Iroquois Indian Museum (IIM) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated
to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture using Iroquois art as a window
to that culture.  Noted as a venue for
promoting Iroquois art and artists, and a meeting place for all peoples to
celebrate Iroquois culture and diversity, IIM is informed by research on
archaeology, history, and the common creative spirit of modern artists and
craftspeople. The museum’s
exhibits, festivals,
interactive Children’s Museum, and 45-acre Nature Park celebrate the cultural
diversity, rich history, archaeology, and artistic expression of the
Iroquois—Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.
Director is the chief executive officer of the Iroquois Indian Museum,
responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight by
maintaining the strategic vision of the museum and carrying out a plan of work
to achieve the museum’s mission, profitability and growth.  As an individual excited about and equipped
with the knowledge and demonstrated experience that will advance the Museum,  the Director has the overall responsibility
for planning, organizing, directing, supervising and coordinating all museum
operations and activities.
areas include administration, finances, fundraising, staff, curation,
educational programing, public events planning, promotion, grounds, operations
and support.
The Director’s responsibilities are:
1) Developing and maintaining a productive
working relationship with the Board of Trustees and its committees on a regular
schedule through advisory meetings and informal communication. Working with
board members on policy-making, managerial duties, and budgetary matters, and
preparing a variety of  reports as
requested by board members. Advising and informing the board of operational and
environmental circumstances affecting the museum. Liaising between the IIM
Board of Trustees and the museum staff and volunteers and communicating the
goals, policies and strategic vision of the Museum to them.
2) In concert with the Board of trustees and
staff, updating and improving the Museum’s a long range plans and  strategies with clear objectives and
anticipated outcomes. 
3) Maintaining quality of operations and
artistic oversight, assuring a growing collection of the world’s best Iroquois
creativity, outstanding exhibits, programming and research on Iroquois
4) Working with a board member to create an
annual budget; Monitoring compliance with the budget ;  monitoring the Museum’s finances and assuring
that the Museum is on a firm financial footing, and assisting a board member with
the monthly financial analysis.
5) Creating, implementing and leading an
annual development strategy  which
includes annual giving, membership drives, endowment, capital campaigns,
special projects, and other Museum related solicitations in consultation with
the Board of Trustees. W
orking with staff
and trustees, the Director is responsible for all fundraising activities.
Fundraising activities will include  c
ultivating relationships with donors,
designing revenue generation activities, overseeing of grant writing and
foundation requests,
and searching out
new sources of income.
6) Recruiting, selecting, and supervising staff members and
7) Foster a culture of inclusiveness and cooperation that
attracts, motivates and retains skilled, dedicated staff and volunteers
8) Devising, directing, and implementing  a public relations and advertising plan;
9) Protecting the interests of the museum  and being sensitive to Iroquois  interests.
10) Building 
and maintaining close ties with constituents important to the Museum
including Iroquois artists and creative people, Iroquois community leaders,
elected officials, federal, state and local grant agencies, tourism officials
and businesses, museum members and potential donors.  Being the spokesperson for the Museum in all
arenas including to Iroquois, to our regional community, to the internet and to
the media.
Educational Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree or
Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline (anthropology, Iroquois or Native
American studies, history, museum studies, 
business or museum administration). An advanced degree or MBA is
The successful candidate for the Director
position must demonstrate the following Leadership Competencies:
1) 3-5 years’ experience
in the museum field, including the ability to supervise diverse staff and
volunteer/student workers .
2) Ability to implement
policy established by the governing body of a museum or other cultural
institution, and to work with that body to develop and implement long-range and
annual strategic goals and plans.
3) Experience in grant
writing and management; expertise in fundraising with donors, corporations and
foundations in support of exhibitions, endowments and public programs; and
strong understanding of non-profit management and organizational finance and
4) Skills in new
approaches to publicizing and growing museum programming, social media and web
5) Work history that
exemplifies the highest standards for museum exhibitions and programming,
research, education, public outreach, and administration.
5) Capacity to deal
effectively with stakeholders from varied backgrounds (members and Board,
Iroquois leaders and community, artists, educators, philanthropic groups,
politicians, media and tourism representatives).
6) Excellent
communications skills.
The successful candidate for the
Director position should possess the following credentials, skills and
knowledge of Iroquois/Haudenosaunee history and culture.
experience with website development and social media, especially as used in
museums and educational settings.
3) Collaborative and outgoing personality,
strategic thinking, fostering innovation and change; achievement-oriented with
the ability to multi-task, function independently and in a team environment.
is dependent on qualifications and experience. 
Director has the option to increase salary dependent on  successful fund-raising efforts.  Vacation and health benefits are provided.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue
until the position is filled.  Interested
applicants should send the following in a single file: (1) a letter of intent,
addressing the Required and Preferred Qualifications
listed, (2)
an updated resume or
curriculum vita, and (3) a list of three professional references to:
Only electronic applications will be accepted.  Qualified applicants will be invited to Skype
interviews in  early November.   It is the goal of the Search Committee of
the IIM Board of Trustees to make a hiring recommendation to the full Board no
later than December 1,  2013 , with the
approved candidate able to assume the Director position no later than Jan  1, 2014.

IIM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution
committed to cultural, racial, and ethnic communities.  IIM promotes equal employment opportunities
regardless of race, religion, color, gender, marital status, genetic
information, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and gender
identity.  It is expected that successful
candidates share these commitments. 
Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to

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