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The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS), the oldest institution of its kind in the United States, seeks a dynamic and accomplished leader to serve as its next President. The President will work with the Board and with the staff of the MHS to promote its mission, elevate its profile, and advance historical knowledge. This effort will include the further development and implementation of the Society’s strategic plan, and the strengthening of its financial base.

Founded in 1791, the Society is a private non-profit organization. Its extraordinary collections—over 13 million manuscripts, photographs, printed materials, and artifacts—include the personal papers of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson; maps, prints, drawings, and portraits; and historical objects, including the epaulets worn by George Washington at Yorktown and the pen used by Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. These materials have served as the inspiration for the work and learning of countless scholars, authors, and students of all ages.

In recent years the Society has broadened its programming, reaching new audiences and raising its profile regionally and nationally. Its online catalog, ABIGAIL, and new collection guides have opened the collections to all, and digitization efforts have made more and more material available to researchers. The number of visitors to the library is growing, and the number of programs, conferences, and research fellowships has increased. The MHS has also convened academicians and public intellectuals in discussions about the current state and future of the historical profession.

 The next President will expand on these efforts and be a vigorous and compelling champion for the Society, setting direction and advocating for the work of the MHS, and continuing to raise its profile. The Society seeks a superb strategist with the ability to build, direct, and inspire. The successful candidate will have a strong appreciation for public history and the proven ability to identify and develop sources of support for the Society’s strategic requirements and aspirations.

 The Massachusetts Historical Society has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. A full description of the role of President is available on the Isaacson, Miller website listed below.” Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Anita Tien, Vice President
Micah Pierce, Associate
Isaacson Miller, Inc.
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

 The Massachusetts Historical Society is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

Student Program Coordinator

The Center for the Teaching of History at the Massachusetts Historical Society seeks a full-time Student Program Coordinator to develop and implement programs for K-12 students, and collaborate with library staff members to offer programs to college and university constituents. S/he will assist with the administration of Massachusetts History Day, and the creation of resources for History Day participants. The Coordinator also assists the Director of the Center in developing and implementing programs for teachers, fundraising, grant writing, and day-to-day administration. Committed to using its unique resources to improve and support the teaching of American history in all K-12 classrooms, the Society launched the CTH in January 2017 to promote the central role of history in American culture through a variety of high-quality teacher workshops, student programs, and online resources.


  • Research and lead history-based programs to K-12 students, and work with library staff members to offer programs to college and university classes.
  • Create and manage resources for students participating in Massachusetts History Day.
  • Provide administrative support to Massachusetts History Day program, especially related to the organization of regional and state contests.
  • Collaborate with MHS staff to prepare curricular materials for presentation on the MHS website.
  • Manage administrative aspects of student and teacher programs including registration and scheduling, and in-house logistics.
  • Promote CTH activities through the Society’s website, publications, and social media.
  • Assist with fundraising efforts and the creation of grant applications and reports.
  • Travel to local schools and organizations to deliver programs; potential travel opportunities to National History Day competitions and local and national conferences.


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in program or curriculum development and delivery
  • Demonstrated success delivering programs to children in any grades, but especially grades 5-12
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts History & Social Science Frameworks and Common Core State Standards.
  • Experience interpreting historical documents, material culture, and landscapes
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to read and transcribe cursive writing
  • Superb analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences including staff members, educators, and K-12 students
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

**This is a grant-funded position dependent on funding renewal. This position is subject to a background check. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Application Procedures

Send a résumé, cover letter, & list of three (3) references to:, noting STUDENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR in the subject line. Please respond by Wednesday, May 3.

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