Santa Fe Children’s Museum is seeking an inspirational, results-driven Executive Director with a passion for educating children and an outstanding track record of fundraising for growth and sustainability, leading organizations with vision through challenging times, and engaging communities for collaborative outcome.
OUR MISSION and HISTORY
The mission of Santa Fe Children’s Museum (SFCM) is to inspire a lifelong passion for learning by creating educational experiences across the arts, sciences, and cultures that encourage children and communities to explore, imagine, play and grow together.
Incorporated in 1985, as the first Children’s Museum in New Mexico, SFCM is a nonprofit organization and public institution that was founded by four local educators who perceived a need for educational opportunities in Santa Fe that would be distinctly different from those provided at home or school. Convinced that experiential learning is a necessary complement to traditional education, the founders sought to create a dynamic, hands-on learning environment. In 1989, 2,000 people celebrated the opening of SFCM at its current location (1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe).
PHILOSOPHY, PURPOSE and HOW WE SERVE THE COMMUNITY
At SFCM, we believe that active, participatory learning and play are integral to a child's cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. We maintain that children learn best when they feel nurtured and safe, have fun, are self-motivated, and search for answers to questions that they formulate themselves. Our educators incorporate core fundamentals of how children learn in all aspects of the Museum including exhibit development, building design, family programming, and staff and volunteer training. We also recognize that each child learns differently, and we intentionally develop relevant and meaningful educational experiences that engage a variety of learning styles and multiple intelligences. Our primary goal at SFCM is for children to understand themselves as learners and to have successful learning experiences.
SFCM provides a dynamic, informal educational setting comprised of high-quality exhibits, programs, and community events that inspire interactive exploration and discovery, stimulate sensory and cognitive curiosity, and encourage choice, critical thinking, and problem solving. The Museum urges children and families to learn and play together, and the exhibits engage youth to try something new, examine objects and investigate, ask questions, interact with others, make connections, see patterns and differences, think innovatively, and share experiences and stories with parents, grandparents, family members, caregivers, and teachers. By doing so, children gain a greater understanding of themselves, their community, and their environment. In particular, the Museum offers a unique outdoor education area called Earthworks - one-acre natural learning landscape staffed by environmental educators and structured to build environmental awareness and responsibility while offering a valuable understanding of our regional ecosystem and critical issues such as water conservation.
The Museum today serves 80,000 visitors annually including 10,000 school children at reduced rates and 5,000 free admissions to 25 community partner organizations. The Museum’s 700 family memberships include 100 sponsored memberships. While the Museum attracts a national audience, a fundamental value of our mission is to serve low-income, under-represented children and families in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico that cannot easily frequent the Museum due to socioeconomic and geographic barriers. Therefore, the Museum is a community-based institution that is client centered. The Museum also provides one of the largest teenage youth employment, internship and volunteer programs in Santa Fe. Roughly 65% of our clients are children; 35% are parents, grandparents, and teachers. We track ethnicity of school children; 55% are Hispanic and 10% are Native American. 50% of our teen volunteers/interns are from low-income families. The Museum is totally accessible to handicapped individuals. The Museum’s operates with a $750K+ budget and 11 full-time and part-time staff and many seasonal interns and volunteers.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS, CHALLENGES and HOMETOWN HEROES CAMPAIGN
In 2010, the Museum received State and restricted private grant funds to expand the facilities - doubling the programming space and adding two classrooms. This allowed earned income to increase significantly (30% in 2011) for example with Summer Camps, Home School Programs, and other educational programs and events. Earned revenue currently makes up over 40% of the Museum’s revenue.
The Museum also received a significant funding from a major private foundation develop a new “MakerSpace” program in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Highland University. This development of innovative tinkering studio where youth can create their own “Do It Yourself” projects with adult mentors will enable the Museum to expand its reach and engagement of youth or older age group children.
Despite successful programs, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum has also undergone significant organizational and financial challenges over the past few years, including Executive Director, several staff, and board transitions and financial shortfall primarily due to a sharp decline in unrestricted private contributions. In September 2012, the board and staff launched a Hometown Heroes Campaign, a two-phased campaign to first address the immediate financial gap then ultimately work toward building a sustainable model for the Museum. The first-phase of the campaign set out a goal to raise $200K by the end of the year through broad grassroots community appeal. With widespread community support, the Museum was able to reach its goal early in just over half the target timeframe by mid-November and is currently working on raising additional funding to strengthen its financial position. The Museum has formed a Blue Ribbon Task Force composed of community leaders including the Mayor, City Councilors, business leaders, non-profit executives and consultants to collaborate in developing a long-term sustainable business model for the Museum. The Museum board and leadership is also currently working on expanding the board and developing a strategic plan that will eventually incorporate the recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Task Force.
For more information about the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, visit our website www.santafechildrensmuseum.org
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Position Title: Executive Director
Reports To: Board of Trustees
Job Classification: Salaried - Exempt
The Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, ensuring that the Museum thrives as a valuable asset to the community serving as an anchor institution, constantly improve its programs and services with innovation and excellence, and strengthen its financial sustainability and organizational capacity in doing so. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director is accountable for providing leadership and oversight and ensuring successful management in all aspects of the Museum’s programs, operations and development including the following areas:
- Function as the chief fundraiser and administrative leader of the Museum
- Lead the process to develop, update and implement the strategic plans and vision for the Museum
- Provide creative leadership for the Museum introducing exciting new programs and exhibits
- Strengthen financial position of the Museum with aggressive fundraising, continued development of earned income sources, and efficient use of resources.
- Develop and implement the annual budget, report financial status to the board of trustees, and ensure that the Museum is operating in a fiscally sound manner and meeting its fundraising goals
- Represents the Museum publicly and strengthen its engagement, reputation, and leadership in the community
Building on the recent developments and Hometown Heroes Campaign, the Executive Director’s immediate priorities in particular will be to:
- Understand, refine and execute on the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force and strategic plan to build a sustainable business model for the Santa Fe Children’s Museum
- Analyze, build and diversify the revenue base including earned income, government and private grants, individual contributions and events as well as other long-term funding sources including potential long-term city partnership and endowment
- Identify critical gaps and strengthen organizational capacity including through board and staff development
- Work with the staff to understand their contributions, addresses concerns, and build a strong team based on a culture of partnership, excellence, accountability, and open channel of communication
- Continue to actively cultivate, expand, and deepen new and existing relationships and partnerships in the community including with local educators, community, business and government leaders and other children’s museums and educational and other related organizations locally and nationally
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES
An ideal candidate has the following experience and qualifications:
- 7+ years of strong management and leadership responsibility in a children’s museum or other museum, science center, education or nonprofit organizations that target a similar audience and has a strong track record of innovative programming, community engagement, and financial sustainability.
- Bachelors or Masters degree in museum management, education, business, or related field
- Dynamic, passionate, and energetic leadership with the ability to manage, position, and develop an organization with focus on results and outcome
- Demonstrated success in fundraising including identifying, cultivating and soliciting grants and individual contributions and planning and executing annual campaigns, capital campaigns and events
- Deep experience in strategic planning and execution and marketing
- Working knowledge of operations and financial management, particularly in museum or similar nonprofit environment
- Experience managing a staff and an annual operating budget or at least $500,000
- Experience successfully working with community-wide, cross-sector educational and cultural institutions and community, government and business leaders to build on-going collaborative partnerships
CORE SKILLS, COMPETENCES, and PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
A successful candidate will have the following skills, competencies and personal attributes:
- Highest level of integrity, credibility, and professionalism
- Strong intellectual horsepower, strategic agility, and problem solving skills
- Strong leadership and management skills with ability to motivate and empower many kinds of team members
- Results-driven and can be counted on to exceed goals successfully and push others for results
- Strong organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks, processes and complex information effectively and efficiently and create or update institutional processes where needed
- Ability to manage vision and purpose and inspire and motivate entire organization with optimism, shared vision and charisma
- Ability to encourage and manage innovation in organizations with good judgment for creative ideas and ability to manage creative process of others to bring creative ideas to fruition and outcome
- Strong presentation skills and ability to communicate and relate well with diverse constituents including donors, community leaders, educators, community members and the museum’s board and staff, building appropriate rapport and constructive and effective relationships; Ability to diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably with diplomacy and tact when needed
- Strong written communication skills with ability to get messages across that have the desired effect in a variety of communication settings and style
- Customer focused with dedication to meet or exceed expectation of Museum visitors, partners, and donors and get first-hand customer information and use it for improvement in services
REQUIRED JOB DUTIES
Strategic and Creative Leadership
- Vision. Provide the organizational vision and leadership for direction, growth and development of the Museum, positioning it as a best practice in the children’s museum field and attract visitors on a national scale
- Strategic planning and evaluation. Lead the process to develop and refine strategic plans and vision for the Museum and establish goals and objectives for development of museum programs, fundraising, and operations; Develop and implement an evaluation program and metrics to annually assess progress toward achieving the plan and recommend adjustments to fit changing internal and external conditions; Maintain up-to-date tracking system for programs, fundraising and operations including performance against target
- Creative leadership. Lead the planning efforts to develop new programming and exhibits that embody the Museum’s mission and will position the Museum programmatically in innovative leadership among children’s museums and educational organizations; Maximize the resources of the Museum by engaging in collaborative programming and joint ventures with other organizations locally, regionally and nationally that share a commitment to children
- Community leadership. Take a leadership role in the local, regional and national cultural community to further impact and to expand the interests and support of the Museum; Ensure the Museum is accessible to the entire community; Lead ongoing dialogue with innovative community members to strategize on bringing the Museum to stable and sustainable operations while achieving and maintaining excellent programs standards
Fundraising and Public Relations
- Overall development planning and oversight. Work with the development staff and committee to design and implement a detailed development plan and report development activities to Board of Trustees including management of grant pipelines for prospects, proposals, individual donor programs, annual, capital and endowment campaigns, corporate sponsorships, and events
- Donor cultivation and stewardship. Expand Museum’s base of support – including major donors, corporate, foundation and government grants, and individual giving; Identify and develop relationships with new and existing funders; Recognize donors appropriately
- Public relations. Act as the public face of the Museum; Cultivate and strengthen relationships with leaders and key stakeholders in the community to promote the Museum and develop new program and funding opportunities; Actively participate in community activities that promote the mission of the Museum; Communicate with local media and other channels to promote the Museum and any special events
- Marketing oversight. Oversee development and implementation of marketing plans and initiatives to increase admissions and develop strong donor support base for program, operations and endowment fund
Financial and Operational Leadership
- Financial planning and oversight. Work with finance staff and committee to develop and implement annual budget and continuously monitor for variations; Manage and meet annual revenue goal and manage expenses within strict budget parameters
- Reporting. Work with finance staff to produce monthly financial reports with analysis of current month and year-to-date performance against budget and prior year; Analyze and report to Finance committee and board on financial status and make recommendations as required; Produce Annual Reports and keep accurate detailed records to satisfy board, auditors, and donors
- Policies, compliance, and risk management. Work with finance staff and committee to monitor the accounting system and other financial management procedures and make improvements where needed; Ensure that the IRS 990 and other required documents related to the Museum’s 501(c)3 status are completed and submitted with board review according to current IRS rules and regulations; Provide administrative oversight of all reporting for accuracy and timeliness and compliance; Ensure that Board of Directors and the Museum carries appropriate and adequate insurance and understands the terms, conditions, and limitations of the insurance coverage
- Facility and Exhibit Oversight. Set up and provide oversight of process to regularly evaluate exhibits, buildings and grounds and implement changes to ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors; Secure and manage funding to develop new, or refurbish existing, exhibits
- Board management and development. Provide leadership and support to Board and Committees, work with chairpersons to plan meeting agendas, and coordinate Board Staff assignments; Attend board meetings and provide executive reports about the operations of the Museum and present recommendations including future exhibits and programs; Assist with cultivation and recruitment of prospective board members and key volunteers and new member orientation and oversee board records and member requirements; Provide ongoing up to date information to board binders to keep board members informed
- Personnel Management. Hire, mentor and develop museum staff; Develop/maintain position descriptions, performance evaluations, policies and procedures, and other documents as needed for management of museum staff; Conduct performance evaluations and recommend compensation for museum staff; Adhere to legal requirements regarding personnel management and policies
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT:
The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. It is our policy to encourage and support equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to age, sex, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, individual genetic information, disabled veteran or Vietnam Era Veteran Status.
SALARY: Full time exempt. $65,000~75,000 plus benefits. Negotiable depending on experience.
TARGET DATE: Between March ~ June 2013.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Immediate/Rolling Basis. Application prior to February 15 encouraged for priority consideration.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to SFCM.email@example.com.
Please put “SFCM Executive Director Position - [Your Name]” in the subject line.