The mission of the New York City Fire Museum is to collect, preserve and present the history and cultural heritage of the fire service of New York and to provide fire and life safety education to the public, especially children.
The Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and to direct organizational planning and operations. The Director will work closely with the Board of Trustees to refine, develop, and implement programs for the Museum’s fundraising, exhibitions, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach.
Of particular importance is the Executive Director’s successful track record of fundraising. The Museum operates without funding from the City of New York or the Fire Department and is sustained by income from operations, grants, fundraising initiatives and events.
Excellent written and verbal presentation skills are critical.
Summary of Responsibilities:
• Leads and participates in all fundraising and development activities, including developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors as well as seeking and applying for grants.
Leadership and Operational Management
• Works in partnership with the Board to develop the strategic direction, financial plan and initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and enhance its overall prominence as a leading cultural and educational institution.
• Manages a full-time staff of six, plus part-time staff, and volunteers.
• Manages the physical site and security for collections, tours, and special events hosted by the Museum or third parties.
• Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum as well as principal liaison with the Fire Department of New York. Establishes strong partnerships in the community and with aligned institutions. Enhances the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support.
• Directs the overall development of public relations and marketing initiatives. Develops an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the Museum.
Programming and Museum Collections
• Supervises all aspects of the Museum’s collections, including archive preservation, exhibitions, and educational programming.
• Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a museum, cultural institution or non-profit organization.
• Strong documented record of success in philanthropic fundraising including corporate, foundations, high net worth individuals and other donors
• Documented successful grant-writing experience
• Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and creative programming opportunities that enhance the reputation of and public engagement with the Museum.
• Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
• Evidence of working for or with non-profit boards
• Strong managerial capabilities covering operations, human resources, financial management and other operating requirements. Solution oriented with ability to engage at strategic or tactical level to get the job done in a superior capacity.
• Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, or similar organizations.
• Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction.
• Ability to build effective teams and a collaborative work environment.
• Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with boards, volunteers, and other stakeholders.
• Experience working with elected and other government officials.
• Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget.
• Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills.
• Strong business management skills.
• Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.
• At least five years in managerial experience.
• Minimum education requires a Bachelor’s degree.
Competitive salary and benefits package.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The New York City Fire Museum is located in the former quarters of FDNY Engine Company No. 30, a renovated 1904 firehouse at 278 Spring Street between Varick and Hudson Streets in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Museum’s roots date back to 1870. Since opening in 1987 at the present location, the collection includes over 10,000 objects as well as an archive of records and photographs, estimated in the tens of thousands of pieces, celebrating the history of the fire service and the Fire Department of the City of New York.
Exhibits in the Museum demonstrate the changes in firefighting practices from bucket brigades and carriages to engines. The evolution of the Department itself, from volunteer firefighters to municipal fire departments, is also covered. The Museum houses a memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks. This memorial includes artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site, as well as a monument commemorating each member of the Department who made the Supreme Sacrifice.
Retired FDNY firefighters are integral to the culture and performance of the Museum serving on hand to educate the public on firefighting history as well as to relate personal anecdotes.
The Museum is very active in fire safety and prevention education and has a mock apartment highlighting fire hazards for its kindergarten through 2nd – grade programs. Approximately 10,000 students benefit from such training annually.
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