Museum Overview

We are moving history forward in Coeur ‘d Alene Idaho!  Over several decades the Museum of North Idaho (MNI) has collected, preserved, and interpreted the deep and rich history of our regional community that reflects our culture and heritage. 

In 2019, we acquired a 1904 historic home formerly owned by J.C. White, a prominent Coeur d’Alene citizen.  We moved the house to a premier downtown location where it will serve as the centerpiece of a planned 13,300 sq. ft. new museum facility.  

This allows for many exciting opportunities to expand services and grow a museum that attracts investments and tourism and builds strength in our community.  In collaborative partnership with businesses and stakeholders we will establish dynamic programs and interactive exhibits that provide engaging experiences and learning opportunities that serve our community and our future generations.

To learn more about our museum, assets, and future museum plans, please visit our website:

Job Summary

The MNI seeks a Full-Time Executive Director (ED) for a unique and rewarding opportunity to lead the transition of a well-established museum to a new premier regional museum.   In collaboration with the Board of Directors, the ED assists in articulating a compelling vision and a strategic business plan inclusive of fundraising and operations to grow and optimize revenue streams for a long term sustainable museum.  The ED oversees the current museum operations, manages staff and volunteers and will work with the Board to determine transition plans from the current facility to the new building.

Essential Functions
The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  May perform other tasks as assigned, including working in conjunction with staff and consultants on similar tasks.

  • Collaborates with the Board to articulate a compelling vision and define short and long term goals.  Cultivates fundraising plans and policies as approved by the board.  Develops a framework to oversee fundraising including solicitation of donors, grants, memberships, and endowment
  • Engages collaboratively to partner with key community organizations, cultural groups, schools, policy makers, media, and stakeholders to develop strong relationships; attends Chamber of Commerce, other meetings, events, and speaking engagements, to represent and influence promotion of the museum
  • Advocates and collaborates on ideas and ways to optimize the museum business and position the museum as an economic and desirable hub of the downtown community
  • Directly manages and oversees the hiring, performance, and development of the staff (Curator (TBD), Program and Marketing Director, Development Director, Bookkeeper, and volunteers.
    Recommends organizational structure to support new growth and optimize staff

  • Develops and implements Board approved annual budget, including financial oversight of operations, capital funds, expenditures, membership, and donations

  • Responsible for performance/outcome metrics and continuous improvement of all operational aspects and assets of the museum.  Works jointly with the board on long range plans to ensure the quality and diversity of programs, exhibits, and to optimize resources that support the mission

  • Responsible for overseeing public relations including the quarterly newsletter with historical and museum news and press releases of activities
  • Prepares content for meetings with members (and committees) of the Board to report on progress toward meeting strategic goals and objectives. Participates in annual, regularly scheduled, and other meetings as required
  • Works in partnership with Board in the selection and evaluation of Board members and their orientation
  • Ensures the appropriate compliance for the security and safety for all aspects of the museum
  • Keeps current on trends in the industry; understands use of social media and other platforms and channels of support

Minimum Qualifications
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field desired.   

Experience:  3-5 years of Supervisory or Management experience; business management, financial and operational planning.  Experience in working with a Board to carry out the mission by developing strategic plans.  Non-profit and/or museum experience desired.  Experience in fundraising, public speaking, Public Relations, Marketing, and museum development and programming experience helpful.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are observable and measurable attributes and skills required to successfully perform the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills with ability to interact professionally with members, organizations, and the community
  • Strong communicator/presenter to inform, influence and engage a variety of diverse audiences

  • Passion for driving positive change and collaborative work

  • Strong organizational and planning ability to multi-task and execute on all deliverables

  • Flexible and adaptable to change

  • Work strategically and operationally

  • Analytical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Experience using Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, InDesign, photoshop and Past Perfect museum software desired
  • Knowledge of marketing technologies and social media

Benefits include:

  • Annual Salary Budget for position: $50,000 – $65,000

Interested applicants should email, a cover letter and their resume to:


or, by mail addressed to: Museum Executive Search, 201 N. 3rd Street, Coeur d ‘Alene, ID  83814