Executive Director

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • California
  • City: San Francisco

Website San Francisco Historical Society

We bring San Francisco history alive for residents and visitors

We are looking for a new Executive Director starting January 2024. This person will be a

creative thinker, leader, and partnership builder. They will have a passion and ability to grow and

scale the organization by leveraging their problem solving skills and entrepreneurial thinking and

approach. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the San

Francisco Historical Society’s consistent and effective achievement of its mission and financial

objectives, and for the leadership and management of the organization according to the policies

established by the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include Human Resources, Operations,

Strategic Planning, Fundraising, and Marketing and Outreach.


Current Priorities:

● Partner with the Board of Directors to execute a plan to grow and scale the society in

membership and funding in the next 3-5 years.

● Generate additional revenue

● Enhance visitors’ experience

● Deepen academic and community partnerships

Job Qualifications:

● Working knowledge of San Francisco history and appreciation of all communities in San


● Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction.

● At least five (5) years of full-time experience working in an executive-level management


● Fantastic ambassador with diverse communities

○ Polished and articulate speaker

○ Excellent people-person

○ Outstanding in both oral and written communication and proficiency in public

speaking and presentations

● Demonstrated ability to fundraise and expand private and public grant funding


● Understanding of how to expand a donor base and retain of current donors

● Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for the operation and financial

management of museums, cultural/educational non-profits, or similar organizations.

● A history of involvement and creating partnerships in relevant professional

organizations, and/or local education institutions and educators

● Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards and

volunteers as well as in community relations and outreach capacities

● Committed to uphold the organization’s values of Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, and


● Bachelor’s degree

Additional desired qualifications:

● Familiarity with Bloomerang or similar CRM and QuickBooks software

● Previous experience with museums and/or historical societies

● A degree in history, museum studies, anthropology, or another related field

Annual Salary: $110K – $130K based on experience. This is a full-time salaried position with

paid time off. This position has no health or retirement plan benefits.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing education and experience to Board President –

Tom Owens at exdirsearchsfhs@gmail.com.

The San Francisco Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply for this job email your details to exdirsearchsfhs@gmail.com

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