Executive Director - Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity

16 Mar 2023 7:45 AM | Anonymous member

The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity, founded in 2005 located in Bridgton, Maine, is the only museum in the nation dedicated to telling the story of Rufus Porter (1792 – 1884), artist, inventor, and founding publisher of the magazine Scientific American. Located in the center of the town of Bridgton, this museum campus has become a part of the cultural hub of Main Street. Exhibits are open seasonally to the public from June through October. The Rufus Porter Museum’s mission is to celebrate the life, times, and legacy of a remarkable 19th century New Englander through preservation and promotion of creativity and invention.  

The Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director to implement the mission in creative ways and further the progress of the Rufus Porter Museum through the expansion of the permanent exhibits on Rufus Porter plus yearly special exhibits, enhancing programs that will continue to draw diverse visitors and increase membership, and directing the organization as it continues its capital campaign efforts to raise funds for a third museum building.  

The successful candidate will have leadership skills to represent the organization effectively to all stakeholders and the public. He or she will be an experienced and well-organized professional of integrity and dedication who enjoys taking on new challenges and multi-tasking. He or she will have a firm grasp of museum best practices and non-profit management. The position requires proven experience in long-range planning, creative program development, donor stewardship, fundraising, grant writing, and project management.  


A Bachelor’s degree is required in a relevant area of study, a minimum of 3 years museum management or related experience.  A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Familiarity with databases such as PastPerfect, DonorSnap, and accounting software like Quickbooks desired. The position is 40 hours a week.  

To Apply: 

Please send a resume with cover letter including references and salary requirements to Search Committee at search@rufusportermuseum.org  

Qualified candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis.  

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