Wilton Historical Society is looking for a new director, learn more and apply

The Wilton Historical Society is poised for change and growth and the next director will take this organization, founded in 1938, to new heights of excellence by building on current successes, implementing a strategic plan, pursuing development work by ensuring a strong financial position and improving a public relations and social media program.

The Wilton Historical Society has a long history of preserving 17 buildings at 3 locations along Route 7, many of which support the museum financially through adaptive use and rental income. Its extensive museum collection, which includes colonial textiles, paintings, home furnishings and hand tools, continues to inspire exhibits and active educational programs for students of all ages.

Wilton Historical Society, a non-profit organization, in Wilton, Connecticut, seeks a full-time salaried director to provide dynamic leadership and planning, organizational vision, staffing, and operations management.

The Director will be responsible for:

  1. General Administration
  2. Programs
  3. Development
  4. Staff management and volunteer follow-up
  5. Marketing and communications, including social media
  6. Community relations
  7. Foster historic preservation, including buildings, documents and artifacts

The Director is the principal officer of the Wilton Historical Society and reports to the Board of Trustees. This position requires a willingness to work flexible hours, including occasional weekends and evening hours as needed, depending on workload and program schedule.

QUALITIES AND SKILLS

  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans
  • Development experience in a non-profit environment
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically and effectively with the board and volunteers, as well as in community relations and outreach
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing and growing an annual operating budget
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking
  • Ability to recruit and retain professional staff
  • Knowledge and experience of recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Experience creating and implementing new programs
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and tracking income and expenses
  • Strong planning, time management and decision making skills. Working knowledge of spreadsheet, database, email, calendar/planning and word processing software.
  • Passion for local history and community involvement
  • Knowledge of museum and preservation practices
  • Self-motivated, autonomous and able to work in a flexible environment

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works collaboratively with the Board of Directors to develop strategic direction, establish initiatives and implement the strategic plan
  • To manage the operations of the Wilton Historical Society, including planning, organizing,
    coordination, planning and supervision of exhibitions and programs
  • Assists the Treasurer in the preparation of the annual budget
  • Oversee and participate in grant writing and development initiatives
  • Increase the number of members and manage existing members
  • Maintain and enhance the collections of the Wilton Historical Society through the supervision of a curator
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the Wilton Historical Society representing the organization at community events, professional organizations, and other venues
  • Maintaining and enhancing the brand of the Wilton Historical Society
  • Oversee marketing and communications, including social media
  • Maintain close working relationships with Wilton entities, the business community and relevant organizations.
  • Collaborate with the Buildings and Grounds Committee to ensure facilities are maintained and well utilized
  • Work closely with Board Committees
  • Ensure the Company uses the most efficient technology with regards to operations, email marketing, photo/video production, etc.
  • Supervise volunteers to ensure proper assignment, supervision and availability as a key aspect of community outreach and membership recruitment.
  • Supervise, develop and evaluate staff

Opportunities and Challenges

Design and implement the strategic plan

The Board has undertaken a thorough review of where the organization is and where and how it should move forward. Now the need is to come up with a short and long term plan that will keep the organization current with today’s demands and increasingly relevant. Points include: how to attract a wider audience, staffing, and the role and work of administrators and volunteers. Resolving these issues will be a shared responsibility of the Board and staff.

Start and implement a development program

While in the past the organization has depended on revenue from special events, it is time to design and implement a robust development program that will sustain and strengthen the organization through this important transition, starting with the membership as the first step in building a permanent constituency. A strong and relevant annual giving program and special purpose fundraising will lead to a capital campaign to support the strategic plan. A planned giving program should begin to provide for increased endowment and special funds. A structured volunteer program should be implemented to ensure a pipeline of new and experienced volunteers to move into roles of greater responsibility and involvement.

Marketing and communication

The organization should implement a contemporary marketing and communications strategy, fully encompassing social media as well as more traditional strategies to organize and manage all marketing and communications. These include press releases, event announcements, publications, programs and educational materials. In addition, it includes coordinating media and public relations with local organizations with which the organization has shared programs. These efforts should enable the organization to have greater visibility and understanding in and from the community.

Financial balance

The recent Covid pandemic has shown that the organization has the ability to financially withstand some hard knocks. A thorough review of financial reporting methods and staffing as well as future revenue and expense projections should be implemented.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Advanced degree with specialization in subjects such as museum management or historical preservation, an asset.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the management of a museum, cultural institution or other non-profit organization
  • Experience with Little Green Light donor database management software an asset

SALARY SCALE – $85,000 – $95,000

Wilton Historical Society, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants should reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a cover letter, their curriculum vitae and 3 references.

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