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Victoria Mansion Seeks a New Executive Director
Victoria Mansion seeks a new Executive Director with a passion for historic preservation, history, art history or architecture to create and implement a vision for its future. Pre-pandemic, the Mansion was in sound financial condition and plans to return to normal budget and staffing levels in 2022. The Mansion’s mission is to conserve, maintain, and restore this one-of-a-kind property and share its history with the public. The house, artwork, and furnishings are the heart of all that the Mansion does and serve as the jumping-off point for programs, exhibits, and an active conservation program.
Opportunities of the position:
- Guide the Mansion as it reopens in a new and different cultural context than the one in which it closed temporarily due to the pandemic.
- Lead a capital campaign to restore the exterior, continue interior restoration, and increase the endowment.
- Oversee ongoing preservation and conservation projects.
- Lead, inspire, and foster collaborative culture with staff and volunteers.
- Explore new opportunities for interpretation, collaboration, and the use of technology.
- Live and work in Portland, a vibrant coastal New England city.
- Work with board, committees, staff, and volunteers to ensure the successful operation of the Mansion.
- In partnership with the board and appropriate committees, ensure that the Mansion is in a financially stable position.
- Lead in a transparent, collaborative, and supportive manner a staff of four full- and 20 part-time year-round and seasonal employees, plus an engaged volunteer corps of approximately 70.
- Develop strategies to increase earned and donated income to provide a secure future for the Mansion and enable it to fulfill its mission.
- Work with the board to lead a planned capital campaign to restore the building’s exterior, continue the interior restoration, and increase the endowment.
- Ensure that the building envelope and interior as well as the collections are well cared for, maintained, and interpreted.
- Serve as the representative of the Mansion in the community, region, and beyond. Communicate its mission and programs to diverse constituents.
- Graduate degree in historic preservation, history, art history, museum studies, non-profit management, or equivalent.
- 5-10 years successful leadership of historic house, site, historical society, or museum. Experience at a Victorian-era site is desirable.
- Ability to create, communicate, and implement a unifying vision for the Mansion.
- Track record of sound financial management and fundraising. Capital campaign experience is a plus.
- Ability to hire, inspire, and manage staff and volunteers.
- Ability to represent the Mansion in the community.
- Skills to oversee development, growth, and evaluation of programs and exhibits. Curatorial experience helpful but not required.
- Open to new ideas for 21st-century interpretation of the Mansion.
- Skills to engage in and facilitate conversations about difficult issues and unite diverse opinions.
- Flexibility to adjust models for running the Mansion as circumstances change.
- For details, questions, nominations, and information on how to apply, please email Executive Search Consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The salary for this full-time position is $75,000-$80,000 plus benefits.
- Victoria Mansion is committed to fair and accessible employment practices, and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.