Nichols House Museum

55 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
May 10, 2017

Eastern Massachusetts



Executive Director


The Executive Director (E.D.) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nichols House Museum, an accredited museum by the American Alliance of Museums. Reporting to the Board of Governors, the E.D. is responsible for delivering the museum’s mission, and achieving its operational and financial objectives. Working with the Board, the E.D. develops the vision, strategy and priorities of the museum. S/he plans and directs all museum activities. The E.D. is responsible for policy-making, financial management, program development, fundraising, conservation and preservation planning and implementation. The E.D. institutes professional practices at the museum. S/he represents the museum and its mission in the local, national and global community. Fundraising is a principal responsibility of the E.D. working in close collaboration with the Board and museum committees.

In addition, the E.D.:

- Drafts policies and creates processes, works with committees, board, staff and external experts to develop and to implement strategies, including the museum’s strategic plan approved in 2017.

- Develops public, curatorial, educational and other programs that adhere to interpretive guidelines and goals.

- Works with the Finance Committee to draft and manage the budget, as approved by the Board.

- Represents the museum to all internal and external stakeholders.

- Oversees and approves marketing and communication strategies and programs.

- Develops and, in concert with the Board, executes all fundraising and income generating activities.

- Cares for the collection and nineteenth century building and carries out conservation and preservation planning and implementation.

- Hires, directs and evaluates personnel.


A minimum of 5 -7 years of progressive leadership experience, preferably in a museum or arts related organization, demonstrating a track record of success. Past experiences should include successful fund raising and financial management skills as well as demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary to work closely with a committed Board of Governors and the community. We seek a team leader who coaches Museum staff and volunteers to act as a core team and juggle multiple responsibilities. A master's degree is preferred, but a bachelor's degree will be considered with additional experience.

How To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume and note in the subject line “Executive Director Search” by Friday, June 2. Professional references and a writing sample will be required during the interview process.

Apply by:
June 02, 2017
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and are competitive with American Alliance of Museums reviews.
About this Organization:

The Nichols House Museum preserves and interprets the 1804 Bulfinch townhouse that was home to the garden designer, writer, and social reformer Rose Standish Nichols and her family. Since 1961, the Nichols House Museum has been open to the public as a historic house museum reflecting the domestic life of Beacon Hill at the turn of the last century. The collection includes European and American decorative arts from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, family portraits, Flemish tapestries, Japanese woodblock prints, and works by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. An AAM accredited institution, the museum educates and inspires the public through innovative programs, and it continues the conversation on the social concerns embraced by the Nichols family that remain relevant today. 

Open year-round, the Nichols House Museum welcomes a growing number of international and domestic visitors. It provides an active schedule of lectures, programs, and special events for its members and the community. The Nichols House offers a variety of tours and experiences for educational groups of all ages.