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Museum Manager

Lake Wales Depot Museum, Lake Wales

Museum Manager

Performs a variety of complex supervisory, professional, administrative and technical work in managing the museum to include exhibit organization and scheduling, supervision of collections care and preservation, research, public educational programming, volunteer programming, public relations, and grant writing and fundraising.

Works under the general direction of the Director of Library and Historical Resources.

All administrative staff and volunteers as assigned.


  • Direct, coordinate, promote, implement, and evaluate the operations, activities, and programs of the Museum.
  • Enforce policies and procedures for the Museum
  • Supervise, schedule, train and evaluate regular and part-time employees and volunteers.
  • Supervise the Collections Specialist in his/her role of coordinating the museum collection maintaining an inventory of collections, and providing adequate storage and maintenance
  • Plan and oversee the exhibition installations of permanent museum collection and any traveling collections/exhibits.
  • Prepare and monitor the annual Museum budget, including the development of goals and objectives, controlling expenditures, and preparing grant applications.
  • Direct the development and implementation of Museum outreach programs through outside conferences, the community, schools, other museums, tourism, and the general public, by means of public relations, public access, other volunteers, and events.
  • Direct fundraising projects, including research, proposal preparation, performing liaison activities with potential donors, and development of potential funding contacts.
  • Coordinate programming in collaboration with other agencies and groups to provide a broad spectrum of cultural services for the public.
  • Direct and coordinate general maintenance, security, and preservation of buildings and grounds, assuring the safety and security of staff and visitors.
  • Ensure accurate interpretation and presentation of historical information through intensive research.
  • Write and distribute press releases, promote activities, and respond to public inquiries.
  • 20 Continuing Education Units (CEU) per year selected and approved by Director of Library & Historical Resources, to enhance professional skills and knowledge in field.
  • Work flexible hours.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

TO APPLY: Send resume/application to Human Resources Department, City of Lake Wales, P.O. Box 1320, Lake Wales, FL 33859-1320, or to the following E-mail address: Position open until filled. EOE/V/DFWP.


  • Education and Experience: (A) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Museum Studies, Education, Art History or other related field, and (B) Three to five years of experience in museum/non-profit management, (C) Any equivalent combination of education and experience. (D) MA preferred

Special Requirements

Knowledge of:

  • Specific historical or art-related discipline pertinent to the museum’s goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge of Lake Wales’ history
  • Budget management, funding sources, and grant proposal preparation and procedures.
  • Museum and historical site interpretive activities and programs through community participation, and touring exhibits and shows,
  • Ability to:
  • Coordinate, organize, and implement museum activities and specialized events and exhibits.
  • Prepare and distribute press releases and promote museum activities and programs.
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate employees and volunteers.
  • Research, compile, and prepare records and reports.
  • Write and process grant proposals for various funding sources.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse audiences, agencies, schools officials, the media, funders, donors, and others contacted in the course of work.
  • Effectively coordinate sponsor and fundraising activities and establish cooperative working relationships with these contacts.
  • Operate computer software programs. • Work flexible hours.

Miscellaneous Information

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


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