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This classification serves as director of the museum of history and natural history and plans, organizes and directs management both independently and jointly with the Board of County Commissioners and a five-member Museum Advisory Committee. As director, serve as advisor to the Board of Commissioners on all museum related areas and fulfill objective established by the Commissioners. Serve as liaison between the museum and Museum Advisory Committee, Friends of the Museum and Museum Foundation, as well as the community. The director is actively involved in program and exhibit development and works side-by-side staff in development activities.

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Develop, manage, organize, implement and evaluate operations of museum, both independently and jointly with advisory committee. Develop procedures, policies and other support systems for efficient operations to meet current and long-range goals.

2. Prepare and administer annual budget; present to budget committee; monitor fiscal expenditures and revenues. Explore alternative funding sources. Research, prepare and submit grant applications.

3. Lead, coordinate and prioritize work activities of support staff in the areas of exhibit preparation, collection development, educational programs and administrative services; offer assistance as needed and determine best solution when problems arise. Final approval of all selection, promotion and termination of employees. Train staff and ensure compliance with standards. Assume responsibility for work performed within museum. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

4. Serve as principal liaison between museum and Board of Commissioners, Museum Advisory Committee, Friends of Museum and Museum Foundation Boards to generate revenue to support department programs.

5. Develop and direct educational programs provided through the museum.

6. Represent and market museum activities and programs with business associations and the community to promote donations, support and volunteer services. Respond to, and effectively resolve, inquiries, complaints or problems affecting services.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques of effective administration including public relations, personnel management and fiscal management to develop, implement, and evaluate programs; thorough knowledge of policies, techniques, and ethics as applied to modern museum programs, goals, and objectives. Skill in: Report writing and grant and budget administration. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; perform short and long-range financial planning; analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems; establish and maintain record keeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise, motivate and lead support staff; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with Board of Commissioners, other employees, advisory committee, foundation and friends of the museum boards, state museum officials, committees, vendors, community groups, media and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor’s degree in history, history education, natural history, business management and four years progressively responsible work experience which includes management experience OR eight years satisfactory equivalent combination of formal education and work experience. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


This classification is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners. The Museum Advisory Committee, as an advisory committee, provides general direction to the museum director.

This classification supervises curators, research librarian and clerical support staff and has final responsibility for work performed by the department.


Work is performed within established museum policy and procedures; state and county statutes, rules, regulations, orders, resolutions and ordinances; management, personnel and financial theories, principles and practices and accepted museum procedures within the museum profession. Incumbent remains current on guidelines and utilizes seasoned judgment in interpreting and usage of appropriate guidelines. As department head, can implement or revise department policies.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed at museum complex in an office environment; may involve hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 25 pounds, reaching, sitting, standing and walking. Field inspections are conducted to view historical sites and involve walking natural terrain. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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