Location: North Andover, MA
Founded in 1913 and headquartered at its Museum Building on the North Andover town common, the North Andover Historical Society (NAHS) 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 of artifacts, historical house museums, properties for historic and/or preservation purposes, and an archival collection of documents and visual materials as well as objects made or used in the North Andover area from the 17th century onward.
Overview of the Organization and Programs
Specifically, to achieve its mission, NAHS:
A 501c(3) nonprofit corporation, NAHS employs a full-time Executive Director and four part-time staff members and is overseen by a Board of Directors, currently comprised of twelve civic and community leaders. The organization’s annual operating budget is approximately $150,000, its endowment/investments are approximately $1.7 million, and it owns property with a book value of close to $2 million, inclusive of its sole beneficiary interest in the Center Realty Trust which owns five historic buildings.
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:
NAHS has been led for more than 30 years by its exceptionally dedicated Executive Director, Carol Majahad. Effective January 1, 2020, Carol will transition from her current role to a newly created, part-time museum educator role reporting directly to the next Executive Director, ultimately transitioning all educational programs to other permanent staff.
Desired Credentials and Profile
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.
This search is being conducted by TSNE MissionWorks with transition consultant John Tarvin. All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential to the hiring committee.
Please include a resume and a cover letter with information regarding how you learned of the position, a description of how your qualifications and experience match NAHS’s needs and mission and your salary expectations. Benefits for full-time employment include a $5,000 health insurance stipend, paid time off, and a matching retirement contribution up to 3% of salary.
All submissions of candidacy will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.
NAHS strongly desires to attract a broad and diverse pool of candidates to apply.