The Museum of Danish America is
seeking to fill the position of Executive Director.
Established in 1983, the Museum of Danish
America (formerly known as The Danish Immigrant Museum) is located midway
between Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE on 35 acres of recreated prairie in the
heart of the largest rural settlement of Danes in the United States. The
museum’s mission is to “celebrate Danish roots and American dreams” and is the
only national museum dedicated to collecting and interpreting the Danish-American
experience. Guidance is provided by a twenty-five member Board of Directors
from across the United States and Denmark. The museum, with an annual budget of
$1.4 million, has a collection of over 30,000 artifacts, an active traveling
exhibit program, and a membership of over 3,000 from across the United States,
Denmark and five other countries. It has
a staff of 10 full-time employees, six part-time employees and an active
internship program hosting up to four Danish graduate students and an American
graduate student annually. The museum
has the distinction of being among 3% of museums in the United States achieving
accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.
The executive director’s role has
both strategic and operational components. The executive director has the
day-to-day administrative responsibility for achieving the organizational
mission of the Museum of Danish America, implementing the strategic plan, and
assuring the efficient and effective operation of the organization. To do this he/she works with the museum’s
Board of Directors to develop policies, procedures, budgets and strategic plans
that realize the museum’s mission and vision.
He/she also assures compliance with legal, financial, accounting and
ethical requirements, including the standards and practices set forth by the
American Alliance of Museums.
Vision, Mission, and Strategies
Working with the board and staff, the
executive director must develop a shared vision for the future of the museum,
build understanding around the current mission, and develop appropriate goals
and strategies to advance that mission.
Accomplishment of Management Objectives
Working with the board, the executive
director establishes operational objectives that support the strategic plan.
The executive director is responsible for leading the staff in the
implementation of the strategic plan and any annual plans.
The Museum of Danish America carries
out its mission by offering specific exhibits and programs. The executive
director leads the staff in managing and administering these.
Fund Raising and Development
A key responsibility of the executive
director is the development and implementation of appropriate fund raising and
Ensuring that income is managed
wisely is especially important. It is
the role of the executive director to see that solid planning and budgeting
systems are in place and that the museum’s goals and strategic plan serve as
the basis for sound financial planning. In addition, it is the executive
director’s responsibility to ensure that qualified staff are hired to
accurately monitor, assess, and manage the financial health of the museum.
The executive director is responsible
for day-to-day management, working with staff to develop, maintain, and use the
systems and resources that facilitate the effective operation of the museum.
The Executive Director/Board Partnership
The executive director and the board
must work together as partners. The
executive director and the board have joint responsibility for developing and
maintaining a strong working relationship and a system for sharing information.
External Liaison and Public Image
The executive director is a key player in establishing and maintaining positive relationships
with the many groups that support the work of the museum.
duties, including but not limited to duties as assigned, some of which may include
the development and creation of a variety of copyrightable works included but
not limited to print, photography, film, music, visual arts, etc. for
distribution in any and all media and formats on a world-wide basis, all of
which shall be for the benefit of the museum.
REQUIRED COMPETENCIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Cultural knowledge and intellectual
vision to lead the Museum of Danish America which
includes having knowledge of or
affinity for learning about Danish and Danish American culture.
Excellent communication skills to articulate
the museum’s vision and attract and retain current and new audiences. High competency is required in written and
spoken communication and in the ability to make effective, credible
Ability to work cooperatively and
effectively in supervising and directing museum staff to create well-conceived
programs that serve the museum’s membership and wider publics, and to develop
Fund raising skills to maintain
existing donor base and reach out to new donor constituencies.
Ability to interact well with people
and be open to suggestions and perspectives of others.
Management skills to maintain an
efficient, well-focused organization.
Strong financial management and
Ability to build a competent, diverse
and empowered workforce.
Danish language skills.
The deadline for applying
is February 1, 2019. Start date is to be
determined by the needs of the applicant in consultation with the museum
To apply for this
position, send a cover letter, resume and three references to the address
below. Please note that the search
committee would like all applicants to include the following in their cover
letter: Address how your interests,
experience, and skills prepare you to meet the requirements of the job as
described in the position description.
Ms. Beth Bro
OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org