The Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum seeks a professional leader, skilled in building strong teams, developing business relationships and creating meaningful public programs. The individual, who will assume the role of Executive Director at the Diefenbunker, must be capable of designing and implementing a long-term sustainability plan for the museum. The candidate should have an understanding of the needs and value of curatorial collections and of the exigencies of managing a designated historic site.
The Diefenbunker Museum is a community museum housed inside a National Historic Site, a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the preservation, interpretation and display of Canadian history (and its geopolitical, technological, and cultural implications) during the Cold War. It is located in the town of Carp, Ontario on the outskirts of Ottawa. Constructed in the 1959-61, the Central Emergency Government Headquarters (CEGHQ) at Canadian Forces Station Carp, popularly known as the Diefenbunker, was the flagship of a hierarchy of a cross-country network of government shelters, which were an integral part of Canada’s preparations for a possible nuclear attack on North America.
The Executive Director (ED) oversees the management of the Museum and works closely and collaboratively with the Board of Directors and various Board Committees. The ED is ultimately responsible for the management of all of the employees of the Diefenbunker and must have a significant and successful track record in doing so and strong communication skills. The ED additionally plays a crucial role with funding partners such as the City of Ottawa, businesses and a variety of stakeholders and members of the community. The ability to bring a vision for the future, lead a team of diverse professionals, communicate clearly, capture relevant statistics, and to oversee proper financial management, while achieving goals and balancing conflicting priorities are among the key elements of the position. Given the important leadership responsibilities of the position, the ED is also required to maintain a high level of accountability and reliability. As the "face" of the organization and a respected member of the Ontario Museum Association, the ED finds opportunities to collaborate with and enhance museums in the Ottawa Capital region while discovering potential partnerships in Canada and elsewhere.
The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. museum studies, business, geography, history, art history, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, art management), combined with seven to ten years of strong managerial and project management expertise or an equivalent combination of both. The candidate will have related experience in administration, fund raising, building relationships, employee management, leading creative teams, communication and public speaking.
Demonstrated community involvement and a Professional Designation, e.g. CAE (Canadian Society of Association Executives) or AFOP (Association of Fundraising Professionals), or a technical understanding of building systems would be considered assets.
The ED must be willing to work in accordance with the Diefenbunker Museum core values, and operating principles and to become familiar with the Canadian history of the Cold War.
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Submit your application electronically by February 23, 2018, to:
Bernard Proulx, Board President