Director Positions

Executive Director
Mass Humanities
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

Mass Humanities is seeking an Executive Director to spearhead public humanities engagement with educational, cultural, government, business, and nonprofit leaders throughout the Commonwealth.  The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate for the humanities and their relevance to contemporary life, a highly persuasive public communicator, and a proven leader and organizational manager.

Mass Humanities uses history, literature, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines to enhance civic life and enrich public discourse across Massachusetts. Established in 1974 as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is an independent programming and grant-making organization that receives support from NEH, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and private sources.

Mass Humanities:
  • Advocates for the public humanities, for humanities institutions, and for the incorporation of humanities values in the public square;
  • Serves as a funder, facilitator and catalyst for projects that bring the humanities to life especially in underserved communities;
  • Encourages collaboration between humanities institutions and other organizations (hospitals, social service agencies, prisons, libraries, businesses, schools, etc.);
  • Uses the media to increase awareness of the humanities and to encourage civic discourse;
  • Informs those who make and implement public policy in Massachusetts; and
  • Expands the power and pleasure of the humanities by engaging larger and more diverse audiences that cross social, cultural, and economic divides.
In these days of global transition, the humanities are often undervalued yet increasingly vital to resolving our common predicaments and strengthening discourse among diverse communities. At the same time, the means by which the public engages with the humanities is dramatically changing. Mass Humanities seeks an Executive Director who embraces these challenges, can build on its solid and award-winning history, and will lead the organization and represent its values confidently into the future.

Mass Humanities (formally known as the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy Inc.) is governed by a volunteer board of 25 directors, including six Governor-appointees, who reflect the social and geographic diversity of Massachusetts. There is a staff of 10 highly skilled individuals and an annual budget of approximately $2 million. For more information, please visit our website:

The Position

As the chief executive, the Executive Director is delegated the authority by the board to lead Mass Humanities in the following key areas:

Vision, mission and strategies
  • Works closely with the Board in the development of the strategic vision and mission; and
  • Works with staff to translate strategic planning into realistic goals and actions.
External relations
  • Maintains productive relationships with federal, state, and private entities;
  • Advocates and communicates to advance Mass Humanities’ mission with public, educational and cultural institutions, public officials, and leadership of the for-profit and nonprofit sectors; and
  • Creates and maintains innovative partnerships.
  • Assumes a leadership role in diversifying funding sources and raising funds from federal, state and private sources, including personally “making asks;” and
  • Works with Board and staff to meet Mass Humanities’ fundraising needs.
Management and Operations
  • Hires and evaluates qualified staff and models effective performance;
  • Builds morale among staff and volunteers;
  • Has a clear understanding of current and future financial resources needed to realize the mission;
  • Submits an annual plan, budget, financial reports and audit for Board review and approval; and
  • Oversees day-to-day operations and ensures that appropriate systems are in place, including accounting, risk management, human resources, legal requirements and technology.
  • Works with staff to create and support meaningful public humanities-based programming;
  • Maintains substantive knowledge of Mass Humanities’ programs and services;
  • Sets high standards of quality and ensures the efficiency and effectiveness of programs; and
  • Recommends new programs and modifications to existing programming to the Board.
Board relations
  • Understands the role of the Board and its leadership expectations of the Executive Director;
  • Updates the Board on all material developments concerning Mass Humanities; and
  • Effectively partners with the Board to develop appropriate policies and to recruit Board candidates.
Experience and Attributes Desired
  • Demonstrated passion and vision for public humanities;
  • Knowledge of and insight into the current direction of humanities scholarship;
  • Ability to creatively engage current issues;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including experience as a public spokesperson;
  • Cultivation of partnerships and collaborations with constituencies;
  • Proven track record in grant making as well as in fundraising;
  • Experience creating, financing, managing and evaluating core programs to reach broad audiences;
  • Demonstrated effective staff management and organizational leadership;
  • Inspiring leadership style;
  • Entrepreneurial bent, with the ability to think strategically and analytically; and
  • Experience working effectively with a volunteer board of directors.
To apply in confidence: Please email cover letter and resume to Susan Egmont at Egmont Associates,

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This job posted by MERC from February 16 through May 16.

Executive Director
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Following the retirement of a well-respected long-term Executive Director, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center seeks a new leader who will build upon the organization’s recognized assets to increasingly connect the Center’s mission with contemporary issues. The Stowe Center Executive Director is a flagship position in the cultural landscape of Connecticut and throughout the country.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is a nonprofit museum, program center and research library in Hartford, Connecticut with an active and innovative program schedule and new house tour experience. Stowe’s 1871 home is a National Historic Landmark and the Stowe Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Center’s mission is to preserve and interpret the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe and related historic collections, promote vibrant discussion of Stowe’s life and work, and inspire commitment to social justice and positive change.

Leadership Transition and Opportunities
The new director will have the opportunity to provide a fresh perspective to the organization as the Stowe Center’s primary representative. The Executive Director will serve as the chief fundraiser, spokesperson, and advocate of the Stowe Center, and be a visible and involved member of the Greater Hartford and Connecticut communities, as well as with select regional and national cultural opportunities.

Additional functions of the Executive Director include:
- Revisit, refine and implement the organization’s strategic plan and vision
- Leverage the Stowe Center’s assets, reputation, and experienced and talented staff
- Galvanize community and alliance partnerships
- Implement a staff development program
- Drive fundraising efforts
- Maintain and develop a strong relationship with the board

Minimum Qualifications
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to maintain/encourage open communications with staff, the board, volunteers and the community.
- A level of education appropriate to the position, such as an advanced degree in history, literature of the United States, American Studies, or other relevant field.

Personal Characteristics and Leadership Attributes
- Effective listener; excellent communicator; open-minded; flexible
- Relationship/coalition builder; approachable; fair; passionate
- Strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion
- Self-confident, diplomatic; honest; sense of humor
- Well-organized, results-driven and inspiring; maturity, judgment
- Enthusiastic, focused, driven; visionary; managerial savvy

Submission of Candidacy
This search is being conducted by the Consulting and Executive Transitions team at TSNE MissionWorks with Transition Consultant Michael Negrón. All submissions are confidential. For the complete position profile and submission guidelines, please visit:

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will seek, and welcome, a diverse pool of candidates.

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This job posted by MERC from January 7 through April 8.

Executive Director
Friends of Hearthstone, Inc.
Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Guided by an ambitious strategic plan, governed by an engaged and dedicated Board of Directors, and supported by passionate volunteers, the Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. is seeking a part-time (25–30 hours/week) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR to contribute to the growth of Hearthstone, an historic house museum in Appleton, Wisconsin. The right candidate is a leader with business skills who is willing to think creatively, is capable of problem solving, is proactive (not reactive) and enthusiastic, and can work successfully with a wide array of volunteers.

On September 30, 1882, the Henry J. Rogers home, now known as Hearthstone ( became the first private residence in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity from a central power station using the Edison system. Hearthstone Historic House Museum is a living example of this early technological innovation. Hearthstone's rare 1882 Edison light switches and electroliers are still operation. Hearthstone may be the sole surviving example of wiring and fixtures in their original location from the dawn of the electrical age. In addition, this Queen Anne style, Victorian era home designed by William Waters, has been lovingly restored to the historic 1880-1895 era. The home is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

The Executive Director (ED) will provide leadership in all aspects of the museum’s operations. Duties include (but are not limited to):
  • Coordinating volunteers: recruiting, training and scheduling (approximately 15 hours/week)
  • Overseeing tour operations, educational programs, facility maintenance
  • Implementing policies
  • Maintaining board relations, public relations, and donor relations
  • Participating in community outreach
  • Budgeting
The ED will supervise and work with the part-time Development Director on short and long-range fund development, grant writing, program sponsorships and donor relations.

- Leadership and management skills: is accessible and acts as an employee advocate, and has experience working with a wide range of volunteers
- Finance experience:
  • Profit and loss
  • Budgeting
  • Grant writing
  • Fundraising
  • Program sponsorship
  • Long-range funding
- Nonprofit operational experience, preferably in the museum space
- Strong communication skills: written and verbal, comfortable giving presentations and with public speaking
- Ability to maintain a professional atmosphere
- Computer literacy – competent in Microsoft Office

For consideration, please mail a cover letter and resume to:
Cheryl Kaczmarek
President, Friends of Hearthstone, Inc.
P. O. Box 1777
Appleton, WI 54912

or email cover letter and resume in PDF format to:

No phone calls, please. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This organization does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, gender, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. The Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. is a non - profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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This job posted by MERC from December 20 through March 20.

The last update to this page was 2-16-18.