Jobs at the Museum

The Museum is currently seeking an Executive Director. Job description is listed below. Please no phone inquiries.

Executive Director

The Napa Valley Museum is seeking qualified candidates who possess experience and knowledge of Museum practices, developmental skills, organizational management, and fiscal stability. This position requires participation with the Board of Trustees in developing and carrying out our Museum vision with strategic planning and goal setting.

It is our belief that with strong leadership we will continue to build community support, membership, donors, and educational programs.

Requirements and Responsibilities

Increase revenue stream by:

  • Develop donor participation. Candidate must be comfortable meeting potential donors and participating in social events.
  • Participate, advise and work with Trustees in creating leads and performing the ‘ask’.
  • Must have comfortable public speaking skills.
  • Increase Patron-level partners and participate with Board to create Patron’s events.
  • Create unique fundraising special events.
  • Work with Board and Staff to develop exhibitions that engage the public, are state of the art and are profitable.
  • Understand and oversee our Museum-in-the-Classroom educational outreach program.
  • Understand and oversee our permanent Museum collection including both accession and deaccession of artifacts.
  • Plan, prepare and administrate Museum budgets. Write and circulate Annual Report.
  • Manage and hire staff.
  • Increase Membership and Volunteer support through community outreach.
  • Work to establish target audience and use both print and electronic media to bring community and visitors to the Museum. Establish good relationships with Board and Staff.
  • Ensure the operations and administration of the museum are in compliance with laws and regulations.

This is a full time, salaried exempt, at will position (40 hours per week minimum with some weekends and evening hours required)


  • Proven successful fundraising and grant writing
  • Graduate degree preferred from accredited college or university in
  • Arts Administration, Art History, and Museum Studies or related.
  • Management experience essential. Business experience helpful. Our candidate will have knowledge of art, Califomia history, Museum
  • Management, fundraising, public relations and computer skills.
  • Familiarity with Napa Valley and its communities preferred


The Napa Valley Museum seeks the best qualified individual and is offering salary from $75,000 to $100,000 with health benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining experience and achievements, demonstrated leadership, proven fundraising skills and your vision for future success of the Napa Valley Museum. Please send along with current resume outlining work experiences in PDF format to Board President Ronda Schaer via by January 31 , 2017. References will be requested when appropriate. Candidacy applications will be held in strictest confidence. It is expected that the Search Committee will make hiring recommendation no later than Feb 28, 2017.

No phone calls please
NVM is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.