The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is recognized as the Hudson Valley’s leader in providing nature-based education for children. To achieve its mission to develop responsible caretakers of the environment, the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum provides a wide range of environmental education programs at its two historic locations, which encompass over 177 acres in Cornwall, NY. Founded in 1959, the Museum relies on its living collections of native animals, its natural habitats, trails, and play areas, and its proximity to the Hudson River, to focus on the unique ecology of the Hudson Highlands and to promote knowledge and appreciation of our natural world.
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum seeks an Executive Director to lead and to substantially shape the long-term future of this highly accomplished organization with a trusted reputation, dedicated staff, and an engaged Board of Trustees. Critical strategic opportunities exist as the Museum enhances its already excellent education programs, renovates and re-purposes historic buildings, and creates major new facilities and resources in support of its mission of creating future caretakers of the environment.
The Executive Director will lead the staff of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and is responsible for their success at all levels. S/he will report to the Board of Trustees and has the responsibility for ensuring that the Board’s strategic objectives are met.
The successful candidate will have:
- Management experience in a nonprofit and/or mission-focused organization including supervision and management of ten or more staff members
- The ability to lead, inspire and evaluate staff, while fostering a team-oriented, accountable organization
- Nature education / open space / natural resource conservation experience
- Experience growing an enterprise
- Successful fund-raising experience, including with a capital campaign
- Ability to embrace and explain a mission and build constituent support
- Admirable public persona and public speaking abilities
- Ability to envision changes that will advance the mission and to secure the financial and organizational means to carry them out
- A sophisticated understanding of not-for-profit governance principles, as well as financial, budgetary, and employer best practices
The successful candidate will be:
- The face of the Museum to the public, its stakeholders, government officials, peer organizations, donors, volunteers and other supporters
- Comfortable working with and leading an able and enthusiastic board of trustees
- A team player and leader who is skilled at supervising an engaged, diverse and mission-oriented staff
- Comfortable delegating responsibilities to middle managers while retaining and exercising responsible oversight
- Able to lead the development of a property management plan
- Expert at identifying, engaging, soliciting and cultivating major donors
- An excellent communicator, skilled and knowledgeable in the use of digital and traditional media
The succesful candidate will receive a competitive salary based on experience and employment history. Full health benefits and retirement benefits vest after stated time periods. Executive director works closely with an engaged and active board of trustees.