The Huguenot Society of South Carolina (The Society) seeks to fully communicate the Huguenots’ vision, stories and values—grounded in the South Carolina experience and of national relevance--for students, businesses, community leaders, the public, historians, and others. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and leads the development and implementation of strategies, initiatives and programs that broaden the visibility, impact and support of The Society and its historical and cultural significance. The Executive Director is responsible for the financial management, fundraising, interpretation, stewardship and sustainability of The Society’s historic assets as both cultural and educational resources for the general public and those of Huguenot descent. This exciting opportunity comes at a time when the Board seeks to invest in both the organization’s functioning and in staff capacities, including the Executive Director role.
The Executive Director will have overall operational responsibility for The Society’s programs, staffing, and accomplishing the strategic mission of the organization as established by the Board. She or he will develop, if not already possess: 1) a knowledge of Huguenot history in both South Carolina and the world, 2) a working familiarity of genealogical research tools and their application, and 3) an understanding of the programs of The Society, its operations, its business plans, its cultural assets and significance to history and future. The ideal candidate will be focused on establishing and reaching annual goals while building the capacity of the organization to thrive for many years to come. The Board seeks an individual (irrespective of Huguenot descent) with a track record derived from outside of service within the organization and its membership.
Leadership and Management:
Ensure ongoing operational excellence, rigorous evaluation of all organizational functions, and consistent quality of and compliance for finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and information technology systems
Actively engage and energize The Society’s volunteers, board members, event committees, and funders. In particular, manage the flow of information to the Board, work with the Board Chair to set Board Meeting agendas, provided data for Board reports, and prepare the annual reports necessary for successful tracking of metrics related to operations and the strategic plan
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local and statewide operations as well as for a proposed expanded presence outside of South Carolina and the United States
Lead, coach, develop, and retain The Society’s staff including clearing obstacles for the completion of their assigned duties as necessary
Actively build the capabilities of not only The Society staff, but also the organization itself, through the adoption of appropriate database management systems (accounting and fundraising), website infrastructure and management, and social media tools to enhance connections with widespread constituencies
Manage outside consultants who will assist with building the capabilities of the Executive Director, Staff, Board, and the organization
Actively participate in conversations with the Board on fiscal matters including but not limited to budget forecasting, asset management, profit and loss and other matters relevant to the financial health of the organization
Fundraising and Communications:
Articulate a compelling Huguenot story and serve as the public spokesperson to enhance local and national interest in the Huguenot story, collections assets, and history more broadly
Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing operations through direct face-to-face solicitations of prospective donors as well as direct mail, digital marketing and other means
Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, from web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand
Integrate constituent engagement activities across traditional print, events, PSAs, website and social media and use analytics to track progress and course-correct
Collections and Knowledge Stewardship:
Translate organizational knowledge, collections, and personal stories into relevant and engaging learning experiences through in-person, web and social media opportunities
Effectively undertake collections acquisitions, curation and preservation to meet the Society’s stewardship mission and to provide interpretive and geneaological services
Identify unique collections assets that can be made made broadly accessible through digitization combined with social media and web platforms
Connect with like-minded Huguenot organizations globally to seek synergies in collections interpretation
All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching of staff members, and relationship management experience. The successful candidate for this position will have at least 3-5 years of accomplishments in fundraising, fiscal management, communications and organizational sustainability for emerging cultural heritage organizations. S/he will bring professional experience to lead the organization through a fresh programmatic planning process that will set the stage for The Society in years to come. An enthusiastic commitment to collaborating with the Board, members and volunteers to fully engage relevant communities, other complementary partner organizations, donor prospects and essential stakeholders is critical. While Huguenot descent is not required, an appreciation of such historical narratives and the significance of lineage-based membership organizations is highly valued.
Specific Requirements include:
BA required, advanced degree preferred, combined with evidence of an appreciation for collections interpretation, historic preservation, community memory and informal learning
Demonstrated skills to be an effective manager and team-builder working with a seasoned professional staff and cohort of committed volunteers
Experience working with an active and engaged Board of members and ability to assist in the selection, evaluation, and orientation of new Board members
Demonstrable abilities to develop, oversee, monitor and course correct annual and multi-year budgets and to work in partnership with the Board to develop, review, and update the organization’s strategic plan and associated revenue forecasts
Past success working with a wide range of stakeholder groups and cultures and a history of diplomatically resolving issues and driving organizational decision-making
Experience in fundraising for operations, programs, collections and/or capital projects from a wide variety of public, corporate, and individual sources
Aptitude and experience in website management, software implementation and overall governance of organizational technology and data strategy
Well versed in current practices for both preserving and making widely accessible archival holdings and born-digital records
Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
Enthusiasm for U.S. history, cultural heritage and community-based narratives
Compelling cultivator and steward of prospect and donor relationships
Champion for staff, Board and volunteers
Embraces change, takes initiative and shapes organizational strategies while keeping focused
Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, and self-direction
Superior organizational and interpersonal skills including ability to work cooperatively with Board members, donors, staff, partners, and
Excellent communication skills including public speaking, writing, and persuasion
The office is based in downtown Charleston, S.C.
Travel throughout the South Carolina region is a recurring requirement of the job.
The position will regularly require evening activities and occasional weekend events.
Daily communication via phone and/or web-meeting platforms
Frequent extended hours in front of a computer in a stationary position
Occasional moving of objects up to 20 pounds
Inspecting collections and office building to detect conservation or maintenance concerns
Frequent communications with members, public, donors and others
Regular group and public speaking
Occasional activities occurring outdoors
Additional Eligbility Qualifications:
Must be authorized to work in the United States
Must have reliable transportation and possess valid driver’s license for traveling throughout the South Carolina area
Must be willing to work at the office location in Charleston, S.C.
Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time.
How To Apply:
Interested applicants should send (1) cover letter, (2) résumé, and (3) contact information for three work-related references in a single PDF to [email protected]
In addition to describing your relevant experience and skills, in your cover letter please write a few paragraphs about your approach to leadership, volunteer engagement, handling conflict, and facilitating change. Applications received by April 24, 2020 will receive priority review. Position open until filled.
We will only contact those candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone or in person inquiries please. Finalists will be asked to undergo thorough background checks.
The Huguenot Society is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a pool of qualified applicants from diverse professional backgrounds and experiences for the role of Executive Director. No search firms please.
The Huguenot Society of South Carolina is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
A heritage and cultural 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the stories and contributions of French protestants (Huguenots) who fled France prior to the promulgation of the Edict of Toleration in November 28, 1787.