Position Summary

The Wheelwright seeks an energetic and experienced leader with strong grounding in Native American art, fundraising experience, institutional and financial management and community engagement skills, to direct the institution. This Executive Director, reporting to the Board of Trustees, should bring vitality to the Wheelwright Museum; work with staff and external partners to further the Wheelwright’s artistic and educational missions; augment its financial resources; and develop and implement short- and long-term strategic plans. The Executive Director must be creative and passionate in his/her approach to the mission of the museum and be highly regarded by his/her peers. The Executive Director serves as the organization’s spokesperson and ambassador to all constituencies, both external and internal, increasing awareness of the Wheelwright Museum by clearly articulating the museum’s ambitious goals and programs. The new Executive Director will lead expansion of the exhibitions and programs of this unique and exciting organization.


Diane Frankel of Management Consultants for the Arts is the consultant assisting the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian with this search. To be considered for this position, prospective applicants must submit pertinent information – attach a current résumé, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and three professional references utilizing MCA’s online application system.

Once all your materials have been submitted online, you will receive a confirmation of your submission via the email address you have provided in the application. For clarification on any of this information, please contact Christy Wall at cwall@mcaonline.com.


Full-Time (Currently accepting resumes)

Assists Director with all aspects of Museum business. Must maintain a great degree of confidentiality.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 5 years related administrative experience, non-profit/museum setting preferred
  • Supervisory experience


  • Demonstrated interest in or knowledge of arts and culture
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience assisting with event planning
  • Strong interpersonal, planning, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others to achieve overall goals and objectives
  • Experience working with budgets, necessary


Responsible for drafting annual fund solicitation fund letters; Maintenance of records for capital campaign; Completion of check-log for memberships, donation box and other donations; Prepares charitable contribution certificates and thank you letters for all donations (Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, Auction, General donations, Collector’s Circle)

  • Serves as liaison to the Friends board by attending meetings, answering questions, assisting committees as needed with special events, and assisting with proof-reading all communications. Keeps Director informed of all Friends programs and events
  • Attends Trustee and committee meetings as requested; Responsible for meeting related reminders to trustees
  • Responsible for set up/clean up of room for meetings, including food set-up as needed
  • Attends all related meetings and works with annual Auction committee on all aspects of event, including intake and logging of donated items, ordering of needed materials, coordination of transportation/parking, vendor contracts, submission of required city forms and submission of forms required by the IRS
  • Responsible for initial volunteer orientation; Maintains log of hours worked by volunteers and historic list of awards given to volunteers; Plans and coordinates Volunteer Luncheon;
  • Works with Education Coordinator to develop training and enrichment programs; Responsible for creating Gallery Host name signs; Arranges docent-led group tours as requested
  • Maintains current and historic Collector’s Circle membership list; Maintains historic document of places visited by the group; Responsible for sending out notices of the groups events;
  • Assists the committee as needed
  • Works with Fiscal Officer to check documentation for reports and assists with preparation for and working on the annual audit; Assists Fiscal Officer with development of annual budget;
  • Responsible for all Matching Gift requests; Executes stock transfers
  • Coordinates staff meetings; Notifies staff of events, work changes, etc.; Answers questions raised by staff


  • Creation and distribution of museum calendar
  • Notification of staff when museum is closed for emergency situations or inclement weather
  • Works with caterers on special events
  • Phone and email responses to questions about museum and/or exhibits
  • Donation data entry in Versai
  • Photocopying as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned by Director


  • Ability to lift, carry and otherwise move up to 20 pounds on a regular basis
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend, kneel, reach, push, pull, or walk for various lengths of time throughout the day
  • Ability to utilize computer equipment to complete daily work responsibilities
  • Ability to operate fax/copy machines, telephone, calculator and general office equipment


The Wheelwright Museum is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. It is our policy to encourage and support equal employment opportunity for all associates and applicants without regard to age, sex, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, individual genetic information, disabled veteran or Vietnam Era Veteran Status.


Applicants as well as employees who are, or become, disabled must be able to perform the essential job functions either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. The organization shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.


The above statements reflect the general duties and responsibilities considered necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. This document should not be considered a fully detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. The Wheelwright Museum may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.


Email your resume and letter of interest to Jean Higgins, asstdir@wheelwright.org.