Executive Director
Museum of American Indian
Novato, CA
Salary Range: $90,000 – $120,000
Museum American Indian

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The Museum of the American Indian uplifts, supports, and makes visible the Indigenous peoples of the Americas by offering authentic educational programs and cultural resources to Marin and the greater Bay Area. MAI shares exhibits that highlight Indigenous Peoples from all over the Americas. MAI rotates exhibitions of our collections to share the magnificent artistry and creative skills of Native Americans. MAI provides educational tours and opportunities for all ages. We offer informative programming that educates visitors on Native California and Native America. Our programming includes lessons about local tribes, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), Indigenous identity, and the history of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. MAI is a gathering place year-round! We host lectures, readings, workshops, and community together in a cultural center setting. Our events offer opportunities for Indigenous Peoples to share their traditional ways and arts with their community and the greater Bay Area.


The Executive Director is the key leader of the Museum of the American Indian and is responsible for overseeing the administration, fundraising, finance, programs and strategic plan of the organization as established by the Board of Directors. The ED is responsible for fundraising and grant writing, community outreach, and relationship cultivation. The Executive Director oversees the Museum and exhibits located in Novato, CA and reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Essential Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following;

Strategic Leadership

  • Serve as the face and chief ambassador of the Museum of the American Indian representing MAI’s organizational values.
  • Provide leadership in developing programs, organizational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff; carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board.
  • Identify, assess, and effectively inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization.
  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile.
  • Work with the Board to fulfill the Museum of the American Indian (MAI) mission and carry out its directives and priorities, leading the MAI in a that supports and guides the mission as defined by the Board.

Fiscal Management and Fundraising

  • Develop and secure sufficient resources to ensure the financial health, stability and sustainability of the organization, maintaining and operating with an annual budget, monthly financial updates to the Board, fiscal forecasting to ensure greatest resource utilization.
  • Facilitate grant proposals and maintain compliance with funding reports.
  • Develop, lead and execute with the board fundraising efforts, allocating time, staff
  • and resources as needed.
  • Prepare and present the annual financial documents to the Board for approval,
  • review frequently, and report discrepancies;
  • Create and support fiscal sponsorship projects as deemed beneficial to MAI’s mission.

Program Activities

  • Research, develop, and advance all programs and services.
  • Promote and supervise the education and outreach programs.
  • Track program data metrics and impact for grant reporting.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or needed.


Community Outreach and Public Relations

  • Passionately and effectively communicate the mission of MAI to cultivate robust relationships with donors, the public, the community, Indigenous coalitions and government stakeholders.
  • Regularly publish an online newsletter to keep our subscribers current on events
  • at the museum and general items of importance to the Indigenous community.
  • Plan and oversee community events including cultural awareness educational events, museum exhibits and indigenous workshops creating a cultural center for the indigenous community.


  • Oversee and monitor effectively the MAI’s daily operations; establish employment and administrative policies and procedures for day-to-day operations.
  • Ensure compliance with all policies and legal and contractual requirements.
  • Recruit, hire, inspire and develop a passionate professional staff and a team of volunteers; clearly define responsibilities, authority and establish accountability.
  • Manage and implement human resource responsibilities and handbooks.
  • Ensure staff and volunteers have access to information, training and tools required for carrying out their responsibilities and programs.
  • Travel for conferences and site visits to schools and off-site as needed.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • A strong competence with Native American histories, arts and cultures with a lens towards greater Native visibility.
  • Experience with curating cultural exhibits and organizing community cultural events.
  • Demonstrate a strong competence with diverse cultures and a lens towards equity.
  • Experience being the face of an organization.
  • Grant Writing and fundraising experience.
  • Excellent written, oral and listening skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Experience or willingness to engage effectively with a Board.
  • Solutions oriented, resourceful with a proven track record for goal setting and accomplishing essential work.
  • Proven track record of strong collaboration, partnership and relationship cultivation.
  • Passion to effectively communicate the mission of the Museum of the American Indian.
  • Applies and enforces the highest ethical and behavioral standards.
  • Business and financial understanding and acumen.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • May require some travel for conferences and site visits to schools and off-site

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • We require Covid-19 vaccination to begin employment.
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand for at least 2 hours consecutively.
  • Must be able to sit at a computer workstation for long time periods.

Compensation and Benefits

The Museum of the American Indian is located at 2200 Novato Boulevard in Novato, California and features an exhibit museum in a park setting. We respectfully recognize that the Museum of the American Indian is located on Coast Miwok territory. The Museum has been recently renovated to honor the preservation of our heritage. This position offers flexibility in a hybrid schedule with days spent onsite at the Museum. The work week is 40 hours. The salary of $90,000 – $120,000 is determined by experience.

DISCLAIMER: The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. The organization has the discretion to relocate/reassign a person, as needed.


Thank you for your interest. Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] By applying for this position, you agree that you have read the job description and this notice: All applicants will be considered.

MAI is an equal-opportunity employer.