The Children’s Museum in Easton (CME), a much-loved treasure in southeastern Massachusetts, has launched the search for a new executive director. With its founding executive director retiring after 25 years, the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum in Easton seeks an executive director with a passion for children and their learning and the experience and skills to lead the organization into the next phase of its important work.
Founded in 1986, the mission of the Children’s Museum in Easton is to help children and families become life-long learners, using hands-on experience as the key to stimulating curiosity and motivating learning. Central to this mission is an underlying philosophy that every effort is made to assure that the organization’s programs and activities are available to ALL children, regardless of means.
CME is governed by a 14-member board of directors and it has a board of advisors that engages leaders from around the region. The organization is financially stable; its FY budget is just under $600,000; it owns the firehouse building in which it is housed, and has diverse revenue streams. CME currently employs four full-time and three part-time permanent staff, seasonal staff who are employed during peak times of the year, and interns drawn from nearby colleges and universities.
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
The founding executive director built a strong foundation of financial stability, a stellar reputation, a network of strong relationships in the community, and a complement of outstanding programs and exhibits that impact the growth and learning of thousands of children each year. The next leader can pick up the reins to further enhance what CME does well, while guiding the organization toward thoughtful innovation that will support and sustain its well-earned reputation for excellence. The next Executive Director of the Children’s Museum in Easton will have opportunities in:
- Leadership and Outreach
- Fund Development
- Marketing and Messaging
- Staffing and Culture Development
- Curriculum Development, Enhancement, and Expansion
- Board Development
The Ideal Candidate
The next Executive Director of the Children’s Museum in Easton will be able to lead the organization in innovative directions while holding true to its core purpose of providing creative, hands-on learning experiences to young children of all backgrounds and abilities. This position requires a leader with high emotional intelligence, a relationship-builder who can easily and genuinely connect with people and is astute at building strategic partnerships.
Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred.
Skills, Experience and Attributes
- Passionate advocate for the mission
- Experienced nonprofit or business manager
- Demonstrated success in raising funds
- Exceptional communication skills
- A thoughtful visionary and creative entrepreneur
- Astute networker and collaborator
- Keen emotional intelligence
- Team builder
- Experience working with boards of directors
- Strong social media and information technology skills
Submission of Candidacy
This search is being conducted by TSNE MissionWorks Consulting and Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultants Catherine Bradshaw. For the complete position profile and application guidelines please visit http://www.tsne.org/executive-director-childrens-museum-easton
The Children’s Museum in Easton is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced team and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. CME is an equal opportunity employer.