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Executive Director

Monmouth County Historical Association
New Jersey, United States
$95,000.00 - $105,000.00
Closing date
Jan 5, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Membership, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Managing Volunteers, Program Administration and Management
Arts, Education, Museum, Research
Employment Type
Full Time
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Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of Monmouth County for all. The organization’s vision and values embrace a community where a relevant, shared history is a continual source of inspiration.


The Position: 

Our Executive Director reports to the President of the Board. He/she will be responsible for overall administration of the Association and will play a key role in development and fundraising, programming, education, and outreach, with a focus on the following strategic priorities:


  • Development & Fundraising: Design and implement a fundraising plan to ensure the fiscal strength of the Association to support ongoing operations and expanded mission. Strengthen relationships with current donors and maximize our existing fundraising events. Cultivate new donors, both major and grass roots, to broaden MCHA’s donor base across the county. Close leads brought to the Association by the board and other stakeholders.
  • Outreach: Advance the Association’s public profile through deepened relationships with state, county and municipal officials, the business community, peer organizations, and the public at large. Prioritize and develop collaborative partnerships with community leaders, historians, educators, funders, and others who can help advance the work of the MCHA. Seek out and engage in public relations opportunities and community outreach.
  • Board Engagement:  Collaborate and partner with the board president and executive committee as appropriate on matters involving the Association’s mission. Provide the board with quality, timely information necessary to implement the goals as established by the board, with a focus on accountability and transparency.
  • Leadership : Lead, manage and inspire staff and volunteers. Facilitate problem-solving, brainstorming and out-of-the-box thinking, drawing on talents and perspectives across the Association. Assess staffing needs and organizational functions to optimize mission and operations. Create a professional work environment by adhering to sound human resource practices, encouraging best practices, professional development, and a collaborative work ethic. Define roles/responsibilities and provide coaching and constructive feedback. Guide and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Coordinate and assure good stewardship of the Association’s resources, including but not limited to its museum, library & archives; four historic house museums located in four different boroughs throughout the county; and a collection of over 30,000 artifacts stored in the Association’s offsite warehouse.
  • Education Initiative: Reimagine and revitalize the Association’s education programs. Create a new education mission and related programming to include the recruitment of additional staff. Encourage and support development of new relationships and deepen partnerships and relationships with existing education leaders and organizations throughout the county. 
  • Financial Stewardship: Create an annual budget in partnership with the Association’s treasurers and finance committee. Oversee financial and accounting functions. Manage and report on accounts, tax filings, and other financial functions. Ensure that all corporate documents are updated, accessible, and safely stored. Ensure that the technology used by the Association is appropriate and secure for the mission.


  • Confident, congenial, socially comfortable personality required to build relationships with a variety of constituents, including key donors
  • Experience collaborating with, motivating, and engaging a volunteer Board of Trustees
  • Ability to effectively motivate and manage a staff (internal and outsourced) including volunteers
  • Commitment to support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Previous experience as an Executive or Managing Director with proven fundraising skills, including major gifts, foundation and government grants, and corporate sponsorships
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, demonstrating consistently exacting standards of accuracy and clarity in written work
  • Ability to simultaneously manage competing priorities
  • Creative approach to programming and problem solving
  • Experience with Strategic Planning a plus
  • Experience with QuickBooks, DonorPerfect, grant systems, and financial spreadsheet helpful



Work Environment and Location:

The Association’s offices are in our Museum, Library & Archives building in Freehold, NJ. The Executive Director is expected to work regularly in the office with staff, when not offsite engaging with the Association’s donors, partners, and historic properties. Local travel is required as well as occasional evenings and weekends for exhibits and events.

MCHA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), family status, marital/civil union status, religion, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability (including perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status) , language, national origin, political affiliation, socio-economic status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.




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