Executive Director

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By New Castle Historical Society
100 King Street
Chappaqua, New York
Salary $50,000-$60.000, depending on experience
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Phone: 914-238-4666


The New Castle Historical Society (NCHS) seeks an Executive Director. Founded in 1966, the NCHS’s mission is to discover, collect, preserve, and communicate the history of the Town of New Castle. The NCHS is located in the historic New Castle hamlet of Chappaqua, NY, 35 miles north of New York City and accessible by train. The NCHS is housed in the unique Greeley House Museum, the family summer home of Horace Greeley, one of the major American historical figures of the nineteenth century--reformer, presidential candidate, outspoken opponent of slavery, and the most important newspaper editor of his day. New Castle has played an important role in American history from arrival of European settlers in the 1600s, subsequent founding by the Quakers in 1700s, through the Revolutionary War, in the 1800’s as Mr. Greeley’s residence, and as the current home of President and Secretary Clinton and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The NCHS Greeley House Museum is open to the public and permanently displays memorabilia of Horace Greeley and his family. The museum also collects and preserves old maps, pictures and other artifacts that illustrate the community in past years, as well as such contemporary materials that will be of interest to future generations. Typically the NCHS also presents two or three varying exhibits at the museum every year, as well as educational programs at the Greeley House, schools and community at large. The Executive Director is the sole full-time salaried employee of the NCHS. The NCHS seeks a self-starter who is a visionary leader with dynamic leadership experience. A deep passion for American History, proven fiscal management and an entrepreneurial spirit will be required. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Trustees to realize the NCHS’s future goals.


The Executive Director performs all the duties and responsibilities generally required of a Chief Executive. Expectations include, but are not limited to:

  • Achieve financial goals, including balancing the budget
  • Advance development through fundraisers, major gifts, membership, and grant writing
  • Recruit and supervise all museum volunteers
  • Serve as official spokesperson for the Museum and Board of Trustees
  • Curate and manage the exhibits and collection
  • Prepare monthly status reports
  • Manage the property of the Museum
  • Monitor the strategic plan
  • Public relations, communications, marketing, and mailings
  • Edit and publish the Museum’s e-newsletter
  • Develop education programs
  • Raise the regional profile of the Society
  • Manage the website


  • Bachelor’s degree with work experience sufficient to the position; degree in museum studies or non-profit management a plus
  • Significant fundraising and grant writing experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of audiences
  • Budget and financial skills and experience
  • Adfbility to multi-task
  • Demonstrated ability to work within Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, WordPress, and QuickBooks.
  • Understanding of database management, mail-merge, website management and newsletter publishing.
  • Availability to do weekend and evening work as required
  • Ability to manage and expand a diverse group of volunteers

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (preferably of a grant the candidate has written, with confidential information redacted as necessary) to: EDapplications@newcastlehs.org.