Job Posting: Executive Director for the Bong Center

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center (legal name Bong P-38 Fund, Inc.) in Superior is seeking an Executive Director.  This position provides strategic leadership in the professional administration and management of the organization.  The Executive Director shall develop and implement long range and annual work plans; provide fiscal, business and facility operations management; direct the hiring, training, supervision and motivation of staff, interns, and volunteers; demonstrate entrepreneurial initiatives in programming and business management; support fundraising efforts; oversee the Center’s public relations, marketing, and outreach community development efforts.

A successful candidate shall have the ability to build upon the Bong Center’s recent successes and provide a vision for future growth and sustainability.  2022 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Bong Center, which will present opportunities for community engagement and to showcase the organization’s work to preserve veteran stories.  Built upon the legacy of Poplar native Major Richard I. Bong, the Bong Center is home to the stories of America’s Ace of Aces, the Twin Ports Shipbuilding industry of World War II, and military stories from World War II to the present day.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, history, American studies, museum studies, nonprofit administration, or a related field plus eight years management experience in customer service at a historic museum OR an advanced degree plus five years management experience or equivalent.
  • Ability to develop a working knowledge of US military history and the veterans’ experience.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction. Experience developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, non-profits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
  • Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Experience in utilizing social media platforms.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards of Directors, volunteers, and in community relations and outreach capacities.
  • Competence in managing museum operations, including personnel matters. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with, museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
  • Willingness to continue pursuing personal professional development and supporting staff in the pursuit of their professional development
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget (including preparation of grant applications).
  • Strong business management skills.
  • Excellent planning, time management and decision-making skills. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, customer relationship management systems, and QuickBooks or similar programs is essential.
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • United States military veteran with honorable discharge
  • Knowledge of Project Management principles.
  • Ability to adapt to changing expectation and priorities.

Salary and Benefits

  • Minimum starting salary:  $65,000 annually, commensurate with experience
  • Group health insurance with HSA contribution
  • Annual Retirement Contribution
  • Paid Time Off & Holiday Pay
  • Performance Bonus Opportunities

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references to the Search Committee by 5 pm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 for consideration.  Application materials should be sent by email to execdirectorsearch@bongcenter.org  with the subject line “Executive Director Search” or by mail to:

Executive Director Search Committee
Bong P-38 Fund, Inc.
305 Harbor View Parkway
Superior, WI 54880

A full job description can be found here.

The Bong P-38 Fund, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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