[listing expires 05/07/2021]
Organization Name: Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
Organization Website: www.capefearmuseum.com
New Hanover County is seeking a Museum Director to lead the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science and steward the next phase of the museum’s growth. This leadership position will build on the museum’s century of service to the community and be a part of a dynamic, professional county organization that is looking to position the museum as a model for modern in-person and virtual museum experiences.
The museum director is responsible for leadership and vision, overall operations, and day-to-day management of the museum. This position directs and evaluates the work of 21 staff members; prepares and administers a $1.5 million county budget and $1.4 million in non-profit funds; directs the museum’s strategic plan and policies, as well as intellectual and programmatic direction in accordance with its mission; conducts oversight and maintenance of facilities; manages board relations and resources donated from the private sector; and communicates the museum’s activities to the Board of Commissioners, county management, staff, and the public. Work is also performed in collaboration with an advisory board (appointed by the Board of County Commissioners) and a 501(c) (3) board of directors.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science (CFM) is an AAM-accredited museum and became a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2018. The Museum has been a department of New Hanover County since 1977 and its founding collection dates to 1898. Cape Fear Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects relating to the history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. CFM strives to educate and serve the community with a vision to be welcoming, engaging and meaningful to all and participates in the national initiative, Museums for All.
The Museum building is approximately 40,000 square feet with 50% dedicated to public use – exhibits, classrooms, lobby, and amenities. The collection consists of more than 56,000 artifacts with approximately 1,000 objects on long term display. The 6,000 square foot exhibition, Cape Fear Stories, provides an overview of the region's history, cultures, and related science from prehistory through the end of the 20th century utilizing artifacts, interactives, and vignettes to highlight a wide range of events from the development of the naval stores industry to the 1898 Coup D’état. Children and adults explore STEM concepts in Space Place and the ecosystems of the Cape Fear area in the Discovery Gallery. Changing exhibits rotate several times per year. Current traveling exhibits include H2O Today and One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women. In 2015, the Museum transformed a parking lot into a community park that features interactive exhibits, native plant gardens and educational programs.
Hiring Salary Range: $76,381 - $103,114