Hiring Museum Director

Hiring Museum Director

The Greater Kent Historical Society is looking to hire a Museum Director. If you know anyone who might have the proper qualifications, please share this post with them! Closing date for applications is April 12.


Position Description:           Museum Director                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Location:       Greater Kent Historical Society                                                                                                             


The Museum Director is responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the Greater Kent Historical Society (GKHS) Museum, including programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets, and public relations. The Museum Director is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of the Kent Historical Society in a fiscally-sound manner and plays a leading role in the GKHS, working closely with the Board and staff, reporting to the President, in developing and articulating the strategic direction of the Museum and implementing the resulting strategies and initiatives for both the short term and the long term.


  • Create short-term and long-range plans for the administration of the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum, including facility improvements, capital campaign fundraising, educational programming and staffing
  • Hire, train, and develop, and evaluate staff performance to take appropriate action to recognize, develop, and ensure productivity and engagement
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers, developing and reviewing work assignments and developing the volunteer recognition program to maximize museum operations and customer service
  • Manage the daily operation of the museum facility, effectively using the practices of non-profit organization management, including governmental procedures, financial management and non-profit board administration
  • Develop an annual museum budget, working with the GKHS Board of Directors and staff
  • Negotiate and supervise contracts with artists, historians, and scholars for public programs
  • Create job requirements, interview and hire contractors, and review their work
  • Consult with the GKHS President regarding museum usage, operations, and personnel issues
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the community, Parks Department, Historical Society, public and private organizations, school districts, and City Boards and Commissions in daily customer service opportunities
  • Provide administrative support to the GKHS Board of Directors
  • Foster a cooperative environment between the City of Kent and the GHKS
  • Prepare agendas and minutes for meetings and attends all regular and special Board meetings
  • Oversee the professional care and management of the museum’s artifacts, exhibits and library, and photograph and document collections using knowledge of preservation, care, handling, storage and security of collections
  • Develop exhibits for display using common hand tools; follows basic safety procedures in setting up and removing exhibits
  • Develop creative and educational displays, exhibits, programs and curricular materials for museum, schools and visiting groups
  • Provide tours, board retreats, service organization slide show, visits schools, and develops outreach materials
  • Develop grant proposals and funding requests on behalf of the GKHS and conduct an annual fundraising campaign
  • Produce gala fundraising events, working with volunteers
  • Write and design museum publicity pieces
  • Uses computer programs and graphics materials, creates written materials including newsletter, historical texts, volunteer manuals, grant materials and correspondence.
  • Provides museologic/ historic technical and reference assistance to community members.
  • Presents monthly reports on museum issues and achievements at Board of Director meetings
  • Represents the City and the museum in a professional manner at public meetings concerning heritage, +including the presentation of educational presentations, workshops, lectures and technical papers
  • Perform other, related work as required
  • Offer technical assistance to staff on more complex problems and respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive conflicts and complaints.
  • Actively support the Greater Kent Historical Society’s vision, mission, and values


  • Perform other, related work as required



  • Demonstrates knowledge of the history of the state of Washington and the Whiter River Valley region
  • Principles and practices of advanced strategic planning, particularly in a museum or non-profit environment
  • Effective, result-oriented management principles and practices


  • Oral and written communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Strategic short and long-range planning in a rapidly changing environment
  • Using interpersonal skills in a tactful, patient and courteous manner
  • A full range of communication techniques and how to strategically apply them in a museum environment
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including a varied vocabulary and the proper usage of English and its grammar, spelling and punctuation rules.
  • Managing staff including hiring, training, directing, evaluating, rewarding and disciplining employees
  • Developing and implementing communications and public relations programs and initiatives


  • Ensure a staff capable of providing services to maintain all museum operations by providing managerial leadership, motivation and supervision to staff and volunteers
  • Develop and implement strategic communications and public relations plans
  • Work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including the Board of Directors, employees, citizens, volunteers, program participants, and other supporters
  • Create a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best
  • Develop, align and deploy business and communications strategies with a proven ability to short and long-term implementation plans accomplished
  • Work well under the pressure of deadlines, unpredictability and multiple priorities
  • Build relationships with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
  • Develop budgets and manage resource allocations
  • Take on tough issues willingly and initiate action when appropriate


  • Master’s degree in museology, history, anthropology, archeology or related field and at least 2 years of paid museum management and operations experience; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of professional paid experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for successful performance in the position.

Or:                         In lieu of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties listed above.


  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Bilingual abilities desired, but not required


Typical business office machinery and equipment including but not limited to personal computer, telephone, fax and copy machine, calculator, smartphone and projector.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in an office environment subject to frequent interruptions by walk-in applicants, employees, telephone calls and interoffice activities; may be subject to long hours due to the attendance at Board Meetings, fund raising activities, and other responsibilities required at this executive level.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Job hiring process:

Letter of application, resume and request for interview sent to Tim Clark c/o Greater Kent Historical Society, 855 E Smith St. Kent WA. 98030 or email to ctyofknt@msn.com.

A return email address is required to notify applicant of appointments. A round of interviews at one hour intervals on Friday April 21 & Saturday April 22 at Kent Historical Museum between 12-5 PM. Closing date for applications is April 12. Hiring date is April 28 and job starts May 1.

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