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The Vermont Historical Society (VHS) is seeking a dynamic visionary leader to serve as Executive Director of one of the nation’s oldest historical societies. Its administrative offices, library, exhibition galleries and collections are located in the historically significant Vermont History Center in Barre, Vermont. The VHS also operates a museum and bookstore in the capital city of Montpelier. VHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, a semi-annual scholarly history journal and numerous books on Vermont history. Its programs extend throughout the state. The organization’s signature event, Vermont History Expo, is held every other summer and features exhibitions from over 100 local historical societies from around Vermont, joining the Society in a celebration of various aspects of Vermont’s special history.
The candidate should be a hands-on leader who works well with others. The candidate should also have education and experience appropriate to the position and excellent presentation skills. Although an expertise in Vermont history is not required, a strong foundation in the history of the United States is important as is as a willingness to learn Vermont’s unique story. The VHS has an annual budget of nearly two million dollars, of which the State of Vermont supports approximately half. The Society has 16 employees, (13 full-time equivalents). The position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.