Tioga County Historical Society

Seeking Executive Director

Contact: museum@tiogahistory.org  



The Tioga County Historical Society (TCHS) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) who will provide vision, leadership, and administration for all of the functions of the TCHS and fulfill the goal of collecting, preserving, and educating the public on local history. The ED will increase membership, expand programming and oversee exhibits, while building active partnerships throughout the community. The ED reports to the TCHS Board of Trustees.


Successful candidates will preferably have a bachelor’s degree or higher, excellent written, oral, and telephone skills; excellent customer service attitude; demonstrate their initiative and management abilities; have experience with Microsoft productivity suite plus the ability to learn other software used by the TCHS; ability to work comfortably with diverse individuals and groups; be able to prioritize, meet deadlines, and report progress; ability to maintain confidentiality and reasonable awareness of laws and regulations when appropriate. The candidate must also have a car and valid license.

Applicants should send: 1) a letter of application describing how your previous experience relates to the objectives above; 2) resume; 3) names and contact information of three references to Tioga County Historical Society Search Committee, 110 Front Street, Owego, NY 13827, or as attachments by email to museum@tiogahistory.org. Deadline: November 30th, 2017, or until position is filled. Compensation is $36,000 with negotiable benefits.


The Director shall operate the Society and Museum in accordance with its established policies, as developed by the Board. The Director shall assist in drafting these policies and in making recommendations to the Board, for the purpose of improving or upgrading the operations of the TCHS and Museum.

The Director shall also interpret these policies for the staff, volunteers, and the community at large.

The Director shall attend all meetings of the Board, unless directed otherwise, and may be an ex-officio member of all Museum committees.

The Director shall be responsible for recognizing future needs of the TCHS and Museum and bringing those forward to the Board to incorporate into the long range plans. The Director will provide the Board with a written yearly Operating Plan (at the November Board Meeting), a State of the Society Report and Budget for the upcoming year (at the Membership Meeting), and bi-monthly status reports to the Board.

The Director shall be responsible for the management of personnel and ensuring that personnel policies are adequate for the operation of the TCHS and Museum. The Director (after review and approval of the Board) has the authority to hire and terminate staff and/or volunteers. In addition, the Director shall maintain and review personnel records, and write annual evaluations for Museum staff or at other times as circumstances may require.

At all times, the full legal and financial authority for the operation of the TCHS and the Museum rests with the elected Board. However, the Director is authorized on behalf of the Board to carry out the day-to-day functions normally associated with the administration and management of the TCHS

The Director shall carry out and/or provide leadership and directions (as defined in the Board policies) for the TCHS and Museum in the following areas:

  • Membership recruiting and retention
  • Volunteer recruiting and retention
  • Collection management
  • Fundraising (events, grant writing, and planned giving)
  • Budgeting
  • Management and operation of the research facility and genealogical resource
  • Exhibition development
  • Educational program development
  • Gift Ship operations
  • Public relations and marketing (including newsletter publication, press releases, internet presence, and related activities)

In addition to those items specified above, the Director may be assigned other duties from time to time for the purpose of enforcing TCHS policy or to better manage and operate the Museum.


A Bachelor’s degree in History, Education, Public Administration, Business or similar programs is preferred. An Associate’s Degree with a minimum of two years historical society or museum management experience may be substituted. A High School diploma or equivalent may be considered with a minimum of five years historical society or museum management experience. In addition, effective written and oral communication skills, including ability to make presentations to large groups, coupled with the ability to use personal computers for standard office and presentation applications as well as specialized applications for historical collections, genealogy, and related activities.

The position of Director requires the experience and flexibility to deal with a multitude of unexpected issues in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The TCHS and its Museum are highly visible entities within the community. The Director must be free from real or apparent conflicts of interest, and must at all time work for the betterment of the Society and Museum. As such, the Director may not require the staff or volunteers to perform any activity that would be considered a violation of ethical standards or of commonly accepted museum practices. Likewise, requests from private citizens that violate these ethical standards, even unintentionally, must be declined.