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Executive Director, Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Executive Director, Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Executive Director
Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Milwaukee WI 53202

POSTED December 29, 2014
DEADLINE January 29, 2015



Jewish Museum Milwaukee is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin and celebrating the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture.  The history of American Jews is rooted in thousands of years of searching for freedom and equality. We are committed to sharing this story and the life lessons it brings with it, so that we may enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Jewish life and culture.

Position Profile

The Executive Director provides leadership and directs policymaking, planning, organization, staff, and operations for Jewish Museum Milwaukee.  The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Trustees to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Museum’s fundraising, exhibitions, collections management, educational activities and community outreach.  The successful candidate will possess solid leadership and problem-solving skills, be visionary, creative and forward-thinking.


  • Works in conjunction with the Board of Trustees to develop and maintain the strategic direction and established initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum
  • Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates all Museum staff on an annual basis.
  • Leads all fundraising activities, grant writing and legacy procurement
  • Develops and monitors annual budget
  • Establishes and maintains an annual operating plan and human resource planning and management
  • Monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement
  • Supervises overall marketing of the Museum, including publications
  • Manages and maintains the physical areas of the Museum as well as the collections
  • Helps cultivate strategic partnerships
  • Helps provide opportunities for volunteer involvement
  • Maintains ongoing relations with the Federation


  • Increased income from fund raising, memberships, and legacies
  • Strong programming that promotes the Museum and helps increase attendance and memberships
  • Adherence to budget
  • Strong attendance by individuals, groups and school groups
  • Growing participation by wide range of volunteers through committees and activities
  • Growth of archival and object collections
  • Continued excellence in publications and exhibitions


  • Minimum education of a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Proven ability to supervise and train employees
  • Strong record of success in fundraising and grant writing
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing and growing annual operating budget.
  • Strong business management skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with Boards
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture with volunteers and staff
  • Effectively build public relations strategy and is an effective community relations liaison
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic planning
  • Understanding of the complexity of lay/professional relationships
  • Strong understanding of technology, software packages including spreadsheets, database, calendaring and presentation software, along with experience in social media.
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including Sundays and evenings as needed.


  • The Executive Director will typically work in an office environment, but the mission of the Museum may sometimes take the Director to non-standard workplaces
  • The Executive Director will work a non-standard work week, but additionally will often work evening, weekend, and long hours to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representing the Museum at public events.


If interested in this position, please send cover letter, resume, and professional references to:

Executive Director
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
1360 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202