Employment Opportunity

Executive Director Job Description:

Position Title: Executive Director, Winnebago Historical Society

Reporting Structure: The executive director reports to the Winnebago Historical Society board of directors. The executive director serves as an Ex Officio, non-voting member of the board of directors. The board of directors, as specifically represented by the executive committee, monitors responsibilities, duties, and compensation of the executive director on an annual basis commensurate with initial position start date. During board meetings, the board of directors makes all decisions by way of motion, second, and vote. During day-to-day operations the executive director carries out decisions and operations concerning the Winnebago Historical Society, Heritage Park of North Iowa, the Mansion Museum, the Leibrand-Whiteis Historical Research Center, and Trinity Church. Each month the executive director delivers a written and oral report to the board of directors at the regular monthly board meeting.

Position Overview/Purpose: The executive director is responsible for the general administration, site management, museum and research center administration, and programs of the Winnebago Historical Society. The purpose of the position is to implement the operations for the organization in alignment with the short-term objectives and long-term goals of the organization as outlined in the Winnebago Historical Society’s mission.


  • Implement plans and board policies; identifying and annually updating policies which are out of date or not continually relevant to the organization.
  • Work with the board committees and oversee volunteers through attendance at all organization committee meetings and events.
  • Provide day-to-day operational oversight including assistance and coordination of opening and closing buildings for visitors and reporting any maintenance needs.
  • Compile and submit monthly report on organizational function as related to the executive director position.
  • Organize, implement, monitor, and consistently update organizational membership with assistance from the membership committee.
  • Work with finance committee to coordinate monitoring of expenses, operating income, grants, special gifts, contributions, bills, purchasing, and other financial functions.
  • Establish positive working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, elected officials and their staff, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the Winnebago Historical Society.
  • Actively work to promote facility rentals and attract revenue bearing outside events.
  • Coordinate rentals with clients for Winnebago Historical Society properties including taking reservations, receiving payments, giving tours of the venue, working with the treasurer to return security deposits, and fielding questions from clients.
  • Plan and execute strategies to promote and increase Historical Society membership and Museum attendance with the assistance of the Education & Events Committee.
  • Coordinate marketing efforts and digital presence of Winnebago Historical Society.
  • Organize committees, volunteers, and community partnerships to ensure the functioning of the organization including day-to-day operations, maintenance, preservation, educational outreach, tours, and events.
  • Maintain a consistent presence at Winnebago Historical Society properties.
  • Serve as a liaison between the organization and the public through driving community engagement and coordinating with other community organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned and identified by the board to help ensure successful organizational function.

Qualifications/Personal Characteristics

  • The ideal candidate will be personable, detail-oriented, organized, an effective communicator, focused on building relationships, dedicated, passionate about the organizational mission, creative, diplomatic, strategic, and a self-starter.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit leadership and management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of current museum industry trends and standards.
  • Experience with financial management.
  • Knowledge of historic preservation policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of cultural resources management.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience preferred.


The position will pay a rate of $20.00 per hour, with seasonally appropriate hours between 15-35 hours per week, to average 30 hours over the course of the year.

To Apply:

Please submit resume, including three work-related references, to Daniel Davis. For questions, call 641-590-1437 or email Daniel Davis.


The position will stand open until filled, with an anticipated start date of early 2024.