DCHS President Position Description

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Job Title:                   President

Reports To:            Disciples of Christ Historical Society Board of Trustees

Effective Date:       August 1, 2022

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society (DCHS), a General Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), located in Bethany, West Virginia, seeks to call a new President. The President will work in a historic, academic, and bucolic setting within a state-of-the-art archival facility.

Mission
The mission of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society is to preserve and proclaim the story of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) within the context of the broader Stone-Campbell tradition out of which it grows.

Position Summary

The President directs and oversees all activities of the DCHS and is expected to provide vision and leadership necessary to support the full scope of the mission of the Society. The President, working with the staff and the Board of Trustees, has responsibility to develop, implement, and evaluate the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic plan, with particular emphasis on building a vibrant and relevant future for the ministry while leaning into a strong and long history. The President has the opportunity to actively practice the craft of being an historian while facilitating and supporting the work of colleagues who are historians of the church, particularly those within the Stone-Campbell family.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Mission

  • Along with the Board of Trustees, guide the DCHS in creating a compelling, relevant, and equitable vision for the organization;
  • Ensure that programmatic and operational efforts align with the organization’s mission and strategic priorities.

Management and Administration

  • Develop and implement strategies aiming to promote the organization’s mission;
  • Working alongside the Archivist, maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of historical archival preservation;
  • Provide general oversight of all the organization’s activities and ensure a smoothly functioning, efficient organization;
  • Ensure the safety and integrity of the facilities for staff, visitors, and the archival collection;
  • Build and supervise an effective staff team, providing guidance and support, providing a safe working environment and serve as a liaison between the staff and the Board of Trustees; 
  • In accordance with the Board of Trustees, negotiate professional contracts and see that appropriate salary structures are developed and maintained;

Governance

  • Equip the Board of Trustees for effective governance by promoting active engagement and clear expectations of fiduciary and governing responsibilities;
  • Keep fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it;
  • Inform the Board about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to identify and recommend policy needs;
  • Implement and evaluate policies approved by the Board;
  • Assist the Board in determining the mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals of the organization;
  • Actively engage with the Board in cultivating and orienting new Trustees.

Programmatic

  • Generate programming ideas including educational events in order to fulfill the mission of the Historical Society including planning and executing special events and programs;
  • Oversee and evaluate the effectiveness of current publications and actively imagine new possibilities;
  • Ensure that appropriate access of archival materials and other materials is maintained, both onsite and online;
  • Attend to Historical Society members and ensure professional, welcoming interactions with the public;
  • Edit and write books and articles relevant to history, tradition, and practice of the Disciples and the Stone-Campbell tradition and/or recruiting scholars to write such books and articles;
  • Host/provide for social media outreach using current modes of communication (podcast, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms that may emerge in the future).

Finance

  • Ensure the ongoing financial stability of the DCHS in concert with the Board of Trustees, including oversight and management, sound financial practices, funds management review, regular audits, and securing revenue streams that allow for organizational sustainability and flourishing. 
  • Develop annual operating and capital budgets with the Board of Trustees and ensuring that the organization operates within budget guidelines;

Development

  • Lead and actively engage in the Society’s strategic efforts to cultivate and secure revenue for programs and mission including maintaining a major gifts portfolio of donors and prospective donors and, when applicable, offer leadership in special fundraising campaigns or initiatives;
  • Demonstrate comfort engaging with and securing major gifts and grants from donors inclusive of corporate/organizations, foundations, and individuals;

Church and Community Relations

  • Act as the public speaker and public relations representative of the organization in ways that strengthens its profile particularly within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) including attending regular general, regional and ecumenical gatherings;
  • Acts as an advocate, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to the organization;
  • Serve as chief spokesperson for the organization, assuring proper representation in the Stone-Campbell traditions;
  • Engage in state and national arenas, as well as ecumenical circles, to keep the organization fresh and involved in relevant historical society issues;
  • Ensure consistency of DCHS’s policies and procedures with General Assembly Resolutions and guidelines for ministry established by the General Commission on Ministry;
  • Serve on the General Cabinet of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and participate in its regular meetings and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with other general ministries and seek opportunities for collaborative programming.
  • Work with leadership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), including the Office of the General Minister and President, to ensure proper historical recordkeeping of denominational documents.

Legal/Corporate

  • Adhere to legal guidelines outlined in the Articles of Incorporation, bylaws and any laws of jurisdiction which the Historical Society is subjected to;
  • Jointly, with the Chair and Secretary of the Board conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents;
  • Assure the filing of all legal and regulatory documents and monitors compliance with relevant laws and regulations;
  • Ensure consistency of mission and activities of the organization with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

This list of "Essential Duties and Responsibilities" is not intended to be limiting and there will

be other duties as assigned. The Disciples of Christ Historical Society reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.

Education/Experience

  • Senior-level executive administrative experience;
  • Significant experience in organizational leadership managing complex tasks, teams, and organization-wide collaborations; 
  • Advanced degree in the subject matter of the Stone-Campbell tradition or related area;
  • Active membership in the Christian Church (Disciples Christ).

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Self-directed and goal-oriented, as informed by organizational needs and mission; able to prioritize and multi-task meeting deadlines and a demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities;
  • Proven ability to supervise staff, create a strong and healthy team culture;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and expand organizational processes and practices that have impact; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of DCHS and knowledge and experience of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination, and the covenantal relationship with DCHS; 
  • Experience working with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds including appreciating historical contexts, discerning nuances of relationships and power dynamics, understanding racial/ethnic realities, and respecting community needs and desires;
  • Demonstrated ability in fundraising/development;
  • Knowledge in the use of relevant technology including knowledge in current archival practices and systems;
  • Experience working with a Board of Trustees.

Work Environment and Travel

  • This position is based in Bethany, West Virginia within a central archival facility.
  • Some travel, including nights and weekends is required.

Physical Requirements

  • The ability to communicate in person, on the telephone, and via email.
  • The ability to travel periodically that includes managing luggage of up to 50 lbs.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

 

Disciples of Christ Historical Society is an EEOC Employer
The Application Closes April 15th
To Apply Send Letter of Interest and Resume to: RHale@DisciplesHistory.org
More Information about the DCHS can be found here: https://DisciplesHistory.org