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🔗Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Stockbridge, MA/Berkshires
  • $110,000-$120,000 USD / Year
  • Job Summary: We seek a dynamic leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and skill set to advance the future vision of Chesterwood as a nationally recognized historic site and public museum, including the launch of a new artist in residence program.
  • Job Qualifications:

    ·       At least 8 years of professional level experience, including at least 5 years of experience in a leadership capacity. Prior work in the nonprofit/cultural heritage/museum/historic sites field is preferred, experience with artist related sites and/or artist residencies a plus. Relevance of experience and size and type of organization worked for may be considered when bearing in mind background/qualifications.

    ·       Effective combination of work experience and studies, training, and/or certifications in fields related to business, non-profit management, museum studies, and/or cultural studies preferred.

    ·       Commitment to and experience with implementing Justice. Equity. Diversity. Accessibility. Inclusion (JEDAI) initiatives. Demonstrable experience updating interpretation to tell the full American story. Demonstrated success in marketing to and engaging diverse audiences and partners. Connections within culturally diverse professional and social affinity organizations are a plus.

    ·       Proven direct fundraising success, including donor cultivation, grant writing, annual fund appeals, and membership development. Experience in capital campaigns preferred.

    ·       Demonstrated success budgeting, staffing, supervising professionals, and leading teams to generate high quality results.

    ·       Ability to manage key internal and external stakeholders and relationships.

    ·       Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Advanced project management and team-management. Ability to achieve results with limited supervision.

    ·       Personable style with effective presentation skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to articulate the site’s mission to a wide range of audiences in a variety of ways.

    ·       Proven ability to collaborate across departments to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders. Regular and reliable on-site attendance required. When working off site, the ability to work effectively in a remote environment, maintaining productivity and communications to meet deadlines and goals, is required.

    ·       Bi-lingual language skills a plus. Ties to culturally diverse affinity groups, professional organizations, or related associations are a plus. Able to talk effectively about identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, or gender in plain, specific terms as they relate to the workplace and cultural heritage.

    ·       Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set a plus.

    ·       Proven ability to use technology and communications best practices. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. Familiarity with other software, including databases, a plus.


  • How to Apply:

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  • Job benefits: Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Retirement, Vacation, Paid sick time and holidays
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Work location on site, some hybrid work possible. Some travel required.
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Website Chesterwood

Chesterwood is a National Historic Landmark and a historic site of the National Trust. Located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, it is the preserved summer home, studio, and artist-designed gardens landscape of one of America’s most distinguished sculptors of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French was the creator of our nation’s most recognizable and visited sculpture, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support. We strive to tell the full American story.

The Executive Director ensures that Chesterwood embodies best practices in historic preservation, interpretation, education, and in making history relevant to today’s audience by exemplifying justice, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all aspects of its operations.

This position reports to the Senior VP for Historic Sites located at headquarters in Washington, DC, and works in collaboration with other headquarters staff. This position also works with a site advisory council to achieve the site’s financial self-sufficiency and strengthen and expand connections at the local and national levels.