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Seal Cove Auto Museum
Mount Desert Island, ME
Executive Director

The Seal Cove Auto Museum offers an exciting opportunity to lead a vibrant museum that tells the story of innovation, ingenuity, technical, and social change in New England and America through the development and use of early motor vehicles. The Museum is known for its creative, thought-provoking exhibitions, lively programs, and fun events. Located on Mount Desert Island, Maine, and surrounded by Acadia National Park, the museum displays a world-class collection of brass-era automobiles and motorcycles. The Museum consistently earns great reviews from its visitors. The Executive Director is the Seal Cove Auto Museum's chief administrative officer and reports directly to the Board of Directors. S/he is responsible for implementing the Museum’s mission by managing the Museum’s daily operations and its Strategic Plan. This work includes fiscally responsible oversight of the Museum’s collections and facilities, encouraging public access to those collections through innovative exhibitions and related public programs, and building strong relationships with the community. The Executive Director manages a staff of year-round and seasonal employees that support the organization's core work. Job Description at  APPLY IN CONFIDENCE: Email cover letter, résumé, salary requirement, and contact information

Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Executive Director (ED) functions as the chief executive officer of the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the ED has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Seal Cove Auto Museum's staff, programs, execution of its mission, and Strategic Plan. The ED sets the tone and direction of day-to-day activities and ensures a positive and productive working environment.


  • Provide resources and guidance to the Museum to ensure that all practices align with professional standards and ethics.
  • Maintain a working relationship with the Richard Paine Jr Automobile Charitable Trust.
  • Oversee collections care and planning in line with the Strategic Plan and best practices.
  • Develop and nurture solid strategic partners among similar organizations and community members that will benefit all involved and raise the profile and support of the Museum.
  • Nurture relationships with Museum donors and stakeholders to ensure they are satisfied and understand the Museum's work.
  • Work with the development team to steward and increase donors, sponsors, and annual gifts to ensure a healthy and balanced budget.
  • Develop all exhibits by researching, writing, and installing new displays and rotating curatorial responsibilities with guest curators and staff.
  • Provide public and online lectures and education programs to highlight the Museum's work and the unique nature of the collection.
  • Represent the Museum in community events and celebrations, leveraging the collection when appropriate to bring about the increased visibility of the Museum offsite.
  • Develop and oversee, implement and evaluate educational programs and exhibitions designed to enhance an understanding of the collections in preparation for educational and exhibition programs.

 Management/Human Resources:

  • Hire, supervise, motivate, and review the staff. Evaluate needs and structure staff accordingly.
  • Support the staff, volunteers, task forces, and committees to fulfill the Strategic Plan.
  • Oversee the bookkeeper to pay all bills on time.
  • Review and approve staff and volunteer work plans to ensure they align with resources and the Strategic Plan.

 Marketing and Development:

  • Review and approve all marketing, advertising, and development materials before distribution.
  • Develop and oversee and coordinate Museum branding and strategies to all areas of operations.
  • Promote Museum, its collections, and programs to a variety of audiences and media.
  • Publicize the activities of the organization and its programs.
  • Increase visitation in numerous ways, including advertising in local publications, posters in selected locations, and present and arrange talks at area organizations such as Rotary Clubs.
  • Oversee the development and updates of the Museum's website, the distribution of brochures, the maintenance of the Museum's membership program and the Museum's programs and events.
  • Educate potential donors about the Museum to encourage gifts to the collections, operations, and projects.
  • Develop and implement a robust fund development program, including membership growth, individual and business donor cultivation planned giving activities, and grant proposal writing.

Board of Directors interaction:

  • Develop and provide periodic reporting on budget, admissions, and other benchmarks for success.
  • Guide and support the staff and Board committees in their work to refine and fulfill the five-year Strategic Plan through annual work plans tied to the budget.
  • Keep the Board fully informed on the condition of the Museum.
  • Work with the Board President to develop/coordinate meeting agendas and Board educational opportunities.
  • Submit a report to the Board President one week in advance of Board meetings.
  • Complete all tasks and duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.


  • Budget, seek sponsorships, and oversee events, including delegating to a staff leader for events to ensure leadership and accountability for each event.
  • Understand and implement robust business and finance practices to ensure income to the Museum.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to refine and develop bylaws, policies, and procedures.
  • Submit the end-of-year report on all aspects of operations based on annual goals and overall recommendations for future implementation.
  • Work with the Treasurer to develop annual and project budgets for consideration by the Board.
  • Oversee and maintain financial operations within the budget; request advance approval from the Executive Committee for expenditures not within the budget.
  • Oversee banking, insurances and work with the bookkeeper, accountant, and auditors.
  • Oversee daily care and administration of the Seal Cove Auto Museum, including but not limited to the Gift Shop, the Fox Garage, food services, restroom facilities, and storage.
  • Verify count of funds for deposit and deposit and oversee deposits regularly.
  • Maintain sound and ethical financial practices.
  • Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Adhere to ethical practices as outlined in the Code of Ethics of the Museum.
  • Maintain all corporate records.

 External Liaison:

  • Establish and maintain good relations with the community and community organizations.
  • Initiate and maintain contact and good communications with car clubs, car tour and show organizers, applicable professional organizations and museums, and historical societies, especially auto/transportation museums.
  • Participate in community events as the representative of the Museum.
  • Join and participate in activities of NAAM and other national and international Museum organizations.


  • Oversee the care and management of the Museum's holdings, including regular maintenance of buildings and grounds; preservation of automobiles, artifacts, photographs, paintings, books,

documents, other articles, and the ongoing acquisition (or deaccession) and cataloging of all items per the Museum's Collections Policy and professional standards for museum collections.


  • The ED will be thoroughly committed to the Seal Cove Auto Museum’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and management experience.

Specific requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Demonstrated senior level experience in a leadership role in a museum or non-profit setting including grant writing, fundraising, and financial management.
  • A collaborative style in managing teams, including dedicated specialists and professionals as well as volunteers, and in working with boards of directors, stakeholders, sponsors, and partners.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required as well as comfort with public speaking and media interviews.
  • Skilled in networking at all levels, including donors, community leaders, and corporate officials.
  • Proficient in all typical computer applications and equipment and understanding of new and emerging technologies is expected.
  • A knowledge of transportation history and brass era automobiles is desirable but not required.

Salary Range: $65,000 - $70,000.

How to Apply:

Please email your cover letter, salary requirement, and résumé expanding on why you are the best candidate for this position to or mail to P.O. Box 106, Seal Cove, ME 04674 before May 10, 2021. No phone calls or walk-ins, please. We will contact only those individuals whose qualifications match the position. Deadline For Applications: May 16, 2021.



Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Indianapolis, IN
Vehicle Collection Detailer

Position Title: Vehicle Collection Detailer
Reports To: Curator of Vehicles
Location: IMS Museum, 4750 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222
FLSA Status: Exempt (Salaried), Full-time
TO SUBMIT RESUME & COVER LETTER: (Do not send via social media)

●Perform routine maintenance and detailing to preserve the automotive finishes and components of the IMS Museum’s historic vehicle collection. Maintenance and detailing duties must be performed on-time for the following:
•Upcoming IMSM exhibitions; loans to external organizations; Indianapolis Motor Speedway events; public display for tourism purposes as well as Concours d’Elegance and Concours-style events.
•Transport Museum-owned vehicles to special events across the United States. (Must have driver’s license valid in Indiana. Possession of a passport or willingness to acquire one preferred.)
●Serve as handler, security, and polisher for the Borg-Warner Trophy, traveling with it to special events.
•Must be or become familiar with B-W Trophy and IMS history, and serve as spokesperson for the IMS Museum, promoting and protecting the brand at public events.
●Work with third-party logistics companies to load-in/out Museum vehicles and artifacts.
●Assist curatorial staff with the organization and installation of Museum exhibits and special events, including Indianapolis Historic Racing Exhibition, Pace Car reunions, Cars & Coffee, others as needed.
●Organize and populate IMSM’s digital vehicle database, coordinating with Curator of Vehicles.

●High school graduate or GED required; previous employment as an automotive detailer or similar position is strongly preferred.
●Must have experience with detailing tools and technology to achieve desired results; knowledge and skill with paint-correcting equipment and techniques required.
•Familiarity with and proper use of polishes and other Museum-quality vehicle care products.
•Must have willingness to stay up to date with advancements and best practices in auto detailing technology, and best practices in moving and operating historic race cars and passenger vehicles.
●Working knowledge of primary auto care and computer and database software required.
●Must have working knowledge of the history and operations of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its events, along with good written and oral communications skills, good public speaking skills and
interpersonal communications.
●Must be physically able to lift minimum 40 pounds and assist staff in pushing heavy vehicles.
●Must be willing to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends for events, particularly leading up to and during Indianapolis 500 activities, other IMS event weekends, IMS Museum events, and other community events.
●As a representative of one of the world’s premier automotive and motorsports museums, must have enthusiasm and a commitment to the IMS Museum’s vision, mission, values, and goals.
•Must protect IMS Museum interests when holding confidential or proprietary information.
•Must be a positive ambassador for the Museum in the greater Indianapolis community.
•Must be a team player and flexible, willing to work under the direction of others or also serve as manager/leader of projects, depending on need.

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions.



Salina Educational Automotive Museum of America
Salina, KS
Executive Director

About SEAMA:

SEAMA is an upstart automotive museum currently under construction in Salina, Kansas. Slated to open in late July 2021, the museum anticipates robust interest and traffic as the star attraction in downtown Salina.  Ideally located at the crossroads of America, this new facility will permit substantial autonomy and flexibility for candidates seeking to incorporate their own touch to an innovative, modern automobile museum.

Housed within a completely renovated and refurbished historic brick warehouse, SEAMA seeks to inspire car enthusiasts, students, hobbyists, and those who are simply exploring the revitalized downtown district.  Upon completion, SEAMA will be enjoy a 43,000+ square foot facility, maintain a dedicated wing for the Kustom Kemps of America (“KKOA”) organization (which hosts its annual “Leadsled Spectacular” each year in Salina, bringing in thousands of visitors to the community), a research library, a tactile education zone, conference area, and more.

The Board of Directors continues to refine its strategic plan but desires the touch of a thoughtful Executive Director to develop a plan for exhibits, collections and curation.  It is anticipated the exhibits will rotate throughout the year with different themes (i.e., muscle cars, year(s) specific cars, specific manufactures cars, etc.) for periods of 3, 6, or 12-month timeframes.   In addition, the Executive Director will work with the KKOA and its affiliated foundation to showcase KKOA members’ cars and develop a hall of fame for marquee designs and award winning creations.

The Museum is part of a larger, $160+ million downtown improvement and redevelopment program, which includes a new streetscape, residential lofts, five-story hotel, multi-sport, tournament grade fieldhouse, family entertainment center , Riverwalk development, and a variety of new restaurants and boutique shops.  For more information on the area and development, visit

Job Description and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is the head administrative official of SEAMA and reports directly to the Board of Directors.  They will be responsible for managing the museum's daily operations and implementing the Board of Directors strategic plan and goals. This work includes fiscally responsible oversight of the Museum's facilities, encouraging public access through innovative exhibitions and related public programs, providing educational hands-on programs for area students, and building strong community relationships.

General Responsibilities:

Informative reporting and interaction with the Board of Directors.

Provide oversight and guidance to SEAMA personnel; ensure practices are in line with professional standards and ethics.

Develop and maintain relationships with Museum donors and stakeholders to cultivate sustained support for the facility and its exhibits.

Facilitate public and online lectures and education programs.

Represent the Museum in community events and celebrations; increase visibility of the Museum in local and regional communities.

Build partnerships in new markets with donors, political and community leaders, educational institutions, industry groups, and other stakeholders.

Assist Curatorial staff and other personnel when necessary (i.e., guided tours of the museum).

Collaborate with Museum staff to develop educational exhibits and programming.

Supervise full-time, part-time, and volunteers to ensure good public relations, and to ensure efficient operations of the Museum.



Develop detailed budgets, complete with reasonable revenue and expenditure targets and expectations.

Develop and execute a marketing and operating plan.

Identify and cultivate new sponsors; Manage fundraising and donor planning; Generate new ideas for funding streams.

Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations.

Understands and implements strong business and finance practices to ensure income to the Museum.


Work independently and with the Board of Directors and other staff to coordinate the development, planning, and execution of temporary exhibits for the Museum.

Serve as primary writer for exhibition text.

Other Duties:

Perform other duties as may be required to support effective operation of the Museum.

Job Classification:

The position is classified as full-time and is exempt from overtime compensation


College degree in history, museum studies, or equivalent education in museum or non-profit leadership.

Strong verbal and written communication skills required as well as comfort with public speaking and media interviews.

Demonstrate high level of experience in a leadership role in a museum or non-profit setting including grant writing, fundraising, and financial management.

Knowledge of automobile transportation history and automotive development.

Proficient in all typical computer applications and equipment and understanding of new and emerging technologies.


Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Please email cover letter, salary request, and resume to: Tom Pestinger

125 E Ave A

Salina, KS 67401





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