Topic ID #42068 - posted 1/28/2020 7:42 AM

Executive Director

Executive Director, New Castle Historical Society, Chappaqua, NY 

Seeking a self-starter with dynamic, entrepreneurial leadership experience and an ardent interest in public history and its power to unify, connect and engage communities. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the New Castle Historical Society’s programs, fundraising, and execution of its mission and will work closely with the board of trustees to develop and enhance core programs, oversee operations, including the day-to-day management of the Greeley House Museum, as well as develop and execute the annual strategic plan.  

About the New Castle Historical Society :

Founded in 1966, the NCHS’s mission is to discover, collect, preserve, and communicate the history of the Town of New Castle. The NCHS is located in the historic New Castle hamlet of Chappaqua, NY, 35 miles north of New York City and easily accessible by train.  The NCHS is housed in the unique Greeley House Museum, the family summer home of Horace Greeley, one of the major American historical figures of the nineteenth century-- reformer, presidential candidate, outspoken opponent of slavery, and the most important newspaper editor of his day. New Castle has played an important role in American history from the arrival of European settlers in the 1600s, subsequent founding by the Quakers in the 1700s, through the Revolutionary War, in the 1800’s as Mr. Greeley’s residence, and as the current home of President and Secretary Clinton and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The NCHS Greeley House Museum is open to the public and permanently displays. The museum collects and displays memorabilia of Horace Greeley and his family as well as historical maps, pictures and other artifacts that illustrate the community in past years, as well as contemporary materials that will be of interest to future generations. The NCHS typically presents one to two feature exhibits at the museum every year, as well as holding special events and educational programs at the Greeley House, schools and community at large. 

Executive Director Responsibilities :

-Achieve financial goals, including balancing the budget 

-Advance development through fundraisers, major gifts, membership, and grant writing 

-Recruit and supervise all museum volunteers 

-Work with and manage committees 

-Serve as official spokesperson for the museum and Board of Trustees 

-Oversee the curation and management of exhibits and collection 

-Prepare monthly status reports 

-Manage the property of the museum (including day-to-day maintenance, as well as future preservation needs.)

-Monitor the strategic plan 

-Manage public relations, communications, marketing, and mailings 

-Edit and publish the museum’s e-newsletter 

-Develop education programs 

-Develop collaborative programs with community partners 

-Raise the regional profile of the NCHS 

-Manage the NCHS’s digital presence, including, including but not limited to, the website, all social media pages and apps, an Eventbrite page, and all Constant Contact publications.

Qualifications : 

-Bachelor’s degree with work experience sufficient to the position; degree in museum studies or non-profit management a plus 

-Significant fundraising and grant writing experience 

-Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of audiences 

-Demonstrated ability to work within Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, WordPress, and QuickBooks. 

-Understanding of database management, mail-merge, website management and newsletter publishing. 

-Availability to do weekend and evening work as required 

-Ability to manage and expand a diverse group of volunteers 

The NCHS’s ideal candidate has all of the qualifications listed above, as well as enthusiasm for educating students of all ages, and excellent community building skills. 

Salary :

Salary will be approximately $55,000 to $65,000 a year, depending on experience.

Application Information : 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (preferably of a grant the candidate has written, with confidential information redacted as necessary) to: 

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