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Search for the President

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS), the oldest institution of its kind in the United States, seeks a dynamic and accomplished leader to serve as its next President. The President will work with the Board and with the staff of the MHS to promote its mission, elevate its profile, and advance historical knowledge. This effort will include the further development and implementation of the Society’s strategic plan, and the strengthening of its financial base.

Founded in 1791, the Society is a private non-profit organization. Its extraordinary collections—over 13 million manuscripts, photographs, printed materials, and artifacts—include the personal papers of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson; maps, prints, drawings, and portraits; and historical objects, including the epaulets worn by George Washington at Yorktown and the pen used by Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. These materials have served as the inspiration for the work and learning of countless scholars, authors, and students of all ages.

In recent years the Society has broadened its programming, reaching new audiences and raising its profile regionally and nationally. Its online catalog, ABIGAIL, and new collection guides have opened the collections to all, and digitization efforts have made more and more material available to researchers. The number of visitors to the library is growing, and the number of programs, conferences, and research fellowships has increased. The MHS has also convened academicians and public intellectuals in discussions about the current state and future of the historical profession.

 The next President will expand on these efforts and be a vigorous and compelling champion for the Society, setting direction and advocating for the work of the MHS, and continuing to raise its profile. The Society seeks a superb strategist with the ability to build, direct, and inspire. The successful candidate will have a strong appreciation for public history and the proven ability to identify and develop sources of support for the Society’s strategic requirements and aspirations.

 The Massachusetts Historical Society has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. A full description of the role of President is available on the Isaacson, Miller website listed below.” Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Anita Tien, Vice President
Micah Pierce, Associate
Isaacson Miller, Inc.
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

 The Massachusetts Historical Society is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

Research Coordinator

The Massachusetts Historical Society seeks a full-time Coordinator to work in its Research Department. An independent scholarly research center, the Society was founded in 1791 for collecting, preserving, and disseminating resources for the study of American history. The Research Department is the Society’s main point of contact with scholars in history and related fields. It is responsible for programs of research fellowships, conferences, seminars, a periodical, and several special projects. Essential duties of the position will include: daily management of four fellowships programs and five seminar series (for which some evening work will be required), organization of a series of brown-bag lunches, and maintaining the financial records of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. Other responsibilities will include editorial work on the Massachusetts Historical Review, conference essay collections, and the Colonial Collegians digitization project and MHS committee service.

The Research Coordinator will report to the Director of Research. Master’s Degree in a humanities field expected; PhD preferred. This position requires a minimum of 5 years’ teaching and/or administrative experience including editorial experience. Customer services experience, excellent attention to detail, self-motivation, the ability to prioritize and multi-task, success in problem solving, and success in developing a wide network of professional contacts required. Strong Microsoft Office knowledge required. Significant experience in copy editing and the ability to read cursive are an advantage. Demonstrated support for the mission of a public historical organization preferred.

Please send cover letter, resume, article- or chapter-length writing sample, and three references to: Research Department, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215. E-mail: Interviews will include brief copyediting and proofreading tests. The review of applications will begin June 1 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available July 1. This is a Full Time exempt position eligible for the generous MHS benefits package. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

The Massachusetts Historical Society is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.