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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

POSITION TITLE:                       Curator for Vehicles

ORGANIZATION:                      Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.

REPORTS TO:                             Executive Director

POSITION LOCATION:            Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Speedway, Indiana

FLSA STATUS:                            Exempt

This position description is for an employee of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC (“Speedway”) to work for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”), d/b/a Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (“Museum”), pursuant to the relationships of the Speedway and the Foundation set forth in their Shared Services Agreement dated as of December 2006, as currently in effect and as it may hereafter be amended.

 Essential Functions:

Full-time position as Curator for Vehicles to oversee all aspects of the Museum’s curatorial and education programs with respect to its collection of race cars, passenger cars, dragsters, motorcycles, land speed record holders, and similar racing and automotive vehicles, which currently number more than 350.  Working within the context of the Foundation’s strategic plan, master facility plan, and the master interpretive plan for the Museum, the Curator of Vehicles will provide vision and leadership for implementation of those plans, including (a) the development and execution of plans for preserving, restoring, and maintaining all Museum vehicles, as well as vehicles on permanent or temporary loan to the Museum; (b) developing permanent, temporary, periodic, and traveling exhibits from vehicles in the Museum’s collections and loaned to the Museum; (c) assisting the Curator of Media and Historic Archives (“MHA”) and education staff with exhibits and programs that focus primarily on non-vehicle objects or content; (d) overseeing restoration and maintenance of all Museum vehicles; (e) oversight of vehicle collections acquisition and management, including assessments of vehicles in the collection and recommendations for disposition of duplicate, non-functional, or other vehicles that do not fit the Museum’s mission and strategic plan; (f) oversees research on Museum vehicles and develops a program to provide research services for owners of similar vehicles; (g) provides expertise and guidance in the acquisition of reference and other materials for research and archives that relate to vehicles; (h) assists in the  development of public access to Museum archives and sharing of Museum collections on-line through photography and digitization; and (i) creation of content for the Museum’s website, social media, and other communications vehicles to both educate and promote the Museum.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Preservation, restoration, and storage of vehicles
    1. Oversees organization, documentation, and storage of Museum vehicles, including vehicles on permanent or temporary loan to the Museum
    2. Analyzes donations of prospective vehicles for appropriateness in Museum collection
    3. Solicits donations of vehicles
    4. Develops three to five-year restoration plan, prioritizing vehicles that merit restoration, and working with other Museum staff, develops individual vehicle plan and budget
    5. Responsible for assuring accuracy of all descriptions of vehicles on display or loan, including research to determine provenance of vehicles
    6. Represents the Museum at automobile concours, conferences, meetings, and other gatherings involving historic race cars, Indiana passenger cars and other vehicles
    7. Serves as liaison to owners of historic race cars and passenger cars on substantive matters about vehicle provenance, history, construction, and restoration
    8. Periodically analyzes existing vehicle collection to eliminate duplicates, significantly deteriorated, or inappropriate vehicles, and works with other staff to assure proper disposal, sale, or other disposition
    9. Assures proper storage and maintenance of vehicles to maximize preservation for future use and reference
    10. Develops individualized standards and plans for maintaining each vehicle in the Museum’s collection
    11. In consultation and conjunction with other Museum staff, works with third-party contractors specializing in vehicle restoration and preservation to implement Museum restoration plans and priorities
  1. Works with and oversees the work of third-party curators and/or experts and other staff on curating aspects of the Museum’s vehicle collection as to which the Curator has limited expertise
  1. Development of permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits using Museum vehicles
    1. Provides leadership in developing concepts for Museum exhibits, maintaining an on-going three to five-year exhibit plan.
    2. Works with individuals and partner organizations to obtain items on loan for Museum exhibits.
    3. Works with Museum colleagues to develop written, audio, and film/video content for exhibits.
    4. Works with counterparts in other Museums to develop traveling or joint exhibits.
    5. Oversees budgeting, planning, installation, and break-down of all exhibits.
    6. Works with sponsorship and fundraising staff to secure funding for exhibits.
    7. Works with communications and outreach staff on promoting exhibits.
    8. Assures all Museum staff and volunteers are informed about the exhibit and can act as interpreters and guides.
    9. Develops educational and programmatic content to enhance exhibit content and story-telling.
    10. Provides leadership in organizing annual Historic Racing Exhibition and the periodic Pace Car Reunions.

4    Works collaboratively with Curator for MHA to develop special exhibits and refresh permanent exhibits with content and objects from the Vehicle and MHA collections. 

  1. Develops and manages loan program for Museum vehicles, assuring the safe use and display of all Museum vehicles while on loan. Develops collaborative relations with other automotive museum curators to facilitate exhibit development with loaned vehicles.  Develops relationships with private vehicle owners to gain access to historically important vehicles for Museum exhibits.
  1. Participates in Museum’s design and development efforts for facility improvements as lead for vehicles, assuring adequate storage, lighting, temperature and humidity controls, and public access opportunities. Assists with development of interactive exhibits involving vehicles.
  2. General Administrative Duties
    1. Develops and oversees three-year and annual plans and budgets for vehicle collections and exhibits.
    2. Assists other staff in preparing content for tours, education programs, exhibits, museum self-guided tours, Museum mobile applications, and similar communications vehicles.
    3. Works with senior leadership of Foundation and Board of Directors to implement strategic plan, provide support for other functional groups, and enhance communications aspects of colleagues’ projects.
    4. Hires, supervises, evaluates, trains, and otherwise manages members of team and provides input on performance evaluations of other staff.  Currently, supervises Restoration Services Manager, Assistant Curator, Vehicle Maintenance Specialist.   Collaboratively supervises other staff that may be engaged in vehicle management, such as Museum Historian.

Job Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic knowledge of automobile and race car mechanics, car construction and operation, running and maintenance needs
  • Experience with preservation, restoration, maintenance, and proper storage of vehicles
  • Extensive substantive knowledge about open wheel race cars, open wheel racing, other race series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 and other races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Familiarity with the owners of key open wheel race cars and select passenger cars
  • Strong research, organizational, and writing skills
  • Experience with website and social media management (Facebook, Twitter)

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in history, library science, archives, museum studies, motorsports, or similar educational program; or the substantial equivalent in other training or direct job experience.
  • At least 15 years’ experience in working with race cars, passenger cars, and similar vehicles, and communicating and educating the public through use of such vehicles.
  • Basic understandings of mechanical and automotive systems, restoration, and maintenance.
  • Extensive knowledge of auto racing, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 and other races at the IMS track, IndyCar racing, NASCAR, and other racing series.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail in the display, transport, and storage of vehicles.
  • Extensive experience working collaboratively with a variety of people with different skills and abilities.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Understands annual planning and budgeting processes and has had significant experience with both.
  • Understands data and can analyze it to monitor and measure performance.
  • Uses technology to achieve desired results; uses MICROSOFT Office products (OUTLOOK, WORD and EXCEL), and other software and hardware technology systems.

Complexity/Problem Solving:

  • Handles several projects and varying deadlines simultaneously.
  • Develops solutions to problems that arise during the day.
  • Handles difficult personalities, both as to staff and the public, in a constructive, positive fashion resulting in appropriate resolutions of disputes and/or difficult situations.
  • Experiments to find creative solutions. Enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar opportunities.
  • Creatively handles staff resistance to implementing changes in policies and procedures.
  • Analyzes outcomes of programs and processes, seeks improvement, plans for and implements improvements, striving always to work as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  • Not afraid of experimenting (within reason), failing, or learning from new approaches.

Discretion/Latitude/Decision-Making:

  • Works independently, without direct supervision.
  • Distinguishes between problems and solutions requiring management approval and those that s/he may resolve directly.
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary, confidential, and sensitive information.
  • Has a high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in an ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • Prioritizes projects and adjust priorities in light of changing needs and circumstances.
  • Follows through promptly and delivers work product on-time and of a superior quality.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts:

  • Communicates with passion and commitment the mission and vision of the Museum as well as its strategic and operating plans to third parties as well as internal audiences.
  • Effectively communicates plans and ideas to colleagues and external individuals or organizations.
  • Communicates performance issues to supervised staff and provides guidance, training, and constructive feedback.
  • Communicates effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Keeps colleagues and supervisor informed of progress of tasks, as well as issues that require supervisor’s resolution.
  • Knows when to ask questions to seek guidance and when to move forward on his or her own.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Work requires physical exertions and/or physical strains.  May involve infrequent exposure to disagreeable weather conditions.  Must periodically work evenings and on weekends, especially in May.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 


 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

POSITION TITLE:                       Restoration Technician

ORGANIZATION:                      Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum)

REPORTS TO:                             Manager of Restoration Services

POSITION LOCATION:            Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

FLSA STATUS:                            Non-Exempt

OTHER STATUS:                        Full-time

This position description is for an employee of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC, (“Speedway”) to work for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc. (d/b/a Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum), pursuant to the relationships of the Speedway and the Foundation set forth in their Shared Services Agreement dated as of December 2006, as currently in effect and as it may hereafter be amended.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum restoration services is responsible for the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of the Museum’s vehicle collection.  

Responsibilities:

The Restoration Technician assists the Manager of Restoration Services in restoring Museum vehicles as funds allow; maintaining Museum vehicles used in exhibitions, parades, demonstrations, and concours/car shows; preserving vehicles that do not run; and maintaining all running vehicles.   The Technician may assist in the supervision and training of other Museum staff who get involved in restoration projects from time to time, interns, seasonal assistants, and volunteers.

Specific duties include:

  • Repairing damaged, aged, or otherwise incomplete vehicles, including (a) fabricating components for chassis, frames, brackets, and other support and mechanical components as necessary; (b) repairing minor dents and body imperfections; (c) paint touch-ups; (d) rebuilding engine components; and (e) routine vehicle maintenance.
  • Assisting Manger of Restoration Services with maintenance program for all running Museum vehicles and implementing plans for each vehicle.
  • With Managers approval, purchasing of goods and equipment necessary for routine tasks and projects.
  • Transporting vehicles to local venues and between Museum controlled storage sites.
  • Supervising interns, other Museum staff who assist Restoration Services function from time to time, seasonal staff, and volunteers
  • Participating in meetings and training programs with respect to restoration services.
  • Under direction of Manager, collaborating with automotive museums on restoration matters.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in vintage/antique race car and automobile repair, restoration, preservation, and maintenance.
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent required; senior certification or Associates Degree in automotive engine design and repair, auto maintenance and repair, and/or bodywork preferred.
  • Experience and interest in older engine systems and body construction techniques.
  • Excellent attention to detail and high accuracy rate required.
  • Basic skills in welding, fabrication, use of metal lathe and mills, use of basic power tools for engine and body work, wiring, and similar technical skills and knowledge.
  • Current driver’s license valid in Indiana.
  • Interest in motorsports preferred, with experience working with race car maintenance a plus.
  • Knowledge of and experience using MICROSOFT Office products (WORD and EXCEL).
  • Problem solving skills:  ability to see and diagnose a problem, determine best method of fixing the problem, how to obtain and allocation necessary resources, and execute on the solution.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of individuals on technical matters.

Discretion/Latitude/Decision-Making:

  • Ability to work independently, without limited supervision.
  • Ability to distinguish between problems and solutions requiring management approval and those that s/he may resolve directly.
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary, confidential, and sensitive information.
  • Has a high degree of personal and professional integrity; acts in an ethical manner and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and adjust priorities in light of changing needs and circumstances, recognizes when to involve manager in decision-making about priorities.
  • Follows through promptly and delivers work product on-time and in acceptable condition/quality.
  • Ability to work within an established plan and budget.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts:

  • Ability to communicate own plans and ideas to colleagues and individuals or organizations with which s/he interacts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Keeps colleagues and supervisors informed of progress of tasks, as well as issues that require supervisor’s resolution.
  • Knows when to ask questions to seek guidance and when to move forward on his or her own.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Must work all or a part of a day on weekends at various times during the year, especially in April and May, during select other events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or as may periodically be requested and/or necessary.  Must be able to lift 40 pounds, push vehicles (with assistance of others), work underneath cars, bend over engine bays, and otherwise work at sometimes awkward angles or positions.  Due to potential work-related exposure to chemicals, awareness of and adherence to Hazard Communication and Personal Protective Equipment written programs is expected.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 


 

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION
Roanoke, VA

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc., the Commonwealth’s Official Transportation Museum, is looking for an experienced Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions and activities. You will be the face of the organization, responsible for: providing the proper strategic direction, engaging with potential donors and helping in all aspects of fund raising, implementing a high quality vision, guiding/helping with the day-to-day activities of this successful non-profit in all aspects of its business.

An excellent Executive Director is an individual who reflects a genuine passion for both his/her profession and the history of all modes of transportation. The proper candidate is an influential manager with abilities to be both a team player while also leading and motivating. This individual must have great communication skills and take a “macro” approach in working with the staff to manage the organization’s operations/resources. The goal is to manage and lead the organization towards the realization of its mission and to prepare it for an even stronger, brighter future.

The mission of the VMT is “to advance all modes of transportation across the Commonwealth, to celebrate and preserve the hard work and ingenuity of generations past, and to inspire current and future generations to value this industry which is essential to Virginia’s history, culture, and economic growth.”

Responsibilities

  • Develop/implement the necessary strategies/actions to achieve the goals developed by the Board of Directors which promote the organization’s mission, presence, and “voice”
  • Create complete business plans for the attainment of goals and objectives set by the board of directors
  • Build an effective team of leaders by providing guidance and coaching to subordinate managers; provide annual performance assessments and goal-setting for all key staffers
  • Ensure adherence of the organization’s daily activities and long-term plans to established policies and legal guidelines
  • Actively participate in fundraising/donor cultivation, and development efforts
  • Forge and maintain relationships of trust with the officers and directors, all vital stakeholders/donors, and external authorities
  • Act as the public speaker and public relations representative of the Museum in ways that strengthen its profile
  • Regularly review reports by subordinate staff members to acquire understanding of the organization’s financial and non-financial position
  • Engage, cultivate, and secure community, statewide, and national private and governmental support

Requirements

  • Proven experience as Executive Director or in other managerial positions
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities
  • Experience in developing (and implementing) successful strategies and plans
  • Ability to apply successful fundraising, development, and networking techniques
  • Strong understanding of financial matters and measures of performance
  • In depth knowledge of non-profit organizations governance/leadership principles and managerial best practices
  • An analytical mind capable of “out-of-the-box” thinking to solve problems
  • Being a team player while possessing outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and public speaking skills
  • A minimum of a BA/BS in business administration, management, or relevant/related field
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed, as well as a willingness to travel (with reimbursement for all VMT related expenses) occasionally during non-business hours

Please respond by e-mailing your resume and any other pertinent information you would like to share to: Careers@VMT.org


 

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION
Roanoke, VA

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc., the Commonwealth’s Official Transportation Museum, is looking for a Director of Development to identify, cultivate, solicit, secure and steward individual prospects and donors on behalf of the Museum.  Responsibilities include interacting with and soliciting donors and prospects for annual fund gifts (including events or corporate support as appropriate), major gifts and planned gifts as appropriate.  This key position will work directly with the VMT’s Board, the Board’s Development Committee, senior staff and volunteer leadership, and other fundraisers in order to achieve the development goals of the organization.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY

The Director of Development (DD) reports to the Executive Director (ED) and Deputy Director and collaborates with all team members. The DD is responsible for working with the ED, staff and Board to design and implement a fundraising strategy that allows the Museum to grow and ensures long-term sustainability. The DD will be chiefly responsible for membership/donor cultivation and acknowledgment, maintaining donor management databases, corporate sponsorship programs, planned giving campaigns, and fundraising events. The DD will also be responsible for grant writing, communications and other development activities as assigned.  This position will play a key role in designing and implementing the VMT’s near term and longer-term development plans and achieving its goals.

 

SPECIFC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES & ACTIVITIES

The DD works with the ED and Development Committee to design and implement a fund development plan to help the organization sustain its current activities and continue to grow in size and effectiveness. The core job responsibilities include the following:

  • Designing and executing a development plan that includes effective fundraising strategies that meets funding goals as set by the staff and board collectively.
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of major donor, individual giving, and membership cultivation programs (including special donor groups such as the 611 Society, etc.).
  • Working with the Events Coordinator to plan and organize major fundraising events.
  • Creating and maintaining tools and systems that support development goals.
  • Maintaining and expanding institutional giving (foundations and corporations), including writing grant proposals and reports (or causing same to be prepared).
  • Identifying new revenue and fund development opportunities.
  • Ensuring that a range of administrative tasks that support fund development are completed, such as processing checks, scheduling meetings, taking and distributing notes from development calls and meetings, generating acknowledgment letters, writing thank-you notes, and other tasks.
  • Establishing benchmarks and providing regular updates and reports to the ED and the Board
  • Involving (appropriately and selectively) Members of the Board in donor introduction and cultivation calls; as appropriate, counseling/training Board Members in this process (as/if needed)

 

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE MUST HAVE:

  • Excellent writing skills and computer skills (including website and social media experience)
  • 5-plus years of nonprofit fundraising experience and/or a demonstrated track record that matches this experience.
  • Experience developing and executing a fund development plan across individual giving, institutional giving, and event fundraising strategies.
  • Experience using spreadsheets and or other computer generated reports to manage donor relationships and donor giving.
  • Track record of success securing funding/funding commitments from foundations, individuals, and corporations, including:
  1. Identifying new prospects
  2. building and maintaining relationships
  3. Writing proposals and reports.

 

  • Strong relationship-building and relationship maintaining capabilities
  • Initiative to work with ED and Development Committee and other staff members to set and execute priorities.
  • Excellent time-management skills with the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize workload and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed, as well as a willingness to travel, occasionally during non-business hours
  • A collaborative approach to leadership which proactively involves the ED, Board Members, the Board’s Development Committee, and selected Members of the Museum Family

 

Please respond by e-mailing your resume and any other pertinent information you would like to share to: Careers@VMT.org


 

LANE MOTOR MUSEUM
Nashville, TN

Our maintenance, repair and restoration shop services the needs of the LaneMotor Museum collection of over 400 automobiles, motorcycles and other machinery. The Shop’s mission is to preserve, repair, and maintain the collection in good working order, and the restoration of selected vehicles. We are seeking to add an individual to our three-person technical team. The primary responsibility will be maintenance and repair. A successful candidate will have strong, broad mechanical skills in basic mechanical service and maintenance; routine work will be in braking systems, both mechanical and hydraulic; suspension and steering; tuning, ignition, and fuel system service and repair.

Additional skills that would be useful include:

  • Engine/transmission and differential overhaul and repair.
  • 2-cycle engine repair.
  • Advanced electrical system repair and overhaul as well as knowledge of modern electronics and fuel injection.
  • Body work, metal fabrication, and welding.
  • Machining with mill and lathe.

Candidate should be willing and enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn and grow their skills in a challenging mechanical environment. Compensation is based on qualifications and annual reviews will assess growth in job proficiency. Wages are based on a 40-hour work week. We enjoy 6 paid holidays/year, and earn 20 days/year of paid time off. Health insurance is available.

ABOUT LANE MOTOR MUSEUM
At Lane Motor Museum visitors of all ages are introduced to a broad variety of vehicles from Europe, Asia, North America and South America. The museum is home to the largest European car collection in the United States. Engineering, politics, geography, economics and design are some of the factors in which these automobiles have been important to human history. Lane Motor Museum is a working museum with the goal of maintaining all vehicles in running order. Vehicles date from the 1920s to today and feature a variety of microcars, amphibious vehicles, military vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, airplanes, prototypes, one-of-a-kind vehicles and motorcycles.

Applicants may reply via email with Cover Letter and Resume to:
J. Lane
lane@lanemotormuseum.org

 

 

 

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