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Employment Opportunities

Now Hiring: DIRECTOR & Curator

Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Kings Mountain, NC
Applications Contact: Sarah Lynch
Email: kmhmdirector@outlook.com
Job Announcement Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

Appointment Type: Full Time Salaried Overtime Exempt Employee

Compensation: Salary starts at $38,000

Deadline to Apply: May 8, 2019

Website: www.kingsmountainmuseum.org

The Director & Curator is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors.  The Board is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and dynamic individual to provide leadership and manage the daily operations of the Kings Mountain Historical Museum (KMHM).

As the Director & Curator of a small museum, the ideal candidate must be willing to “wear many hats” and perform in various roles as necessary.  The role requires a creative and hardworking self-starter with exceptional multitasking and problem-solving skills.  Essential duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

External Relations & Leadership in the Community

  • Serve as KMHM’s key spokesperson; represent the Museum with professionalism and integrity.  Actively build strategic community partnerships and cultivate strong and lasting relationships.  Maintain involvement with existing partners (i.e. Charlotte Regional History Consortium, KM Main Street Advisory Board, KM Main Street Promotions Committee, etc.)

  • Collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders (personnel, Board members, City & County management and officials, partners, donors, and the public) to increase Museum support and to achieve strategic goals.

  • Manage all advertising, marketing, and media relations.  Administer KMHM’s website and social media sites; develop press releases, e-blasts, and printed media such as brochures, flyers, etc. 


Museum Governance & Human Resources

  • Collaborate with the Board to refine and achieve KMHM’s mission and vision, promote organizational growth, and enhance the Museum’s impact in the community.

  • Develop, revise, and implement core planning and policy documents with a goal of AAM accreditation.

  • Accountable for nonprofit administration and legal compliance.

  • Oversee all human resources functions.  Supervise staff; administer internship and volunteer programs.  Responsible for personnel recruitment, hiring, training, mentorship and development, scheduling, payroll, annual performance evaluations, and recognition.

  • Facilitate Board development, orientation, engagement, committees, and activities.


Cultural Resource Management & Programming Oversight

  • In accordance with professional standards and best practices, oversee and improve all daily museum operations, visitor services, exhibitions, and collections management.

  • Work with Program Committee to plan, schedule, implement, and evaluate KMHM’s annual calendar of public programming.  Coordinate educational programs including guided tours of exhibits and historic structures, special events, as well as outreach and onsite programs for schools, homeschoolers, civic organizations, special needs groups, and the general public.

  • Serve as on-call Facilities Manager for three historic structures and Museum grounds.  Responsible for safety and security, coordinating routine and emergency maintenance, as well as historic preservation, restoration, and operations initiatives.

Fiscal Management

  • Administer all finances.  Work with Finance Committee to develop and implement annual operating budget, and manage accounts.  Prepare Annual Report and financial statements.  Maintain financial records and ensure fiscal responsibility.

  • Direct all fundraising and development initiatives.

  • Steward existing financial supporters and foster a culture of philanthropy.  Identify potential development opportunities and cultivate new donors.  Direct, support, and participate in the solicitation of donations, sponsorships, and planned giving.

  • Compose and coordinate grants to achieve strategic goals.


The ideal candidate would possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in History, Museum Studies, Nonprofit Management, Anthropology, or related field.  Advanced degree preferred.

  • 2-5 years of experience in a museum or similar cultural institution.

  • A passion for history; ability to learn about and interpret the history of Kings Mountain and the surrounding region.

  • Management/leadership experience.

  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Knowledge about historic preservation.

  • Business savvy and financial acumen.

  • Demonstrated excellence in project management.

  • Track record of being detail-oriented, organized, reliable, and flexible.

  • Experience with QuickBooks and PastPerfect a plus.

Minimum Physical or Ability Requirements:

Candidate must be able to work various Saturdays and evening hours.  Must be physically able to navigate through historic buildings with multiple flights of stairs and tight spaces, and able to lift up to 25 lbs.


Application Procedure:

Email cover letter, resume, and/or CV to kmhmdirector@outlook.com.  Please indicate in the subject line of your email the position to which you are applying and where you learned of the opportunity.  Please note that only those candidates invited for screening will be contacted.