Executive Director - Part Time
Montgomery County Historical Society

The Montgomery County Historical Society (MCHS) seeks an individual who is energetic and creative to serve as its Executive Director. This position requires a strong understanding of museum operations in accordance with the highest professional, education, and ethical standards. MCHS is a private, non-profit organization that maintains three structures on five acres in downtown Crawfordsville, Ind. Lane Place (1845), the restored home of former Indiana Senator Henry S. Lane, is open for tours from March 1 to Thanksgiving. The Speed Cabin was built by abolitionist John Speed and served as a refuge during the Underground Railroad movement, and the Pattison Pavilion (1995) serves as the bandstand for the Montgomery County Civic Band’s free summer concerts.

The Executive Director manages the day-to-day operations of the MCHS, guides innovation and strategic planning, manages the annual budget, sets professional standards, administers the overall care and preservation of the structures, supervises the staff and volunteers, and plays a key role in fundraising and institutional advancement.


  • Appreciation and respect of the museum and/or historic preservation field
  • Three to five years administrative experience with preference given to experience in a non-profit organization, or historical agency
  • Demonstrated expertise in securing funding (e.g. fundraising, grant writing, etc.) and budget development and adherence
  • Experience in oral communication and interpersonal skills, group and public speaking, and written communication including social media and public information
  • Skills in community outreach and relationship building with both individuals and organizations
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors or Trustees
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, in nonprofit business related fields; comparable professional experience considered
  • Ability to inspire and empower staff, board, community members and donors, through a collaborative and community-minded approach
  • Possess a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic and ability to work at several different tasks simultaneously
  • Maturity, good judgement, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor

This is a part-time position requiring 20 hours/week on average over a 12-month period with the salary determined on an annual basis. Full job description below. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 9, 2018. Please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Search, MCHS, P.O. Box 127, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or e-mail: info@lane-mchs.org . No phone inquiries please.


Montgomery County Historical Society Job Description

Executive Director

Report to:
Montgomery County Historical Society Board of Directors


  • Assistant Director, Curator/Collections Manager, Docents, Volunteers


  • Part-time position (20 hours /week on average)
  • Determined on an annual basis


  • Vacation – 40 hours annually
  • Personal days – 20 hours annually


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, in non-profit business related fields. Professional experience comparable to above education considered.


  • Appreciation and respect of the museum and/or historic preservation field
  • Three to five years administrative experience with preference given to experience in a nonprofit organization, or historical agency
  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Success in strategic planning and fundraising, demonstrating a proven track record of cultivating fundraising relationships with individuals, foundations, corporations and other kinds of funding sources
  • Clear understanding of professional museum standards and willingness to adhere to those standards
  • Experience in planning and implementing diverse types of educational programming
  • Effective communication with a wide range of individuals including staff, board members, volunteers, media, and the public at large
  • Experience in working with a Board of Directors or Trustees
  • Skills in community outreach and relationship-building with both individuals and organizations
  • Position Summary:
    The Executive Director’s duties (but not limited to):
  • Manage daily operations
  • Conduct tours of Lane Place
  • Develop the educational and creative direction of the organization
  • Recommend policies and assure that approved policies are followed
  • Plan and direct activities
  • Supervise the maintenance, preservation and operation of Lane Place, the Speed Cabin, and the Pattison Pavilion
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of the staff and volunteers
  • Work with the Board of Directors to plan and implement fundraising activities, i.e. capital campaigns, endowment campaigns, and grant writing
  • Serve as primary spokesman for the organization
  • Endeavor to comply with established professional museum standards.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with and coordinate Board of Directors in their governance role. Director will work with the Board of Directors and staff to establish overall direction and priorities, including a periodic revision of the strategic plan
  • Oversee adherence to and/or revision of current policies; write and enact new policies as needed
  • Manage the organization and staff within the established policies and practices and pursuant to the approved mission and vision
  • Promote professional museum standards to the Board of Directors and staff; act as an advocate for the organization’s collections and facilities ensuring that policies and procedures conform to accepted professional museum standards and codes of ethics.
  • Work with Assistant Director to ensure an ongoing public presence for the organization through marketing, public speaking, and other public communications, i.e. newsletters, updates, web site media releases
  • Work with volunteers and staff to assure that the organization’s sites are available to the public during specified hours of operations. Plan and implement educational programming and coordinate outreach activities; develop and cultivate opportunities to raise the organization profile
  • Recruit, interview, hire, train, and terminate staff (with the prior approval of the Board of Directors); supervise the work and provide direction, support, and evaluation
  • Assure that the organization and its sites are appropriately insured.
  • Refer research requests to the appropriate individual or organization to resolve that the requests are answered in a timely manner


  • Work with the Finance Committee to develop a yearly budget and reporting standards; ensure that sound financial policies and controls are in place, and disburse funds appropriately by working with the Board Treasurer and the accountant
  • Recommend appropriat1e financial remuneration for staff.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and staff to establish and implement fundraising goals, encourage ongoing participation of Board members as donors and solicitors
  • Help to identify and cultivate individual, foundation, and corporate donors and expand donor base; research and write grant proposals, develop annual solicitations, and other fundraising initiatives.












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