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Posted: 02/09/2015

Cambridge Historical Society

The Cambridge Historical Society, a living repository for the tradition and history of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is seeking a dynamic new Executive Director. The Society links Cambridge to its past, present, and future by providing programming, exhibits, and publications, caring for historic property, archives, and collections, and supporting researchers of all ages in conducting their own research. Founded by a group of historians in 1905, the Cambridge Historical Society (CHS) has promoted a better understanding of history as an important factor in the everyday affairs of the City and its residents for more than 100 years. Since 1957, CHS has been headquartered at the late-17th-century Hooper-Lee-Nichols House on historic Brattle Street, the second-oldest house in Cambridge. In 2013, the Society completed a renovation of its home, engaging long-time supporters and new friends. A core part of its work has been public programming delivered both at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House and throughout Cambridge. CHS maintains property entrusted to it and collects, preserves, and interprets items of historical and antiquarian significance and encourages research and involvement in these efforts by its members and the community at large. Please see www.cambridgehistory.org. Recently, the CHS Council, the Society's governing body, undertook a strategic planning process to set priorities and to guide its programs and investments. The Council articulated an ambitious vision for 2015-18 to demonstrate how the history of Cambridge shapes this vibrant community, informing present-day decision making and planning . The core of this plan encompasses:  Programs (convenings, tours, talks, school programs);  Publications (research, newsletters, stories);  Exhibits (house and exhibits, online materials, community-based exhibits, community-contributed stories);  Researcher support (physical and digital archives, library, collections, staff support). The new Executive Director will lead this process of growth and renewal. The Society currently has an annual operating budget of $200,000 and endowment of $500,000. A strong contingent of volunteers enhances the work of a part-time archivist and full-time Administrative Assistant with the addition of a Program Director planned. An Advisory Council complements the governance work of the Council of 12 members. An Interim Executive Director is actively overseeing the organization during the executive search process.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Cambridge, MA

The Executive Director will bring a passion for local history and skills that will enable the organization to expand its programs and services. Reporting to the Council through its Chair, the Executive Director will work in partnership to carry out the strategic plan by:

Investing in organizational infrastructure (staffing and internal systems) to support program growth;

Deepening the impact of programs;

Fostering a culture of program experimentation and evaluation;

Strengthening CHS financial position by continuing to build a culture of philanthropy.


Strategic Leadership

Ensure that CHS uses its research and programming resources to maximum advantage.

Effectively engage the full Council in high-level fundraising and governance, and work with committees.

Participate actively in Council development, including recruitment, orientation, and training.

Programs and Education

Oversee and evaluate a robust portfolio of programs and educational activities, including research opportunities that reflect strategic goals and the evolving needs of CHS and Cambridge residents.

Promote partnerships with individuals, companies, schools, government, nonprofits, and others.

External Relations

Serve as CHS face to members, community organizations, municipal/state officials, the media, allied organizations, etc.

Serve as CHS primary contact with the media (print, electronic and online).


Increase CHS' financial resources through a comprehensive fundraising strategy incorporating diverse funding sources, effective donor stewardship, and an infrastructure to ensure success.

In collaboration with the Council and staff/consultants, actively cultivate and solicit individual donors.

Establish and maintain strong relationships with foundation and corporate supporters.

Ensure a comprehensive marketing approach encompassing branding, printed materials, on-line presence, and thoughtful media strategy.

Ensure a robust membership program integrated with the

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How to apply
Please send a comprehensive letter of application outlining relevant skills and experience, resume, and salary history to Susan Egmont, Principal, Egmont Associates at segmont@egmontassociates.com.
Susan Egmont

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