Behringer-Crawford Museum is hiring a new Assistant Executive Director

Behringer-Crawford Museum

Assistant Director

Posted: August 10, 2018

Position Reports To: Executive Director

Positions Supervised: Programming and Operating Personnel

Deadline to Apply: Applications Accepted until Position is Filled

Position Purpose

The Assistant Director works to ensure recognition of Behringer-Crawford Museum as the center for NKY’s cultural heritage preservation and education. This person is a co-leader of BCM and shares responsibility for operational sustainability through fundraising and overseeing personnel and operations within BCM as it relates among the Director and the staff, public, corporate community and donor base.

The Assistant Director maintains strong collaborations with community organizations, works well in a team setting and collaborates with all museum departments to support BCM’s mission.

This person is responsible for aggressively raising and increasing funds to meet the museum’s annual revenue goals through grants, sponsorships, memberships and other fundraising efforts.

This position works cooperatively with the Executive Director on all matters relating to fundraising and museum operations and works closely with all museum departments to implement all initiatives necessary to successfully operate and sustain BCM.

This is a full-time position but some flexibility of schedule is required in that museum events and programs may occur in evenings and on weekends.

Essential Functions and Basic Duties


  • Work in conjunction with the Executive Director to implement the strategic plan for BCM to grow the organization’s capacity.
  • Have a passion and commitment to BCM’s mission and to providing accessibility and inclusiveness in the cultural arts sector. 



  • Assist in the development of the annual budget and in meeting BCM’s revenue goals as approved by the Finance Committee and Board.
  • Pursue and coordinate grants and sponsorships, including but not limited to foundations, corporations, individuals, ArtsWave and the KY Arts Council.
  • Increase BCM memberships.
  • Develop additional membership levels for corporate and young professionals.



  • Administer procedures and policies set by BCM.
  • Be an internal leader: manage, mentor and supervise BCM staff.
  • Develop and implement strategies for the hiring and retaining of personnel.
  • Maintain and provide comprehensive and current reports on personnel.
  • Manage the infrastructure, including technology, facility maintenance and vendor relationships, so that the organization operates at full capability.
  • Handle & process purchase orders, invoices and income.
  • Assist and/or support general BCM events as needed or as assigned.


External Relations

  • Promote BCM through collaborations and outside organizations.
  • Attend meetings and represent the museum effectively in relations with various external constituencies.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication and collaboration with community leaders and organizations for purpose of program, audience and funding development.
  • Work closely with BCM Communications team to represent and expand the reach of BCM’s profile and visibility externally to funders, patrons, partners, policymakers and the public.




Education/Certification: College degree in History, Education, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, Business, or Related Field.


Experience Required: Minimum of four to seven years of experience in a leadership position at a small to mid-size organization managing personnel and operations with fundraising success of over $100,000.


Interpersonal Relations:

  • Work amicably with all departments and trustees.
  • Attend BCM staff meetings and BCM Board Meetings.
  • Value teamwork and cooperation to ensure that all goals are achieved satisfactorily.
  • Is a team player and self-starter.


Job Requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, as well as be able to present information effectively and respond to questions from BCM staff, trustees and the community.
  • Is comfortable and skilled working with MS Office on a Macintosh for WP, email, etc.
  • Possess solid written/oral communication skills and conflict-management skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal and organizational skills.
  • Experience within a not-for-profit organization.
  • Must be a proven problem solver with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate a professional appearance and attitude.
  • Provide excellence in service and always portray a positive and professional image of BCM.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent ability to engage and support museum visitors and donors.
  • Must be creative, innovative, enthusiastic, passionate, empathetic, celebratory, flexible, upbeat, and have a good sense of humor.
  • Implement other activities and responsibilities as directed by the Executive Director.


BCM is an ADA and accessible organization and an EEOC employer. Interviews will continue until position is filled. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. BCM maintains its status as an at-will employer.

Please send by email only a cover letter, resume, references and examples of past experience and salary request to Laurie Risch, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." qowt-eid="E785" id="E785">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please title your letter and additional materials sent using your last name and name of file. Example: Smith A. Resume; Smith A. Cover Letter; Smith A. Exhibit Portfolio. Entire submission should be smaller than 5 MB. No phone calls or paper applications please.


Salary: BCM attempts to follow as closely as possible AAM and GuideStar salary standards for museums of our size and stature given our budgetary constraints.


About Behringer-Crawford Museum:

Incredible artistry. Colorful personalities. Engaging music. Northern KY’s arts, culture and history live at BCM. From the ridiculous (BCM’s infamous two-headed calf) to the sublime (our fascinating collections), this family-friendly museum celebrates the unique arts, heritage and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley. Opened in 1950, BCM has transformed into a regional cultural center, linking the 235,000-item collection of objects, artifacts, documents, photographs, textiles and paintings with music, dance, theater readings, lectures and exhibits for art, cultural and historical context and active community engagement.

In consonance with our mission, "The regional history of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley must be preserved for the benefit of present and future generations. Therefore, the Behringer-Crawford Museum is a center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of our natural, cultural, and visual and performing arts heritage", BCM serves not only as a repository but as a community gathering place while the current history of the region takes shape.


Behringer-Crawford Museum

1600 Montague Rd., Devou Park, Covington, KY 41011

Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members; the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council, the Northern KY Sports Hall of Fame and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation.


Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Closed Mondays and national holidays

Behringer-Crawford Museum

1600 Montague Road - Devou Park

Covington, Kentucky, 41011

Phone: (859) 491-4003


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