Posted September 10, 2015
|Offered By||Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm |
58 Cleveland Hill Road
Tamworth, New Hampshire
|Salary||Commensurate with experience|
|Name: Gail Nessell Colglazier |
Title: Associate Search Consultant
Phone: 603 432-7929
Fax: 603 432-7211
The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth, NH, in the scenic Lakes Region, seeks a visionary and practical Executive Director to lead this 19-year-old organization to its next level. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced museum professional with a passion for rural and agricultural history to guide an institution with a great beginning and many possibilities for growth to its full potential. The Remick is a financially stable, well-endowed organization with a budget of $700K, a staff of 10 FT and 6-8 PT/seasonal employees, and an over-200-year-old working farm and a collection of historic buildings that provide glimpses into the contributions and way of life of Tamworth’s country doctors, agricultural, domestic and foodways practices, rural pastimes, and New Hampshire lore. There is also a Museum Center, an Education Center, a museum store, and the seasonal Farmhouse Kitchen and farm stand offer food raised on the farm or nearby. The facility is housed on over 100 acres, and the Remick owns an additional 300 acres throughout the town. The Remick offers unique, season-based educational programming for all generations, including fiber, foodways, and farm-related activities and events, a Harvest Festival, Ice Harvest/Winter Carnival, Maple Sugaring Day and an Earth Day celebration. A small changing exhibit program and walking trails round out the Remick’s offerings. Collections include the personal effects—objects and archival materials—of the Remick family as well as farm equipment, the doctors’ medical equipment, and other materials. Live and work in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where you can also enjoy the nearby White Mountains and Seacoast yet still be only a two hour drive from Boston, and less than that from the vibrant cities of Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME. Concord, NH’s capital, is an hour away. Tamworth itself provides strong support for cultural organizations and is home to several other cultural institutions, art galleries, and two libraries as well as numerous conservation-related non-profits and a year-round Farmers’ Market. The Arts Council of Tamworth offers additional cultural and educational opportunities, including music, art exhibits and workshops. Portsmouth and Portland, as well as Concord and Manchester—NH’s largest city— provide further educational and cultural amenities.
Opportunities of the Position
- Lead an organization that is so financially well-resourced, thanks to a substantial endowment plus an earned income stream, that outside fundraising was not required in the past. It has the ability to expand its funding base through increased membership, annual giving, corporate sponsorships, and grants, all of which have hardly been tapped.
- Guide the organization in creating an overall vision for the future and in developing and implementing a strategic plan.
- Oversee a working farm that encompasses animals, including heritage breeds; an heirloom vegetable and herb garden; farm outbuildings including a barn, stable, ice house and working sugar house; farm equipment; and “Doc” Remick’s home and barn, now used as a Museum Center.
- Serve as a steward of the 1808 Captain Enoch Remick House—also on the property—with its family furnishings and 19th-century murals attributed to the American painter John Avery. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Manage and mentor an enthusiastic staff and further develop the largely local Board.
- Develop new program and exhibit ideas that focus on the farm, the historic buildings, the collections, and the Remick family—particularly father-and-son country doctors Edwin Remick and Edwin "Doc" Crafts Remick, who provided medical care to Tamworth and surrounding towns for a combined 99 years.
- Engage with a community that is supportive of the arts, culture, and history.
- With the Board, staff, and appropriate stakeholders, develop a unified vision for the museum and create and implement a strategic plan.
- Collaborate with and help guide and shape the Board to best meet the museum’s future needs.
- Oversee the operation of the farm, museum, programs, collections, and buildings.
- Lead and inspire staff. Create a culture of teamwork among employees.
- Develop the annual budget and effectively manage resources.
- Build connections in the community. Promote the museum throughout the community and beyond.
- Develop strategies to increase earned and donated income to provide for expanded programming and provide appropriate care for the buildings and collections.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:
- Minimum of five years’ museum management experience, preferably at a farm museum or outdoor/living history museum or historic site
- B.A. required, M.A. desired, in history, museum studies, or related field
- A passion for rural history and farm museums
- A big-picture thinker, able to develop and advocate for one’s ideas, listen to divergent views, and ultimately unite constituents in a vision for the Museum. Management skills to make the vision a reality. Experience with strategic planning highly desirable.
- Patient, willing to invest time in gradual changes. Willing to listen and learn before taking action
- Excellent communication skills; able to gain the respect of both the staff and Board. A management style of quiet authority could work well.
- Ability to lead, inspire and motivate paid and volunteer staff. Experience hiring and retaining museum staff members
- Experience and ability to collaborate with and continue to develop a Board that includes long-time and new members
- Knowledge of best practices in the care of historic buildings and collections and museum education
- Knowledgeable about fundraising; familiarity with grant sources, membership, and annual appeals preferred
- Outgoing, sociable person who can relate to and engage a variety of people; Enjoys meeting people, being the public face of the Museum, marketing it, and expanding its audiences
- Experience in successfully transitioning a new or small museum to enhanced stature and professionalism
- Working knowledge of traditional and current farming practices
- A desire to work in a scenic New England town that is busy with vacationers and seasonal residents in summer and fall and quieter in winter
How to Apply
Nominations welcome. EOE. Apply in confidence: Email résumé, (Word document preferred) cover letter, list of 3 references with contact info, and salary requirement to retained search consultant: Gail Nessell Colglazier, Museum Search & Reference at SearchandRef@museum-search.com by October 13. For more information and full job announcement, visit www.museum-search.com