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Executive Director


The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota seeks a proven innovative and collaborative executive director to lead the Museum into its next chapter. The ideal candidate must have knowledge and experience building community partnerships, securing donors and funds, and fostering innovation in a non-profit, educational, or children’s museum’s setting.

Under direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides innovative leadership, effective planning, and resourceful management to sustain and grow the organization. The Executive Director leads the Museum’s Leadership team.

The ideal candidate will be committed to building a stronger, more vibrant community around play so that all children in our region share in a bright future of opportunity and well-being. The Executive Director is expected to work collaboratively with other private, public, and non-profit leaders in achieving this vision.

Date Listed:
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
Web Address
224 Lamm Street
Postal Code
Job Status
Exemption Status
A bachelor’s degree or higher is required, but years of applicable experience in a non-profit organization, museum, or business management may be considered a substitute. A highly successful candidate will possess: • Professional work experience in a museum setting or non-profit organization • Passion for and understanding of early learning environments • Evidenced exceptional skills in: o Diplomacy o Advocacy o Problem solving o Communication • Demonstrated knowledge and awareness of best practices within museum leadership • Demonstrated knowledge and awareness of play-based and child-development practices A highly successful candidate will have a proven or aspiring record of accomplishment in the following: • Development (ie. Securing grants, raising funds, and leading annual campaigns). • Strategic and operational oversight. • Team leadership and talent development. • Financial management • Community leadership and engagement (i.e. collaborating with major donors, government agencies, community partners, and youth-targeted audiences).
Job Responsibilities
Responsibilities include: • Leading the organization in positioning for strategic opportunities to sustain and grow. • Directing the overall development, implementation, and evaluation of the Museum’s five-year strategic plan. • Creating a positive museum culture that attracts and retains top talent at all levels, whether staff, consultants, board members, volunteers, or community partners. • Maintaining highly efficient Museum operations that maximize resources, build opportunities, and further the Museum’s mission. • Interpreting the organization’s purpose and programs to outside organizations and the public. • Overseeing all facility operations to ensure the building, physical plant, grounds, environments, and exhibits are maintained to the highest standards. • Actively involved in the region to build the Museum’s influence as a regional cultural center. • Maintaining strategic relations throughout the state and country to further the Museum’s mission. • Overseeing successful implementation of organization’s vision with Leadership staff. • Overseeing the development and implementation of the organization’s goal, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards.
Application Instructions
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. Ginger L. Zierdt at First review of applications will occur on March 20, 2017.

 Ad ID : 345

Ginger Zierdt,Mankato, Minnesota - 56001