The Executive Director has primary responsibility for the Chico Children’s Museum’s (CCM) overall organizational development and financial operations, fundraising activities, employee selection and development, museum policies, as well as practices the safeguarding of all human and physical resources. This position reports to the Board of Directors and coordinates closely with both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors and is an active participant and leader in strategic planning. Using exceptional leadership and communication skills, as well as mastery of grant writing and development protocols, this position shapes the goals and success of the organization and its mission. Executive Director will continually strive to reach new audiences through dynamic programming that provides opportunities for deeper public involvement. The Executive Director will develop and implement strategic fundraising strategies to meet the budgeted goals of the Museum. Through engagement with corporate, planned giving, foundations, private individuals, major gifts, and other sources, the Executive Director will lead CCM in its mission to serve the families of the North Valley.


Finance and Administration

  • Supervise the preparation of timely financial reports and oversees the annual operating budget process.
  • Seek out, write, and submit grant proposals on a regular basis.
  • Work with Board Members to track and project income and expenses; monitor expenses against budget; mentors staff on effective budget monitoring and reporting.
  • Oversee the design of business processes, controls, and information systems that ensure efficient operation and full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and accounting standards.
  • Hire and supervise staff; monitor employee performance against objectives while providing appropriate guidance and leadership.
  • Review the Museum’s workplace policies and procedures, ensuring that these are all inclusive

Community Relations

  • Create and implement a strong community relations program to educate local leaders and the community at large about the Museum and its programs.
  • Network with community donors to secure funding for the CCM.
  • Represent the Museum at numerous community events in order to cultivate positive external relationships.
  • Supervise and control all external communication with media, community partners, supporters, members and interested parties and develops a robust marketing and public relations protocol to enhance awareness of museum programs and services.
  • Maintain relationships with diversity related businesses, with the intention of working together and improving the Museum’s brand


  • Provide motivational leadership to the museum staff, creating a positive workplace environment in which the mission and vision can be achieved.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement short term operational and long term strategic plans and goals.
  • Evaluate and report progress towards strategic goals on a regular basis with the board.
  • Convey passion for the Museum’s mission and endorses working with children, families and educators.
  • Design, manage, implement, and evaluate the overall fundraising program consistent with the Museum’s needs and goals, including donor recognition.
  • Personally cultivate major corporate and individual donors.
  • Propose fundraising strategies to Board Members.
  • Instill ethics in all fundraising programs, maintain highly professional relationships, and demonstrate a commitment to timely follow-through.
  • Encourage the development of services that are inclusive of all children and their families.
  • Prepare and build relationships among colleagues through diversity and inclusion training.
  • Support and guide the all Museum staff and volunteers to help create a climate that appeals to diverse applicants and removes bias.

Influencing Capabilities

  • Communicate effectively with Board Members, staff, and other collaborators to clarify roles and accountability.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity and cultural issues.
  • Possess the ability to identify problems, analyze risks, generate solutions, prioritize issues, set goals, resolve conflict, gather data, prevent problems, and delegate.
  • Organize and plan ahead; develop strategic and annual business plans.
  • Establish and monitor deadlines, assign tasks while working within a budget, and resource limitations.

Professional Characteristics and Interpersonal Skills

  • Initiate and develop relationships in positive ways.
  • DemoWork well with a wide variety of people, inside and outside the Museum.
  • Preferred knowledge and experience with children’s museums and/or other institutions serving children.
  • Knowledge of financial controls and policies in either a public or private sector.
  • Ability to self-start and self-manage.
  • Maintain a level of activity without direct supervision while orchestrating teamwork to complete high-quality work on time.

This position is a salaried, full-time exempt position. The work schedule is determined by the needs, objectives and deadlines that are presented at any given time with some evenings and weekends expected.


  • Bachelor’s degree (at minimum) in a related field and/or at least 3 years of non-profit experience.
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing successful fundraising events and grants.
  • Previous experience supervising and managing staff and budgets.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and organization.
  • Ability to work independently, but also in collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and work on firm/tight deadlines.
  • Strategic thinker who can see the big picture while executing tactics, and is an excellent problem solver and decision-maker.
  • Adaptable, positive, and flexible under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Strong follow-through capabilities.
  • Strong knowledge of computer programs including Gmail, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong working knowledge of email marketing providers.
  • Deep knowledge of and enthusiastic interest in social media platforms and experience working with social media systems.
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends around special events.

Salary Range: $55,000 – $62,000

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $55,000.00 to $65,000.00 /year


  • management: 3 years (Required)
  • fundraising: 2 years (Preferred)