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Spanning I-80 at Exit 275, the Archway offers a unique historical exhibit that brings American history to life and so much more.

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Organizational Profile

The Archway, which opened in the year 2000, tells the stories of the pioneers, adventurers, and innovators who traveled the Great Platte River Road through the land that would later become Nebraska in search of a better life in the West. In the process they contributed to the building of America.

The most visible landmark on I-80 in Nebraska, the Archway welcomes 50,000 – 60,000 visitors from all over the country every year. From the Oregon Trail era through today, the Archway’s family friendly exhibit brings history to life and fulfills our mission to preserve Nebraska’s history, share our story, and inspire our visitors to participate in America’s ongoing quest for adventure, discovery, and innovation.

The Great Platte River Road Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for operating the Archway. For more information visit

Position Summary

The Archway is looking for an experienced professional to serve as Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will serve as a forward-thinking, innovative, and creative chief executive officer with overall responsibility for the execution of the organization’s strategies. The Executive Director will be committed to museum excellence and best practices, cultivation of multiple stakeholder and constituent groups, and to providing interrelated strategic vision and operational leadership.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic and Operational Leadership

  • Responsible for strategy development and implementation, development and fundraising, community relations, curatorial and exhibition-making, educational program development, personnel administration, financial and facilities management, marketing, and archival and collections management.
  • Responsible for hiring, tasking, and managing staff employees, independent contractors, volunteer organizers, and interns.
  • Oversees all day-to-day operations, with a focus on providing quality programs within the framework of excellence in the visitor experience.
  • Manages communications with stakeholders to articulate a clear vision for programming, financial support, and community partnerships, and ensuring consistency of branding and messaging.
  • Ensures that the necessary organizational structure, policies, systems controls, and procedures are in place and regularly reviewed for effectiveness.
  • Meets regularly with the Board of Directors, including with the Executive Committee and other Board-established committees, to report on and coordinate organizational activities.

Fundraising and Financial Management

  • Partners with the Board to cultivate relationships and financial resources that will ensure the success of the institution.
  • Cultivates major donors, members, and event volunteer leaders to expand fundraising activities and build financial resilience in support of ongoing programs and operations.
  • Manages the development of institutional funding sources including government agencies and private foundations.
  • Manages the preparation of the annual operating budget with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee, and provides quarterly financial reports to the Board.
  • Oversees the preparations of the annual audit report and 990 tax filings with an independent auditor, and coordinates reporting by the auditor to the Board.
  • Oversees routine financial transactions and management with the Business Manager, bookkeeper, and accountant, and coordinates necessary insurance coverages.

Community Relations and Engagement

  • Develops an active community presence and relationships to foster opportunities for new initiatives and partnerships that build connections, support increased attendance and membership, enhances organizational reputation, and strengthens the fabric of social and cultural organizations in the Kearney community.
  • Develop local networks in the arts and culture community to identify and cultivate collaborative programs with independent curators and institutional partners.

Experience and Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Hospitality, Marketing, History, Museum Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities, or a related field.
  • Professional experience of at least 5 years, with recent experience at the senior management level.
  • Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working with a wide variety of public constituents; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for participating in a wide range of organizational functions.
  • Experience managing staff, independent contractors, volunteers, and interns.
  • Proficiency with MS Office suite.


  • Knowledge and interest of local and regional history.
  • Experience in non-profit, arts & cultural organizations.

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary: $70,000-$80,000. This is an exempt, full-time position. Benefits include a ten days annual vacation per year, two personal days, five holidays, 3% retirement match, direct primary care medical plan and five days medical leave.

Equal Opportunity

The Archway is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

To apply

No later than December 17, 2021 email letter of interest, resume, and three professional references in Adobe PDF format to using the job title and your name in your subject line (example: “Executive Director – Jane Smith”). All attachments should be submitted with applicant’s first initial and last name included in the file name (for example “J.Smith Resume”). Interviews will be held in January, and the position start date is anticipated to be not later than March 7, 2022.