Cascadia Art Museum - Executive Director

Edmonds, Washington, United States | Full-time


Comprehensive Position Profile

Opened in the fall of 2015, Cascadia Art Museum (Cascadia) is one of the nation’s newest art museums, serving the Pacific Northwest as a voice and showcase for the region’s art history. The museum is dedicated to Northwest art during the period of 1860 to 1970 and maintains an active program of temporary exhibitions and public outreach to carry out that mission. The museum provides enriching experiences for the community and visitors alike through original exhibitions, public programs, publications, and educational outreach. With five galleries, a multi-purpose education room and a gift shop, the 11,000 square foot museum is part of the adaptive reuse of one of Edmonds’ most iconic, mid-century modern buildings, and is located just steps from the waterfront, as well as a short walk from Edmonds’ vibrant downtown.


Cascadia is strengthened by an impressive board of 14 highly engaged local and regional leaders who share a deep passion for Northwest art and making it accessible to the community. Additionally, there are over 50 committed community volunteers who staff the gift shop and exhibition spaces. The museum runs on a calendar fiscal year and currently has a budget of around $1.3M. The museum benefits from a co-leadership model in which both the Executive Director and Curator serve as equals, each independently reporting to the Board of Directors and work collaboratively to realize the museum’s mission and vision. The Executive Director is responsible for pursuing the museum's vision through operations and resource development.   This includes directly managing staff (Operations Manager, Development & Marketing Manager, Registrar, P/T Store Manager) and providing oversight for the volunteers.

With approximately 13,000 annual visitors, a membership base of 1,300+ and incredible community support and participation, Cascadia has enjoyed tremendous success in its first years of operation. Still very much in start-up mode, there is great opportunity to grow the museum’s scope and influence, increase membership, attendance, further diversify programming and education, and expand its reach and impact. The Board of Directors recently approved an initiative to become a collecting institution and is excited to work in partnership with the Executive Director and the Curator to implement this new initiative.

The Executive Director has responsibility for managing operations, administration, financial affairs (including development activities, such as donor cultivation and grant writing), business development/marketing programs, long term strategic planning and oversight of all Board-directed initiatives and staff leadership.

Specific areas of responsibility include: Financial and Operational Management; Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Expanding Earned Revenue; Community Outreach and Education; Exhibition Planning and Programming; Program and Project Management;  Human Resources; Staff Supervision and Development; and Board Relations.

To learn more, you can find a comprehensive position profile here.

Compensation and Benefits:
Annual salary range is $95,000 -$115,000, DOE. Medical benefits included.

Recruitment Process:
The deadline to submit application materials is February 1, 2021. Candidate materials will be reviewed on an on-going basis with interviews with Valtas beginning by mid-January.

To Apply:
Please upload your resume and a cover letter in one combined DOC or PDF file by February 01, 2021 to the following URL:
In your cover letter please describe how your professional experience and passion aligns with the Executive Director position and the mission of Cascadia Art Museum. For more information, feel free to contact either Amy Burton (; 206.718.5122) pr Ed Rogan (; 206.697.8428)

Cascadia Art Museum provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Cascadia Art Museum complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.