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Employment Opportunity: Executive Director - CLOSED


St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking applicants for an Executive Director. This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $65,000-$75,000 per year plus benefits.

Please submit your resume and cover letter by September 16, 2022. Hardcopies are preferred.

Send cover letter and résumé to;

St. Louis County Historical Society

ATTN; R L Hein

506 West Michigan Street

Duluth, MN 55802-1505

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For details, see the job description below.


Updated 8-15-2022

St. Louis County Historical Society Executive Director

JOB TYPE: Permanent position

OPENING DATE: August 22, 2022

CLOSING DATE: September 16, 2022

LOCATION: Duluth, Minnesota SALARY RANGE: $65-75K

  • St. Louis County Historical Society is looking for an Executive Director level professional who is a self-starter, innovator, team builder, problem solver and collaborator. This position provides a unique opportunity to help form and guide the course of a mature but growing Historical Society and its attendant museums and exhibits.

Job Description:

  • The position requires passion initiative and vision along with effective leadership and a broad management skill set.

  • The person selected will help move the Society to future levels of prominence at the local, Statewide, national and international levels.

  • The executive director will be directly responsible for the society’s daily operations, curatorial initiatives, collections management, outreach activities and museum exhibits.

  • The executive director reports directly to the Board of Governors.

  • This position is designated an at-will, exempt position and may require evening or weekend hours as needed.

  • The Executive Director’s behavior must demonstrate the highest level of ethical standards and personal integrity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Operations;

  • Coordinate and oversee programing research and planning, museum development and staff/volunteer management.

  • Ensure successful planning, implementation and evaluation of ongoing programs, events and exhibits.

  • Support museum staff to ensure valued assets are preserved, protected, and represented in a respectful manner.

  • Administer and oversee the acquisition and professional management of a wide range of artifacts and objects; direct and oversee accessioning, deaccessioning, preservation, research, and other related professional activities.

  • Administer and oversee grants that are awarded, including project development, budget preparation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, financial, and narrative reporting.

  • Assure that the collection of artifacts and exhibits meets professional standards.


  • Provide leadership through effective goal setting accountability and communication of pertinent information sharing across the organization.

  • Foster effective collaboration with Board of Governors, Staff, Volunteers, Depot tenants, Affiliate Historical Societies and other appropriate agencies and organizations.

  • Represent the Society at meetings, conferences, and other public events.

  • Understand, support and promote effective informational technology development.

Financial Planning;

  • Develop, propose, and execute an annual budget based on financial stewardship, fiscal responsibility, and organizational sustainability.

  • Provide appropriate financial reporting documents to ensure fiscal oversight responsibilities are met.

  • Seek additional opportunities for financial support through fund-raising campaigns, grants, and sponsorships, working in concert with appropriate staff. Other responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in History, Museum Studies, Nonprofit Administration/Management or equivalent degree program. Master’s Degree preferred.

  • Documented, successful management experience at the Executive Director level in a Historical Society, Museum or nonprofit organization for a minimum of 4 to 6 years.

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.

  • Preferred Qualifications;

  • Advanced degree in History, Museum Studies, Nonprofit Administration/Management or equivalent degree program.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required: Operations;

  • Working knowledge and understanding of museum/non-profit operational standards and best practices.

  • Knowledge of museum standards for exhibition design, experiential learning, collections care and management.

  • Knowledge of information and bibliographic research principles, methods, and techniques.


  • Skill in business and financial planning.

  • Employee development and performance management skills.

  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction.

  • Demonstrated skill in strategic planning.

  • Secure and manage volunteer resources.

  • Identify and provide professional development needs and opportunities for staff and Board.

  • Demonstrated skill in establishing a process that ensures that operational plans result in a successful outcome and conclusion.


  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to effectively work with a Board of Directors.

  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to effectively work with governmental agencies to include the County Commissioners, County Administration and other governing bodies.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.

  • Ability to foster a cooperative and collaborative work environment.

  • Ensures staff benefits and salary increases are considered and aligned with professional standards.

  • Administers a performance appraisal and performance improvement process to assure high levels of expertise and performance.

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to human rights, and social justice issues.

  • Enhances the Societies/museum’s public image to expand interest and support.


  • Demonstrated organizational and resource management skills.

  • Ability to supervise and train employees to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

  • Skilled in the application and use of best practices in leadership and management functions.

  • Knowledge of public relations principles and practices.

  • Skilled in the effective use of oral and written communication.

Financial Planning;

  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, grant awards, donor cultivation, stewardship, and development of alternate revenue resources.


  • Has a demonstrated passion for the value of history, culture and museum exhibits.

  • Must have a demonstrated record of being a self-starter, team builder, and problem solver.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Employee in this position is subject to terms and conditions of an employment contract,

  • The Executive Director will be provided with a Job Performance Contract and is subject to an annual performance review.

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