Start Date: March 1, 2022


As a result of a retirement, the Board of Directors of the Chapman Museum is searching for a professional Executive Director as we grow into a core community resource connecting our communities through stories of our local history.  This position provides an opportunity to lead a small but established organization into the future, building on a growing audience and stakeholder focus in all that we do. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader with a demonstrated record of success working with diverse communities and scholars, educators and various audiences.  The successful candidate should bring an understanding of organizations and knowledge of how to work with boards, staff, volunteers and the community, and a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access.

Salary: $47,000-$52,000 commensurate with experience. Package to include health and retirement options.


  • This position provides a unique opportunity to help form and guide the course of a growing institution.
  • This position will require initiative and vision as well as a broad skill set to help move the museum to future levels. The executive director will be both chief administrator and director of the museum, responsible for the museum’s daily operations and outreach.
  • This position offers great opportunities for an individual with acute sensitivities to the representation of cultural and historical events and the ability to transform them into a meaningful context of learning.


  • Work directly with the Museum Board to develop the strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and increase local and statewide awareness and prominence.
  • Coordinate and oversee program research and planning, as well as museum development and staff/volunteer management.
  • Assure that the current collection of artifacts and exhibits is up to a professional standard of display, both in person and virtually.
  • Provide leadership through effective goal setting by creating accountability and ensuring communication of pertinent information is shared across the organization.
  •  Work with Museum trustees in conjunction with staff to develop, propose, and execute an annual budget focused on financial stewardship, fiscal responsibility, and organizational sustainability.
  • Direct the Museum’s operations, to include development, education and public programming, finance, external communications and staffing.
  • Lead and participate in all fundraising and development activities, in concert with Museum trustees, including grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
  • Serve as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum. Establish strong partnerships in the community.
  • Enhance the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support using social media marketing tools.
  • Ensure successful implementation and evaluation of ongoing programs and events.
  • Supervise and support museum staff.
  • Support the museum team to ensure valued assets are preserved, protected, and represented in a respected manner.
  • Foster an effective collaboration among board, staff, and volunteers.
  • Direct and oversee grants including project development, budget preparation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, financial, and narrative reporting.
  • Represent the museum at meetings, conferences, and other public events.
  • Be technologically literate with experience using Microsoft and Google products, QuickBooks, social media, Zoom and other related technologies for managing archives.


Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in History or other relevant field, or equivalent experience strongly preferred.
  • At least 2 years of experience in a museum, nonprofit organization, or business.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership, vision and strategic direction.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
  • Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Competence in managing operations, including personnel matters. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with staff, volunteers and diverse public constituencies.
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing and growing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills.
  • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills.
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion, including evidence of successful collaboration with diverse communities.

The Chapman Museum is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other category protected under applicable law. The Chapman Museum will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.


Send letter of interest, resume (include references), and three letters of recommendations to the attention of Chapman Museum Search Committee, 348 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 OR email documents to [email protected]

Deadline: January 3, 2022