FEATURED JOB: President and CEO, Forest History Society

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Home Office Notices (Jobs, Reviews)
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Archival Science, Environmental History / Studies, Library and Information Science, Humanities, History Education

Position Announcement: Forest History Society President & CEO

Position and Responsibilities: The President & CEO is a full-time position located in Durham, NC. The successful candidate is expected to provide strategic leadership and executive management consistent with the strategic plan and the direction of the board of directors. The President & CEO leads the professional staff and day-to-day operations to achieve the Society’s mission and leads the Society to a place of credibility in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Responsibilities include developing and nurturing strategic relationships and representing the Society to its supporters, the media, and other publics. The position advances the mission and achieves financial and operational objectives.

The Opportunity: The President & CEO of the Forest History Society is a dynamic position presenting opportunities to meet with diverse audiences ranging from the leadership of forestry industry companies to academic communities in the sciences and the broad humanities. The position can affect publications in forest and conservation history and create chances for personal research, writing, and publication. Foremost, it is an opportunity to put your mark on a vibrant, growing, and maturing nonprofit that has a bright future. A strong board of directors, competent and professional staff, and a newly approved strategic plan will provide a foundation for success.

Qualifications: Applicants should have an advanced degree in forestry, history, library sciences, and/or related disciplines. Certification in association management is preferred but not required. Preference will be given to applicants with substantial and multi-year experience in a senior executive management position or at the associate/full professor level. Applicants are expected to demonstrate how they would bring external funding to the Society for its core programs in library and archives, research and publications, and education and outreach.

About the Forest History Society: FHS is a 75-year-old nonprofit institution recognized as the world’s foremost library and archives of forest and conservation history. It operates from its state-of-the-art library, archives, and headquarters, which opened in 2019. It enjoys diverse sources of funding, including an $8 million endowment. It is a nonadvocacy organization known for its credibility and foundation in absolute integrity in historical interpretation. FHS has been located in Durham for nearly forty years. Durham is located in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, which includes the neighboring cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill. The region is known for its research and technology companies and its world-class scholarly institutions. U.S. News & World Report ranked “Raleigh and Durham” 6th nationally in its 2022–2023 “Best Places to Live” list.

Application: Interested applicants are requested to provide a complete CV describing their professional and academic credentials along with a letter of interest as it pertains to the position. The letter of interest and CV should be emailed to Janet Askew, Assistant Director for Administration, at janet.askew@foresthistory.org. The complete application process can be found on the FHS website at www.foresthistory.org.

For technical questions about the application process or to arrange for a visit to the Society’s headquarters, call 919-682-9319.

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Contact Info: 

Janet Askew, Assistant Director for Administration, janet.askew@foresthistory.org