Career Opportunities

Director and CEO

Description

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and appropriate references by November 27 to Meredith Handakas using [email protected].

History Nebraska, formerly the Nebraska State Historical Society, seeks an inspiring leader and experienced administrator to serve as the organization’s Director and CEO. Reporting to a 15-member Board of Trustees, the Director will provide the visionary, steady, and inclusive leadership required to expand its services and impact throughout the state, increase public and private funding, and realize its ambitious vision to become the most relevant and engaging state historical society in the country by 2028.

History Nebraska, fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, preserves and interprets the state’s past, contributes to its citizens’ education, and uses history’s tools to shape a better future for all Nebraskans. A comprehensive state agency, it fulfills this mission by operating the State Library and Archives, Nebraska History Museum, Offices of Historic Preservation and State Archeologist, and administrative offices in Lincoln; the Ford Conservation Center in Omaha; and six historical sites throughout the state. The agency is committed to inclusivity in the stories it collects and shares and the people it serves, and its digitization initiative is generating new opportunities for Nebraskans to access their individual and collective pasts.

Requirements

A successful Director will…

  • Enthusiastically embody and share the mission of History Nebraska throughout the state.
  • Understand and appreciate both the history and culture of Nebraska.
  • Genuinely enjoy interpersonal relationships at all levels.
  • Successfully nurture positive relationships with the Governor’s office, Legislature, and their staffs; private funders; and History Nebraska’s supporting foundations.
  • Build strong collaborative partnerships with other organizations and agencies.
  • Inclusively engage staff, board, and a broad range of stakeholders in realizing History Nebraska’s strategic vision.
  • Empower all staff through open, inclusive, supportive leadership and promote equity and professional development at all levels.
  • Express genuine interest in every aspect of the organization and be conversant in each.
  • Nurture programs that support small historic sites throughout the state.
  • Give astute attention to the agency’s financial health with a thorough understanding of the budget process and accountability for financial administration.
  • Expand the organization’s funding base through legislative appropriations, partnerships, grants, and collaboration with supporting foundations.
  • Participate on commissions, boards, and steering committees statewide.

The successful candidate will…

  • Possess impeccable integrity.
  • Bring successful experience managing a complex organization of multiple functions and locations.
  • Demonstrate success in private and public fundraising.
  • Document success in motivating and productively working with an active board of directors/trustees.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and success in recruiting, supporting, empowering, and retaining talented people.
  • Possess a genuine affability and a demonstrated commitment to treat everyone equitably and with respect.
  • Demonstrate the ability to raise an organization’s public profile in an effective and inspirational way that includes innovative programs and technologies.
  • Demonstrate the skills and personality to serve as an organization’s public face that actively builds friends and increases audiences.
  • Possess a natural appetite for decision-making and is willing and able to make tough, reasonable decisions that may not be popular.
**History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better.

Desired Education and Experience

Education: Undergraduate degree in history, museum studies, or a related field. A graduate degree in history, business, public administration, or law is preferred.

Professional Background:

  • Seven to ten years of successful and progressively responsible experience, with at least five years in a management position.
  • Relevant executive experience working with a board, fundraising, and leading staff, preferably in a public agency.
  • Engagement in inter-organizational negotiations and conflict resolution is a bonus.
  • Experience in/with a comprehensive state or local historic preservation program is a plus.
About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

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