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President and CEO

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Tennessee, United States
$200,000.00 - $200,000.00
Posted Date
Jun 3, 2024

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The Andrew Jackson Foundation Board of Trustees seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial, and dynamic President and Chief Executive Officer to lead The Hermitage, one of the nation’s leading presidential homes.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is inspiring, truthful, and beautiful. It tells the story of America through presidential leadership, westward expansion, and the complex stories of enslaved people and America’s native population. The Hermitage, home of our seventh president, is where leadership and entrepreneurship took root, where Andrew and Rachel Jackson were devoted to each other, and where the only period in American history named for a president, the Age of Jackson, is told. The beauty of The Hermitage grounds provides its own inspiration.

A successful CEO will…

  • Actively engage with private, foundation, and corporate philanthropy to significantly increase private funding, grow the endowment, and ensure financial sustainability.
  • Strategically collaborate with the Board of Trustees to grow the philanthropy program.
  • Provide visionary leadership to the staff and support their professional development.
  • Develop a solid, diversified, and thriving nonprofit business.
  • Guide and expand inclusive stories and strategic partnerships.
  • Oversee the expansion of audiences through diverse programs, events, and educational opportunities.
  • Build relationships and engage in an ongoing collaborative relationship with the General Assembly.
  • Collaborate with Tennessee and national historic sites to develop mutual strategies for increasing impact, building audiences, and generating shared programming at regional and national levels.
The successful candidate will…

  • Possess impeccable integrity.
  • Understand and appreciate the contributions and controversies of Andrew Jackson, his times, and his legacy.
  • Bring entrepreneurial savvy for managing a complex organization of multiple functions.
  • Provide demonstrated success in leading private and public fundraising efforts at a significant level.
  • Have documented success in creating and implementing concrete strategies that achieve strategic goals.
  • Have provided leadership in a significant capital campaign.
  • Document success in recruiting, motivating, organizing, and productively working with an active board of directors/trustees to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals.
  • Demonstrate success in recruiting, supporting, empowering, and retaining a talented team.
  • Possess a genuine affability and treat everyone with respect.
  • Demonstrate the ability to raise an organization’s public profile effectively and inspirationally, including through innovative programs and technologies.
  • Demonstrate the skills and personality to serve as an organization's public face that actively builds friends and increases audiences.
  • Possess a natural appetite for decision-making and a willingness to make tough, reasonable decisions.
Desired Education and Experience

  • Education: Undergraduate degree related to the competencies listed. A graduate degree is preferred. 
  • Professional Background: At least ten years of successful and progressively responsible experience, with five years or more in senior management; relevant executive experience working with a board, fundraising, and leading staff; professional history of innovative business leadership.
Candidates for this position should email Meredith Handakas at with a cover letter, resume, and appropriate references by July 1.



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