promoting and preserving the history of American-made clocks and watches

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Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

The American Clock & Watch Museum located in Bristol, Connecticut, is searching for an Executive Director with forward-looking leadership skills.  Applicants should have strong management, personnel, and fundraising skills, and be committed to audience development.  The successful candidate should be an effective communicator, have an exceptional record in private and corporate fundraising, and be committed to building a strong donor base.  The supervision of dedicated staff and volunteers coupled with leadership in implementing exhibits and public programming is required.  Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree with five to ten years of administrative and fundraising experience in museum or related fields.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Send cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and at least three professional references to   Deadline for applications is July 7, 2014.  The job description details for this position are listed below.


American Clock & Watch Museum

 Job Description - Executive Director

The Executive Director provides leadership to the American Clock & Watch Museum, working closely with a small staff (paid and unpaid) and the Board of Directors to create an engaging and sustainable Museum of interest to a wide range of visitors from school children to experienced collectors. The responsibilities enumerated here reflect the Museum’s modest size and its reliance on volunteers (including the Board). As might be expected in an organization of this size, the job description includes the common addendum: “other duties as needed.”



Overall expectations

  • -Providing the vision and personal leadership for the institution’s growth and development
  • -Developing initiatives to fulfill Museum’s mission, increase its audiences, and ensure its financial stability


Collections management and museum operations

  • -Developing and implementing policies and procedures for museum practices.
  • -Working with the curators, director of interpretation and others to plan, develop and implement exhibits
  • -Supervising curatorial and collection activities carried out by part-time unpaid curatorial staff and other volunteers.
  • -Working with the curators and others to develop and implement a comprehensive conservation plan for the collections and the buildings.



  • -Working with the director of interpretation to plan and implement educational programs
  • -Working with the director of interpretation and others to plan and execute special events and programs.



  • -Hiring and supervising all staff (paid and unpaid)
  • -Implementing Board-adopted personnel policies and procedures



  • -Attending all Board and committee meetings and working with Board and committee members in carrying out their responsibilities.
  • -Communicate regularly with board president and committee chairs.


Fundraising and earned income

  • -Identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual, public and institutional (businesses, foundations, etc.) donors for the annual fund, special projects, capital projects, endowment and planned gifts.
  • -Working with volunteers to develop and implement fundraising events
  • -Supervising administration of the Museum’s membership program
  • -Researching and preparing grant applications
  • -Supervising operation of the museum gift shop
  • -Developing new earned income strategies

Financial management

  • -Creating budgets and monitoring budgeted income and expenses.
  • -Reviewing and approving expenditures and general bills.
  • -Supervising all bookkeeping and accounting functions
  • -Working with the treasurer to provide timely and accurate financial reports to the Board.


Marketing and public relations

  • -Representing the Museum with key constituencies including clock and watch collectors, Bristol’s civic leadership, community groups, schools, government at all levels, area museums and other programmatic partners, etc.
  • -Planning and implementing marketing and publicity for the museum.
  • -Informing various constituencies about the museum, its collections and activities through the website, emails, social media, newsletter and other publications.


General administration

  • -Supervising the day-to-day operations and activities of the museum.
  • -Overseeing the physical upkeep and maintenance of the buildings and grounds.



  1. -Strong leader with the capacity to engage and motivate staff, board, volunteers and donors
  2. -Museum professional with basic knowledge of collections management, exhibition development and programming. -Minimum seven years of employment with progressively increasing responsibility in a museum or historical society with significant collections.
  3. -B.A. required; M.A. in history, museum studies or a related field preferred. Significant work experience may be substituted for graduate degree.
  4. -Experience managing people, projects, budgets and facilities strongly preferred.
  5. -Demonstrated interest in industrial history and associated material culture.
  6. -Experience (paid or volunteer) in a smaller organization and understanding of what is required to operate an organization with limited resources.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. -Business acumen including fundamentals of budgeting and financial management, marketing, and personnel administration
  2. -Researching and writing grants and managing grant-funded projects
  3. -Excellent written and oral communication skills
  4. -Able and willing to represent the museum with the community, partner organizations, collectors, current and potential donors and other stakeholders
  5. -Experience and enthusiasm for working with volunteers
  6. -Basic computer literacy including familiarity with standard software programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  7. Interest in learning about clocks and watches and the industries that produced them