The Nantucket Historical Association is Seeking an Executive Director

Organization: Nantucket Historical Association (NHA)
Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board Chair, Kelly Williams
Location: Nantucket, MA
To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks an experienced, visionary, entrepreneurial executive director to lead the organization into a vibrant, dynamic, and sustainable future.

Background: The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) tells inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties. Over the past twenty years, the organization has gone through an extraordinary transformation, first with the building of the new museum and renovation of administrative offices and more recently with the creation of a wide array of public and educational programs. With a budget of $4M, a professional staff of 30, AAM accreditation, and a stellar national reputation, the NHA is considered the premier nonprofit organization on the island of Nantucket. Visited by more than 54,000 people annually, the NHA is comprised of the famous Whaling Museum, which displays permanent and changing exhibitions; a research library; an extensive collection of objects; fourteen historic properties, including the oldest house on Nantucket; and nearly year-round public and education programs enjoyed by local residents and tourists alike.

Position: Following on an exceptional period of growth that included the building of a new museum, the creation of dynamic public programming, and the completion of an ambitious capital campaign, the NHA seeks an executive director to work closely with the board, staff, and community to define and implement plans for the organization’s future. The ED will serve as the primary face and voice of the NHA, cultivating partnerships and funder relationships with nonprofit and business leaders and year-round and summer residents. S/he will provide leadership and management to the staff, ensuring that people are working together to serve the overarching mission of the organization and that exhibits, programs, and the interpretation of physical properties enhance and amplify one another. In addition, s/he will bring rigorous business discipline to the organization, ensuring that the NHA maintains and builds upon its robust fiscal health. Finally, the ED will be a creative force aware of best practices and innovations in the field of museums and will draw on that knowledge to ensure that NHA remains a forward-thinking and acting organization.

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