• Executive Director, North Andover Historical Society

    Job Locations US-MA-North Andover
    Posted Date 3 months ago(9/3/2019 4:09 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Arts, Culture, and Humanities
    Executive Search
    Location : Name
    North Andover Historical Society
  • Overview

    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:

    • Maintains its collections of over 11,000 artifacts, including photos, archival material, objects and books primarily used in educational programs, research, and exhibits.
    • Plays an important role in bringing history alive for children of all ages through its educational programs aligned with the core concepts of the Massachusetts Frameworks for Social Studies at various grade levels as well as its summer enrichment program.
    • Owns, preserves and operates seven buildings, including:
      • The Museum Building (1932) and lower galleries, which along with the cottage, shop and the Library & Archival Collections, forms the Society’s Headquarters.
      • Johnson Cottage (1789), which is the last surviving artisan’s cottage in North Andover’s Old Center.
      • The Parson Barnard House (1715), which incorporates exciting restoration techniques used to highlight the original construction and interior modifications.
      • The Parson Barnard House Carriage Barn built during the early 19th century.
      • The Hay Scales Building (1833), located at the end of the Common, which has a history closely linked to the nineteenth century agricultural life of North Andover.
      • The Brick Store (1829), a retail space in the town center which, when built, added an urban flavor amidst the smaller wooden buildings that surround it.
      • Caroline Stevens Rogers Building (1962), the former home of the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum, which was designed to recreate the visual presence of an 1800's New England textile mill.

    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:

    • 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.


    Executive Transition


    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


    • 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.


    Candidate Guidelines

    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.


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