Bowling Green, KY
Since 1953, the Corvette has been America’s Sports Car. The National Corvette Museum (NCM) was established as a not-for-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette; preserving its past, present and future; and educating the public about the Corvette. The NCM was formed, and is totally supported by, Corvette enthusiasts. Originally opening its doors on September 2nd, 1992, the Museum’s Collection consists of more than 100 Corvettes, including one-of-a-kind concept cars spanning the history of Corvette, and thousands of small artifacts relating to Corvette development, production and racing. In addition to the three-dimensional collections, the Library & Archives houses an extensive two-dimensional collection including original build sheets, manuscripts, artwork, periodicals, oral histories and a digital media collection.
NCM seeks an accomplished nonprofit/museum leader who has a compelling vision for the power of informal learning environments. This individual is a curious, lifelong learner who is passionate about customer and member engagement. They will be a tireless advocate for the Museum’s mission and will inspire others to support the institution’s outcomes and success. This results-oriented leader works collaboratively with teams and diverse constituencies to achieve goals. This person is a compelling and credible advocate who vigorously works as an ambassador for the organization.
The ideal candidate should demonstrate a career path of progressive leadership and management experience. Applicants should have significant experience in growing the capacity and impact of an organization that focuses on guest and member engagement. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to operate effectively within a nonprofit governance environment. Ideally, this individual has background working in a volunteer-driven organization and/or in an organization that focuses on the stakeholder’s experience.
As the key spokesperson for the Museum, the President & CEO will be a dynamic, energetic communicator who can influence others to action, be they board members, donors, elected officials, corporate executives or other supporters. The ideal candidate will show evidence of successful fundraising leadership that includes the acquisition of major gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, individuals and the public sector at the local, state and national level. Experience working in an organization that values and sustains strong community partnerships in both public and private sectors and a high level of community engagement and impact are essential.
Experience managing and overseeing long-term projects and initiatives is advantageous. High integrity and sound judgment are essential to success in this role. This person must demonstrate consistent success in selecting highly-qualified staff and developing a cohesive team of professionals. A management approach that is described as accessible, inclusive, collaborative and empowering must be demonstrated and balanced by results-oriented accountability. A keen understanding of what it takes to develop and promote highly-effective, customer-centric services and attitudes among all staff (i.e. enhancing the visitor experience) is a must.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required. A master’s degree is preferred.