Position: Executive Director
The Steamboat Era Museum, a small community history organization in Irvington,
Virginia, seeks an energetic, creative, and goal-oriented leader with non-profit and
development experience to serve as Executive Director (ED).
About the Steamboat Era Museum
The Steamboat Era Museum collects and preserves artifacts of the Steamboat Era on
the Chesapeake Bay. Through the design of dynamic exhibits and educational programs,
the Museum illustrates and interprets the important economic and lifestyle changes
steamboats brought to Virginia and Maryland communities on the Bay from 1813-1937.
The pilothouse of the Potomac was installed as the central exhibit in 2019 after three
years of fundraising and restoration work.
The museum was founded in 1998 by a group who wanted to ensure the history and
importance of steamboats to the Northern Neck and Chesapeake Bay were not
forgotten. In 2001, the largest remnant of a Chesapeake Bay steamboat in existence,
the pilothouse of the Steamer Potomac, was acquired by the museum. The museum
building opened in 2004.
The museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Virginia Museum
Association, Council of American Maritime Museums and is recognized by the National
Park Service as a Chesapeake Bay Gateway. For the past few years, it had been
designated one of the “Best Museums in Eastern Virginia” by Virginia Living Magazine.
The general responsibilities of the ED are broad, but focus on management and
operation of the museum, development, and collection management. In conjunction
with the Board, the ED undertakes long- and short-range planning, policy development,
budget preparation and monitoring, and development of museum programs and
services. Work hours will be flexible and commensurate with museum requirements
and ED’s needs/preferences. The baseline expectation is a 24-hour work week (three
eight-hour days or equivalent). The ED manages one part-time staff member, a
contracted marketing consultant, and volunteers who serve as docents and on
established committees that support the core work of the museum.
The ED represents the museum in the community, participates in events which increase
awareness of the Steamboat Era and museum, expands community outreach, and
performs duties which encourage donation of relevant artifacts and funds to the
The ED is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the mission and vision of the
museum, reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors (the Board),
works collaboratively with the Board, and is responsible and accountable for
efficient day-to-day operation of the museum. The ED serves as a non-voting, ex-
officio member of the Board and Board committees. The Executive Committee of
the Board will conduct an annual review of the ED’s performance prior to setting the
budget for the next fiscal year.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director
The Board believes engagement and philanthropy are critical activities for the next five
years and has recently completed a strategic plan supporting its goals. A key
component of the plan is the Full Steam Ahead Campaign started this year. The
following duties and responsibilities reflect the Board’s priorities.
Engagement, Philanthropy, and Grant Writing. The ED will work with the Board to
support the Full Steam Ahead Campaign. The ED will assist efforts to identify and
pursue fundraising and grant opportunities and make regular reports to the Board and
relevant committees. The ED will assist Engagement Committee efforts to increase
donors/members, manage donor/member relationships, and maintain accurate
donor/member records. It is anticipated that engagement, philanthropy, and grant
writing will require 40 percent of the ED’s time.
Planning. The ED will support Board and committee planning efforts to achieve the
museum’s vision and execute the strategic plan. It is anticipated that planning will
require 10 percent of the Executive Director’s time.
Fiscal Stewardship and Financial and Non-financial Records Maintenance. The ED will
be responsible for day-to-day financial management of the museum and will maintain
essential financial and non-financial records. The ED will ensure maintenance of
accurate membership and donor records and records related to utilization of the
museum. Both digital and hard copy records will be maintained in an orderly and
accessible system. It is anticipated that fiscal stewardship and records maintenance will
require 10 percent of the ED’s time.
Facilities Management. The ED will be responsible for the day-to-day management of
the museum building, grounds, and equipment and will ensure the safe and reliable
operation of the museum. The ED will ensure a proactive approach to maintenance,
replacement, and budgeting. It is anticipated that facilities management will require
five percent of the ED’s time.
Information Technology Management. The ED will be responsible for the execution of
the Information Technology Management Plan and monitoring and maintenance of the
museum’s hardware and software architecture to ensure uninterrupted continuity of
operations. It is anticipated that information technology management will require five
percent of the ED’s time.
Other Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director
The following duties and responsibilities will together require approximately 30 percent
of the ED’s time. Demands will vary based on the season, planned activities, availability
of volunteers, and the museum’s capacity to hire staff or consultants to assist with
specific duties or tasks.
Museum Visitor Services. Working with the Museum Manager, the ED will ensure the
museum is open and staffed during posted hours of operation. The ED will support and
coordinate, as required, the scheduling of group tours and coordination of volunteer
staffing for regular hours, special tours, and events. The ED will exercise oversight of
the museum shop, including shop purchases, inventory records, price-setting, and
mandatory reporting. The ED will ensure that all volunteers are trained, that staffing is
sufficient, and that a congenial atmosphere and environment conducive for recruiting
and retaining volunteers is maintained. From time-to-time, the ED may conduct tours
and educational programs.
Community Engagement. The ED will develop and implement programs, community
activities, and other events to further the mission of the museum and benefit the
Brand, Communications, and Marketing. Working closely with the Engagement
Committee, the ED will promote the museum and its events and activities through a
variety of media and will ensure the website and social media accounts are current.
Exhibits. The ED will work with the Board and assigned exhibit project teams to
develop, implement, and install exhibits for the museum and off-site venues, as
Education and Programs. The ED will work with the General Education Committee and
Children’s Program Director to develop and implement adult, continuing education, and
Collections (Acquisition, Preservation and Conservation). The ED will work with the
Board and Historian/Curator to ensure that items donated to the museum are
appropriately reviewed, accessioned, conserved, preserved, cataloged, and displayed.
Event Planning and Execution. The ED will support planning and execution of events
such as the Annual Crab Festival and other special events.
Skills and Expertise Required:
• Experience in planning, philanthropy, and management in a non-profit setting.
• Proficient and capable of representing the museum eloquently and effectively.
• Strong people skills, specifically working with volunteers, a Board of Directors, paid
staff, and consultants/contractors.
• Previous experience with museums desirable, but not mandatory.
• Familiarity with the PC Windows environment and knowledge of the following
applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive. Experience with Publisher,
PastPerfect CRM, QuickBooks Online, and LightSpeed POS desirable.
• Adept at information technology and social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.
The Executive Director will have a relevant bachelor's degree and 3-5 years' work in a
related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating
the ability required to support a non-profit organization. Experience in planning and
development in a non-profit organization is an important qualification for this position.
Salary: This is a part-time salaried position with no benefits and a salary range of $24-
32,000. The salary is based on an average 24-hour work week for 49 weeks a year. The
work schedule may vary, requiring some weekend and evening hours, with the
opportunity of working from home during the off-season. The work schedule will be
coordinated with and approved by the Board.
Closing date: September 15, 2023
To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to: HR@SteamboatEraMuseum.org
No phone inquiries please. EOE
Steamboat Era Museum
PO Box 132
156 King Carter Drive
Irvington, VA 22480