Executive Director

The Canadian Energy Museum is looking to hire a full-time, permanent Executive Director to join our team!

Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to Kayla Goodwin, Executive Director at director@canadianenergymuseum.ca.

Posting closes on June 24th at midnight. We thank all interested applicants – please note only applicants who are being interviewed will be contacted.

The Canadian Energy Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages everyone, no matter race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or persons with disabilities, to apply for positions at our museum.


The Canadian Energy Museum’s Executive Director is responsible for managing the operations of the museum and it’s team, managing the museum financials and budgeting, and making decisions related to museum best practices and standards.

The Executive Director is also responsible for the mid-range planning of the museum’s programs, exhibits and future events to ensure the vitality of the museum into the future.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work in conjunction with the Board of Directors to develop a sustainable strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and increase local, province-wide, national and international awareness and prominence.

  • Direct the Museum’s operations, to include the alignment of revenue opportunities, development, education and public programming, finance, external communications, and staffing.

  • Manage and lead staff (full-time, year-round and seasonal), volunteers, and consultants.

  • Create a strong financial backbone – balanced budgets, sufficient cash reserves, financial systems that allow for monitoring of financial status.

  • Work closely with the staff to implement robust fundraising activities and results. Lead and participate in all fundraising and development activities, oversees grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.

  • Serve as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum, establish strong partnerships in the community and enhance the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support.

  • Work closely with the Marketing & Business Development staff to create an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the Museum. Oversees and directs development of marketing initiatives.

  • Manage, secure and maintain the property and facilities of the Museum, as well as the collections held in public trust.

  • Advocate on important issues in historic preservation resources on the local, regional, national, and international level.

  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction. Develop and implement strategic plans with Board input.

  • Develop, manage, and grow an annual operating budget.


Knowledge, Skills and Assets

  • Knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, nonprofits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.

  • Strong skill in fundraising and audience development.

  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.

  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, creating an effective partnership with the board of directors, enabling them to discharge their governance responsibilities and seek their engagement in sharing their skills, expertise and work in pursuit of CEM’s mission.

  • Competent in managing museum operations. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with, museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.

  • Strong business management skills.

  • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills.

  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction. Experience developing, with boards of directors, and implementing strategic plans.

  • Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills.

  • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills.

  • Minimum three years’ experience in museums in increasingly leadership roles.


Compensation and Hours

This is a full-time position with some flexibility for remote work (one or two days a week). Some evening and weekend work is required.

The Canadian Energy Museum offers a benefits package to full-time employees upon completion of probation, and an annual salary of $67 000-$73 000.