Southeastern Railway Museum
Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum
To lead the Southeastern Railway Museum, Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum, now in its 52nd year. The Museum’s mission is to provide an educational atmosphere that vividly brings to life the cultural, technical, and historical importance of transportation to our region.
This position reports to and coordinates with a dedicated volunteer board of directors. The board seeks someone with passion for the Museum’s mission who will provide an enjoyable and meaningful experience for each visitor or those who participate in its programs and outreach services.
One of the great opportunities for the Museum’s new leader will be to make and keep the Museum’s mission relevant to changing demographics. With a large team of volunteers and staff to restore, display, operate, and maintain about 100 pieces of railway rolling stock in addition to other artifacts, the Museum offers an interactive and tangible look into our region’s rich transportation history.
· Establish and regularly update a list of fundable priorities for donors and prospects.
Additionally, the board anticipates the creation of a new staff position, Director of Development, to bring focus and a new level of priority to the Museum’s advancement efforts. The Executive Director will be intimately involved in the creation of the job description and in the hiring process for that new position.
The compensation package will be competitive and commensurate with experience, with a salary range of $90,000 - $110,000.
The Southeastern Railway Museum was founded in 1970 by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In 2000, the Museum was given the title of “Official Transportation History Museum of Georgia” by the Georgia General Assembly. The 35-acre campus includes a restored historic train depot building, six other buildings (including ones displaying full-sized railway equipment) and over 100 pieces of equipment, including: steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, passenger cars, railway office cars, postal cars, baggage cars, freight cars, cabooses, maintenance-of-way equipment, transit vehicles, and more. The Museum’s budget is driven by attendance, educational tours, memberships, sponsorships, fundraising, community special events, and movie/TV filming fees.
Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Duluth is an affluent suburb of Atlanta in the northeastern part of the metropolitan Atlanta region. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi, and Gwinnett County is one of Georgia’s largest counties in both population and geographic size. It is also one of Georgia’s most diverse counties by ethnicities, nationalities, and races. Gwinnett offers modern live, work, play communities such as Duluth, Suwanee, and Lawrenceville, many miles of pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths, and state-of-the art medical care and higher education. Near the shores of Lake Lanier, one of the largest reservoirs in Georgia, it is a one-hour drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains and a four-hour drive to the Atlantic Ocean.
Atlanta’s history literally begins with the railroad, as it was founded in 1837 at the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line. It was first named Marthasville in honor of the then-governor's daughter, nicknamed Terminus for its rail location, and then changed soon after to Atlanta, the feminine of Atlantic -- as in the railroad.
Transportation remains a large part of the city today, as Hartsfield-Jackson-Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport. Atlanta is also one of the video-making capitals of the U.S., and the Southeastern Railway Museum is used every year in the production of movies and TV or streaming series.
Atlanta is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters and more national nonprofit headquarters than any other city in the southeast. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CARE International, the Arthritis Foundation, the Heart Association, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and many other organizations call the Atlanta area home.
The Museum’s Board of Director has engaged Columns Fundraising, of Atlanta, GA, to assist in this search. To submit an application, visit www.columnsfundraising.com/search. All inquiries related to this opportunity should be directed to: Railway_Museum@columnsfundraising.com.
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