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Salisbury, MD 21804
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Executive Director Transition
 

On Behalf of the Ward Museum Executive Director Search Committee, I am pleased to share with you the announcement for the Ward Foundation’s next Executive Director.  

After 16 years with the Ward Museum (12 years as our executive director) Lora Bottinelli has taken a new position outside of our region.  We are excited to bring on new leadership after a period of unprecedented growth for our organization.   

Thank you in advance for your support of the Ward Museum during this leadership transition.


Sincerely,

Dr. Kent Kimmel
Chairman of the Board of Directors
 

Executive Director Position Announcement


Overview:  The Ward Foundation seeks applicants for the full-time position of Executive Director.  The Executive Director operates the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University.

The Ward Foundation is at a pivotal moment of growth as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.  In recent years this organization has made impressive gains in its service to the community, renewal and expansion of its facility, and adaptation to the 21st century audience and environment in which it operates.

Established in 1968, the Ward Foundation has grown to be a leader in the communities it serves regionally, nationally and internationally. The Ward Foundation operates the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art that is nestled next to Schumaker Pond in Salisbury, Maryland. Surrounded by wildlife in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, the Museum features the world's largest and finest public collection of decorative wildfowl art and antique decoys. The Museum was named in honor of Stephen and Lemuel Ward, whose vision and artistry in carving decoys pioneered the transition of the decoy from a working tool to an expressive wildfowl sculpture.

At its Museum and headquarters in Salisbury, the Ward Foundation is a community anchor and educational leader. With its 4.5 acre waterfront facility with 12,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum is a major destination for tourists and a resource for local residents who enjoy its year-round offerings. The museum reaches 50,000 visitors annually through its events, galleries, and programs.  This service is accomplished with 20 paid museum staff, interns and student workers, and more than a hundred volunteers.

In 2011, the Ward Museum was accredited by the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum and signifies it has met and exceeded the highest standards of the museum field. And, in 2012, an economic impact study indicated that the museum generates $6.1 million in economic activity in the regional community and supports around 55 local jobs. This financial relevance, coupled with the museum’s educational and cultural influence, solidifies the museum’s position as a major center for community engagement and investment.

The Museum’s educational program is at the center of this organization’s recent capacity building effort and program growth. In FY 2018, the Ward Museum served more than 23,000 students from through our educational programming. The Museum recently completed an expansion of its facilities with the construction of the John A. Luetkemeyer Sr. and Thomas F. Mullan Jr. Legacy Center.  This 2,200 square foot classroom addition enables the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art to meet its educational service goals for the coming decade.  With waterfront views of Schumaker Pond, the new Legacy Center is an ideal location to engage students of all ages in the interdisciplinary investigation of art, nature and tradition. 

The Ward Foundation is affiliated with Salisbury University, through Maryland’s University System Board of Regents Policy on Affiliated Foundations. This partnership allows the Ward Museum to leverage the academic, administrative and infrastructure support of a 4-year public university.  

About the Position:  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be the visionary and operational leader for Ward Museum. The successful candidate must be strategic, goal-oriented, innovative, charismatic, community-oriented, and entrepreneurial. He/she must have a proven record demonstrating strategic thinking, strong management, excellent communication skills, and successful fundraising. He/she will be the public face of Ward Museum and will be the primary liaison between Ward Museum and Salisbury University as well as its individual, corporate, and foundation donors. The candidate must have a passion for education, art, nature, tradition and its preservation, and for the mission of Ward Museum. The ideal candidate must have experience working with and supporting staff and volunteers and a history of successfully leading growth within an organization.  Knowledge of waterfowling heritage and/or wildlife art is desired.

Primary Responsibilities of the Executive Director
•    Provide Ward Museum with strategic, collaborative, visionary leadership, and long range planning.
•    Work together with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to develop and implement Ward Museum’s strategic vision.
•    Prepare annual budgets and timely reports to the Board of Directors and Salisbury University.
•    Oversee the management of the Museum and its programs, including education, collections, finance, and its buildings and property.
•    Lead the Museum’s fundraising efforts by working closely with the Board, staff, and volunteers to increase contributed and earned income including grants, events and major donor cultivation.
•    Support the Ward Museum’s educational programming, interpretation, and exhibits in both the local and regional community, and with Salisbury University partners to continually improve the student and visitor’s experience.
•    Serve as Ward Museum’s spokesperson and represent the Museum locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally reaching out to as many new constituencies as possible.
•    Direct the development of public relations and marketing initiatives.
•    Manage hiring training, scheduling, evaluation, and development of the staff.
•    Manage and mentor volunteers.
•    Ensure the Museum is in compliance with all regulations, laws, and local ordinances in the daily operation of the museum and its special events.

Qualifications
•    Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
•    Formal training in history, art, environmental studies, American Studies, Museum Studies; experience in non-profit management desired.
•    3 – 5 years of relevant experience, including business planning, fundraising, budgeting, staffing, and programming.
•    Experience in the non-profit sector in a leadership role, preferably at a museum.
•    Demonstrated success raising funds from diverse funding streams.
•    Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, comfortable with a dynamic and collaborative workplace.
•    Proven leadership and management of professional staff and volunteers, ability to collaborate and inspire diverse groups of people.
•    Excellent problem solving and team building skills.
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•    The ability to lead and work as part of a team, managing budgets, day-to-day operations, staff, volunteers and working with the Board of Directors.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Employer paid health benefits package and retirement savings matching program.

Deadline: Application review will begin on August 16, 2018. Position open until filled. 

How to Apply: Please send curriculum vitae or resume with cover letter and contact information for three references via email to the Search Committee at wardsearchcommittee@salisbury.edu.

To learn more about the Ward Museum, please visit us online at www.wardmuseum.org.
The Ward Museum/ Ward Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

AmeriCorps Member

 The Ward Museum is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and promoting wildfowl art and related materials, and interpreting their significance through educational programs and publications. The Volunteer Program for the Ward Museum works with regular docents, volunteers for special events and other outreach events.


AmeriCorps Member responsibilities with the Ward Museum Volunteer Department will include recruiting volunteers from Salisbury University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and WorWic to increase participation by younger adults and to encourage partnerships with Academia. The appropriate candidate will be able to answer phones, find answers to volunteer questions for staff and complete assigned project logistics. The AmeriCorps member will also assist in data entry and upkeep of volunteer contact information.

Requirements for applicants include the following:
•    Have a strong interest in serving the community
•    Be at least 18 years of age
•    Able to provide copy of either high school diploma, GED, or college transcript
•    Have reliable transportation
•    Be available to attend the tuition-free, AmeriCorps class at Salisbury University bi-weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters.
•    Be available to serve for approximately 20 hours/week for half-time service for at least 48 weeks.
•    Must successfully pass a comprehensive Criminal History Check, which includes FBI fingerprinting
•    Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien

This position is offered through a partnership with ShoreCorps, the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University. It is contingent upon federal funding and approval of the AmeriCorps office. For more information on AmeriCorps requirements, benefits and responsibilities, visit www.salisbury.edu/americorps
 

 For more information contact Mary Kline, Volunteer Cooridinator at mekline@salisbury.edu

 

Internships

These are unpaid internships. The Ward Museum will assist the intern in receiving course credit, where available. Course credit ranges from 1-3 credits; work period is January – May; May-July; August-December. Positions are open until filled; if interested submit your resume and cover letter to the contact provided ASAP.

Special Assistant to the Museum Director


Supervisor: Lora Bottinelli, Executive Director, Ward Museum- lmbottinelli@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Director’s Office supporting daily operations of not-for-profit arts organization. Excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and to learn about not-for-profit business practices and program planning in an organization that receives funding from a variety of sources: private donors, corporations, foundations and government (local/state/federal).

Duties: Support special projects of the Museum Director, including program and event support, fundraising efforts and administrative tasks. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Director’s Office.

Qualifications: 3rd or 4th year students who and have an interest in the arts, cultural issues and the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, communication and technical skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)
• Graphic design, event planning, or community engagement experience preferred.

 

Membership Intern


Supervisor: Sarah Maciarello, Membership and Gift Coordinator, Ward Museum- semaciarello@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Membership Office supporting its membership program. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Membership Office.

Duties: performance of membership data entry work for renewals, recruitment, and retention of members.
Support mailings and solicitation programs related to membership recruitment and giving campaigns.
Support development of membership incentives and membership activities (including raffles, drawings) as needed.

Qualifications: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student who has an interest in the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, commination and technical skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)

 

Photography Intern


Supervisor: Aurelio Giannitti, Education Director, Ward Museum- aggiannitti@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated photography intern to assist the museum in capturing its public programs and activities. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on the public calendar of the museum.

Duties: Using the museum’s public calendar as a guiding tool, the intern will photograph the museum’s public events and programs in Fall 2015. Photographs will be used for marketing and publicity purposes. Student will organize, index and edit photographs for future use, including posts to social media and the museum website www.wardmusuem.org

Qualifications: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student with proven skills in event or art photography. Student will need to show a small portfolio of work as part of selection process.
• Strong photography skills and digital design/editing ability
• Strong organizational skills and flexible schedule

 

Marketing Intern


Supervisor: Brittany Andrew, Deputy Director, Ward Museum- bnandrew@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Marketing Office supporting its outreach program. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Marketing Office.

Duties: Support prepping marketing materials, requesting donation for events raffles, sell advertising for journal, website content management, social media updates, creating ad copy. Work assignments will vary, based on marketing needs of the museum.

Qualifications: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student who has an interest in the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, commination and technical skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)
• Graphic design, event planning, or community engagement experience preferred.

SU C-MAT Practicum students are given first priority for placement.


Events Intern


Supervisor: Kristie Clattenburg, Events Director, Ward Museum- kaclattenburg@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Events Department supporting its program. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Event Department.

Duties: Support prepping events team materials, Worlds Championship Competition (Spring intern), preparations for Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo(fall intern), updating outreach calendars, social media updates. Work assignments will vary, based on event needs of the museum.

Qualifications: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student who has an interest in the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, commination and technical skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)
• Graphic design, event planning, or community engagement experience preferred.

SU C-MAT Practicum students are given first priority for placement.

 

Museum Studies Intern


Supervisor: Jackson Medel, Curator and Folklorist, Ward Museum- jtmedel@salisbury.edu

Applied anthropology, sometime referred to as the fifth branch of anthropology, takes anthropology outside of academia and into the professional world. What does applied anthropology look like in a museum setting? It can take many forms, including the curation of and research on material culture and archival documents. This internship will draw on anthropological approaches to tourism, heritage conservation, art, and the environment as the student intern immerses his- or herself in a museum setting, assisting in day-to-day activities of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art’s Curator and Folklorist. Hands-on experience may be provided in the areas of archival organization, material culture documentation, folklore research and organization, grant writing, non-profit management, and other areas dictated by student interests and museum needs.

Qualifications:
Second, 3rd, or 4th year students with an interest in material culture, heritage conservation, history, and/or anthropology. The intern must be highly-motivated and able to work independently. The intern must also possess strong academic writing and time management skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, and be highly organized and show attention to detail.

 

Education Intern


Supervisor: Aurelio Giannitti, Education Director, Ward Museum- aggiannitti@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Education Department supporting daily operations of not-for-profit arts organization.

Duties:
Support the Ward Museum Green Schools Program, including program and event support, fundraising efforts and administrative tasks relating to the Green Schools Program.

Qualifications:
3rd or 4th year students who and have an interest in environmental science and the Green Schools Program. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, communication and technical skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)
• Graphic design, event planning, or community engagement experience preferred.

 

Accounting Intern

Supervisor: Kevin Evans, Controller, Ward Museum- kjevans@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Accounting Office supporting daily operations of not-for-profit organization. Excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and to learn about not-for-profit business practices in an organization that receives funding from a variety of sources: private donors, corporations, foundations and government (local/state/federal).

Duties:
Provide assistance with Accounts payable; Accounts receivable; Credit card reconciliations; Data entry into QuickBooks accounting software; Report generation; Bank Reconciliations; Cash receipts and disbursements Journals; Document filing; Grant report preparation; Tax, labor and insurance report preparation; Month End Journal Entries; Preparation of schedules in support of general ledger accounts, such as prepaid insurance, and deferred revenue.

* These are activities occurring during the intern’s work period at the Ward Museum. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Accounting Office.
Qualifications:

Candidates should be majoring in accounting and have an interest in the arts and cultural community and the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing skills.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc).
• Knowledge of QuickBooks preferred.
• Experience with database management preferred.

 

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