Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $65,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



209 Main Street
United States


The Huntington Historical Society is seeking an Executive Director to lead the 115-year old organization to continue to be a leader in the preservation and sharing of Huntington's rich heritage.

A significant part of the Executive Director's duties will include fund raising, grant writing, and coordinating the development of a strategic plan for the organization.

The Huntington Historical Society of Huntington, NY is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the focal point for preserving the ongoing heritage of the Town of Huntington. This mission is advanced through presenting public education programs, maintaining museums, collections and a regional research center; promoting the preservation of historic buildings and sites; and by partnering with local and regional institutions.

We are seeking an Executive Director whose chief responsibilities will be the following:

  • executes all directives of the Board of Trustees.
  • continually reviews the progress of achieving the society's strategic plan
  • oversees and ensures completion of Annual CDP and all grant writing
  • promotes and maintains society membership and leads the Annual Appeal
  • serves on the Finance Committee and works with the bookkeeper to monitor budget and cash flows
  • acts as liaison between the staff, the Board of Trustees and the public
  • supervises and schedules staff and volunteers effectively, including performance evaluations, training recommendations, and establishing appropriate delegation of authority.
  • oversees major events and ensures execution either by delegating, working with a committee or taking action
  • develops continuing ideas for viable fundraising events and manages those responsibilities
  • acts as the spokesperson and the "face" of the society, representing the society with the Town of Huntington and other local agencies and professional organizations
  • is responsible for all Society social media pages
  • generates a monthly electronic newsletter
  • oversees the Collections Committee and the Building and Grounds Committee
  • develops a fundraising plan for the Society, including identification sources of funding (including in-kind donations) and preparation of a compelling case statement
  • cultivates, stewards and solicits a portfolio of donors to create long-term, multi-tiered, mission-focused partnerships with the Society, including both philanthropy-focused gifts and marketing partnerships.
  • identifies and prepares grant applications
  • leads the process to develop a long-range strategic vision and plan for the next century of the society's growth and service to the community and to update it regularly
  • regularly reports activities and progress to the Board of Trustees

The candidate should have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, (Master's Degree preferred) in history, historic preservation, museum studies or business administration or related field
  • proven experience as program director or relevant position.
  • knowledge of program management and development procedures.
  • excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • strong interpersonal abilities and outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • success in grant writing and has the ability to identify potential government, corporate and foundation grants
  • computer proficiency (a must) - this includes Microsoft Office, Excel and Outlook, Facebook, Instagram, email management and collections database programs (e.g. Past Perfect)
  • 3-4 years of fund raising and grant writing experience
  • museum experience and familiarity with the latest trends in historic house museum interpretation
  • proven ability to work with and lead teams
  • demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, developing and implementing projects and creating funding proposals and budgets to support that process.
  • excellent analytical, strategic thinking and problem solving skills.

We are looking for someone who is well organized, has a positive attitude and who can communicate well in a professional and friendly office.

The Huntington Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Society does not discriminate with respect to employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable local, State, or Federal law.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements preferably in either a PDF or Word format to presidentoftheboardhhs@gmail.com.