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Longview World of Wonders - Interim Director

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors, specifically the Board President.
The Interim Director functions as the Chief Operating Officer of the organization with full authority to run the daily operations.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Interim Director, in accordance with the objectives, policies and directives set by the board of directors, provides overall executive leadership for the LongviewWOW Children’s Hands-on Discovery Center. The primary focus of the Interim Director is to initiate start-up and opening of the center. Additional responsibilities include: day-to-day operation, direction of the organization, to ensure adequate resources are available for said operation, supervision and mentoring of paid staff, maintaining and enhancing the infrastructure of the Center, serving as the primary communication link among director, committees, and volunteers, networking with community services and providing the necessary follow-up to ensure that the whole organization runs smoothly and achieves the mission of LongviewWOW.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to raise required funds, and the ability to effectively supervise and mentor staff. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and successful experience working with volunteers. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated passion around children and their intellectual, physical and emotional development. The ideal candidate will also be creative, energetic, self-directed, and a team player. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required.

• General Administration
Assume administrative responsibility for the operations of the Center. Hire, train and manage paid staff for positions approved by the board of directors. Build a well-functioning leadership team, set direction and create alignment around team responsibilities, delegating activities and responsibilities where appropriate. Contact and negotiate with vendors, museum and educational partners as necessary. Manage strategic partnerships, developing and securing new cornerstone partnerships for the Center.

• Nonprofit/Organizational Development
Work collaboratively with the Board by attending all Board meetings, providing monthly board meeting agendas in consultation with the President and Executive Committee and orienting and training new Board members. Provide monthly oral or written executive director’s report to the Board. Assist the Board with strategic and long-term planning and setting of goals. Work collaboratively with the standing and ad hoc committees by maintaining a strong liaison with the committee chairpersons, attending committee meeting and orienting and training new standing committee members as requested by the Board or Executive Committee. Serve as the communication link between the Board, the committees and the volunteers; provide necessary follow-through. Support committee efforts such as program development and implementation.

• Community and Public Relations
Encourage visibility of LongviewWOW in the communities it serves. Be the spokesperson for WOW to interested educational, business, civic and volunteer organizations and foundations or other charitable giving organizations. Represent WOW in professional associations that promote the work of children’s museums.

• Finance and Resource Development: Short Term
Work in collaboration with Capital Campaign Consultant to complete current Capital Campaign, coordinating any fund raising strategies and solicitations. Lead activities designed to solidify the site and building plan to which the capital campaign relates. Work with architect firm, exhibit design firm, vendors and suppliers in daily build out of the Center to bring it to the earliest opening date possible.

This is a part time position. The interim director is a 6 month term position with the option of renewal with Board and employee approval. Compensation will not exceed $15,000 for the 6 months or $2,500 a month. The position requires some evening and weekend work. Working in a children’s museum is physically demanding at times. All candidates must be able to complete the following tasks:

•Perform work in an office environment and out of doors.
•Must be able to climb, bend, kneel, stoop and reach.
•Must be able to walk and/or stand for long periods.
•Work in confined spaces may sometimes be required.
•Must be able to push, pull or lift at least 25 pounds.
•Must be able to read and write various forms of material and recognize symbols and color.

All applicants will be required to pass an extensive background check and drug test prior to being hired.

Interested candidates should send a resume via e-mail to:
Terry Turpin, Chair of the LongviewWow Interim Director Search Committee, at by Friday, August 15, 2014.
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