Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Winnetka Historical Society (WHS) staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and plans. Flexible hours, 20-25 hours per week, contract position.
Report to and collaborate regularly with Board of Directors and confer with Board President as needed.
Collaborate with the board to develop the strategic plan, annual goals and budgets.
Meet with and support all board committees (i.e. Gazette, Programs, Gala, Facilities, etc), seek and build board involvement.
Actively engage with and energize WHS board members, volunteers, sustainers, donors, community and partnering organizations.
Hire, manage and annually review full and part-time staff.
Manage daily operations of WHS headquarters, including administrative and facility responsibilities.
Manage operations of the Schmidt-Burnham Log House in tandem with the Log House Director and/or Stewardship Committee, including facility restoration, maintenance, open houses and scheduled tours.
Assist with board fundraising efforts such as gala, programs and other events.
Manage all aspects of spring membership and fall annual appeals.
Identify and write grant proposals, with support from staff and board.
Work with curator and volunteers on exhibit concepts and installation.
Work with local community, schools, professional organizations, and media to represent WHS and identify programming and educational opportunities that the board can support. Lead annual trolley tours for D36 second graders.
Oversee and direct research requests and questions from the public.
Review and evaluate demolition applications from Village.
Master’s or Bachelor’s degree required, with museum, community organization or non-profit experience required.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Experience working with a working Board of Directors, with the ability to cultivate board member relationships.
Experience in office management, prioritizing time efficiently, and working with volunteers.
Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
Comfortable with social media promotion.
Familiarity with the Village of Winnetka and its institutions a plus but not required.
Expertise or some working knowledge of Past Perfect.
Highly professional, passionate, inclusive, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
About Winnetka Historical Society
The Winnetka Historical Society educates people on the stories of our past, in an effort to enrich our present and inspire our future. We promote awareness of Winnetka’s heritage through artifact collection and preservation, public access to our research center, and enlightening programs, exhibits, and publications.