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Executive Director
Old North Foundation
Old North Church & Historic Site
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Old North Foundation (ONF) seeks a dynamic, visionary, and innovative leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Located in Boston’s Historic North End, Old North Foundation’s mission is to promote the visibility and preservation of the Old North Church’s historical role in the birth of our nation. ONF is a secular non-profit organization that promotes the values of freedom, liberty and civic engagement through the interpretation and preservation of Old North Church and Historic Site, an enduring symbol of American independence.

The Organization

The enduring fame of Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton Robert Newman and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple of Old North Church and held high two lanterns as a signal to Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution. Old North Church is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and welcomes a quarter of a million visitors each year as one of the Freedom Trail’s most visited historical sites. The Old North Church & Historic Site also include:
  • The 1715 Clough House, one of Boston’s oldest surviving brick residences, houses the historic chocolate program at Old North Church & Historic Site.
  • A chapel built in 1918 for Italian immigrants, which now serves as the Old North Gift Shop.
  • Three large courtyards, two formal gardens, and a war memorial to soldiers fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Two adjoining townhouses converted into use for administrative, educational, social, civic, and parish programs.
ONF was established in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization independent of Christ Church in the City of Boston. In January 2004, all operational responsibility for historic site operations and for interpretative, educational, and preservation programs were transferred from Christ Church to the Foundation. Christ Church is an active Episcopal Church and partners with Old North Foundation to support the site. ONF works daily to:
  • Manage the utilization and preservation of the Old North, its buildings and campus. Its archive is maintained in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Foster educational and interpretative programs for students and visitors.
  • Engage the public in the Old North’s history and its role in inspiring liberty and freedom through visitation, exhibits in its rotating gallery space, discussion groups, a history blog, and active use of its website and social media.
  • Enhance interest in and exploration of the historic site through the accurate portrayal of the issues of the Colonial era, through a historical and contemporary lens.
The Position

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and leads the development and implementation of initiatives and programs that broaden the visibility and support of Old North Church and its historical significance. The Executive Director is a relationship builder, an ambassador, and a fund raiser for Old North. The Executive Director is responsible for the financial management, interpretation, preservation, maintenance and sustainability of the historic site as an educational resource to visitors and as an historical tourist destination.

The successful candidate for this position will have a history of success with an organization leading fund development, fiscal management, staff leadership, acuity, and marketing and creative talents. S/he will bring professional experience to lead the organization through a fresh strategic planning process that will set the stage for ONF for years to come.

Qualifications Needed
  • Ability to serve as the public spokesperson and collaborate with local historical sites/organizations to enhance local and national interest in Old North Church, the Boston Freedom Trail, Boston tourism and history more broadly.
  • Proven fundraising leadership record for campaigns and capital projects. Must be comfortable sharing the Old North story and building a robust development effort for the organization.
  • Experience with all facets of fund development for operations, programs, and capital projects from a wide variety of public, corporate, and individual sources.
  • Demonstrated record as an effective manager and team builder with experience hiring, promoting, and managing a talented professional staff and cohort of committed volunteers.
  • Experience working with an active and engaged Board of Directors. Ability to assist in the selection, evaluation, and orientation of new Board members.
  • Oversight of annual and multiyear budgets. Ability to work in partnership with the Board to develop, review, and update the organization’s strategic plan and associated revenue streams.
  • Capacity to serve as a bridge builder and partner with Christ Church in the City of Boston, and with community organizations, to communicate the site’s vision and values for students, local businesses and community leaders, visitors, historians, and anthropologists.
Characteristics Desired
  • A passion and enthusiasm for US history.
  • Enthusiastic and skilled cultivator and steward of prospect and donor relationships.
  • Embraces change, takes initiative and shapes organizational direction.
  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills including ability to work cooperatively with Board members, donors, staff, partners, and volunteers.
  • Excellent communication skills including public speaking, writing, persuasion and negotiation.
  • Bachelors/Master’s degree and/or relevant leadership experience.
To apply in confidence
Please send cover letter and resume to Susan Barry at

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This job posted by MERC from February 6 through May 7.

Chief Program Officer
Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is seeking to fill an exciting new senior leadership position. The innovative and dynamic new Chief Program Officer (CPO) will join the senior leadership team and help unite all programmatic areas within a comprehensive, holistic and synergistic vision of the Society.

The CPO will oversee the Society’s extensive programmatic channels throughout the State including 12 historic sites and museums, publications, outreach services, education and digital services, and experience design. The CPO will lead the development and delivery of dynamic and diverse experiences for existing and new audiences at one of the premier historical organizations in the United States. In addition, initial priorities will include advancing the Society’s plans for a new state history museum in downtown Madison.

Applicants should have at least five years of senior leadership experience in a complex organization with a proven track record of success. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated knowledge of best practices and benchmarks in the public experience and attractions field, as well as demonstrated knowledge of museum operations or museum theory and practices. Candidates should be skilled in the principles of experience development for a variety of audiences; marketing and public relations project management; exhibition development; and public presentation. The ability to envision and implement new strategic goals is key. Other minimum qualifications include the following:
  • Knowledge of history-based programming.
  • Knowledge of general design and construction practices.
  • Ability to travel independently within Wisconsin, the Midwest and nationally.
  • Able to legally operate a motor vehicle from the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Fleet in the State of Wisconsin.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required; a master’s degree is strongly recommended.
To apply, please send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC to

For more information about the Wisconsin Historical Society, please visit The Wisconsin Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from January 3 through April 3.

Director of Philanthropy
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

For more than 250 years, Drayton Hall has stood witness to the evolution of American. Among the best and most complete examples of Southern colonial life open to the public today, the property holds a vital educational responsibility. It is also an active archaeological site with an extensive museum collection of rare 18th- and 19th-century objects and artifacts. Drayton Hall has been recognized by Architectural Digest’s “Most Iconic Building in Every State in America” list and called the “Best Place to see in South Carolina” by Condé Nast Traveler.

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding of colonial America and the evolution of life in the South by discovering, researching, conserving, and interpreting the history, context, and culture of Drayton Hall and the people who lived and worked there.

The Drayton Hall Preservation Trust is a privately funded nonprofit organization responsible for the operation and administration of Drayton Hall, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. In 2020, Drayton Hall will release a new strategic plan which will showcase the future growth potential of this iconic property.

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for strengthening Drayton Hall through an active, comprehensive, and integrated fundraising program. Reporting to Drayton Hall’s President and CEO, the Director of Philanthropy will strategize, implement and direct fundraising activities, which include major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, membership and grant programs. All efforts are in support of the strategic plans of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Position and Leadership Statement | Director of Philanthropy

The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for strengthening Drayton Hall through an active, comprehensive, and integrated fundraising program. Reporting to Drayton Hall’s President and CEO, the Director of Philanthropy will strategize, implement and direct fundraising activities, which include major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, membership and grant programs. All efforts are in support of the strategic plans of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the overall success of Drayton Hall in achieving its mission.
  • Be a team leader and tactfully lead, follow and/or support colleagues.
  • Lead the implementation of an integrated development strategy, inclusive of annual giving, a membership program, major gifts, planned giving, and foundation & corporate support, in consultation with President and CEO.
  • Meet or exceed Drayton Hall development goals while adhering to DHPT best practices and policies.
  • Play a key role in the implementation of the organizational strategic plan as it relates to philanthropy.
  • Help develop and manage a future capital campaign tied to Drayton Hall’s next strategic plan.
  • Steward previous capital campaign major donors for Drayton Hall's new facilities and associated programs.
  • Work with the Development Team to identify, cultivate, and solicit annual, major, and planned gifts from individuals.
  • Coordinate and oversee the development and management of grants from private and public sources.
  • Serve as a liaison with Drayton Hall Preservation Trust Board of Trustees, Development Committee, and major donors.
  • Directly oversee the Advancement Managers, whose primary focus is the management and maintenance of the Friends of Drayton Hall program, encouraging the transition of modest supporters into major donors.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of major fundraising events.
  • Write donor-related briefing materials, proposals, stewardship reports and correspondence for the President and CEO, members of the Board of Trustees, and others as appropriate.
  • As a senior staff member the Director of Philanthropy will be expected to work collaboratively with other senior staff and their teams.
  • Responsible for hosting Board of Trustees development events throughout the year to involve and engage the board in fundraising efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualities and Qualifications
  • B.A. or B.S. required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of proven performance in fundraising success in professional capacity with non-profit organizations required.
  • Proven oral, written, and organizational skills are critical, as are supervisory skills and ability to lead and be a team player.
  • Experience with capital campaigns is desirable, as is a genuine interest in museums, historic preservation, and education.
  • Advanced skills using Microsoft Office software, with proficiency in the use of Fundraising/Donor Management software – Altru preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Genuine passion, enthusiasm and belief in the mission of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.
To Apply
Drayton Hall has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications can be submitted via email to

Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

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This job posted by MERC from January 3 through April 3.

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