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Executive Director
New Bern Historical Society

We are seeking a strong leader to take on the position of Executive Director o/a May 1, 2024. 

Top: Anthony Giardino, Mickey Miller. Lower: Marissa Moore, Sue Dunn

Please submit resume and cover letter electronically through at the link below
~ or ~ submitted to the Historical Society office, 511 Broad Street, New Bern, NC 28560.
Deadline for applications is March 6, 2024. 

Job title: Executive Director

Responsible to: President and Board of Directors

Nature and extent of assignment: The Executive Director (ED) is the chief executive and administrator of the New Bern Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) member based non-profit with a mission to celebrate and promote local history and heritage through events and education.

Scope: The ED is responsible for a wide range of activities including supervision of staff; management of the Attmore-Oliver House campus and Battlefield Park; fundraising, to include fundraising events and sponsorship; educational programs; motivation and supervision of volunteers; financial development; general bookkeeping; membership development; coordination of publications; website and social media development; liaison with the Society’s Board of Directors, members, business community, and other non-profit organizations. Full-time position to include irregular hours. Salary range $50,000-$55,000 depending on qualifications, including paid vacation and holidays. No additional benefits.

Start Date: May 1, 2024


  1. Supervise staff. Responsible for hiring, assignment of duties, supervision of work, and establishing terms of employment within approved budget. Current staff consists of one full-time Programs Director, part-time Operations Manager, part-time Administrative Assistant.
  2. Manage the historic Attmore-Oliver House campus and Battlefield Park. Responsible for the overall management and coordination of activities within the Attmore-Oliver House, Roberts House, Manly-Ward House, gardens, and other properties and grounds within the campus, and the 35-acre Battlefield Park site. Work with the Curator, Battlefield Adjutant, Board, lessees, contractors, volunteers, and staff in the use, coordination, maintenance, leasing, insurance, and security of the Society’s properties, buildings and archival collections.
  3. Oversee fundraising events. Ensure the financial success of annual fundraising events, including Ghostwalk, Heritage Homes Tour, Battlefield Adventure Day, Hallowed Ground Lantern Tour, and Golf Tournament.
  4. Direct educational programs. Provide quality educational programming that is diverse, interesting, and historically accurate. Includes Lunch & Learn programs, History Quest, special presentations, annual Lore Lecture, and annual Civil War program. Supervise administration of the annual Marks & Taylor Scholarship programs.
  5. Motivate and supervise volunteers. Eencourage Society members to volunteer for events, programs, and projects, and to serve on committees. Develop a climate in which volunteers attain positive results and receive maximum support. Approximately 600 volunteers/year are required across all activities.
  6. Membership development. Work with the board and staff to increase the number of individual and business members in the Society. Current membership 1300+.
  7. Coordinate publications. Oversee the annual publication of the Journal of the New Bern Historical Society. Supervise publication of the quarterly newsletter. Review all articles and publications submitted under the Historical Society’s name.
  8. Financial development. Responsible for the budgeting of all fundraising events, including sponsorship, and execution of those budgets. Responsible for identifying and submitting grants and overseeing stewardship of grant funds. The ED and the Board are responsible for all financial campaigns, including establishing and meeting goals, executing and completing campaign projects. Assist the Treasurer in developing the Society’s annual budget.
  9. General bookkeeping. The ED must be familiar with QuickBooks, PayPal, and Square. Review all invoices, write checks, and generate monthly reports. Responsible for monthly payroll including taxes and payroll reports. Assist the Treasurer in reconciling bank statements and preparing tax documents, including sales tax and annual IRS 990.
  10. Manage website and social media. Maintain and update all website content. Knowledge of WordPress is desirable. Oversee the content of Facebook, Instagram, and Constant Contact emails.
  11.  Liaison with the Society’s Board of Directors, members, staff, and community.
    • Liaison with Board of Directors. Prepare Board meeting agendas, organize and maintain Board minutes and records, carry out the plans and programs of the Board in accordance with established policies, and serve as the Board’s representative with the staff.
    • Liaison with Society members. Encourage members to support the programs and events of the Society, ensuring a large cadre of volunteers are available to accomplish events and programs. Create an environment that fosters volunteerism and encourages constructive feedback from members and volunteers.
    • Liaison with staff. Lead a professional staff and create working conditions that are conducive to maximum performance and positive employee morale.
    • Liaison with the community. Maintain regular contact with community and business leaders, civic and cultural groups, and non-profit organizations, and serve as the Historical Society's representative with these community organizations. Promote positive public relations and build community partnerships.

Required skills:

    • At least five years of leadership/management experience
    • Excellent leadership skills; leads by example
    • Program management and financial management experience
    • Strong strategic planner

Soft skills:

    • Passion for New Bern Historical Society mission
    • Strong people skills - able to work with diverse group of members, volunteers, board members, and guests. 
    • Nonprofit experience recommended
    • Strong communication and writing skills
    • Collaborative worker on a small team where all employees assist each other outside defined roles
    • Creative and energetic, flexible and adaptable to change
    • Willing to work flexible schedule, including nights and weekends

Deadline for applications is March 6, 2024. 

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