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3:30 pm Cowboy Youth Poetry Contest
Cowboy Youth Poetry Contest
Aug 30 @ 3:30 pm – Nov 1 @ 11:59 pm
Cowboy Youth Poetry Contest
  It’s our 2nd annual Chisholm Trail Cowboy Youth Poetry Contest. Your original cowboy poem could earn you some cash! Four categories: pre-K to 12th grade. Entries due by Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Click here[...]

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Executive Director 

The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center of Duncan, Oklahoma, seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and to direct policy making, planning, organization, staffing, and operations. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a progressive program for the Center’s fundraising, exhibitions, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus evenings and weekends when necessary.  Benefits include 10 days vacation and basic sick leave annually.  Salary commensurate with experience.

The Executive Director reports to the On the Chisholm Trail Association and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Association Boards of Directors in the day-to-day business of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

Summary of Responsibilities of Executive Director:

  • Works in conjunction with the Boards to develop the strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Center and increase local, statewide, national and international awareness and prominence.


  • Directs the Center’s operations, to include development, education and public programming, finance, external communications, and staffing.


  • Directs the overall development of public relations and marketing initiatives. Develops an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the Center. Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Center; establishes strong partnerships in the communities involved in the Center; enhances the Center’s public image to expand interest and support.


  • Must keep the Boards and Center in compliance with current local, regional, state and federal regulations, standards and best practices and keep them apprised of pertinent issues.


  • Responsible to communicate the Center’s financial position to the Boards in a way that allows for oversight on all financial issues and assist the Boards in preparing annual budgets, reports, taxes, and audits.


  • Hires, manages and leads the full-time staff, part-time staff, volunteers, and consultants and is responsible for direct and delegated employee training and Human Resources compliance.


  • Works with the gift shop manager and staff to make sound budgetary and aesthetic choices in the gift shop and alternative forms of revenue.


  • Coordinates with special events planners to ensure the event is undertaken in a manner befitting the Center’s mission, fiscal position, legal position and public image.


  • Leads and participates in all fundraising and development activities, including grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.


  • Manages, secures and maintains the property and facilities of the Center, as well as the collections held in public trust.


  • Must have working knowledge of: Current software platforms for planning and interacting with the facility exhibits and working with various contractors; spreadsheet, database, email, calendar/scheduling, and word processing software; and Quickbooks, or current platform, and basic computer maintenance and support for the system(s).


  • Must attain at least conversational knowledge of current trends in ranching and western culture and be able to lecture on the historic significance of the Chisholm Trail and its place in history.


  • This position requires standing, stooping, lifting objects, manual dexterity, working on ladders and walking across uneven surfaces.

Due to the Executive Director being required to be at the facility for periods outside of normal business hours, potentially unexpectedly, the Executive Director must have a residence within a reasonable distance to Duncan as determined by the Board of Directors.  Preferably, the Executive Director will choose to live in Duncan.

Please submit resumes by September 30, 2019, to