Disciples of Christ Historical Society
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 an historic, academic, and bucolic setting within a state-of-the-art facility.
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.
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.
Duties and Responsibilities
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
Provide general oversight of all the organization’s activities and ensure a smoothly functioning, efficient organization; Manage the Society’s facilities to ensure they are safe, efficient, and functioning smoothly for the staff and visitors.
Work closely with the Board of Trustees to develop, implement and evaluate goals, policies and procedures; Equip the Board of Trustees for effective governance by promoting active engagement and clear expectations of fiduciary and governing responsibilities; Adhere to legal guidelines outlined in the Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, and any laws of jurisdiction which the Historical Society is subjected to.
Oversee and evaluate the effectiveness of current publications and create new possibilities; Ensure that appropriate access of archival materials is maintained both onsite and online; Generate programming including educational and special events; Edit and write books and articles relevant to history, tradition, and practice of the Disciples and the Stone-Campbell movement, and/or recruiting scholars to write such books and articles.
Develop the annual operating and capital budgets with the Board of Trustees and ensure the organization operates within budget guidelines; Cultivate and steward major donors; Secure gifts and grants.
Church and Community Relations
Act as the Society’s advocate and public relations representative in ways that strengthens its profile; Serve and participate on the General Cabinet of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with other general ministries; 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.
- Senior-level executive administrative experience with significant experience managing complex tasks, teams, and collaborations;
- Advanced degree in the subject matter of the Stone-Campbell tradition or related area;
- Active membership in the Christian Church (Disciples Christ).
- 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 programs;
- 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 Stone-Campbell tradition;
- 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, Travel and Physical Requirements
- This position is based in Bethany, West Virginia within a central archival facility;
- There will be prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer;
- Some travel, including nights and weekends is required. Luggage of up to 50 lbs. must be managed.
Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $85,000. Benefits include pension, healthcare stipend, vacation, and sabbatical leave.
The Disciples of Christ Historical Society is an EEOC Employer
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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