The Custom House Maritime Museum (CHMM) invites nominations and
applications for the position of Executive Director (ED) to lead our work protecting,
preserving, and interpreting our maritime heritage and how it relates to
American history. This position calls for a dynamic, innovative, inclusive
leader to help grow this
community-oriented organization by expanding our vision by ensuring compelling
educational and development programs.
A key resource will be our strategic plan. We are excited about
launching our 2022 exhibition, Legendary
Newburyporters. Much of the CHMM collection is displayed beautifully throughout
the main floor and second floor of the building, but there is still work to be
done by the new leader with the balance of the collection.
The Custom House
Maritime Museum, founded in 1975, is located on
Water Street along the beautiful Newburyport waterfront. Designed
by renowned Federal architect Robert Mills, The Custom House was erected
in 1835 and has a varied history following its original role as a custom house.
After decades of disrepair and neglect, the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority
and the CHMM spent years renovating and preserving the building. The building
and land, which were deeded in 2018 to the Newburyport Maritime Society Inc.
(NMS) dba Custom House Maritime Museum, is an important piece of our collection
and houses a museum shop and offices.
Custom House Maritime Museum,
devoted to our members and visitors, is an active supporter of the
Newburyport community and collaborates with several local nonprofits. We host
events and programs both inside the museum and outside on our waterfront lawn.
Our programs have ranged from lectures and music programs to internships and
archival research, scavenger hunts to afternoon local history teas, Maritime
Days and Maritime Tree fundraisers. Beautiful weddings, family celebrations and
other festive events are part of our event rental program.
candidate will be a hands-on manager with proven ability to facilitate,
organize, and deliver results while keeping the big picture in mind, combined
with a track record of building consensus and camaraderie among staff,
volunteers, and board. The role requires a lifelong learner energized by the
opportunity to gain expertise in Newburyport history and an appetite for
playing a major, active role in fundraising, working in close collaboration
with staff and board. Success will require managing the challenges of a small
historical museum. A commitment to fostering a culture that is welcoming and
inclusive of all is essential. The preferred candidate has had increasingly
responsible roles leading and managing in nonprofit settings or other relevant
leadership and management experience.
Newburyport, a vibrant, coastal New England city, honors its
diverse maritime history and preserves its authenticity while being
passionately engaged in shaping its future. It is a boating community
with a working seaport, locally owned shops and restaurants, excellent culture,
engaging outdoor activities, and unique local character that attracts visitors
from all over. The whole-life, healthy environment of this walkable community
provides residents and visitors an urban experience within a sustainable and
progressive business environment.
How To Apply:
Please send a letter describing your interest in this
position and an outline of your experience with and commitment to community, non profits and maritime history,
- your resume, and
- contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin February 21, 2022 and continue
until the position is filled.
February 20, 2022
$65,000 - $75,000
About this Organization:
The CHMM is a dynamic maritime history museum; education and cultural center; emerging research facility; and a meeting place for people seeking a unique venue for professional or social gatherings. We connect our vibrant past to our living present through our relationships with local educational, artistic, business, and environmental organizations.
Housed in this historic structure, the CHMM’s unique collection of maritime objects, art, models, and historical documents reflect the rich history of the region from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.