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The Lynn Museum /LynnArts seeks a Director with a proven track record in leading and guiding a non-profit cultural organization. The Director will provide leadership for day-to-day operations and be responsible for financial management, long-range planning, personnel, marketing and the physical plant.


The ideal candidate will possess the following: an advanced degree in public history, museum studies, or a similar field; a minimum of 6-7 years of leadership experience preferably in a museum or arts related organization; demonstrated vision; a track record of success. Experience should include successful fundraising, financial, management skills, and ability to expand the museum’s membership and impact in the community and region.


See the Museum’s website www.lynnmueum .org/employment for a complete job ddescription. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. This position will be filled on a renewable contract basis. Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, a resume, and a statement of not more than one page that addresses the concept of making cultural institutions relevant in a contemporary, urban environment. The deadline is July 10, 2019. References will be required during the interview process.


Please respond to


Lynn Museum Search Committee

C/o Joseph Scanlon, President, Board of Trustees

Lynn Museum/LynnArts

590 Washington Street

Lynn, MA 01901


Or by email to:





The Director serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Lynn Museum/LynnArts organization, which came into existence as the result of the merger of the Lynn Museum & Historical Society and LynnArts. As such, the combined organization operates two building (one leased; one owned) and associated grounds in downtown Lynn, and includes a theater space, artist studios, and an extensive historical and archival collection that dates back to th city’s founding in 1629. The Director is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives through strong and positive leadership, while expanding the donor and audience base through community outreach and strategic

partnerships. The Director will also play a substantial role in implementing the strategic plan of the organization as it evolves into a 21st century multi-cultural center at the hub of Lynn’s Downtown Cultural District.


Mission fulfillment:


• Develop innovative exhibitions and programs that incorporate both art and history with the goal of attracting visitors, increasing membership, sponsorships and donations as well as broadening the organization’s reputation for artistic excellence and quality scholarship.


• Promote a thriving artistic community by working with the property management company to attract tenants and maintain sustainability in the LynnArts Building.


• Continue to forge partnerships to expand and elevate educational enrichment to serve broad and diverse audiences.


Administration and HR:


• Supervise day-to-day operations of the entire organization including facilities, museum exhibits, museum collection, programming, education programs, fundraising, financial management, and other responsibilities as determined by the Board of Trustees.


• Provide a positive work environment that attracts, keeps, and motivates quality staff.


• Conduct an assessment of key personnel and staff.


• Work with the Executive Committee of the Board to assess and restructure staff roles and responsibilities, as needed, to meet demands and address organizational priorities.


• Hire and supervise staff within policy and budgetary parameters established by the Board of Trustees.


• Encourage professional development opportunities and productive staff communication.


• Ensure compliance with personnel policy and with state and federal workplace and employment policies.




The Director is responsible for the financial management of the entire organization and will do the following:


• Develop annual budget and strategic fundraising initiatives with assistance and input from the staff and Board of Trustees.


• Identify funding sources including grants, sponsorships, city funding, and work with outside development consultants to create a fundraising plan for the organization (may include establishing an annual sponsorship program, etc.).


• Complete small grant applications and partner on larger grants; administer grants.


• Implement a leadership giving initiative designed to increase number of annual gifts of $1000 or more.


• Complete other financial tasks and initiatives as directed by the Board of Trustees




• Implement strategic plan to activate all available space in both buildings with the goals of maximizing and stabilizing income; attracting members with diverse interest, backgrounds and skills, and expanding the organization’s audience and donor base.


• Promote Lynn Museum/LynnArts as the focal point of the Cultural District for the improvement of Downtown Lynn.


• PR, marketing and branding:


• Act as the organization’s primary spokesperson, to articulate the vision of the organization both internally and externally, and to cultivate and encourage interest in mission and programs.


• Build and maintain strong working relationships with appropriate public agencies at the local, regional and state levels; participate in appropriate community, business and non-profit organizations, as the Board deems necessary.


• Provide adequate timely information to the Board and ensure that the Board is aware of critical accountability issues.


• Work with the Board President and Executive Committee and /or Governance Committee to establish new ad hoc committees to better address changing needs of the organization, and to attract participation from outside the organization.


The Director reports to the Board of Trustees through the Board President and /or Executive Committee.