Southeastern Museum Conference
The Southeastern Museums Conference seeks a dynamic, creative and networked Executive Director (ED) to lead one of the six regional museum associations in the country. This position, which reports to an active Council of Directors consisting of regional museum professionals, is responsible for the success of SEMC and serves as the chief administrative officer initiating or implementing policies and programs approved or defined by SEMC’s Council. The ED, with the President and Council, provides strategic vision for the organization and will lead SEMC in fulfilling the goals of its recently completed Strategic Impact Plan (2020-2022). The Executive Director will ensure that SEMC continues to inspire the full spectrum of professionals in its region – from emerging to late-career – to reach a higher level of accomplishment through up-to-date information from the field, educational outlets, job opportunities, and collegial growth.
The Executive Director is SEMC’s primary ambassador and chief fundraiser and will act as a champion of museums in the southeast region promoting them to regional and national audiences. The ED is responsible for the implementation of the Strategic Impact Plan which includes the expansion and diversification of its development programs, emphasizing membership, individual/major donors, planned giving, grant-writing, institutional partnerships, sponsorships, and the success of the Annual Meeting with both financial and relationship management goals.
The Executive Director is responsible for the financial functions of SEMC, including the creation and management of the annual budget and oversight of data management protocols and donor recognition. The Executive Director must have skills to oversee the day-to-day operation of the SEMC Central Office combined with broad view thinking abilities to lead the membership. The Executive Director must successfully manage membership services, an annual conference, and a regional newsletter and be knowledgeable of professional standards, national trends, and current challenges in the museum field. As the main spokesperson for SEMC and as a leader in the field, the Executive Director holds significant internal and external relationship management responsibility and must be able to work collaboratively with other organizations and represent SEMC to museums, state and national agencies, universities, corporations, and foundations, along with state, regional and national museum associations. late-career
The Executive Director with the Executive Committee maintains the organization’s partnership with the Atlanta History Center (AHC) and meets regularly with AHC’s finance staff for oversight of SEMC’s finances. The Executive Director will work to create a positive membership experience for all by communicating clearly and transparently, being approachable and adaptable and always solution-oriented. The Executive Director should be a problem solver who strives for creative, strategic, and operational excellence.
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