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Executive Director

  • Neenah, WI
  • Direct Hire - Full Time
  • First Shift
  • bh_3496
  • Competitive
  • Non-Profit
  • 5/19/2020
The Executive Director of Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass will be a transformational leader who brings a fresh vision of how the community – far and near – can benefit from the Museum’s exceptional glass art collection in a way that engages, inspires and educates. The Executive Director will represent the museum to its major constituents, which include national and international glass art collectors and donors, visitors, and the local community. The Executive Director will be responsible for driving the fund development efforts to sustain and grow the impact of the Museum and its esteemed collection, though grants and major gifts to support operating expenses and the future vision of upgraded and expanded facilities. The Executive Director will also serve as the liaison to the city, maintaining the partnership and working collaboratively to develop ways in which the Museum can better serve community needs.
The Executive Director will report directly to the Board of Directors, overseeing and empowering museum staff and volunteers, creating a culture of transparent communication and a unified mission among all stakeholders. They will manage the day to day museum operations and ensure the professional standards of an accreditation according to the guidelines of the American Association of Museums, which will be an immediate priority, with an upcoming reaccreditation in 2021.
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  • Promote an organizational culture that fosters a passion for the mission, collaboration, open and frequent communication, creative thinking, and a common organizational vision
  • Lead the vision for the future of Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass; work with staff and board to identify the best path for the long-term health of BMMOG and guide staff in the successful and collaborative implementation of that plan and vision
  • Enhance long-term strategic fundraising efforts by identifying funding sources and establishing strategies to develop relationships with individual and corporate donors, with an emphasis on increasing BMMOG’s endowment, and funding new exhibits and facility maintenance requirements
  • Serve as the face of Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass; build and maintain relationships throughout the local Northeastern Wisconsin community and the larger glass community
  • Grow recognition of the Museum through relevant programming, educational opportunities, and curatorial expertise
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Director, provide oversight of the financial operation of Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, including creating and managing the annual budgets, monitoring actual financial performance relative to budgets, and providing required reports to the Board
  • Cultivate a robust, professional partnership with the Board of Directors, characterized by a deep commitment to the performance of the organization, the highest standards of transparency, as well as timely, relevant, and meaningful information reporting, serving as an effective liaison between board and staff
  • Provide thoughtful leadership to the staff including mentorship and professional development opportunities, and fair and transparent feedback on a consistent basis
  • Develop a plan to drive Museum attendance and community exposure, both local and within the glass community
  • Participate in relevant art organizations and conferences such as the Glass Arts Society, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), SOFA, and others


  • Experience leading a nonprofit organization, including experience working with board members and leading/managing a staff
  • Strong interpersonal skills to compellingly communicate the vision and value of the Museum across a variety of key stakeholder groups, building relationships across business and philanthropic communities, city leaders, the academic community, the public, and the media
  • Proven experience in successful fund development, donor relations, advancement and philanthropy with a consultative, collaborative and strategic approach. Experience leading a capital campaign and endowment strongly desired
  • Proven ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, with the management skills to encourage teamwork and collaboration to meet goals, and the emotional intelligence to inspire, support, and develop staff
  • Experience leading the development of a strategic plan with board and staff, with the project management skills to ensure it is successfully implemented
  • Strong financial and operational acumen; direct experience with budget development and management, and P&L oversight
  • A proven penchant for continual learning, to creatively evolve to meet the needs of the future and the ability to successfully lead those new initiatives
  • Previous or current experience overseeing a successful accreditation process at an institution greatly desired
  • An understanding of Northeast Wisconsin’s culture and the greater arts community
  • Master’s in Museum Studies, Arts Administration, or a related field desired. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college required
  • A working knowledge of glass art and the glass art community is desired, not required
  • Ability to travel to meet collectors and donors, and attend art shows and conferences as needed