Executive Director - Michilimackinac Historical Society

Qualifications: This full-time position requires a collaborative, creative individual with demonstrated leadership ability. Experience in fundraising, public speaking, museum and financial management is desired. MHS’ growth is dependent upon widespread community understanding and support. Therefore, the Executive Director must possess the qualities of professionalism, tact and diplomacy in order to work effectively with all elements of the community.

Education: A BS/BA degree or equivalent experience.

General Description of Responsibilities

Oversee general day-to-day operations of Michilimackinac Historical Society including management of Fort De Buade museum. The organization is currently undergoing a capital campaign and previous campaign experience is desired. Other responsibilities include educational and community programs and activities, supervision and management of staff and volunteers, public relations and marketing, budget and finance management, administration of grants and contracts, coordinated use and maintenance of the MHS buildings, and other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Reports to the Executive Board and is accountable to the Board of Directors
  • Exercise management and supervision of staff, volunteers, maintenance personnel, and instructors employed or performing services for MHS.


The Executive Director is the principle managing officer of the corporation and is responsible to the Board of Directors for the implementation of all Board Policies relative to programming, facilities, budgetary expenditures, accounting procedures and practices, and personnel matters. The Executive Director will regularly report to the Board of Directors regarding activities of the organization.

Finance and Resource Development

▪ Cultivate knowledge of potential sources of donations, recommend approaches to obtain them, and follow up on the execution of Board adopted plans.
▪ Provide strategies for annual giving and campaign gifts.
▪ Assist the Treasurer and Bookkeeper in developing and proposing an annual budget.
▪ Implement budgets for all programs.
▪ Oversee activities relating to bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, sales and payroll taxes, and filing appropriate forms and reports.
▪ Help coordinate all fundraising special events.
▪ Initiate and maintain grant-writing activities.
▪ Drive multi-year business planning process in order to accomplish strategic goals.

Public and Personnel Relations

▪ Maintain effective relationships with staff, volunteers, area media, and the arts community.
▪ Effectively liaise with relevant community members and organizations.
▪ Develop and disseminate appropriate press releases, advertising, and promotion of events.
▪ Serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.
▪ Train and supervise staff and volunteers as appropriate.
▪ Coordinate orientation for new members of the Board of Directors
Building Management
▪ Make recommendations for policy regarding use and maintenance of MHS.
▪ Help develop and implement procedures to assure appropriate use and maintenance of MHS and collections.


▪ Coordinate and maintain ongoing programs.
▪ Work with the Programming Director, including curriculum planning, registration, and supplying needs.
▪ Implement and work with the Programming Committee, work with the Curator in maintenance of artifacts, scheduling special events, and receptions.
▪ Inform the Board of Directors about issuers pertaining to organization policies, bylaws, report filing dates, responsibilities and duties of Board and Committees, the overall schedule of activities, and other information which will assist the Board to act in a timely and appropriate fashion.
▪ Comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.

Status: Full-time, exempt and at-will employee

Salary Range: $50,000 - $55,000

Benefits: Personal Time Off to be negotiated in contract

To Apply: Include cover letter and resume and send to Susan Massaway: smassaway.mhs@gmail.com



Susan Massaway
Michilimackinac Historical Society
334 N. State Street, P.O. Box 735
St. Ignace, MI 49781

Rev 6.8.20

Posted on 6/18/2020


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