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Executive Director, Greenbrier Historical Society

01 Jul 2021 12:53 PM | Nora Venezky

Organization:                  Greenbrier Historical Society

Position:                           Executive Director

Updated:                           7/01/2021

Location:                           Lewisburg, WV

Job Type:                          Full Time

Min Education:               B/A Undergraduate

Min Experience:              1-3 Years

Salary:                               $43,500

The mission of the Greenbrier Historical Society is to share the diverse history and culture of the Greenbrier Valley.

The Greenbrier Historical Society (GHS) is focused on sharing the rich and diverse history of our Valley. With the recent completion of several new exhibits there is still room to grow the exhibit program and continue to bring excitement and new life to the North House Museum. The organization seeks a creative Executive Director that must be willing to innovate, build community engagement and support, as well work to engage with new audiences.

Organization Overview:

Operating out of downtown Lewisburg, WV the Greenbrier Historical Society serves the Greenbrier Valley (Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers, and Pocahontas County). The Greenbrier Historical Society oversees three historic properties: g

  • ·       The North House Museum and Archives is the headquarters of the organization and is home to many unique exhibits and period rooms. Visitors are taken on fee based guided tours of the museum by our docents or are given the option to explore two self-guided exhibits free of charge. It is also home to the GHS Archive and Library where the organization holds thousands of historic documents and responds to hundreds of research requests each year. The Greenbrier County Courthouse Collection is a major collection and is a wealth of information about the history of the area dating back to the Colonial period.
  • ·       The Barracks is a turn of the century (19th) log building located in the heart of downtown Lewisburg, WV. Currently the building is undergoing capital improvements with the hopes of developing an educational and living history space for demonstrations, field trips, and community activities. While work continues on the building, the organization is operating an escape room based on the first settler experience in Lewisburg.
  • ·       The Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion is the only remains of the once thriving Blue Sulphur Springs resort located north of Alderson, WV on the south-western end of Greenbrier County. The Greenbrier Historical Society’s Friends of the Blue group is working to raise the necessary funds to preserve this structure and eventually make it into a historic interpretive park.

Position Overview:

The Executive Director is responsible for the management and oversight of the Greenbrier Historical Society properties. The Executive Director provides leadership and oversees the day-to-day operation of the North House Museum and Archive as well as the capital improvements to the Barracks and Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion at the direction of the GHS Board of Directors.

Key Skills Required:

  • ·       Leadership
  • ·       Project Management
  • ·       Problem Solving
  • ·       Personnel Management
  • ·       Strategic Thinking
  • ·       Policy & Procedure Development and Enhancement
  • ·       Grant Writing
  • ·       Financial Management

Primary Position Responsibilities:

Leadership & Management

  1. Manage daily operations of the Museum, Archives, and other properties.
  • 2.     Coordinate and implement ongoing strategic planning, including the development and implementation of the Society’s Strategic Plan to move the mission forward and fulfill the vision of the organization.
  1. Actively engage and energize board members, GHS members, volunteers, committees, partner organizations, funders, and donors.
  2. Supervise the AmeriCorps member(s) position that is hired through the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area.
  3. Develop and maintain a strong culture based on the Society’s values.
  4. Supervise and manage staff: Curator & Education Director(1), Marketing Manager (1), Financial Coordinator (1), Museum/Archives Associates (1-2), AmeriCorps Member (1), and a volunteer team of 20-30.

Finances and Fundraising

  1. Supervise the Financial Coordinator in financial reporting and activities.
  2. Assist the Treasurer and Finance Committee to develop an annual operating budget and oversee the financial health of the organization.
  3. Monitor cash flow and the profit and loss statement.
  • 4.     Oversee revenue generating activities such as fund raising, grant writing, membership, and gift shop sales
  • 5.     Identify grant opportunities and work to develop government, non-profit, and foundation grants to support the operations of the museum. Responsible for appropriate monitoring of grants and required reporting.
  • 6.     Maintain all necessary registrations and certifications to comply with local and state requirements for non-profits.

Communications and Marketing

  1. Represent and promote the Society in community affairs as the official spokesperson for the organization. Provide television interviews and other press related interviews.
  2. Oversee the creation of marketing and promotional materials including newsletters, annual journal publication, web-site, and social media. 
  3. Oversee efforts of the Marketing Manager to develop a marketing plan and strategies designed to support the organizations overall Strategic Plan.

Programming & Outreach

  1. Develop an annual calendar of events, exhibits, and programs to further the mission of the museum.
  2. Support the Curator and Education Director’s development and implementation of educational and public outreach programs and exhibits.
  3. Coordinate a plan for processing our Archival collections while making them more accessible to researchers with the assistance of the Archives Committee and Archives Staff.
  4. Coordinates key annual events including the GHS Annual Membership Meeting, Various  Fundraising activities, and our biennial Home Tour of historic properties.

Professional Development:

  • ·       Identify and participate in relevant associations and educational activities and events to keep abreast of the latest developments in museum and nonprofit management.
  • ·       Assist Staff with professional and personal development goals as well as objectives to meet the needs of the organization.  



·       Bachelors Degree in Museum Studies, Public History, Nonprofit Management, Archives, or related field. Master’s Degree Preferred.


·       Experience with management of a museum, archive, or a non-profit organization.

·       Experience developing and implementing educational programs and special events.

·       Experience managing and developing staff and volunteers.

·       Organization management experience or equivalent education to include intermediate accounting and marketing knowledge.

Technical Skills:

·       Excellent verbal communication skills to include effective public speaking.

·       Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to compose business documents, financial reports, news releases, and marketing materials with emphasis on accuracy and proper grammar.

·       Grant Writing and fundraising experience.

·       Technology and computer knowledge a plus.

·       Computer literacy requirements: proficiency in MS Word and Excel, Google Suites, Past Perfect, Little Green Light (or other donor management software), QuickBooks, Weebly web builder, MailChimp, Canva or other graphic design software.

Physical Requirements:

·       Ability to climb stairs and ladders

·       Comfortable using tools and doing minor repair/construction work a plus

·       Infrequent lifting up to 50 lbs.

·       Standing, walking and sitting for extended amounts of time


Base Salary; $43,500, with an annual review cycle.

Cover letter, resume, and three professional references should be sent to the Greenbrier Historical Society,  .  Materials will be reviewed and interviews scheduled with the most promising candidates.

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