Westport Historical Society

  • Connecticut


25 Avery Place
United States

About Us

Mission: The Westport Historical Society, founded in 1889, is an educational organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and celebrating the history of Westport, Connecticut.

Westport Historical Society (WHS) is seeking an experienced, self-motivated, and detail-oriented person to become its next full-time Executive Director. The new Executive Director will be charged with developing and leading a new organizational strategy.

Founded in 1899, WHS is an educational organization dedicated to preserving, presenting, and celebrating the history of Westport, CT. It is committed to increasing awareness of the importance of preserving the town’s heritage, its historic buildings, and landmarks. Going forward the organization seeks a leader who will respond to a growing number of diverse community interests, focus on the discovery of significant Westport stories and the individuals who created them, and deliver the next level of educational excellence.

The new Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to implement the recently created 2018-2021 strategic plan and lead WHS through an exciting period of organizational growth. He/she will be responsible for managing all WHS daily operations including: facilitating communications and marketing, supervising staff, leading development, fundraising, and membership solicitation, overseeing budget and financial controls, ensuring implementation of history-based programs, exhibits, and learning experiences to enhance community engagement, preserving the town’s heritage via enhanced stewardship, and providing support to the Board of Directors.

The successful candidate will have more than five years of demonstrated managerial experience, preferably in the museum field, with strong interpersonal, administrative, developmental, writing, and organizational skills. Qualified candidates should be strategic thinkers, energetic, creative, and resourceful. There will be a requirement to be the face of the organization through effective interaction with local media, schools, community groups, and the public. A passion for history and knowledge of the Westport, CT community is a plus. Westport Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.