the Organization:  The Executive Director is responsible for managing the organization and its operations. The departments and areas in administration include education, public programming, collections, exhibits, public relations, facilities, equipment, security, insurance, visitor services, publications program, and museum shop. The Executive Director will manage the Museum in a manner consistent with its purpose and mission, with the goals of the Board, and with standard museum practices and procedures.  The Executive Director will have a firm understanding of delegation, oversight, constructive criticism and positive feedback for staff members.  Lead staff in developing a climate of excellence, accountability and respect.

Curatorship: The Executive Director will have a firm understanding of the curator role in the museum environment, and ensure that proper stewardship of the JHHSM collection is maintained.

Understands revenue generation and long term sustainability in a museum environment.
Effective spokesperson to interested community groups, foundations, elected civic leaders, etc. to ensure Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum’s continued visibility in the community.
Develops realistic, ambitious plans for raising funds needed to reach organizational goals and works closely with the Development Committee to develop annual and multi- year plans.
Is an organizational leader whose leadership skills inspire trust, dedication, and an atmosphere of professionalism throughout the organization, and is a team-builder.
Understands collaboration, cooperation and building community ties.
Has the necessary financial acumen to manage both expenses and revenue in a prudent and skilled manner.
Possesses excellent communication skills.
Has a proven record of fundraising experience.
Has a passion for the history of the region and has the ability to communicate that passion and inspire others.
Has knowledge of the internet and web based activities.
Commensurate with meeting the above criteria  The JHHSM offers a competitive package of the normal benefits.

Application deadline: April 30, 2017

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