Job Listing

  • Full Time
  • Portsmouth, NH
  • 120,000 - 150,000.00 USD / Year
  • October 8, 2022
  • Job Qualifications:

    An EA/EO employer, SBM encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.

    Candidate Profile:

    The successful candidate will demonstrate passion for the full scope of New England history as manifested in one of its earliest English communities. They will be versed in material culture and know how to use buildings and physical objects to help people understand history. They will be familiar with currently successful interpretation methods at outdoor museums, including effective technology, to spark experiential learning.

    The new president will be a strong leader with emotional intelligence who reads a room well and is a skilled manager of knowledgeable, self-motivated people. They will have experience galvanizing a management team, delegating appropriately while keeping everyone pursuing the same vision.

    The successful candidate will be a careful listener to staff, board, and key constituents, able to steward existing resources and institutional character while building consensus around an inspiring vision for change and growth. The new president will enjoy being an active ambassador for SBM in the community and the region. The new president will have a record of effectively managing and taking part in all aspects of a museum fundraising operation.

    Key Responsibilities:

    The president works with the SBM staff and board of trustees to create the vision for the future. The president fosters a culture of active collaboration, among the staff and with the board, in service of the mission and to ensure that the organization’s programs and activities leverage and amplify one another. In addition, they bring rigorous business and operational discipline to the organization, ensuring that SBM continues to operate with financial prudence.

    ·         Overall direction of a multifaceted organization in pursuit of strategic goals and annual objectives approved by the board.

    ·         Fiscal management: short- and long-term stewardship of SBM funds, leading the development of and compliance with budgets; anticipating and planning for financial challenges and opportunities.

    ·         Timely, transparent communication with officers and the board about finances and operations.

    ·         Leadership of fundraising efforts with development staff and board members, including personally cultivating and soliciting donors.

    ·         Maintenance of existing relationships with major donors and community partners and development of new ones.

    ·         Alignment of staffing with organizational goals and objectives, talent development and performance management.

    ·         Active collaboration with existing and new municipal, cultural, and commercial partners.

    ·         BA in a related subject. MA in museum studies or public history preferred, or equivalent education and experience.

    ·         At least five years of management experience in a history museum or related organization, with a record of motivating teams and leading a department or organization through a stage of change or new growth.

    ·         Demonstrated skills in financial management.

    ·         Successful fundraising from individuals, foundations, and businesses.

    ·         Strong writing and public speaking skills.

  • How to Apply:

    Email cover letter, résumé, salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by October 8, 2022 to Scott Stevens, Senior Search Consultant, Museum Search & Reference at:

  • Contact Name: Scott Stevens
  • Application Email:

Website Strawbery Banke Museum

Strawbery Banke Museum (SBM) is a renowned and highly regarded outdoor museum created from the historic Puddle Dock neighborhood in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. SBM shares stories from four centuries of life in the neighborhood through furnished rooms in historic houses, role players, museum exhibits, gardens and landscape features, and diverse educational programs. The museum is a tourist attraction, an educational resource, and an active player in a historic, culturally rich community.

Strawbery Banke Museum (SBM) is closing a chapter in its evolution as its president, Lawrence Yerdon, finishes an eighteen-year tenure. Under his leadership, the museum has achieved long-desired financial stability. Its Heritage Houses program has accomplished restoration of most SBM buildings after years of deferred upkeep, generating ongoing revenue and perpetuating the character of a working neighborhood through a combination of residences, businesses, and museum interpretation. A capital campaign will shortly come to an end and likely surpass its goal, making important initiatives possible and dramatically increasing SBM’s endowment. Grants from IMLS, NEH, and private foundations have funded further building restoration and will provide new interpretive dimensions, depicting an expanding array of Puddle Dock residents’ lives. SBM seeks a new leader to help further define and realize a future vision.


·         The new president will start with a relatively stable financial base, historical buildings in good condition, well-established and successful programs, and a positive reputation in the community.

·         Portsmouth has a lively cultural scene with many opportunities for beneficial partnerships.

·         The city is preparing to celebrate the 400th anniversary of European settlement, a chance for SBM to play a central role.

·         The staff is a dedicated group, some of whom have worked at SBM for decades, eager to sustain what they have established, complete exciting projects underway, and embrace new ideas.

·         The president will be able to shape the future of this extraordinary museum by leading development of a new strategic plan.

·         Portsmouth is a coastal city an hour north of Boston known for great restaurants and breweries, beautifully preserved historic neighborhoods, and regionally outstanding public schools.


·         While SBM is financially sound, a truly sustainable operating model with an effective combination of contributed and earned revenue will be necessary to continue its progress.

·         SBM needs to recruit new generations of volunteers and donors as long-time participants age.

·         Other cultural and arts organizations compete for public participation and charitable dollars in Portsmouth.

·         Sea-level rise has begun to affect SBM’s buildings and grounds. A long-term plan is needed to address it.

·         Economic factors may complicate retaining and recruiting qualified staff and maintaining the restored buildings while balancing the budget.

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