The Woodman Museum, located in Dover, NH, seeks a full-time Executive Director to provide leadership and management of a dynamic and growing organization.  Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director coordinates, directs, and participates in fundraising and fundraising strategies, including developing major gift opportunities and researching and writing grant proposals to assure the financial health of the organization.  The Director creates an operating plan which identifies staffing and volunteer needs; selects, assigns, trains, and supervises the operations director and other paid staff and volunteers; and promotes and expands volunteer participation.

The Director collaborates with community partners, including municipal and community organizations and individuals, to enhance the arts in the Dover area and to communicate the Woodman’s mission and vision.  The ideal candidate will have a degree in arts management (or equivalent) and a track-record of successful fundraising and community development.  Museum experience preferred but not required.  Salary range between $50,000-$65,000 depending upon needed benefits.  Please send a cover letter and resume to Head Trustee Dave Dupont at by April 30, 2018.

The Woodman Museums seeks an entrepreneurial and creative leader to guide the Museum into its second century. The Woodman Museum is located in Dover, NH, 20 minutes north of Portsmouth.  Opened in 1916 and supported by a $1.2 Million endowment left by founder Annie Woodman, today the organization houses a collection of historic, local, natural history and decorative arts and owns 4 buildings, including the oldest intact garrison house in New Hampshire.

In many ways, The Woodman is three museums in one – Local History, Natural Science and Decorative Arts – setting it apart from a traditional New England historic house museum. The Board of Trustees is adopting a new strategic plan in 2018 laying out goals for financial sustainability, increased relevance and audience growth. The Executive Director will be responsible for developing the vision, plan, and resources to bring these goals to life.


Dover, NH has a population of 31,000 and is the fastest growing city in the state. Dover also has the fastest growing cohort of 20-40 year olds in New Hampshire.  It is a former mill town and features historic architecture and a walkable downtown set along the banks of the Cochecho River. Two former mill buildings have been renovated as apartments and artist studios, and are home to trendy businesses and restaurants.

In addition to the Woodman Museum, Dover is home to the Children’s Museum of NH, and has an active Arts Commission, Rotary Club, Main Street Organization, and Chamber of Commerce all of which contribute to the cultural life of the community.  Apple Harvest Day and a 4th of July celebration are the two large public festivals held downtown, attracting as many as 60,000 people.

Characteristics and Qualifications

1.     Skilled at interpersonal relationships, motivating others, and building internal and external relationships around a shared vision;

2.     Entrepreneurial with enthusiasm for new ideas, a willingness to build processes that support innovation and to find original solutions to the complex challenges of sustainability and relevance;

3.     Demonstrated communication skills including public speaking and writing;

4.     Able to assess the organization’s core strengths and to translate those into programs and exhibits that engage the public;

5.     Able to work independently with minimal direction, to prioritize, and to execute on time and on budget.


Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office on site during regular business hours.  Some night and weekend hours may be required.



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