Journey Museum and Learning Center Seeks an Executive Director

Jobs, Professional Opportunities
white background with a red turtle icon with organizational title in black wrapping around the turtle

The Journey Museum and Learning Center Executive Director position requires a decisive leader, strategic thinker, engaging fundraiser, networker and advocate. The ideal candidate will have experience managing a cultural institution or similar facility, an advanced degree, and proven management experience. Fundraising, fiscal management, staff leadership, program development, project management, and building audiences are key responsibilities. The Journey Museum and Learning Center (JMLC) recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and the Museum Alliance of Rapid City (MARC) Board seeks a new Executive Director to lead the institution in the next phase of growth and development. 

This position requires skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Employee Relations
  • Board Relations
  • Public Relations, Marketing Development and Fundraising
  • Exhibitions, Collections, and Educational Programs

Position Requirements

  • Minimum 4-year college degree.
  • Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Public History, History, MBA is a plus.
  • Experience managing a cultural institution, museum, arts center, or similar organization
  • Fundraising experience including successful donor cultivation and sponsorship relations, securing major gifts, grant writing and networking.
  • Management experience including budgets, staff, facilities, and programs.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; able to translate ideas into actions.

The salary range for this position is $75,000 – $85,000 based on education and experience. A full benefits package is offered.

Located in the heart of Rapid City, South Dakota, the Journey Museum and Learning Center (JMLC) opened to the public in 1997. The city owned building and grounds comprise of eleven (11) acres and is overseen by the non-profit organization, the Museum Alliance of Rapid City (MARC). The museum is funded through a combination of funds from the City of Rapid City, earned income, donations, and grants. An Executive Director and Board of Directors constitute the governing body of the JMLC.  Telling the story of the Black Hills region, JMLC takes visitors on a journey through time with four major collection areas including geology and paleontology, archaeology, Native American culture, and Pioneer history. The JMLC utilizes unique partnerships with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the South Dakota Archaeological Research Center, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, the Minnilusa Pioneer Historical Association, and the City of Rapid City. The JMLC serves as a forum to preserve and explore the heritage and cultures of the Black Hills region and the knowledge of its natural environment to understand and value our past, enrich our present, and meet the challenges of the future.  Visit the JMLC website.

Learn more about this job.

We sometimes make mistakes, and we are happy to correct any errors that you may come across on our site. If you find an error, please let us know using the “submit a correction” link.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Share your news

Have some important news to share? We can help you get it out there! Fill out the submission form and send it our way.