The Bridgton, Maine Historical Society seeks an Executive Director to oversee its operations and lead the implementation of a newly-adopted strategic plan. This plan seeks to secure the society’s future through a smooth leadership transition by growing membership, increasing revenue, and establishing fiscally sustainable programs and practices at its two facilities, a museum and archive in downtown Bridgton and “Narramissic,” the Peabody-Fitch Farmstead in South Bridgton.
This is currently a part-time position, with potential for growth as institutional capacity is expanded. The Executive Director’s initial primary responsibility will be to work with the board of trustees to implement an ambitious fund-raising plan that calls for increasing unrestricted donations by roughly 30% in the first year through individual gifts, sponsorships, and membership. Specific goals for subsequent years have not yet been set, but continued growth will be necessary to ensure the society’s ongoing health.
The Executive Director is responsible, directly or through appropriate delegation, for all aspects of the society’s operations, and as the position is currently structured he or she also serves as the curator and collections manager. He or she accomplishes this work with the support of an active and engaged board of trustees, a part-time assistant, and significant help during the transition from the current Executive Director, who is retiring. During that transition, thecurrent Executive Director will serve as Collections Manager for a grant-funded project.
A Bachelors’ degree in History, American Studies, Museum Studies or a related field is required (Masters preferred), as is a minimum 3-5 years’ relevant non-profit experience, preferably in a museum, historical society, or archive. A curatorial background is desirable and experience with or ability to learn PastPerfect software and QuickBooks is required. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to effectively represent the society in the community. This is an opportunity for the right person to grow their career along with the organization, or to use their experience to guide the organization to the next level. The position will remain open until filled.
24 -30 hours per week, $15-$18 per hour, commensurate with experience.
To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three personal references to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Attention Search Committee" in the subject line.
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