Posted July 3, 2014

For well over a century, astonishing people in Palo Alto have created innovations that affect the lives of millions of people around the
globe. Palo Alto is uniquely poised at the intersection of intellectual, technological, financial and green-energy trends. In many ways, Palo
Alto is among the most influential communities in the world—rich with heritage and pride.

A city this vibrant deserves a great museum.

The Palo Alto History Museum will serve as a core resource to connect people from around the world to our city’s dynamic past. It will be a
place of great inspiration, designed to help us better understand and more effectively influence the world in which we live.

As the permanent home of the City Archives, the new Palo Alto History Museum will showcase the remarkable heritage of Palo Alto
through the careful collection, preservation and continued social engagement with precious local artifacts and documents. The space
design will inspire community participation, attracting the diversity of our local history-makers while reaching out to the next generation of
inquisitive school children.

It is happening here.

Position Opening: Executive Director

The Palo Alto History Museum Board was formed with the aim of overseeing the establishment of a first class, financially viable local history museum for the Palo
Alto/ Stanford area. The project began in earnest in 2007 when the city of Palo Alto granted a lease option for the historic Roth Building at 300 Homer Avenue.
Governed by a Board of Directors, the museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to showcase the remarkable heritage and legacy of innovation
that is unique to Palo Alto, through the careful collection and conservation of local artifacts and documents.

The new museum’s participatory exhibits, educational programs and interactive web resources will engage visitors of all ages by inspiring enthusiasm for the area’s
rich history and encouraging creative ways of contemplating the future. Currently the capital campaign has raised $4.8 million toward the goal of $7.2 million to fund
the rehabilitation of the Roth Building (phase one). Construction will begin when the funds are in hand and the City grants the lease. Another $8 to 12 million for
exhibits and programs will be raised during construction (phase two).

Duties and Responsibilities

Capital Phase

1. Confer with the Museum Board to implement strategies and initiatives to fulfill the museum’s mission.
2. Represent the museum at meetings with other professionals and at social events.
3. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers covering all areas of the museum.
4. Assist with board recruitment and development.
5. Work with the Development Counsel to fund both phases of the Capital Campaign.
6. Oversee all aspects of planning for the museum including exhibit design and program development.

Operational Phase (in addition to 1-4 above)

1. Formulate policies and plans overall operations including budgeting.
2. Nurture existing funding sources and develop additional sources.
3. Responsible for the recruitment, employment, supervision, evaluation, and release of all personnel.
4. Direct facility use including tenant issues and short term rentals.
5. Oversee maintenance of the facility.
6. Maintain official records.

Required Knowledge & Skills:

1. Proven leadership working for a nonprofit museum in an executive or fundraising capacity.
2. Proven ability to raise revenues through fundraising projects, including grant writing, major gifts and capital campaigns.
3. Ability to lead, prioritize, delegate, and monitor multiple projects simultaneously.
4. Ability to work independently and to be self-motivated when completing projects and meeting frequent deadlines.
5. Good interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work across and with all levels of an organization.
6. Strong ability to provide inspirational and motivational leadership which creates an environment which attracts and keeps employees
and volunteers.
7. Excellent oral and written communication; computer literate.
8. Bachelor degree at minimum or equivalent work experience. Master’s degree in related field preferred.


Full-time, beginning immediately. Compensation to be negotiated. Provide own work space and computer during phase one.

Information: or Gail Woolley – 650.327.4977.
To apply, please send resume and salary history to PAHM Board at