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Executive Director / Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center

12/22/2021 8:40 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center

POSITION TITLE:   Executive Director 

REPORTS TO:   Board of Trustees


To direct, manage, and serve as the public face of the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center. This position provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the institution; directs internal and external communications regarding the institution; implements the strategic fundraising and development goals of the institution; and provides leadership, oversight, and supervision of Center staff.  The Executive Director also performs other duties as assigned by the board of trustees.


Communications and Public Relations 

The Executive Director serves as the public face of the institution and directs all aspects of branding, marketing, and public relations. The position serves as the principal staff liaison with all public and private constituencies, including the Chattanooga Tourism Company, local media, and elected public officials. The position promotes collaboration, cultivates supporters and potential donors, and proactively promotes the institution. The position will be the institution’s spokesperson during emergency and crisis situations.  The Executive Director also provides timely communications and status updates to the board of trustees.

Development and Financial Management 

The Executive Director is chiefly responsible for the development and implementation of development and fundraising strategies for the organization, including working with current and potential donors.  This position serves as the chief financial and business officer of the institution, managing financial resources in a manner consistent with the financial stability and sustainability of the institution. The position collaborates with the board in the budget development process.  The position also oversees the execution of programs and events designed to attract donors, visitors, and financial support.

Management, Direction, and Strategic Leadership 

The Executive Director provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the institution. The position directs the overall operation and provides leadership for initiatives designed to strengthen, expand, and enhance the institution. The position leads strategic and operational planning efforts and articulates the vision, direction, and goals of the institution.  The position provides support, supervision, and leadership for all center staff. The position directs all aspects of personnel management, including recruitment, retention, evaluation, and professional development.


Bachelors’ degree or higher.

Passion for the mission of the institution.

Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and interaction with current and prospective donors. 

High-level strategic thinking and planning ability.

Demonstrated ability to oversee, support, and collaborate with staff.

Active development and fundraising experience.

Financial management skills, including budget preparation and analysis.

Areas preferred but not required:

Familiarity with Chattanooga and Tennessee, their public institutions, elected officials, and their donor base.

Understanding of professional museum procedures, standards, and practices.

Honorable military service.

  • Salary has a base pay of $75,000 plus a bonus compensation structure.


Applicants should submit the following information to Sarah Wetherill at sarah-wetherill@utc.edu copied to the chair of the search committee Robert Dooley at robert-dooley@utc.edu.  

  • Cover letter/letter of interest

  • Resume/CV

  • The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses for three references

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to qualified candidates who apply before January 14, 2021. The preferred application deadline is January 14, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Frank Hughes, Chairman, Medal of Honor Heritage Center, at 423-593-3500. 

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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