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Museum Manager

Peel Compton Foundation
Bentonville, AR
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

The Peel Compton Foundation is a premiere and growing nonprofit organization, located in Bentonville, AR seeking a highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the team as a Museum Manager. The Peel Compton Foundation owns and operates the Peel Museum & Botanical Garden, Compton Gardens & Arboretum, Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, and Osage Park. The uniting mission for these diverse properties is to connect the community through nature, education, recreation, and preservation.

About the Position

You’ll join a top-notch team and have responsibility for all aspects of the museum and museum store operations that includes budgeting, financial controls, exhibition development, maintaining and researching the collection, and docent/volunteer recruitment and training. This role is critical to the Peel Compton Foundation organization in order to support our growth and expand our impact.

What you will do

You will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and museum operations as the organization continues to enhance its visitor and donor services. This is a tremendous opportunity for a museum leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of the Peel Compton Foundation.



  • Oversee the day to day operations and exhibition planning of the Peel Museum and Museum Store.
  • Serve as a subject-area expert on the Peel family and life in late 1800s Arkansas.
  • Manage the museum which includes planning, organizing, staffing, funding and directing the museum.
  • Understand financial reporting, P&L statements and budgeting processes in order to manage and lead a well-organized team and meet business objectives.
  • Engage with visitors and donors and manage the docents and volunteer programs.
  • Enhance the museums profile to local and national audiences.
  • Develop and drive applicable revenue streams associated with the Peel Museum and Museum Store.
  • Motivate and lead high performing team; attract, recruit and retain required volunteers currently not in place.
  • Coach staff, monitor work product, develop staff skills, and evaluate performance; meet regularly with direct reports and those in your vertical to discuss and resolve workload and technical issues; develop short-and long-term goals and priorities for direct reports.
  • Oversee the Peel Museum through accreditation.


  • Manage the museum, cabin store and exhibit room to ensure they are well organized and provide for consistent visitor and patron experience.
  • Enforce and improve artifact donation policies and procedures to allow for effective cataloging and archiving of artifacts in line with museum best practices.
  • Develop volunteer and docent programs.
  • Passionately communicate about the museum and exhibit rooms collections and history and the importance they play in the community and nation.
  • Must possess excellent research and writing skills to successfully explore new grant opportunities.

Who we are looking for:

Qualifications required for your success

  • Degree in museum studies, history, or related content area and 3+ years of curatorial and collections management experience.
  • The ideal candidate has experience in leadership and management and a demonstrated track record of high-performance while being able to use sound judgement and reasoning to make decisions
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Previous experience with object handling, rehousing, and CRM database management.
  • Key Skills: Management, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Delegation, Business Maturity, Communication, and Public Speaking

Additional Helpful Experience Includes

  • Knowledge of late 1800s Arkansas/American history and culture.
  • Spanish, ASL, or other language skills (not required)
  • Experience planning, designing, fabricating, and installing exhibitions.
  • Experience with PastPerfect database software.
  • Familiarity with photographic and digitizing 2D and 3D objects.
  • Volunteer management, particularly in a museum setting.

Personal attributes that support your success

  • Ability to act as a trusted advisor to principals and colleagues while demonstrating expertise and integrity.
  • You are helpful, a team player, and show respect while collaborating with others.
  • You are results oriented and exercise sound judgment in your work.
  • A lifelong learner, who is inquisitive and solves problems with bold thinking and innovation.
  • A visionary who plans for the future with imagination and wisdom.
  • You are dedicated to achieving excellence and work with others to tackle the tasks at hand.
  • Demonstrated qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. If requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the associate is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, controls or machines; reach with hands and arms; speak; hear; stoop; kneel; and crouch.

The Peel Compton Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

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Peel Compton Foundation


Bentonville, AR
72712 USA