Executive Director

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
$60,000 per year (DOE)
Job Category: 
Organizational Overview: 

Founded in 1985, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society promotes the history of the Duwamish Peninsula through education, preservation, and advocacy. The society operates the Log House Museum, which features rotating exhibits and public programming. The Society cares for a collection of over 10,000 items, is active in historic preservation efforts, and conducts original historical research. We are an organization committed to professional excellence and are deeply invested in our community.

Role Responsibilities: 

Role and Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for the consistent achievement of the mission of the SWSHS to promote local history of the Duwamish Peninsula through advocacy, preservation, and education. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the SWSHS, focusing on its fundraising, administration, and financial management.

The Executive Director is a full-time exempt position and is expected to maintain limited posted office hours as well as perform evening and weekend duties such as committee meetings and community events, and in addition:

  • Fulfill all tasks delegated in the bylaws to the Executive Director;
  • Engage with the Board and Staff on the administrative needs of the SWSHS in accordance with its mission, and assist in the development of long-range and strategic plans;
  • Act within nonprofit, history, historic preservation, and museum codes of ethics; and
  • Pursue best practices in history, museum, and nonprofit management according to standards determined by the Board.


Development & Fundraising (approximately 60% of time)

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining sustainable revenue streams through cultivating major gifts, grant writing and management/reporting, event coordination, and membership development;
  • Advocate the mission of SWSHS to the public, foundations, and governmental bodies;
  • Enhance the visibility of SWSHS via fundraising programs, projects, and events;
  • Promote SWSHS via internal and external tools and media;
  • Appropriately liaison with heritage organizations and governmental officials; and
  • Responsible for volunteer recruitment and retention with support from Volunteer Coordinator and Staff.

Administration and Financial Management

  • Develop and maintain consistent internal financial controls such as cash tracking and procurement approval process;
  • Advise Board on developing written administrative and personnel policies and procedures;
  • Directly supervise fundraising and administrative staff, contractors, and volunteers;
  • Supervise contract bookkeeper to ensure correct and complete accounts management including maintaining appropriate expense and revenue categories;
  • Lead strategic and long-range planning;

Facilities management

  • Work with Facilities Committee to develop and implement Facilities Master Plan;
  • Plan and manage capital projects separately from regular maintenance;
  • Ensure regular facilities maintenance with staff and volunteer support so the museum is visitor ready;
  • Ensure ADA accessibility standards are met; and


  • Support staff to assure safe and efficient museum operations; and
  • Facilitate security policies.

To see a full job description please visit https://www.loghousemuseum.org/get-involved/employment/

Candidate Qualifications: 

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Academic degree in nonprofit management, fundraising, communications, historic preservation, museology, or other area consistent with Job Summary;
  • Minimum of three years administrative experience;
  • Experience fundraising, including major gifts, grants, membership programs, and events;
  • Experience working with historical societies and museums;
  • Experience working with volunteers;
  • Knowledge of nonprofit best practices and relevant state and federal law;
  • Able to work independently, to manage time, and to delegate appropriately; and
  • Able to travel in the Seattle area.

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of QuickBooks or other accounting software;
  • Knowledge of Little Green Light or other customer relationship management or fundraising software;
  • Familiarity with the AASLH Standards of Excellence Program curriculum;
  • Comfort and experience in collaborating with diverse groups of colleagues and the public; and
  • Experience in building and facilities maintenance.

How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Application Instructions: 
Email cover letter and resume to curator@loghousemuseum.org