Museum Director (COO) | Fredericksburg, TX

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Museum Director (COO), National Museum of the Pacific War (Director I)  – Fredericksburg, TX

Texas Historical Commission

Salary: $5,784.85-$7,783.83/Monthly

Job Posting Number: 21-38


The National Museum of the Pacific War is managed as a joint public-private partnership between the private nonprofit Admiral Nimitz Foundation (ANF) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) as established by an Operating Agreement.  Under this agreement, the ANF is responsible for the site’s operation and management including revenue-generating operations and visitor services.  The Texas Historical Commission’s Museum Director (an employee of the THC under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director of Historic Sites) is responsible for providing museum business knowledge as well as standards and guidance while maintaining clear, open, and timely communication with and between both organizations. The position will ensure that all THC policies, procedures, and standards are addressed and adhered to in the preservation, operation, and maintenance of the museum and its collections of artifacts and documents.  The position advises the ANF on business and program development to enhance the operation as well as the stewardship of the museum buildings, grounds, and collections. The agency is looking for a seasoned museum professional to provide guidance and business advice to the ANF to safeguard state assets, enhance business operations and help grow visitation and revenue.  Under the supervision and direction of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s Trustees (ANF) this position performs advanced managerial work providing direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning of the National Museum of the Pacific War. Work involves directing museum operational staff; providing leadership in the management; and directing and participating in programming, fundraising, marketing, development of strategic vision, collection stewardship, general business management, state funding financial management. Responsible for providing museum business knowledge as well as standards and guidance while maintaining clear, open, and timely communication with and between both organizations. May train others.  Work under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  1. At the direction of the Commission, in consultation with the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the position will work in alignment with the agency’s mission, provide day to day museum operational management, oversight and direction daily operations and administration. This position will report to the Deputy Executive Director of Historic Sites and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.
  2. Support the ANF’s day-to-day operation of the Museum under the direction of the THC’s Deputy Executive Director of Historic Sites and ANF CEO.  Provide required reports to both the ANF and THC.
  3. Assess as needed the museum operational performance to ensure appropriate assignment and best utilization of available staff to provide the best visitor service.  Report to the CEO of ANF on any issues and concerns. Annually evaluate operational performance. Identify mentoring, coaching, and training opportunities for staff and make appropriate recommendations to management for consideration. Provide recommendations on staffing needs and organization structure to ANF’s CEO.
  4. Work with staff on all program, exhibit, business, and development plans for the National Museum of the Pacific War for Commission and ANF Board approvals.
  5. Communicate issues, opportunities, agency planning needs and initiatives to the ANF management team in a timely and effective way.  Ensure effective communication and cooperation between the ANF and THC staff is scheduled onsite.
  6. Work with the town of Fredericksburg, trails region, and other Historic Sites to tie it into a comprehensive and dynamic visitor experience.
  7. Plan, assign and oversee the work of National Museum of the Pacific War museum employees.
  8. Establish goals and objectives; develop and approve schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving goals; and manage evaluation activities.
  9. Maintain a productive, team-oriented work atmosphere by staying involved in the daily functions of the Commission’s Historic Sites’ Austin Headquarter.  Communicate with dignity and respect and set a good personal example for the staff to develop professionally.
  10. Attend ANF Board meetings and THC Commission meetings and provide status reports as required.
  11. Interact and coordinate projects with Commission and ANF Board of Trustees.
  12. Coordinate with ANF CEO on quarterly ANF board meetings and its needs.
  13. Coordinate with the ANF Board of Trustees in efforts to raise funds to support projects and programs.
  14. Oversee recruiting, hiring, training, performance evaluation and plans of museum staff.
  15. Develop and implement techniques for evaluating program activities.
  16. Provide direction, guidance, and assistance in program area(s).
  17. Identify the need to revise program area(s).
  18. Recommend changes in the allocation of funds and personnel, as appropriate, to meet long-range program needs and to implement the priorities.
  19. Assist staff in their day-to-day operations. Address programmatic issues as they arise.
  20. Review and as necessary develop guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations for Commission and/or ANF Board approval and monitor compliance.
  21. Plan, develop, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate policies and procedures.
  22. Develop, review and monitor the budget determined by the Commission and Board of Trustees.
  23. Represent the Commission and ANF at meetings, conferences, and seminars.
  24. Work with the Texas Historical Commission’s Communication to develop innovative strategies for marketing to increase public awareness of division programs, including events, publications, and social media.
  25. Work with the Historic Sites Chief Architect on facility projects and monitor compliance with state fiscal rules and requirements.
  26. Work with Historic Sites’ Chief Interpretive on exhibit and interpretive needs.
  27. Adhere to established work schedules.
  28. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.


  1. Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS: (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in business, museum studies, education, history, communications, or a closely related field;
  • Minimum five years’ work experience in overseeing complex projects and/or programs;
  • Demonstrated work experience in supervising or leading a team to successfully achieve results, including experience establishing organizational and employee goals and expectations;
  • Experience conducting employee coaching and counseling, and managing operational and employee performance;
  • Experience making presentations to groups, communities, and executive level staff;
  • Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
  • Required to travel up to 5% of the work period.


  • Experience with administrative best practices [for cultural institutions] including Human Resources, procurement, and project management;
  • Experience managing a major cultural facility upgrade and expansion;
  • Experience in management and building an effective operational environment; and
  • Knowledge and experience in the Texas cultural and philanthropic environment.

Must have or obtain a valid Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.

ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: The workplace setting is a historic site, in an office and in outdoor settings where there is exposure to high temperatures, weather, dust, insects and pollution. This employee typically works irregular hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays. This position may involve walking; standing; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping, and bending; safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds and climb two steep flights of stairs on a regular basis. Work includes walking on uneven pathways and unpaved surfaces.

REMARKS (Application procedures, Special requirements):  State of Texas application must be submitted through the CAPPS website. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in place of a completed application.

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