AARCH Society is seeking an Executive Director to provide strategic
direction for all aspects of launching, leading and growing the new
African American Heritage Center. The Executive Director reports to
the President of the AARCH Society Board of Directors and will
bring leadership experience in fundraising, grant writing,
marketing, financial management, operations. The candidate should
have a background in museum or collections management and the
ability to work cooperatively with community leaders, Board of
Directors, staff, and volunteers.
The Executive Director is a strong and dynamic leader who
understands, supports, and promotes the mission of the AARCH
Society. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the
plans and policies authorized by the board, developing operations
and financial plans, and directing programs to ensure the Heritage
Center is effectively fulfilling its stated mission according to
the strategic plan. The Executive Director oversees and maintains
the day-to-day operations of the Heritage Center and builds overall
support and revenue opportunities. The candidate will lead the
development of new exhibits, programs, outreach efforts to increase
community support and visibility.
The Executive Director will serve as an ex officio member of the
board (no vote) and is expected to attend exhibit openings, board
meetings, fundraising and public relations activities.
- Develops and implements initiatives in conjunction with the
AARCH Society Board of Directors and Board Committees to refine and
carry out the strategic plan.
- Provides the Board with vision and leadership for the Heritage
Center’s growth and development to increase local, state-wide, and
national visibility and visitorship.
- Develops strategies and initiatives to fulfill the Heritage
Center’s mission to increase its audiences, including development
and oversight for marketing to create a stronger brand.
- Recommends policies and plans to the Board of Directors;
provides the overall leadership, direction and information required
for the Board to make decisions and take actions to fulfill the
External Face of the Heritage Center
- Promotes the Heritage Center’s reputation among local, state
and national audiences.
- Engages and energizes current stakeholders, and develops new
strategic partnerships and alliances.
- Cultivates and maintains relationships with various committees,
clubs, and organizations, schools, and media. Oversees and directs
vibrant public relations and community outreach through press
releases, social media posts, and other advertising for the
- Serves as a spokesperson and advocate of the Heritage
- Positions the Heritage Center as an active team player in the
community service and downtown revitalization efforts. Work
collaboratively with city officials to enhance the Center’s
reputation and opportunities for support.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a
variety of representatives of public and private organizations,
members of boards, foundations, commissions and support groups,
organizational managers, volunteers and staff; and the general
Build Financial Capacity
- Develops relationships within the community to support
fundraising, donations, partnerships, and memberships.
- Actively solicits strategic partnerships and collaborations,
State support, outside private support; and cultivates gifts and
- Responsible for the planning and execution of fundraising
activities, setting annual goals, participating in the budget
process, executing strategies and tracking results.
- Actively seeks and develops grant opportunities. Participates
in research for major gifts/grants, and solicit gifts/grants from
individuals, corporate foundations, private foundations, and
- Manages approved grants to ensure compliance with
- Operates the Heritage Center within best practice of nationally
- Provides leadership to volunteers in order to assure that there
is proper staffing during open hours.
- Supervises and directs volunteers of the Heritage Center,
including recruitment, training, motivation, and retention of
- Ensures that all initiatives are consistent with the Heritage
Center’s mission and supports long-term growth. Effectively
represents the Heritage Center to community, professional,
governmental, civic and private agencies; enhances the Heritage
Center’s public image to expand interest and support.
- Develops and implements plans to grow the AARCH Society
membership and sponsorship base.
- Oversees scheduling for community use of versatile space within
the Heritage Center.
- Oversees operations and maintenance of the Heritage Center
- Directs the maintenance, display and general welfare of the
collection in accordance with the highest professional and ethical
- Develops and maintains appropriate record keeping systems
consistent with industry standards.
- Develops, maintains and reviews the Heritage Center’s
collections policies, engages in research and organizes artifacts
that are archived.
- Responds to inquiries from researchers and the public regarding
the Heritage Center’s collection; arranges for appropriate public
access to artifacts and documents for research purposes.
- Oversees and controls the financial records of the Heritage
- Oversees all financial matters and ensures consistency in
financial policies and procedures.
- Manages the fiscal and business planning process the Heritage
- Work cooperatively with the AARCH Society Treasurer. Oversees
budget established and approved by the Board of Directors.
Working Relationship with the Board of
- Informs and educates the Board of status of the Heritage Center
and activities and bring issues of concern before the Board in a
- Carries out plans and policies authorized by the Board.
- Maintains a positive, professional, communicative relationship
with the Board, making it a priority to have a frequent oral and
written communication with the Board Chair.
- Other duties as assigned by the AARCH Society Board of
- A Bachelor’s degree in African American history or museum
studies and an experienced track record of museum operations.
Education and work experience concentrated in African American
history or museum studies preferred.
- Minimum of 5-8 years of relevant experience in a museum,
educational, or similar setting.
- Knowledge of current practices, theories, ethics, and policies
in the field of museums
- 3-5 years of management experience in a related field. A
previous leadership position overseeing volunteers (or staff) and
development is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Record of professional accomplishments; demonstrated success in
fundraising and financial management, audience development, and
- Commitment to excellence in all aspects of museum management
including scholarship, education, collections care, research,
public outreach and institutional development.
- Excellent managerial, planning, business, organizational and
administrative skills; strong interpersonal and written/oral
communication skills; high level of presentation, negotiation,
problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic
direction, inspire and motivate staff, volunteers and donors.
- Ability to recruit, develop, and retain a highly qualified
workforce and volunteers.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaboration with
diverse groups of people.
- Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality,
diplomacy and integrity.
- Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Quick Books, social
This is a full-time position. Salary commensurate with
experience. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the
position is filled. We seek to have someone in place by early
Spring 2023. The AARCH Society is committed to building a community
that is inclusive and represents a vibrant diversity of background,
experience, perspective and thought. Candidates across all
identities (age, race, gender, ability, etc.) are encouraged to