Kennebunkport Historical Society seeks Executive Director


The Kennebunkport Historical Society was established in 1952 with the purpose of preserving and presenting the history, art and culture of Kennebunkport.  The Historical Society has an extensive reference, pictorial and artifact collection and has published several books on local history. Programs on the history of the Kennebunkport community are offered throughout the year and are typically organized and often presented by volunteers. The Society’s membership currently exceeds 300 and it employs an Executive Director. The successful candidate has an opportunity to guide the organization into its future growth, expanding its role as a key visitor attraction within the community while maintaining the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s reputation for excellence.


The Executive Director manages the day-to-day activities and operations, directing and coordinating the work with a part-time assistant and approximately 30-40 volunteers. The Executive Director must be able to create an atmosphere that invites volunteer spirit and inspires members and others to give their time and talent to the benefit of the organization. The Executive Director position requires an understanding of finances including budgets, financial reports and investments and coordinates with a bookkeeper (an independent contractor). The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors and committees while assuming the overall leadership role in guiding all administrative, fund raising, fiscal, and community-oriented activities and programs.


The ideal candidate will possess a relevant bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years work in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating managerial experience to support a non-profit organization. Experience in a museum or historical society and an understanding of museum practices is beneficial, as well as basic computer skills (e.g. Word, Excel, Publisher and QuickBooks) and experience using museum management software (Past Perfect). Proven experience in the ability to plan, design and oversee fund raising campaigns and grant applications is necessary.  This position requires a self-starter, with excellent written and verbal skills including public speaking. You will be the public face of the Society continuing to build strong relationships with the town of Kennebunkport and surrounding communities.


This is a full-time position. Salary $45-65K, is negotiable, commensurate with experience and proven record of success. To apply, please email (subject line: “Executive Director Search”) a cover letter indicating previous relevant work, a resume, and contact information for three references to: Kirsten Camp,