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July 01, 2013

Job: Executive Director, New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Screening begins August 1, 2013 until the position is filled.

The mission of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) is to serve the people of New Jersey by developing, supporting, and promoting projects that explore and interpret the human experience, foster cross-cultural understanding, and engage people in dialogue about matters of individual choice and public responsibility. We connect the citizens of New Jersey of all ages and cultural backgrounds with the history, ideas, and values that promote a more informed and humane society.

NJCH is a nonprofit organization established in 1972 as the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Located in Trenton, New Jersey, it receives operating and programming support from the NEH, the state of New Jersey, foundations, businesses, and private donors. The Council is a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

• The Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) is a full-time employee. The preferred candidate will have an advanced degree in a humanities discipline, a record of effective organizational leadership, financial management, and a prior record of distinguished service in a field of employment related to the work of the Council.

Critical Competencies for Success:

• The Executive Director works closely with the Board in the execution of the Council’s mission and strategic plan; and submits an annual budget for the board’s approval. To that end, the Executive Director will demonstrate knowledge of and insight into the current direction of humanities scholarship, especially insofar as it concerns the issues that are central to the mission of the Council.
• The Executive Director will develop strategic partnerships and associations that advance the Council’s goals.
• The Executive Director must be an effective advocate and communicator, advancing NJCH’s mission with the public, educational institutions, public officials, and elected representatives (state and federal). The Executive Director will also engage with the leaders of private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations throughout the state.
• The Executive Director must have a clear understanding of current and future financial resources needed to realize the organization’s mission and will serve as fundraiser-in-chief, in coordination with the Board.
• The Executive Director is responsible for the hiring and evaluation of staff, has management responsibility for the Council’s programs, operations, budget, and maintains regular communications with the Board.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. The Council offers a full benefits package. If applicable, the Council will provide a subsidy for moving expenses.

Evaluation: The Executive Committee of the board evaluates the Executive Director.

Procedure for Applying: If the qualifications can be met, a substantive letter of interest directed to the Search Committee accompanied by a career summary or bio (not more than 250 words), a current résumé or CV, and the names and titles of three references with complete contact information must be sent electronically through our online system at http://njch.slideroom.com Applications will not be accepted via mail or email.

Posted by parmelee at July 1, 2013 03:31 PM

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