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Executive Director


Chicago, IL, USA

Job Type:

Full Time


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Muddy Waters Mojo Museum staff, programs, and execution of its mission.


  • Design, develop, and implement a strategic plan;

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, consistent quality of finance and administration;

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with

  • Actively engage and energize volunteers, board members, committees, music industry, community, partnering organizations, and funders.

  • Ensure effective systems to regularly evaluate program components and to identify outcomes that can



  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performing senior management team.

  • Oversee efficient and effective day-to-day operations including hiring, staffing, and


  • Understand how to generate and analyze key financial documents.

  • Work with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to create an annual budget.


  • Draft and regularly review organizational policies and procedures. o Ensure effective day-to-day operations.


  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and ensure long-term financial sustainability.

  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.

  • Develop community connections and use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.



  • Bachelor’s degree required/ Master’s degree preferred.

  • A minimum of five years of senior level nonprofit organization experience required.

  • Familiarity with Family Resource Centers and with The Family Center/ La Familia preferred.

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural candidates strongly encouraged to apply. Candidate must be proficient in Spanish, and/or commit to becoming proficient within the first two years of employment.


  • Proven track record of success in a leadership position, developing a clear vision for a program or organization in conjunction with stakeholders, and then proven ability to implement that vision;

  • A  proven record of developing and maintaining collaborations and partnerships;

  • A documented history of strong, passionate engagement and involvement with multicultural and multilingual efforts;

  • Is able to recognize and advocate for strengths in individuals and communities;

  • Experienced in authentic engagement with community voices to lead and direct organizational strategy; Demonstrated positive history of leading teams to achieve excellence and efficiency with strength,

  • Demonstrated history of fundraising and ability to effectively relate to individual, corporate and foundation founders;

  • Good communicator and comfortable speaking in public, and with diverse audiences;

  • Experience developing organizational or program messaging and marketing campaigns;

  • Experienced in developing and overseeing budgets and ensuring the financial well-being of a program or

  • Is a big-picture, systemic thinker with the ability to make great things happen, and also with the judgment to know how to effectively balance those efforts with organizational stability;

  • Is an experienced and proven leader that inspires excellence;

  • Has an understanding of best practices for non-profit organizations, with knowledge on how to implement these best practices;

  • Knowledge and/or experience in the field of museum and community out reach work

  • Demonstrates professional knowledge of characteristics and needs of diverse populations and underserved community;

  • Must be willing to submit a background check.

  • The Executive Director position is a full time, exempt position.

  • Annual Salary range: $70,000 to $80,000 depending on experience.

Application Process

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (2 professional and 1 personal) to the search committee at

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Muddy Waters MOJO Museum does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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