Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

  • Location is at Main Museum in Eau Claire
  • $65,000 - $85,000 a year - Full-time


Every employee at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire (CMEC) has the same Strategic Job Description.

It includes the three elements below, as listed in order of priority:

  • Achieve the museum’s mission and core values. In other words, you in particular are responsible for everything.                                          
  • Help others achieve the museum’s mission and core values.                        
  • Execute your roles and responsibilities of your job function.                  

JOB SCOPE & RESPONSIBILITIES                        

The CEO is the chief executive of the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire reporting to the CMEC Board of Directors. The CEO is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the museum’s strategic plan and carrying out the policies and goals approved by the board.

This position’s overall responsibilities include leadership, management, general administrative functions, and supervision of personnel. The primary responsibility of the CEO is to secure the necessary financial support to ensure the CMEC’s immediate and long-term viability.

Guided by our mission to create an interactive environment for children and their grown-ups that inspires imagination, discovery, creativity and the love of learning, the CEO is responsible for the CMEC’s success.    


1. Foster and communicate a compelling vision and engage in strategic leadership.

The CEO is responsible for leading the board, staff, and other stakeholders to ensure that the organization has a strategic plan that is current, relevant, and responsive to our environment. The CEO is responsible for fulfilling the museum’s vision and plan.

This includes the following specific areas of responsibility:      

  • Lead the process of developing, implementing and continually evaluating the effectiveness and relevancy of the Museum’s strategic plan.      
  • Implement a plan for continual education of board and staff in the areas of best practices for children’s museums.                              
  • Following the Museum’s strategic plan, develop and implement annual operating goals for the CMEC that align with the plan and incorporate measurable objectives.                        
  • Communicate the museum’s vision, mission, and strategic plan to all key stake holders.                

2. Implement resource development initiatives and ensure sustainability of operations.

The CEO is the primary staff member responsible for securing financial resources required for the daily operation and long-term sustainability of the Children’s Museum. This includes identifying, securing, and stewarding resources from a wide variety of sources.

Specific areas of responsibility include the following:

  • Develop a comprehensive plan that sets and implements annual fundraising goals for the following areas: membership sales, special events,  birthday parties, field trips, annual solicitations, major gift cultivation and solicitation and grant-writing.                            
  • Personally identify, cultivate, and solicit major donors, including foundation grant opportunities, corporate support, and other organizational grants.
  • Develop and implement fundraising plans focusing on creating an operational endowment to ensure the Museum’s long-term future.
  • Create special project fundraising and plans that identify new constituencies that may be engaged to provide financial support for the museum.
  • Provide staff leadership to train, mentor and evaluate staff members who are responsible for meeting and exceeding annual fundraising goals in the areas of membership, birthday parties, field trips and other special events.
  • Work with board members to develop giving opportunities that ensure 100% participation in giving among all of the CMEC Board Members.
  • Develop fundraising cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship training for staff so that each staff member has ownership in reaching annual fundraising goals for the Museum.                    

3. Advocate for the mission of CMEC to the community and foster positive relations with board members.

The CEO is the chief spokesperson and public advocate for the museum and is expected to represent the museum’s interests and image to the public, as well as embrace a leadership role in a broad cultural community within the Chippewa Valley region and beyond. The CEO is the lead staff member on all board committees and for special projects with the board.

Specific areas of responsibility include:    

  • Identify and implement a strategic community outreach program that utilizes opportunities to regularly engage with and advocate for the museum and its role in the viability of the greater Eau Claire community.
  • Provide leadership and supervision of the development of a regular newsletter and web presence.
  • Ensure development and execution of a comprehensive public awareness program to create a measurable increase in local name and identify recognition, which leads to increases in admissions, memberships and other special event opportunities.
  • Ensure the development of outreach programs to constituencies for which CMEC holds special interest, to encourage their attendance, membership and further involvement in the life of the museum.
  • Be the public voice of the Museum in all matters in which the organization has a significant interest.  
  • Provide staff support to all board standing and ad hoc committees, assisting with implementation of programs and plans that align with the museum’s strategic plan.
  • Communicate regularly with board members about museum activities, accomplishments and issues.
  • Work with the board nominating committee to develop a systematic board member identification, recruitment, and orientation program to ensure that the board members remain actively engaged and effective as advocates and primary supporters of the Museum.

4. Lead in the area of organizational management and operations.

The CEO has ultimate responsibility for the leadership and management of the museum.

This includes the following areas of responsibility:                

  • Manage the recruitment, employment, supervision and release of all personnel associated with the museum, including paid staff, contractors, consultants and volunteers.
  • Collaboratively set annual goals for individual staff members, provide coaching, direction, and evaluation of staff in the accomplishment of those goals.
  • Implement board-directed policies and ensure that sound human resource policies and practices are in place, including developing effective communication channels for all personnel.
  • Maintain a positive, professional environment that attracts, retains, motivates, and supports a diverse staff of highly qualified, team-oriented personnel.
  • Oversee negotiation of all contracts and agreements, and jointly with the appropriate officers of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence and execute legal documents.
  • Ensure that the physical plan and grounds of the museum are maintained in a responsible manner that preserves and enhances the value of the museum as an asset.
  • Oversee negotiation of all contracts and agreements, and jointly with the appropriate officers of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence and execute legal documents.            

5. Manage financial resources and implement financial and legal practices of the organization.

The CEO is responsible for ensuring that the organization follows sound financial practices, including realistic budgeting, product management of financial resources and employment of the museum’s assets for the most effective long-term fulfillment of its mission.

This includes the following areas of responsibility:                        

  • Work with staff, the finance committee and board to prepare an annual budget and ensure that the museum operates within budget guidelines.
  • Seek professional advice as needed concerning legal and risk management issues affecting the Museum.    
  • Ensure that the Museum is compliant with laws and regulations governing a non-profit organization.
  • Minimize the Museum’s legal liability through appropriate risk assessment and management, securing appropriate insurance coverage.
  • Consult with the appropriate professionals to develop and implement a deferred maintenance and facility upkeep schedule.


Perform other duties and assignments.

  • Interact with all visitors in a friendly, professional manner, delivering exemplary customer service.    
  • Demonstrates appropriate use of spaces and exhibits.
  • Cleans facility, accidents, or other areas as needed.
  • Assists with booking reservations for birthday parties, field trips, and programs as needed.
  • Maintain confidentiality with respect to personnel, donor, and vendor records or information.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


This position requires the ability to do one or more of the following throughout the day: stand, walk, sit, bend, and reach above and below shoulder level. Involves frequent repetitive motion (typing, filing, etc.). The noise level in the work environment is variable and unpredictable, ranging from quiet to loud.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is an equal opportunity employer and fully subscribes to the principles or equal employment opportunity.

It is the policy of this organization to provide employment compensation and other benefits related to employment based upon qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

As an equal opportunity employer, this organization intends to comply fully with all federal and state laws and the information requested or described will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.

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