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Executive Director of the Grignon Mansion 

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About the Organization Today Kaukauna is home to 15,858 people with its own full-time Police, Fire and Rescue services and a municipally owned electric and water utility. Kaukauna is well-maintained with regular garbage collection, street cleaning, well-lit and well-paved streets and other services vital to keeping our community safe and attractive. Kaukauna boasts a 350-acre Industrial Park Network, complete with rail and heavy truck access.

Our proximity to the Fox River affords our residents with numerous recreational opportunities such as the Historic Grignon Mansion, the 1000 Islands Environmental Center, many parks and sports fields, a public swimming pool, and a public library.

City-sponsored events held in the Central Business District include a weekly outdoor music series – Live! from Hydro Park, Fox Firecracker 5k Run/Walk and the Downtown Farmer’s Market June through October. With such a variety of activities available, it should not come as a surprise that Kaukauna is also known as “The Friendly City.”  
Position Executive Director of the Grignon Mansion  

Manage the day-to-day operations of the Grignon Mansion, a National Historic Landmark located in and owned by the City of Kaukauna. The Grignon Mansion holds significance in the community as the site of the first recorded land deed in Wisconsin, as well as a site of significant commercial activity in the mid-19th century. The Grignon Family represents an important piece of both indigenous history and westward expansion into the Wisconsin territory, pre-statehood.

The Executive Director role will involve managing volunteers, creating and marketing a guest experience, finding new ways to interpret local history and expanding successful revenue-generating events and pursuing grants and sponsorships to financially strengthen the Grignon Mansion.

Position Requirements

Requires three to five years of responsible experience in a museum setting, volunteer recruitment/training, event coordination and fundraising experience from the non-profit sector, plus a four-year degree in liberal arts and humanities or business administration*; or any combination of training and experience that provides the following knowledge:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of office procedures, ability to operate modern office equipment and maintain organized files (digital and paper)
  • Experienced in professional networking and fundraising
  • Experience in soliciting and successfully attracting sponsorships and meeting fundraising goals
  • An understanding of the tourism industry and marketing in the social media era
  • An ability to develop programs, design budgets and evaluate program performance
  • An understanding of adaptive short and long-range organizational planning
  • Experience in recruiting/training volunteers and understanding volunteer needs to cultivate a strong culture of volunteer rentention
  • Strong ability to mult-task, work independently, and help define a new one-person-departmental role (Grignon Mansion) within the context of a larger organization (City of Kaukauna)
  • Ability to represent the Grignon Mansion professionally to the public, elected officials, department heads and leaders in the tourism and non-profit sectors
  • Excellent customer service in cultivating a guest experience (and training others on delivering such customer service) is key

*Educational experience in museum studies, history or non-profit management is preferred, but not required.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Shift -not applicable-  
Compensation $45,000 - $50,000/yr.  
Benefits Vacation, Sick Leave, Holiday Pay, Health/Dental/Life Insurance, Wisconsin Retirement System, Residency Incentive and Deferred Compensation  
Open Date 2/14/2020  
Close Date 3/11/2020  

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