Now Hiring Executive Director


Job Title:  Executive Director – Above & Beyond Children’s Museum
Reports To: Board of Directors
FLSA Status: Exempt


Above & Beyond Children’s Museum (ABCM) of Sheboygan County is seeking a dynamic inspiring leader to be the Executive Director (ED) supporting the mission to be a special place for children and their families where fun and education connect through exploration and discovery .
The ED will work with a passionate team of associates, board members and volunteers to offer unique programs, manage museum operations, project planning, fund allocation, marketing, and human resources. The ED will engage the community to support museum initiatives and consistent achievement of its strategic and operational goals through fundraising opportunities, donor solicitation, grant writing, and creative educational partnerships allocating resources in accordance with ABCM’s mission. The ED will work with the Board of Directors to initiate and execute a strategic plan designed to take the museum to the next level by further enhancing offerings including programming, exhibits and services provided to the community and visitors.
Applicants are to have a passion for non-profit work and for inspiring children of all ages as well as have a strong entrepreneurial skill set to successfully manage the organization. The ED shall demonstrate competence in the following: interpersonal skills, adaptability, organization, self-motivation, customer service, effective communication, foster teamwork, problem solving, strategic thinking, and build and maintain relationships.
Interested applicants should reach out to Above & Beyond Children’s Museum Board President Lynda Torke at 920-458-4114 for more information.
Above & Beyond Children’s Museum is a 501 C 3 community funded, visitor supported non-profit organization.
Salary Range: Negotiable

The Executive Director has primary responsibility for strategic planning, budget administration, financial management, internal and external communications, exhibits and facility planning, and identifying partnerships and people (staff, committees, advisors, board, volunteers) to advance museum’s goals.  The ED works closely with staff, Board of Directors (BOD) and fundraising committees to support development activities that ensure the growth and financial stability of the organization.

Strategic Planning

  • Works collaboratively with the BOD to develop ABCM’s strategic plans relative to people, programs, facility, marketing and fundraising objectives.
  • Monitors progress and present updates to BOD and staff at monthly and annual meetings.
  • Identify work plans to ensure progress towards strategic goals.

Budget Administration and Finance

  • Prepares and monitors annual operating budget in collaboration with the staff, Treasurer and Finance Committee.
    • Provides information to key staff members to assist them in managing progress towards assigned functional areas.
    • Reviews budget with finance committee on a regular basis to understand progress and variances; subsequently share this information with BOD.
  • Presents the annual operating/capital budget(s) to the Board of Directors for approval in November/December.
  • Provides financial stewardship for all of the museum’s resources, approving expenditures that aid in progress of organizational goals.
  • Ensures compliance with city, state and federal financial reporting agencies (Department of the Treasury, WI Department of Financial Institutions, WI Department of Unemployment, WI Department of Rules and Regulations).
  • Maintains transparency commonly identified for a community-based non-profit, including but not limited to:
    • Data summarizing utilization of museum services (memberships, visitors, geographic areas served)
    • Presentation of audited or reviewed financial information
    • Adherence to conflict of interest policies

Internal and External Communications

  • Supports the Marketing Committee in the development of marketing strategies (social media plans, advertising budgets)
  • Serves as the chief spokesperson for the museum and effectively represents the museum to the media, staff / volunteers, governmental, professional, civic, funding and private agencies.
    • Delivers presentations to clubs and organization
    • Serves as representative or assign representation on community initiatives and task forces that support the development of children
  • Promotes effective information sharing between board, committees and staff to ensure cohesive organizational progress.
  • Supports awareness of organizational model and ensure alliance with key objective, mission and vision statement.

Exhibits Development and Facility Management

  • Supports staff and related committee and volunteers to ensure adequate resources and related funding is available for the maintenance of existing and development of new interactive exhibits.
  • Elicits visitor feedback and monitor industry trends to support development of new museum offerings and facility services
  • Identifies and secures necessary services and resources to maintain efficient facility mechanicals and amenities (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire, landscaping).


  • Identifies and collaborates with local, state and national partners as well as corporate, educational, and governmental and community partners to enhance ABCM’s reach and programming.
  • Elicits support from and collaborate with various agencies in the community, especially other non-profits to ensure effective delivery and minimize unnecessary duplication efforts
  • Promotes awareness of offerings from non-profits that serve children and their healthy development.
  • Networks with other museums to stay abreast of industry trends that will support the continued premier existence of ABCM.


  • Leads, trains and manages the staff of employees, volunteers and contractors.
  • Hires, supports, develops and guides operations manager and other support staff.
  • Prepares annual staffing budget
  • Builds foundation for organizational development and staff growth, reviewing staffing models, job descriptions, and compensations strategies.
  • Provides direction and delegate specific responsibility and appropriate authority to staff/volunteers while building/maintaining morale and teamwork.
  • Identifies offerings and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.


  • Manages and participates in all ongoing and special income producing and fundraising initiatives, working closely with the Board, donors, sponsors, granting organizations, appropriate staff and volunteers.
  • Oversees and/or prepares all grant requests and monitor grant compliance.

General Museum Management & Program Delivery

  • Supports program, education staff and 3rd parties, as needed, to identify programming and secure related funding.
  • Serves as primary liaison between volunteer committees and the board, and/or assigns liaison role to a key board or staff member


  • Proven ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Effective leadership skills and experiences.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage day-to-day operations while keeping a clear vision for the future.
  • Basic financial and business understanding.


Bachelors or master’s degree in business, marketing, museum science, education or related field.  Proven fundraising success and related experience in development/not-for-profit organization. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) required.  Knowledge of Quickbooks, preferred. Minimum of four years leadership experience.


A minimum of 40 hours per week is required to accomplish the responsibilities of this position, generally during business hours, Monday – Friday however, responsibilities may require evening and weekend availability.


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 or personnel so classified.  Above & Beyond Children’s Museum is an equal opportunity employer and fully subscribes to the principles of equal employment opportunity.  It is the policy of this organization to provide employment compensation and other benefit 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.

Submit your resume here to Above & Beyond Children’s Museum Treasurer Jamie Longmiller.