Director of External Affairs - Ella Sharp Museum
The Ella Sharp Museum seeks an energetic, innovative, and dynamic individual to lead the museum’s fundraising, membership, marketing, and outreach efforts. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in cultivating donors, working strategically, and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to nurture partnerships that support the museum’s engagement efforts.
Reports To: ESM Executive Director
Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Location: 3225 Fourth St. Jackson, MI
Supervises: Volunteer/Membership Coordinator, Marketing/Communications Coordinator, Cell Block 7 Manager
Salary range: Director, $37,510 to $48,750 annually, benefit eligible
About this position:
The Director of External Affairs (DoEA) is a senior-level position reporting to the Executive Director. The DoEA is responsible for successfully developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program that includes strategy development; oversight of annual appeals and the membership program; corporate and foundation support; sponsorships; supervising marketing/communications; and integrating Cell Block 7 operations with the Ella Sharp Museum. The DoEA fosters a culture of philanthropy through effectively communicating our purpose, elevating our profile, and raising resources to help meet our ambitious goals. The DoEA is a member of the senior staff team that includes the Director of Learning and Engagement, Director of Facilities, and the Accounting and Business Office Manager. The DoEA works primarily M-F, 9 am—5 pm, one weekend per month, plus evenings and weekends to meet staffing needs for special events and programs.
Representative responsibilities of this office include:
This position requires the ability to do one or more of the following throughout the day: sit, stand, and walk, to lift up to 30 lbs. occasionally, do close work in an office environment using a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. All job applicants receive equal consideration for employment.
About the Ella Sharp Museum
The Ella Sharp Museum, founded in 1965, offers programs, exhibits, and experiences preserving community history, advancing art appreciation and understanding, connecting children with science and, through the Cell Block 7 Museum, explores Jackson’s prison history. Our 10-acre campus includes the Hadwin Center with exhibit galleries, program spaces, offices and a museum store; the Merriman Sharp farmhouse, a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, barn and other historic structures; and the Hurst Planetarium. Our mission focuses on providing opportunities to connect our community with history, the arts, and science. We received American Alliance of Museums accreditation in 1978 and have been reaccredited twice. One of the first small museums in the country to receive such distinction, the Ella Sharp Museum is one of only 38 accredited institutions in the state of Michigan.
How to apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample, PDF preferred, via email to:
Posted on the MMA website 6/10/2019.