Executive Director | The Pioneer Museum, Fredericksburg, TX

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Gillespie County Historical Society, 501(c)3 non-profit (dba The Pioneer Museum)

Fredericksburg, Texas, USA


To teach current and future generations the history, culture and traditions of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County for the advancement of knowledge and preservation of our proud heritage.

Position Title:

Executive Director, Gillespie County Historical Society and Pioneer Museum

Reporting Structure:

The Executive Director (E.D.) reports to the Executive Committee of the board of directors. The board of directors establish responsibilities, duties, compensation, and benefits. The E.D. carries out day to day decisions and operations concerning the Museum within the policies and procedures approved by the board, informing the board of directors of actions taken at each monthly board meeting via a written director's report.

About the Gillespie County Historical Society and Pioneer Museum:

The Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS) is seeking an Executive Director as its leader and primary representative. The Society’s activities center around two museum sites it owns and operates, the Pioneer Museum and the Vereins Kirche. The Pioneer Museum is a 3+ acre complex of historic buildings, artifacts, and archives, interpreting the story of the 1840’s German colonization of the Texas Hill Country and the immigrant German founders of Fredericksburg. The Vereins Kirche is a replica of an 1847 structure, completely reinterpreted in 2020 to tell the story of the building’s history and significance. Both sites are in the heart of this popular tourist destination town. Annual visitation to the Pioneer Museum and Vereins Kirche is routinely 36,000-plus. The Gillespie County Historical Society was chartered in 1935. It currently has a $700,000 annual operating budget, a fifteen-member Board of Directors, three full-time and twelve part-time employees. Having completed all prerequisites, the museum is being considered for accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in June 2021.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develops programs, community activities, and appropriate meetings that further the mission and vision of the museum and benefit the community.
  • Responsible for strategic planning, as well as creating long-term, short-term, annual goals and objectives to achieve the museum’s vision.
  • Directs and participates in fundraising and donor cultivation by promoting the museum’s growth through aggressive community engagement. Facilitates successful membership drives and participates in developing member benefits. Facilitates the annual membership meeting each January.
  • Promotes the museum via marketing strategies and speaking opportunities.
  • Oversees Director of Operations, Curatorial/Archival Manager, Program Director, and all other employees; works with board treasurer and contracted bookkeeper to maintain all financial records. Initiates and directs an annual audit.
  • Works with the board to set goals for all major fundraising efforts and works with fundraising committees to create sponsorship levels and solicit donations.
  • Identifies grant opportunities and works to develop government, non-profit, and foundation grants to support the operations of the museum. Responsible for appropriate monitoring of grants and required reporting.
  • Represents our organization with City, County, and other civic leaders.
  • Works closely with the board of directors for the proper administration of all policies and operations of the museum.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Museum Studies, Public History, or a related field
  • Three to five years’ experience in the museum field
  • Enthusiastic leadership style that builds team cohesiveness
  • Public relations and communication skills
  • Supervisory, leadership skills for full-time and part-time staff
  • Effective at drawing and retaining volunteers
  • Proficiency in technology applications and social media skills
  • Eager listener and seeker of knowledge to build proficiency in weaker areas

Qualifications and Education Advantages:

  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Verifiable administration experience
  • Experience relating to local government entities
  • Grant writing success


This is a full time, salaried position. Salary is competitive based on experience in the range of $60,000 - $80,000. Requires some weekend and evening hours. The work schedule is flexible, and some duties may be performed from home. Benefits include bonus plan, paid medical insurance, 7 sick days, three weeks’ paid vacation, 2 days for immediate family emergency leave, 1 day for birthday, and 5 paid holidays.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and at least 3 work-related references. Additional materials beneficial to the search committee are examples of successes in public relations efforts, grant applications, fundraising, and program event implementations. Send all by email by June 30, 2021 to jhoover@pioneermuseum.net or mail to 325 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Phone: (830) 990-8441

Pioneer Museum Website:  pioneermuseum.net