Executive Director, North Andover Historical Society

Third Sector New England

Posted: 9/10/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Arts, Culture and Humanities

City: North Andover

Postal code: 01845

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M



Mission statement:

The North Andover Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution which serves as a center for local community interest and is dedicated to preserving, documenting, exhibiting, and interpreting North Andover history; mainly through its collection. 

Position Details:

Job Description:


Strategic Opportunities and Challenges

The Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead this well-respected, venerable and prominent institution which has preserved, interpreted and shared North Andover and New England history for over 100 years. High priorities for the Executive Director include:

  • Working collaboratively with the Board of Directors to create a revitalized strategic direction for the Society, one which leverages the organization's legacy and history, acknowledges the shifting demographic and engagement trends in historical societies and museums and determines the best use of NAHS's resources, most especially its buildings.
  • Expanding significantly NAHS's visibility, community outreach, social media presence and engagement to raise the institution's profile, modernize its presentation, expand participation in its programs and grow financial resources and support.
  • Developing and executing on a resource development plan to grow NAHS's philanthropic support through a targeted combination of membership dues, individual donations and private and public grants.
  • Creating deep connections with members, residents, regional and local community leaders as well as the general public to create a welcoming, engaging and inclusive culture in all of NAHS's public engagements.
  • Collaborating with the Board of Directors to create the appropriate governance versus management balance that supports strong executive staff leadership and proper board oversight.
  • Empowering, supporting and leading a team of dedicated and skilled museum professionals committed to achieving NAHS's preservation mission and delivering exceptional programs.



Desired Credentials and Profile

  • Academic or organizational background in museum studies or a related field
  • A minimum of three years of personnel and financial leadership experience
  • Experience, ability and strong desire to be a public facing leader

Skills and Experience

Exceptional Communicator, Networker and Ambassador

The Executive Director must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be eager to serve as NAHS's primary spokesperson to proactively build and sustain relationships with members, visitors, the community, partners and donors to benefit NAHS. The leader must be a consummate ambassador and networker who is politically savvy as well as an astute marketer on behalf of NAHS. The Executive Director must proactively, graciously and regularly engage and welcome the community and publicly promote NAHS, so others become inspired to support its mission and vision and participate in its programs.

Experienced and Committed Resource Developer

The Executive Director will have experience in and a strong desire to engage self and board members in private fundraising and expansion of NAHS's membership program, with the ability to create a vision and strategy for sustained philanthropic support aligned with NAHS's mission and financial needs. The leader must be an eager and proactive fundraiser and recruiter of members, someone who is skilled at capitalizing on existing relationships and creating new ones to grow NAHS's financial resources, most particularly through membership fees, individual giving and private and public grants.

Visionary and Strategic Leader

The Executive Director must be able to engage in “big picture” thinking, ultimately and collaboratively providing strong leadership to guide NAHS's board and staff to develop and implement a refreshed strategic vision for its future. The leader must be open to ideas and suggestions and confidently offer creative and innovative concepts and solutions of her/his own. The leader must be bold in her/his leadership, willing to challenge the status quo, able to collaboratively lead the entire NAHS community toward a revitalized future and support the Center Realty Trust as it determines the prospects for its real estate holdings.

Fluid Administrator with Museum Training

As the agency's chief administrative officer, the Executive Director must be a fluid and collaborative multitasker, able to oversee the organization's operations, finances, and personnel, decisively and efficiently aligning and maximizing resources to achieve NAHS's strategic goals. Ideally, the leader will be a trained and experienced museum professional who will ensure the organization adheres to museum standards, provide guidance, feedback and leadership on exhibits and programs and offer feedback and guidance to other professionals on staff. Finally, the Executive Director also serves as the primary liaison to and proactive partner with the Board of Directors to engage it in effective governance, strategic planning and thorough oversight.

Confident Relational Manager

An experienced manager of people, the Executive Director must inspire, develop and empower NAHS's relatively small yet highly committed staff of professionals, including the prior Executive Director who will serve as the lead museum educator. An active listener, the Executive Director must create a welcoming, collaborative and mutually supportive work culture and climate; display high levels of integrity and accountability; and approach the work with a sense of good humor, diplomacy, patience, warmth, care and considerable energy.

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