The concept for the Urban Civil Rights Experience Museum is eight years in the making. The National Urban League has been working in partnership with a distinguished group of museum and cultural planning advisors, to lay the groundwork for this visionary endeavor. Now that the ground has been broken on the Urban League Empowerment Center, this devoted team is excited to embark upon the next phase of the Museum’s inception by identifying an inaugural Executive Director to embrace the vision they have tirelessly championed and guide it from inception to a vibrant and successful reality.

The Urban Civil Rights Experience Museum seeks a bold, entrepreneurial, and influential leader who can develop, articulate, and execute on an inspired vision for the future Museum. 

Reporting to the President and CEO of the Urban League and working collaboratively with their leadership team, the Executive Director will be responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the institution. This leader will continue the development of a vision that ensures the museum reflects the organization’s history, mission, and future ambitions. Additionally, the Executive Director will oversee the day-to-day administrative and operational management of the Museum ensuring strategies are effectively implemented across all sectors of the institution. 

While many museums and monuments exist to chronicle and memorialize the long and well-documented history of racial inequality and the struggle for civil rights in the Jim Crow South, the Urban Civil Rights Experience Museum represents a historic opportunity to build a premier cultural and historical institution that will concentrate on the exploration of those narratives specific to the history of the Black freedom struggle that expanded dramatically in the aftermath of the Great Migration of Blacks northward in urban environments across America.

This prominent role is a unique and enviable opportunity for a dynamic and sophisticated leader, one driven by a commitment and a deep personal connection to the lived experiences of the civil rights movement, to advance the mission and goals of the Museum, with impactful leadership to communicate these stories broadly and with deep integrity.


Strategic and Visionary and Leadership

  • Embrace and lead NUL’s vision to create the Nation’s most compelling and immersive museum dedicated to the story of the struggle for civil and human rights in urban environments across America; passionately communicate the Museum’s mission and a belief in its future and impact to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Direct strategy development and implementation, development and fundraising, community relations, curatorial and exhibitions, educational program development, personnel administration, facilities and financial management, marketing, and archival and collections management; Ensure that the Museum has both short and long-range strategy and implementation plans that honor the original vision and achieve its mission in a consistent and effective manner.
  • Lead the development and articulation of organizational offerings that reflect the mission and create revenue opportunities well into the future.
  • Provide inspirational leadership and direction to the team, encouraging innovation while ensuring the development and management of a high performing and effective organization; establish decision-making processes that will support the Museum in achieving its objectives.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent cross-functional working environment; create and promote a positive, equitable and inclusive culture that supports and ensures open communication and alignment around the Museum’s organizational goals.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with NUL’s President & CEO that ensures open communication and helps drive strategic organizational goals and priorities that are aligned with Museum’s core mission. 

Preferred Candidate Profile & Qualifications

The Executive Director will possess the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • A strong commitment to racial and economic justice and will ensure these values will be reflected in every aspect of the Museum. 
  • Experience designing and implementing a high-quality strategy in alignment with organizational vision and goals; superb resource management skills.
  • Proven ability to set the strategic vision of the organization and to develop and promote the strategies needed to advance the work; ability to lead through change and growth in the evolving landscape of data and racial equity.
  • A highly respected, collaborative and diplomatic professional with a track record of success leading a growing organization of similar size and complexity.
  • A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Demonstrated success and appreciation for fundraising; ability to galvanize support and generate excitement while effectively partnering with staff and stakeholders in the process.
  • Exemplary relationship-building skills; highly respected yet humble and approachable leader who can create and nurture partnerships with colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • Compelling and effective communicator with superb negotiation, project management and organizational skills.
  • Empathic leader with high emotional intelligence who values trust, ethics, integrity and transparency. 
  • A big-picture thinker with proven success moving from conceptualization to fruition through clear, goal-oriented execution. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required; background in museum management or arts administration, preferred. 
  • Senior management experience in non-profit, government, or for-profit environs required; A minimum of 15+ years of progressive experience.
  • Preferred candidates will have a commitment and connection to the missions of the Museum and NUL, and an unwavering belief in the transformative role of arts and cultural education in empowering and sustaining thriving communities and changing lives.

Compensation & Benefits 

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, 100% paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance. Paid time-off for vacation, sickness, and holidays and a 403(b) Retirement Plan.

 The National Urban League is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws. The National Urban League strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion or creed, national origin, alienage, citizenship, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender, identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health decisions or decision making (of employees or their dependents), familial status, marital status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, veterans status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre- employment criminal conviction record, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all National Urban League activities, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline, and discharge. This policy also bans discriminatory harassment. Employment at the National Urban League is at will.

To Apply

To express your interest in the role, please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae here. All applications, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. Only applications with cover letters will be accepted.

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Date posted: December 14, 2021