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Managing Director--Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice

01 Aug 2023 4:27 PM | Angela Thorpe

The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice is seeking an Managing Director. The Center engages diverse communities to lift up the life and legacy of activist, legal scholar, feminist, poet, Episcopal priest and LGBTQ community member, Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, in order to tackle enduring inequities and injustice in our nation.


The Managing Director will work alongside the Executive Director. Together, they will collaborate as partners to lead staff, board and the community in realizing the Center’s mission. Within this partnership, the Managing Director will leverage their experience and ideas to support the Center as it navigates a growing budget, a growing team and a transition to a visitor-ready historic site.

The ideal candidate will value social justice and public history, possess strong executive leadership skills, public administration experience and be flexible and solutions oriented.


The Managing Director will be accountable for the business, administrative, and operational management of the Center. This includes leadership and oversight of financial management, information systems and personnel policies. The Managing Director will support budget development, liaise with the Board of Directors where appropriate and supervise designated staff and contractors. They will also support the ongoing development of a historic site and visitor center, which is slated to open to the public by 2024.


• Alignment with the mission and values of the Pauli Murray Center.

• Ability to create and hold space for the multiple identities held by Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field of study, including (but not limited to) history, public history, cultural resource management, museum studies, non-profit management, or public administration.

• Demonstrated budget management skills, including familiarity with budget preparation, monitoring, and analysis.

• Demonstrated project management skills.

• Strong computer skills with MS Office, Google Drive, and other software systems

• Strong attention to detail and organizational abilities including planning, delegating, and program development.

• Supervisory experience.

• Demonstrated excellent communication and writing skills.

Management Preferences:

• Master’s degree and demonstrated experience working with or in public cultural resources (including museums, historic sites, libraries, public parks, historic districts, archives).

• Demonstrated ability to communicate and connect with a range of audiences, including those groups who have been historically marginalized.

• Experience supervising full-time staff.

• Experience managing a budget of $50,000+.


• Full-Time, 40 hours/week

• Hybrid work (In-person PMC offices at Franklin Humanities Institute (Smith Warehouse) in Durham, NC and remotely)

• Some weekends and evenings required.

• Reports to: Executive Director


• Hiring Range: $62,000-$73,000

• Health and retirement stipends provided.

• Paid time off, sick leave, and family leave offered.

• Professional development stipend provided.


To learn more, please visit our website. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to with Managing Director in the subject line. Application deadline is Friday, August 18, 2023.

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