The Nicolaysen Art Museum (The NIC) is the only museum in
Wyoming dedicated to contemporary art. Founded in 1967, the museum
has a budget of over $1 million and covers 25,000 square feet of
space in a historic building including 10 art galleries, a
collections vault containing over 8,000 works of art, and the
Discovery Center which creates and implements art education and
therapeutic art programs. In addition to the visual arts, the
museum is also a cultural center that plays host to orchestral,
operatic and dance performances.
The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of The NIC
and is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, management,
funds development including grant writing, and curatorial programs
of the museum. The Executive Director is also responsible for
short- and long-term planning, marketing, customer satisfaction,
educational programs, and monitoring the museum’s ongoing
performance against its stated major objectives.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Vision and Strategic Leadership
Work cooperatively with the board to lead staff and other
stakeholders to ensure that the organization’s vision and strategic
plan remain current, relevant and responsive.
Develop and maintain open communications among staff and
Develop and implement an annual operating plan for the museum,
incorporating progress toward strategic goals with responsible,
Highly motivated with the ability to encourage high levels of
achievement, ethics and retention in employees and volunteers.
Possess an authentic, energetic, and engaging personality, with
the ability to inspire and empower others. Have the skills to
cultivate and steward a diverse group of stakeholders.
Ability to share information and delegate decision-making
appropriately and to cultivate and integrate diverse
Demonstrate ability to collaborate with broad spectrum of
potential partners to reach mutually beneficial goals.
Fundraising and Development
Lead the museum’s fundraising efforts, working closely with the
staff and Board to develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan
and identify, cultivate and solicit major donors, including grant
Respect the values and unique character of Casper and Wyoming in
order to model commitment to the community and integration of the
museum and the value of arts to multiple stakeholders.
Ensure comprehensive and effective external communications
programs exist to promote the museum’s activities, increase
engagement, and provide financial support.
Ensure the development of outreach programs to constituencies
for which the museum holds special interest, to encourage their
attendance, membership and further involvement in the life of the
Serve as the chief spokesperson for the museum.
Work to increase the stature and visibility of the museum in the
local, regional, national, and international community.
Staff and Operations Management
Embrace responsibility for the leadership of the museum while
working in collaboration with an effective senior management
Manage the recruitment, employment, supervision, and release of
all personnel, including paid staff, contractors, consultants and
Encourage and facilitate ongoing staff professional
Set and maintain high standards for staff performance, along
with a system of metrics to ensure accountability.
Implement all board-directed policies, and ensure that sound
human resource policies and practices are in place, including
effective communications channels for all personnel.
Maintain a positive, professional environment that attracts,
retains, motivates, and supports a diverse staff of highly
qualified, team-oriented personnel.
Oversee the negotiation of all contracts and agreements and,
jointly with the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Directors,
conduct official correspondence and execute legal documents.
Ensure that the building and grounds of the museum are
maintained in a responsible manner that preserves the asset and its
historical values and provides a sound and attractive environment
for staff and visitors alike.
Ensure the organization follows sound financial practices,
including realistic budgeting, prudent management of financial
resources, and employment of the museum’s assets for the most
effective long-term fulfillment of its mission.
Work with the staff and board in preparing an annual budget; and
ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
Provide ethical stewardship and direction in acquisition,
preservation and interpretation of the museum’s collection.
Provide leadership and direction in expanding the educational
mission to a wider range of audiences.
Provide leadership and direction in managing the collections
policy and ensure strategic acquisitions and deaccessioning to keep
the museum in the forefront of the field.
Provide leadership and direction in developing and maintaining a
comprehensive program of events, educational programs and
Subject all programs of the museum to periodic evaluations to
ensure their continued relevance and contribution to the museum’s
Five years or more of experience in a senior level position
within a non-profit organization with proven record of successful
and creative management.
Fundraising experience including grant writing, major gift
solicitation and special events production.
Experience working for, and developing, an effective Board of
Understanding and appreciation of historical and contemporary
Exceptional oral and written skills
Familiarity with office and database computer applications,
including record maintenance.
Functional knowledge of accounting software with ability to
review and interpret financial statements.
Prior leadership experience at a visual arts organization.
Job ID: 54440481
Position Title: Executive Director
Company Name: The Nicolaysen Art Museum
Job Function: Directors/Administrators
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Duration: Indefinite
Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
Min Experience: 5-7 Years
Required Travel: 0-10%
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