Channel Islands Maritime Museum seeks full-time Executive Director

CIMM Executive Director – deadline application due October 25, 2019

The Ventura County Maritime Museum, Inc., dba Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) was incorporated in 1990 as an independent, non-profit 501 (c) (3) public benefit organization. CIMM has been an Oxnard cultural resource for 29 years, serving the area that includes Ventura County and Southern California.  Our mission is to provide an enriching museum experience based on maritime history ranging from ancient mariners to the modern marine era, and to enhance the understanding of our rich international and local seafaring heritage with a focus on educational programs through world-class maritime art, unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, artifacts and a nautical research library.

Position Summary – CIMM is seeking a full time Executive Director to provide leadership in executing the Museum’s strategic plans and goals in accordance with its mission.  Working with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will advance the growth and development as envisioned in the Strategic Plan, grow a larger and more diverse funding base over time, and strengthen management practices across all areas of the organization.


  1. Fundraising – Ensure that CIMM has a diverse and resilient funding base.
  2. Organizational Management – Lead and manage all aspects of the Museum, including Volunteers and Staff.
  3. Strategic Leadership – Enhance and build on the Strategic Plan as identified, and turn the strategy into action
  4. Program Management – Provide program development in accordance with the mission, supporting the volunteer and staff groups in their execution.


Fundraising – Ability to plan and lead a diverse and sustainable fundraising program, providing     on-going stability.

  • Ability to identify, cultivate and steward major donors and foundations to support CIMM’s mission and growth
  • Knowledge of and experience with developing marketing and donor outreach materials
  • Experience in soliciting strategic grants from foundations and other major donors
  • Experience working with database software used by the Museum that tracks donors and other stakeholders

Organizational Management – Leadership and management of all aspects of a nonprofit organization, a diverse team, and its finances and operations.

  • Nonprofit financial acumen
  • Experience with recruiting, engaging and supervising a talented staff and volunteer team.
  • Knowledge of best practices in human resources.
  • Day-to-day nonprofit operations experience, including customer service.
  • Sensitive to and experience with issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Project management, direction and delegation experience.
  • Ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal legal requirements.

Strategic Leadership – A hands-on leader with the ability to turn strategy into action to meet CIMM’s goals

  • Understanding of the dynamics of CIMM’s culture and vision for the future
  • Knowledge of and experience with productively partnering with a Board of Trustees and various Board and Volunteer committees

Program Management – Proven coordination skills with the ability to develop and manage programs within a team environment

Communication/Skills Requirements

  • Enjoys networking and being the public face of CIMM
  • Superior written and verbal communication
  • Effective and confident public speaker with strong presentation abilities
  • Marketing knowledge, particularly using social media
  • Attentive to detail
  • Positive working relationship with Volunteer groups
  • The capability to understand and operate software used by the Museum: Microsoft Office, Charityproud, Past Perfect, NCR Silver POS, etc.
  • Knowledge of the Ventura County/Central Coast donor/funder community desirable


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities as well as excellent managerial and interpersonal skills in the nonprofit arena, with proven results in community engagement, financial sustainability and capital campaigns.  Experience in the museum world, while not mandatory, is preferred.  The candidate will have a strong interest in history and art, from either a museum or personal perspective.  A college degree is required, and an advanced degree in a related field would be a plus.  Second, or multiple, language skills are preferred, but not mandatory.

Reports to:  Channel Islands Maritime Museum Board of Trustees, subject to the direct supervision of the Board President and Executive Committee

Salary:  Negotiable

Employment Type/Payroll Status:  Full Time Exempt

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