| The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador

Job Opportunity: Executive Director

Detailed Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, directs, controls and manages all Museum functions under the direction of the Museum Board.
  • Shall be an ex-officio non-voting member of the Museum Board and shall act as Secretary.
  • Provides leadership and management on all day-to-day operations of the Wooden Boat Museum of NL, advice and input into policy development and strategic planning, and oversees all aspects of Museum operations, including:
  • Business & Revenue Development
    • Promote Museum partnerships, sponsorships, memberships, programming on and off site, revenue development and special projects
    • Promote Special Project Funding and manage Special Projects
    • Develop and deliver Public Relations promotions as Museum public contact point
  • Financial Management
    • Perform all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, and payroll
    • Responsible for all funding and grant applications, prepare all payment claims and advance requests
    • Prepare monthly financial statements and cash flow projections
    • Responsible for daily and weekly reconciliation of all revenue collected at the Museum through admissions, sale of merchandise, and workshop participation.
    • Responsible for planning all fundraising activities of the Museum, including the biennial Only a Boat Fundraising Dinner & Auction
  • Administration, Personnel Management, Marketing – Museum in Winterton
    • Represent the Museum in contacts with the general public and local community.
    • Develop and implement policies for the governance and operation of the Museum.
    • Encourage visitors to purchase memberships and participate in boat building demonstrations.
    • Maintain and oversee human resources for the Museum.
    • Manage all Seasonal Operations including Curation, Interpretation, Experiential Learning, Workshop and Boatbuilder
    • Maintain inventory of products sold at the Museum.
    • Promote the Museum through a variety of social media channels.
    • Manage the maintenance, security, and public safety of the building and grounds.
    • Maintain visitor statistics for annual government reporting.
  • Collections
    • Oversee all aspects of collections management, preservation, conservation and care.
    • Manage Museum’s Past Perfect Collections Database
    • Enact policies regarding Best Practices as per CEDP standards.
    • Train staff in exhibit interpretation and history behind the Museum exhibits & artifacts
  • Programs
    • Develop internal and external programs for schools, children, adults and the general public, initiated by the Museum or in collaboration with groups and institutions in the community and region.
    • Assist with program management and delivery.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge of all areas of Museum operations, including administration, collections, exhibitions, and programs.
  • Creative thinking and planning.
  • Knowledge of collections management software; PastPerfect preferred.
  • Strong problem solving, leadership, written/oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to undertake and manage a variety of tasks at one time.
  • Able to set objectives and assess results.
  • Management of human resources, financial and material resources.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Folklore, History, Anthropology, or other Business degree applicable to the mandate of the Museum OR equivalent experience and training
  • Background in personnel management, particularly in a heritage/tourism setting would be considered an asset
  • Experience in the heritage field, including knowledge of day-to-day museum operations, proper museum practices, and artifact and collections management
  • Proficient in use of word processing, spreadsheets, social media, and other related technology
  • Knowledge of Simply Accounting and ADP Payroll system

Please submit your resume by December 17, 2021 to inquiries@woodenboatmuseum.com