Ross County Historical Society seeks an Executive Director.

Organizational profile: The Ross County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1896 to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the city of Chillicothe, Ohio, and to preserve and promote the study of the history of the city, Ross County, and the surrounding region. In its 127-year history the Society has acquired and exhibited an exceptional collection of artifacts and documents reflecting not only the city and county’s rich history but also the building of the Northwest Territory and the beginning of the State of Ohio. The museum collection is enriched by its McKell Library, which has holdings of more than 17,000 books,11,000 archival documents, and 20,000 photographs. Of six other structures, two are the Franklin House built in 1907 in the Arts and Crafts style and the Knoles log house which was constructed in the early 1820’s. More information is available at

Position description: The Ross County Historical Society is seeking a dynamic Director to work with a staff that includes a full-time curator, part-time paid membership secretary/archivist, part-time volunteer librarian/historian, and five part- time paid museum docents.

Preferred educational experience: A master’s degree in museum studies, public history, or related field and five years of museum work experience is preferred. Also, knowledge/experience in the current best practices of historical building preservation and maintenance is desirable.

Minimum requirements:

  • The ability to work harmoniously, collaboratively, and cooperatively with fellow employees, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, and the public.
  • Possess nonprofit accounting experience including hands on budget management, budget preparation and analysis - budget decision making and reporting skills are also necessary.
  • A strong background in planning, developing, promoting, and operating comprehensive year-round operations of a historical organization and its programs and services.
  • Experience with museum operations, exhibit design, and collections management.
  • Knowledge of museum ethics, standards, and professional practices.
  • Familiarity with collections management software, programs necessary to create text and spreadsheet documents, digital tools for developing online awareness/programs for the organization, and computer and video equipment skills needed for the presentation of programs and virtual meetings.
  • A strong public service orientation.
  • The ability to manage varied and wide-ranging duties and have the flexibility to deal with unexpected, but necessary changes of plans.
  • Being detail oriented.
  • Use effective communication and writing skills.
  • A willingness to relocate.

Job duties:

  • Serve as the chief administrative officer reporting to the organization’s Board of Trustees.
  • Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization and for implementing a progressive program for museum exhibitions, tours, research projects, collections management, educational activities, volunteer coordination and community outreach.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with the paid staff, volunteers, community, and city, county, and state officials.
  • Supervise staff, volunteers, and interns and are responsible for all hiring, training, and terminations; maintain all appropriate personnel records.
  • Ensure that the organization’s policies are followed and that such policies are reviewed and revised as needed.
  • Manage, secure, and maintain all property and facilities of the organization, as well as the historical collections held in public trust.
  • Monitor all the organization’s property for maintenance issues, and in conjunction with the maintenance committee, ensure that an effective maintenance program is followed; report all important maintenance issues to the Board of Trustees
  • Oversee maintenance and repairs which includes being able to work alone, with other staff or volunteers, or by hiring and overseeing the work of contractors.
  • Maintain accurate records for the collections, admissions, donations, loans, budgets, and projects.
  • Ensure the museum and archives operations are following best practices and standards.
  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees and committees.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board to achieve the organization’s goals.
  • Present a director’s report at monthly Board meetings and an annual director’s report at the annual membership meeting each April.
  • Serve as the chief spokesperson and advocate for the organization.
  • Establish strong partnerships in the community and enhance the public image to expand interest and support.
  • Manage/oversee all the organization’s correspondence.
  • Oversee public relations, marketing, and fundraising campaigns.
  • Direct the development and implementation of communications, marketing, and graphic design work related to the organization’s programs and services.
  • Manage/oversee the publication and distribution of a quarterly newsletter to the membership.
  • Manage the organization’s social media accounts.
  • Manage partnerships with professional organizations, other nonprofits, and foster opportunities for future collaborations.
  • Monitor all expenses and receipts with the organization’s treasurer and provide a monthly financial report to the treasurer.
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Finance Committee, an annual operating budget to submit to the Board of Trustees.
  • Seek and prepare grant applications.
  • Develop and make recommendations for programming, events, partnerships, and other opportunities for the organization.
  • Ensure that all the organization’s activities and programming are welcoming, equitable, and accessible to all, while actively working to identify and build strong relationships and partnerships with the diverse communities that are served.
  • Responsible for all other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees.

Salary range: $55,000-$65,000; commensurate with education and experience; sick leave, personal leave, vacation leave, and paid holidays are included.

Job classification: Full-time; salary

To apply: For full consideration submit by April 15, 2023. Email a resume, cover letter, and three references to: [email protected]. Please write” Museum Director Application” in the subject line.

An acknowledgement will be sent when the resume is received and reviewed. If within four days of submission an acknowledgement has not been received, please call or text 740-851-3263 and leave a detailed message. 

All applications will be treated confidentially and references will only be contacted after notification of job finalists.  The Ross County Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, visit

Posted: February 3, 2023
Deadline: April 15, 2023

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