The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has opened a search for a new Executive Director
The Executive Director serves under a 30-member Board of Directors that governs the Council, six of which are appointed by Missouri’s governor. Board members serve for three-year terms and participate in various committees. An executive committee, along with the Executive Director, provides regular oversight between quarterly board meetings. The Board is responsible for setting policy, advocating for the humanities, fund raising, monitoring the budget, and ensuring the organization meets its objectives and legal and ethical obligations. All applying for this position must have several years of experience working effectively with an engaged non-profit board that is actively involved with policy development and financial development.
MHC receives operating and programming support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the state of Missouri, foundations, businesses, and private donors. The Council is a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
The Council employs full-time and part-time or temporary professionals (along with several contractors) who are responsible for the day-to-day activities under the leadership of the Executive Director.
The Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council is its strategic and operational leader with responsibility for seeing that the organization delivers on its mission and nurtures, promotes, and supports the appreciation for the humanities throughout Missouri. It is MHC’s goal to have at least one of its programs hosted in each of Missouri’s 114 counties during FY 2015 (currently at 90).
In addition, the Executive Director is the primary spokesperson, fund raiser, and ambassador for the organization, promoting MHC to the state for grantees, educators, donors, legislators, and the general public.
The Executive Director is responsible for the planning, programming and finances of all Missouri Humanities Council operations as executed by staff and volunteers, and through its statewide programs and grant-funded projects piloted by partner organizations and is guided by MHC’s strategic plan (to be reviewed in 2015).
In 2015, MHC will be the host council for the National Federation of Humanities Councils’ annual meeting (November) which is currently being planned. In 2016, MHC will undergo its 5 Year Review process with NEH.
Executive Director Responsibilities
- Provides effective promotional and inspirational communication; serves as spokesperson and advocate for the humanities and why they are important for our society; acts as chief spokesperson for MHC to media, funders, prospects, supporters, constituents, and the community at-large; generates regular contributions to website and newsletter content, and carries out public speaking engagements.
- Works with institutional partners and builds productive, creative and diverse collaborative relationships around the state of Missouri; visits with current and potential re-grant project partners.
- Works with Government Relations Committee and fellow board members communicating with legislators to promote MHC activities and build positive relationships.
- Represents MHC in relations with state, federal, local government entities and with the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Endowment for the Humanities; represents the council at meetings of the FSHC and participates in conference planning and programs; also participates in and helps provide leadership within statewide entities such as Missouri Association of Museums and Archives, Missouri Library Association and other similar organizations.
- Manages and guides MHC board and its committees in planning, including strategic, long-range, development and programs.
- Collaborates with staff, Finance Committee and Executive Committee, prepares and implements the annual budget and operates within responsible and ethical parameters established by the budget process, organization’s by-laws and other management documents.
- Ensures effective fiscal management and regulatory compliance and oversees annual audits provided by outside professionals; sees that necessary timely and accurate reports to NEH, MAC and other funding entities are generated; as well as assists with annual year-in-review for State of Missouri DED, and annual report for MHC constituents and supporters.
- Oversees Council’s physical assets and resources, and insures that cost-effective operations are maintained.
- Responsible for all employment decisions within the organization and oversees Council’s human resources including conduct of all employees as outlined in MHC Employee Handbook and other personnel policies adopted by MHC. Motivates staff, board, and program volunteers to feel respected and appreciated for achieving organization objectives. Encourages professional development for staff and board.
- Oversees and participates with staff and board in fundraising activities including cultivation and solicitation of donors; assists with grant writing, annual appeal and donor acknowledgments.
- Assists staff, contractors, and board with maintaining good quality content for Council programming including but not limited to family reading programs, exhibit services, veterans programming, and speakers’ bureau; provides guidance on operational and interpretive issues for local libraries, museums, historic sites, and organizations that engage in heritage tourism.
- Monitors re-grant process and responds to potential applicants’ questions, reviews draft applications and generates communication with board members and applicants to facilitate an accessible and fair grant process including overseeing board voting of grants.
Ideal Candidates Should Have the Following Experience
Education preferred: Masters degree minimum in a humanities-based discipline. Other degrees will be considered based on work experience.
Experience preferred: Minimum of five years of non-profit management leadership with experience in financial systems and development work.
- Success in a leadership position in another work environment (academic, corporate, or governmental institution) that served multiple and diverse audiences and where securing financial support from multiple sources was a significant responsibility of the position.
- Experience working with a mission-driven organization, either directly through employment or as a board member where successful leadership can be demonstrated. Ability to articulate MHC’s mission and make a persuasive case for the value of the humanities in order to gain public and private financial support.
- Familiarity with Missouri and/or the Midwest and its resources, governmental units, business, and organizations to recognize what makes the state/region distinctive. Respect for both rural and urban settings is a MUST.
- Strong and respectful interpersonal skills and unquestionable ethics.
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
- A strong commitment to diversity and gender equity.
- An open mind and excellent listening skills.
- Knowledge of computer technology and social media applications.
- Ability and willingness to travel.
Salary (subject to negotiation based on experience and skills) with benefits including retirement plan, health insurance, sick leave, vacation time, mileage reimbursement, and opportunities for professional development. Salary subject to annual budget review and position is subject to annual performance review by the Council.
Procedure for Applying: If the qualifications above can be met, email a letter of interest directed to the Search Committee accompanied by a résumé in digital form, no later than July 31, 2014. Late applications will not be considered.
Email address: MHCsearchcomm@powersmuseum.com
Please use “Job Candidate” in subject line when sending this information. References will be requested if candidates advance through review process. Final candidate will be subject to a background check before hiring.