Chief Executive Officer

Imagine Children's Museum - Everett, Washington

Job Category: Administration (other)

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Full Time

Compensation: $160000 - $180000

About Our Organization

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Everett, Washington, Imagine Children’s Museum (Imagine) has continued the same focus and mission of enriching children’s lives through play-based learning for the last 32 years.  

Dedicated to providing playful learning experiences to children and their parents or caregivers, Imagine provides hands-on exhibit areas, enrichment activities, and outreach services and programs designed to enhance developmental skills in all children regardless of gender, ethnicity, learning ability, or socioeconomic status.  

Imagine proudly serves over 250,000 visitors annually through attendance at the Museum and outreach programs. A cornerstone in Snohomish County, Imagine primarily serves families in the greater Puget Sound region, but also draws visitors from all over the U.S. and the world. Imagine partners with Snohomish County school districts, daycares, social service providers, youth organizations and other non-profits. These partnerships provide playful learning opportunities to children ages 1-12, and their parents, caregivers, daycare providers, teachers, and other adults who are important to a child’s life. 

In 2017, Imagine achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums which is the highest national recognition earned by the nation’s museums. This accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies and to the museum-going public.  

After successfully completing a $25 million capital campaign, Imagine doubled its space in 2022, opening a three-story expansion of state-of-the-art interactive exhibits spaces to play. Imagine remains the only place of its kind in Snohomish County. With an operating budget of $4.6 million, Imagine is comprised of over 50 employees and over 600 volunteers. To learn more about Imagine Children’s Museum, explore the website at

Job Summary

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Imagine will be responsible for current operations and performance as well as be instrumental in visioning and leading the future of the museum. Reporting to an 18-member Board of Directors, the CEO oversees museum staff with the following direct reports: two Deputy Directors and the Director of Human Resources. 


See full list of responsibilities here:

Job Qualifications & Requirements

  • At least ten years of relevant senior-level leadership experience at organizations with interactive exhibits, a child-centered philosophy, early education, or an arts and culture focus.  

  • A strong understanding of effective fiscal management, administration, and visitor experience, and demonstrated ability to build widespread support for an organization through collaborative efforts.  

  • A demonstrated comfort in or exposure to most of the areas of museum programs including membership, marketing, fundraising, grant writing and grant management, and government and external relations would be preferred.  

  • A skilled communicator who has shown success in building and growing an organization and fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

  • Experience with accreditation programs is a plus.  

  • Knowledge of Snohomish County and surrounding regions is valuable.  

  • Experience working with a nonprofit board is essential.  

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred. 

Additional Details


Annual salary is $160,000 – 180,000 based on experience. Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided. 


How to Apply


Imagine has retained Morris & Berger to conduct the Chief Executive Officer search. To view the full position description, please visit  To apply, please submit an application, including a resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website: