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Executive Director, The Congregational Library and Archives, Boston, MA

The Congregational Library and Archives, a special library of books, manuscripts, and electronic resources in Boston, Massachusetts, is seeking a new Executive Director. The Library (CL&A) preserves materials
relating to and advancing the study and deeper understanding of the Congregational story, a crucial religious influence on America's intellectual, civic, and cultural traditions.

The CL&A is poised to enter an exciting new phase of its development as a resource in American and global
history. We believe that with the right visionary and entrepreneurial Executive Director, the CL&A can
become the catalyst for profoundly important scholarship and discourse. For example, can the CL&A help
lead the conversation about how to vitalize our Congregational denominations? Can it show how our history
can play a meaningful role in reigniting civic discourse in our country? Working with the Board, the new
Executive Director will lead the CL&A into its future. To learn more about the organization and this position, please visit,, and The
Beacon Street Diary blog.

Responsibilities include:
Organizational identity and vision

  • With the Board, create a vision of the future for CL&A;
  • With the Board, create and drive the strategic plan;
  • Build support for the mission among important constituent groups and attract new ones;
  • Promote and represent the history of American Congregationalism in a way that will stimulate both broad interest and serious academic study.

Fundraising and development

  • With the assistance of the Board, prioritize fundraising;
  • Develop and implement strategies for donor relationship building and solicitation;
  • Cultivate new and existing donors, sharing a new and dynamic vision of CL&A's mission and future;
  • Oversee grant solicitation as well as the research and writing of grant applications.
  • Executive leadership and management
  • Oversee the Library Director and all Library operations;
  • Oversee the hiring, goal setting, directing, review, and termination for all CL&A personnel;
  • Work with Board leaders to recruit new Board members;
  • Make all final decisions on Library collection development.

Program development and implementation

  • Increase the use of the library;
  • Oversee the strategic vision for the website's organization and content;
  • Oversee editorial development of the Bulletin and other regularly published materials;
  • Plan and support Library events and host visiting groups;
  • With the Library Director, oversee the Project Director's work on New England's Hidden Histories and attract new research endeavors;
  • Direct the creation of promotional materials.

Financial management

  • Work with the Board's Finance Committee on financial planning and to set investment goals and policies;
  • Monitor external investment managers, auditors, risk management professionals, and other contractors;
  • Develop and implement the annual budget and monitor ongoing expenses and income.

Qualifications Desired:

  • Demonstrated passion for the mission of CL&A;
  • Advanced degree and experience in a highly relevant field, e.g., library and information science; museum studies; American history; church history; the humanities; and/or nonprofit management;
  • History of building and maintaining a cohesive team and providing strategic direction;
  • Inspiring leadership and strategic thinking;
  • Record of building partnerships;
  • Ability to persuade, negotiate, achieve consensus, and build collegial relationships with stakeholders;
  • Significant experience with board development, fundraising, and marketing/branding;
  • Well-developed written, verbal, and presentation skills;
  • Financial savvy and solid general management skills;
  • Comfort in working with faith communities.

To apply in confidence: Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, at

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