Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of the National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF) invites applications and nominations of highly experienced, energetic, and creative candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  The Hall seeks a seasoned administrator and fundraiser attracted to the opportunity to lead a national organization through a transformative moment as it enters its sixth decade.

 

Founded in 1969 by citizens of Seneca Falls, NY, who believed that the contributions of American women deserved permanent recognition in the small village where the fight for women’s rights began, the National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s premier institution honoring and celebrating the achievements of exceptional American women. 

 

Marking the Centennial of women’s vote, in 2020 the Hall completed substantial rehabilitation of and moved into the historic 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls, a remarkable achievement accomplished over nine years with $10 million dollars of funding.  Now, embracing the exceptional opportunities afforded by this magnificent, new space, the Hall is moving toward a projected $25 million dollar comprehensive campaign, with two objectives:  securing the National Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Program as the signature national event honoring the achievements of American women, and planning and implementing an ambitious agenda of new programs and exhibits, establishing the Hall as an innovative “Center for Impact and Inspiration” focused on developing and disseminating meaningful, substantive content in the field of women’s history and leadership development.

 

The success of this effort will depend heavily on the leadership of a strong, confident Chief Executive Officer working collaboratively with committed, enthusiastic Board leadership to strengthen the Hall’s organizational capacities through strategic leadership, aggressive fundraising, staff development, operational enhancement, and programmatic design and innovation. 

 

Candidates for this position will be expected to present multiple years of executive experience in an institution of comparable scope and ambition, including a demonstrated track record of managing people, operations, and budgets; demonstrated success managing a capital campaign of minimally $5-$10 million dollars, including direct responsibility for soliciting and securing major gifts and grants of six figures or more; experience working collaboratively with a governing board, preferably in the nonprofit sector; knowledge of contemporary museum and educational technologies, including methods for enhancing the Hall’s digital presence; and demonstrated ability to serve as an effective spokesperson and advocate, with outstanding verbal and written presentation skills.  Candidates should hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts or sciences, with a master’s degree, MBA, or related advanced degree preferred, with a demonstrated interest in promoting and preserving women’s history.

 

To apply, candidates should provide:

  1. A cover letter that articulates a commitment to the mission of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and outlines relevant experience, including a list of the five largest major or leadership gifts personally solicited and the size of the gift and type of donor, e.g., foundation, corporation, or a curriculum vitae that reflects work and volunteer experience from college
  2. The names and contact information (telephone numbers, mailing and e-mail addresses) of five professional references. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and consent of

 

A detailed position prospectus is available upon request ( rkeir@ccsfundraising.com ), and additional confidential materials will be shared with qualified candidates.

 

The priority deadline for receipt of materials is January 15, 2021.  A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. The search will consider all candidates living in the United States. 

  

Applications, nominations, communications, and other inquiries should be directed to Rachel Keir, Executive Director, CCS Fundraising, rkeir@ccsfundraising.com.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame was founded to bring the contributions and achievements of American women fully into our national narrative.  The Hall is thus an institution fundamentally committed to inclusion and seeks candidates who fully embrace this commitment.  Likewise, the Search Committee earnestly solicits applications from qualified candidates without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race or ethnic heritage, national origin, sexual orientation or gender expression, religion, age, family or marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law.