Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian 

Staff Position: Part-Time Executive Director

Location: Evanston, IL

Salary Range: $45,000 for 24 hours per week; salary commensurate with experience

Reports to: Board of Directors

Position Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for the intellectual and programmatic direction of the institution, including exhibition planning and public presentations; for the productive management of its staff; and for its financial health. The Executive Director plays a key role in the fundraising efforts of the Museum, along with the Board of Directors, and is the central figure establishing the Museum’s presence and profile in the community. 


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree, preferred Master’s degree or equivalent experience in nonprofit management, business management/development, or museum studies as well as 5-7 years working in a senior management role within a museum, historic, or education based organization.

  • Strong interest, respect and knowledge of American Indian and First Nations history, culture, and art and must possess the ability to effectively collaborate with American Indian leaders, artists, writers, educators and community members in addition to museum constituents.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide excellent customer service, promote the museum mission and vision in all activities; collaborate with American Indian and First Nation peoples, represent the museum both within and outside the building, and work to fulfill the museum’s operating and strategic goals.

  • Develop marketing and evaluation plan and maintain active calendar for marketing deadlines, media contacts and distribution lists, and work plan. Create press releases and manage distribution of marketing materials to outside media, and with other websites and venues.

  • Coordinate with Board on fundraising plan/strategies and maintain active grant and major donor calendar for overall fundraising deadlines and work plan. Develop and coordinate major fundraising campaigns and benefit events. Work with Board on implementing a yearly budget and reviewing and updating strategic plan and operating plan.

  • Work with staff to develop and produce fundraising, marketing, evaluation, and membership materials including newsletters, brochures, flyers, invitations, surveys, annual report, sponsorship materials, campaign and benefit materials, and processing mailings of donor proposals.

  • Assist curatorial/collections staff in collections care; support the development and management of the permanent collection and external loans, external collections-related requests and in 

How to apply: Please email, in PDF format, your cover letter and resume with contact information to [email protected] 

No telephone inquiries please.