Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society

Executive Director: Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society


Job Location: Edmonds, Washington. Hybrid in-office/work from home arrangement negotiable.
Diversity Commitment: As part of our ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture, we’re focused on welcoming employees and volunteers with a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, physical abilities and experiences.
Employee Classification: Full Time, Exempt, Salary $60k-$80k (DOE)
Work Schedule: 40 Hours per week, approximately 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Additional hours required for after-hours meetings, weekend events, etc.)
Reports To: Board of Directors: Board Chair as primary contact

Founded in 1973, the mission of The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society (the Society) is to preserve and share the history and heritage of Edmonds and South Snohomish County, Washington for future generations. Since that time, the Society has collected and preserved over 26,000 historical items. The Society oversees the Edmonds Historical Museum, housed in the historic Edmonds Carnegie Library building. The building was funded by a grant from the Carnegie Foundation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Society oversees the Edmonds Historical Museum, a farmer’s market and special programs/events, and is currently a volunteer-oriented organization with a small staff. Long term strategies for the Society anticipate growth and an expanded scope in the future.

Job Purpose
Provide leadership, vision and direction for the Society by: setting the operational and cultural tone for the organization, coordinating with the Board of Directors on long term planning and direction, operating as the representative in the areas of media, fundraising and community involvement, and overseeing all programs of the Society.
He or she:
• is accountable to the Board of Directors to ensure the Society achieves its intended ends, that it meets the purposes for which it was created and that it operates prudently.
• must have excellent communication skills, diplomacy, and positive human relations abilities.
• establishes the Society’s office and related staffing structure.
• develops, manages, and sustains a viable volunteer, membership and fundraising program.
• manages the finances, including preparation of a proposed annual budget and long-range needs forecasts; ensures legal integrity; coordinates and helps plan meetings of the Board of Directors; and completes other duties assigned by the Board.
• Coordinates all community outreach and communications across various media platforms.

Specific Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree desired, an advanced degree strongly preferred. Equivalent experience will be considered.
• Demonstrated, progressive experience in leadership and management, with documented ability to manage staff and lead teams.
• Proven ability to build strong external relationships with a variety of volunteers, public leadership, partner organizations and other stakeholders.
• Thorough knowledge and/or demonstrated interest of the historical society and museum field.
• Skills in advocacy, public policy awareness and networking that will be useful in promoting the organization.
• Track record in financial management, stewardship, and developing strategies to successfully increase revenue; demonstrated success in growing membership, growing the donor base, conducting capital campaigns and securing grants.
• Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to create, implement and monitor complex plans, and translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies.
• Career track record that shows strong leadership, volunteer recruitment/mentoring, and team-building skills leading to successful outcomes.
• Unquestionable moral ethics and integrity.

Leadership and Management
• Develop and implement measurable objectives, strategies, budgets, funding strategies and timelines.
• Working in concert with the Edmonds Historical Museum Director, develop and implement an educational program.
• Identify, cultivate, solicit, close and steward major gift prospects and donors in partnership with the Board of Directors and other staff.
• Provide collaborative leadership in maintaining a positive and productive working relationship among the Board of Directors, staff, partner organizations and volunteers.
• Lead and manage staff through lens of flexibility, openness to suggestions, and the ability to resolve/mitigate conflict.
• Ensure the messages are effectively communicated to all constituents and the public through all appropriate vehicles.

Board Collaboration and Relations
• Inspire meaningful Board participation by clearly communicating expectations and creating opportunities to enhance Board members’ roles and impact on the Society; identify, cultivate, and secure Board member prospects and other volunteers to serve on one or more of the Standing Committees.
• Provide staff leadership and ongoing support for Board relations, recruitment, retention, and training.
• Organize and participate in Board of Directors meetings and Committee Meetings as practical.
• Draft annual workplans in concert with Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs to drive positive results for the Society.
• Develop a communication protocol and meeting schedule, including frequency and content, with Board Chair, and staff; prepare Board meeting agendas in consultation with the Board chair and secretary, as appropriate.

Membership and Community Outreach
• Oversee donor and membership recruitment, cultivation, and communication efforts; seek to grow and diversify the donor base across multiple dimensions, including a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Create new and innovative marketing and outreach strategies using technology and social networks in order to increase visibility of the organization for diverse, new audiences.
• Develop and maintain good relations with partners/like-missioned organizations, supporters, and educational institutions throughout the community.

Financial Management/Fundraising
• Develop an annual operating budget and controls to ensure that the Society operates within budget guidelines, and report status regularly to the Board.
• Prepare and manage the fund development budget and annually evaluate the success of fund development programs, including cost-effectiveness.
• Develop strategies for additional revenue sources, including grant solicitation, fundraising appeals and campaigns.
• Ensure that accurate and timely financial records and documents are maintained and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws.
• Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and efficient use of all Society resources.

Planning and Evaluation
• Develop, implement, and evaluate;
• an annual plan incorporating long-range goals,
• measurable objectives for the Society and staff, including establishment of staff performance metrics and assessment tools.
• budget and fundraising timelines.
• marketing/communications plans in collaboration with the Board and staff.

To apply for this job email your details to sosnohomishsociety@hotmail.com