Job Opportunity, Executive Director (full time)


The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society is seeking a dynamic museum/archives professional to serve as Executive Director.

The Executive Director is responsible to the Society’s Board of Directors and must be knowledgeable in all aspects of an organization of our size and scope including programming, finances, facility management, fundraising, grantsmanship, staff supervision, and volunteer recruitment and co-ordination. The Director should also have experience in media relations, promotion, contract administration, and facility maintenance. We are seeking an individual who has the management and administrative vision to take advantage of the opportunities created by this situation and who will bring a commitment to the purpose of the organization and be able to get the most from staff and others. In 2018 the Board approved a new five-year strategic plan. The successful candidate will oversee it and motivate, encourage, and energize people, build relationships with external stakeholders, and create an impact in the social, cultural, and political environment in which the organization operates.

Executive Director Major Responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing major fundraising initiatives;
  • Developing and implementing major membership growth initiatives;
  • Managing, mentoring and motivating staff including conducting performance reviews;
  • Overseeing day-to-day business activities and facility management;
  • Drafting organizational policies and philosophies for review and acceptance by our Board;

Engaging with the City of Thunder Bay, community groups, and representing the museum publicly and in the media; and with the assistance of the CAO, preparation for Board review and approval of cost/benefit reviews of various initiatives, annual budgets, monthly financial and investment reports to the Board, and monthly operational reports to the Board.

Requirements: Executive Director should have:

  • A minimum of Masters degree in an appropriate discipline along with 10 years of progressively responsible experience;
  • 6 years of experience in a managerial position within the heritage, or cultural facility industry;
  • Ability to identify challenges, prioritize, and make quick decisions when required;
  • Ability to deal with various types of personalities and opinions;
  • Industry-appropriate technological and computer literacy;
  • Effective communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and leadership skills;
  • An openness to new ideas and technological solutions to operational responsibilities;
  • Public relations and marketing knowledge; and
  • A demonstrated track-record of obtaining external funding.

Preference will be given to those with the right mix of practical experience, education, and credentials. Salary will be commensurate with experience.  39.84/hr for a 35-hour week

Please email a résumé and references to: Attn: Mr. Frank Gerry, President, Thunder Bay Museum, 425 Donald St. E., Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 5V1

The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

About the Thunder Bay Museum:

The Society was founded in 1908 as a historical society and a museum was added in 1942 and expanded several times since. Though much of its funding comes from the City of Thunder Bay, the Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization that now operates a museum, archives, and historical society in a designated heritage building that it has restored and retrofitted, and which is leased from the municipality. The Society has an annual operating budget of approximately $570K and employs eight permanent staff and dozens of volunteers. It also has a capital budget that varies depending on its needs. Staff includes a curator, chief administrative officer, registrar, exhibit designer, education and outreach officer, front desk receptionist/gift shop manager, and a bookkeeper.


About the City of Thunder Bay:

Nestled between Lake Superior and the boreal forest, Thunder Bay is a contemporary, urban and energetic city. Located west of Toronto and southeast of Winnipeg, our city offers modern amenities, rewarding employment opportunities, a low stress lifestyle and a low cost of living. To learn more about living and working in Thunder Bay, go to