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The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is always looking for energetic, up-beat people who love to work with children.  In particular, we are looking for individuals who have experience in education, theater or child care.

Executive Director - Job Description


MISSION STATEMENT:  The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of play.

Reports directly to the Board of Directors



Over the last decade, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) has become a regional destination for interactive learning and PLAY for children and families in South Carolina and the Southeast.  CML has continually expanded programs and opportunities to further its mission.  In order to carry forth their mission into their next ten years and continue to address the specific needs of children and families in South Carolina, the Board, through a thorough strategic planning process has identified three core overarching principles to help guide the organization's work:

·         Play Framework: Explore, consolidate, and advance CML’s understanding of and distinct approach to play for its audiences; how it will translate its expertise into play and learning experiences and environments and customer service; and how it will communicate its value and benefits to stakeholders and partners.

·         Early Connections – Birth to Three: A comprehensive set of services, experiences, and supporting practices that enables CML to fully serve its youngest audience and their grownups; contributes to the area’s early childhood resources; and distinguishes CML from other early childhood venues through developmentally, “just right” play-based experiences and environments that engage and make young children’s potential visible.

·         Families Together: A broad, flexible approach to engaging families of all backgrounds with varied interests and children of different ages that is capable of serving the family as a cohesive, on-going group as well as supporting relationships and interactions among family members.



We seek a visionary leader with a passion for early childhood education and PLAY.  CML’s vision is to be a pioneer in improving the welfare of children in the Charleston Tri-County community; the Board seeks an Executive Director who has a passion and vision for executing CML’s vision. Experience working in an educational setting that values and sustains a strong public-private partnership and a high level of community engagement and impact would be ideal.  The desire and ability to easily blend into the community culture is expected, including efforts to reach out to multiple and highly diverse constituent groups.

The person we seek will have the ability to passionately articulate the story of the museum's mission and plans.  This person must eagerly and enthusiastically assume the role of the public face of the museum.  A background in the successful development of constituent relations that result in major individual gifts, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and other sources of philanthropic support will be a significant factor in candidate selection.  Experience using traditional and non-traditional fundraising techniques is expected.

This person must demonstrate consistent success in selecting competent staff and developing a cohesive team of professionals.  A leadership approach that is described as accessible, supportive and empowering must be demonstrated, but also balanced by strong decision-making and results-oriented accountability.  An understanding of informal, hands-on education programs in a setting like the museum would be highly advantageous.  The ability to utilize as well as motivate volunteer resources is strongly valued.

We seek a business-principled leader with a successful track record of astute financial administration and strong operations management.  Knowledge and experience gained from working in cultural, entertainment, or destination venues is highly desired.  A keen understanding of what it takes to promote highly-effective, customer-centric practices and attitudes from within (i.e. enhancing the visitor experience) is a must.  Expertise in the area of childhood development would be a plus.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required; a graduate degree(s) is highly preferable.  Evidence of continuing education in museum management, general business, finance, marketing or related disciplines would be expected.

Desired Skills and Experience

Early Childhood Education and PLAY

·         Inspire and lead CML’s staff and programs related to education and PLAY

·         Oversee and manage organizational and programmatic goals related to educational vision and strategic plan

·         Be an ambassador and thought leader in the community related to early education

Management and Administration

  • Provide leadership in developing and managing organizational and financial plans.
  • Carry out plans and policies as authorized by the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee maintenance of financial and donor databases to ensure both are current and accurate.
  • Oversee fiscal responsibility for the annual operating budget.
  • Provide financial oversight and report to the Board regularly.
  • Oversee programming and volunteer outreach and management.
  • Provide direction on operations and exhibits ensuring they are within budget and tied to CML’s Strategic Plan.
  • Oversee the planning and construction of a small (1,200 sq. ft) museum expansion project.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of nonprofit development, museum leadership, and museum operations.

Development and Fundraising

  • Lead a multi-million dollar capital fundraising campaign for the museum. Additional fundraising responsibilities will include oversight of annual campaign, donor solicitation, special events and grant development.
  • Oversee and assist in fundraising efforts including major gifts and other personal individual solicitations
  • Participate and support ongoing prospecting and donor cultivation programs.
  • Ensures that a diverse development strategy of philanthropic, grants/contracts and Federal/State is adopted and implemented resulting in a diverse revenue stream for CML.

Board Relations and Communications

  • Assist the Board in maintaining and promoting the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Initiate and assist in recommending and setting priorities.
  • Work with the Board to ensure effective and efficient committee structures.
  • Communicate regularly with the Board Chair.
  • Serve as liaison to Board committees.
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection and orientation of new Board members and officers.
  • Assist the Board Chair in planning the agenda and materials for Board meetings and planning retreats.
  • Provide an Executive Director's report at Board meetings.

Stakeholder Relationships

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with key elected officials, community leaders, donors and potential donors.

Public Relations and Communications

  • Serve as primary spokesperson for CML in order to increase awareness for the center and its programs.
  • Oversee all internal and external communications, including fundraising materials, newsletters, donor letters, event programs, brochures, flyers and press releases.


  • Develop and administer Board approved personnel policies.
  • Provide for adequate supervision and evaluation of all staff.
  • Encourage staff development and education.

Characteristics, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Passion for early childhood education and PLAY
  • Demonstrated management experience, including staff development, fundraising experience and working knowledge of non-profit organizations.
  • Proven and demonstrated performance within an area of development:  Evidence of clear administrative skills, leadership, ability to work with volunteers.
    • Philanthropic
    • Grant writing and or working knowledge and understanding in this area
    • State and Federal funding
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly motivated and committed to the mission and programs of CML.
  • Ability to immediately establish relationships with leaders in the community, volunteers, board members, staff and donors.
  • High level of energy and enthusiasm.

To apply for this position of Executive Director, please send a current resume and letter of introduction to

The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

Attn:  Executive Director Search Committee

25 Ann Street

Charleston, SC  29403

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 While we may not have other full-time openings at this time, we are always accepting applications from interested persons.  We will review these applications when a position becomes available.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

PLEASE NOTE:  We are always looking for volunteers and interns to help out at the Museum as well.  Many of our current employees started off as volunteers.  CLICK HERE to check out all of our volunteer opportunities.