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Vice President of Education and Community Engagement

Purpose: The Vice President of Education and Community Engagement is responsible for overseeing all programs that connect our collections to audiences other than researchers. This would include teachers and students, Public Programs audiences, children served by Community Collaborators, History Day participants, and visitors to the Society.

Reporting Relationships: This position reports to the President of the MHS.

Supervisory Responsibility: Directly manages Assistant Director of Education and interns. Oversees the work of the Director of Programs, Exhibitions, and Community Partnerships, Visitor Services Coordinator, and Student Programs Coordinator.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Nurtures and grows History Day in state of Massachusetts*
  • Collaborates with Assistant Director of Education to create programs of interest to teachers and students, helping educators improve the teaching of history and to understand how to use the MHS documents and collections in their curricula*
  • Collaborates with Assistant Director of Education to develop education curricula aligned with state and national standards to accompany online resources, in collaboration with department staff
  • Collaborates with Assistant Director of Education to administer major grants to provide web-based documentary history and curriculum for K–12 students nd professional development opportunities for educators*
  • Oversees the teacher fellowship program; manages the teacher fellow alumni association to maintain ongoing, productive relationships with teachers
  • Collaborates with Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Community Partnerships to grow robust Community Collaborators*
  • Works with staff team to support Exhibitions*
  • Works with VP of Development to write grant proposals to secure funding for future programs and projects and administers department grants received by the MHS
  • Functions as front-facing representative of Education at the MHS to the Boards, legislators, funders, etc.*
  • Collaborates with President and CFO to create and administer budgets*
  • Attends occasional evening and weekend events sponsored by the MHS or related to the work of the Society*
  • Travels periodically statewide


  1. Ph.D. in humanities-related discipline or advanced degree in Education.
  2. Ten or more years in managerial capacity at a non-profit or educational setting
  3. Superb communication and organizational skills

Contact: Please send Letter of Interest and CV to Letters and inquiries should be to the attention of the President. No phone calls.

Applications will be received until the position is filled.


Research Coordinator

Purpose: The Research Coordinator provides administrative and editorial support to the Director of Research.

Reporting Relationships: This position reports to the Director of Research.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Major Responsibilities:

  • Handles daily management of four fellowships programs including handling publicity, serving as main contact with applicants, arranging selection meetings, processing applications, informing candidates of their status, arranging fellows’ research visits, requesting payments of stipends, tax reporting (for NERFC fellows), and scheduling brown bag lunches
  • Handles daily management of Early American History, Environmental History, History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, Modern American Society and Culture, African American History, and Biography seminars, including publicity, subscriptions, logistics for individual sessions, and working with steering committees. Oversight and attendance of evening seminars required.
  • Maintains Research Department webpages and social media, and writes copy for the MHS Calendar of Events and event kiosk
  • Arranges for and edits review essays for Massachusetts Historical Review
  • Collaborates on conference essay collections and the Colonial Collegians digitization project
  • Serves on Research, Fellowship Selection, Seminars, and Conferences Committees; serves on internal committees such as Events and Web Advisory Group.
  • Works closely with Director of Research on conferences and other special programs with particular responsibility for coordinating logistics
  • Maintains checking and savings accounts for the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium; handles accounts payable
  • Schedules and organizes committee meetings
  • Creates administrative forms and reports
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Key Contacts

  • External - New England Regional Fellowship Consortium directors; research fellows; seminar steering committees.
  • Internal - Director of Research, Manager of Facilities, Assistant Director of Development for Communications, Director of Development, Custodian, Vice President and CFO, Web Development Specialist, Manager of Accounting, Payroll and Human Resources, President, Head of Reader Services



  • * BA Degree in a humanities field
  • * Master’s Degree in a humanities field preferred


  • Minimum of 5 years’ teaching and/or administrative experience including editorial
  • “Customer” or visitor services experience
  • Demonstrated success in problem solving
  • Success with developing a wide network of professional contacts including online
  • Significant experience in copy editing an advantage
  • Ability to read cursive written in a modern hand an advantage
  • Experience handling social media accounts an advantage
  • Demonstrated appreciation for the mission of a public history organization preferred
  • Skills
  • Strong Microsoft office knowledge
  • Strong writing ability
  • Strong copy-editing skills
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Great planning and organization skills with ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Strong internal and external customer service skills
  • Quick learner and self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to network with scholars

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Travel: Several conferences per year

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Contact: Please send Letter of Interest and CV/Resume to Letters and inquiries should be to the attention of the President.

Applications will be received until the position is filled.


Donor Engagement Manager

Purpose: The Donor Engagement Manager is responsible for special event management, donor database manipulation, and committee support administration.

Reporting Relationships: This position reports directly to the VP of Development (VPD).

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Major Responsibilities:

Special Events

  • In coordination with the VPD, manage the complete life-cycle of events in web, print, and experience including calendar, communications, mailings, registration, logistics, volunteer management, tracking attendees and reporting
  • Standard events include the annual signature gala, exhibition openings, constituent receptions, and possible other public-interfacing events

Donor Database

  • Collaborate with the Senior Development Associate on the comprehensive utilization of the Raiser’s Edge donor database, including but not limited to establishing protocols for constituent record consistency, moves management, gift entry, relationship tracking, report production, process documentation, and overall data integrity
  • Run donor and giving reports for the VPD for analysis and strategy
  • Enter contact reports from Presidential, VPD, and key solicitor meetings with donors and prospects
  • Produce occasional mailing lists from Raiser's Edge

Committee Meetings

  • Help with setup and preparation for Development, Fellows, and Gala committee meetings; take minutes, draft and distribute minutes, etc.


  • Attend occasional evening and weekend events related to the scope of work
  • Other duties as assigned

Key Contacts:

  • External: Members, Fellows, Trustees, committee members, volunteers, vendors, sponsors
  • Interna:l All MHS Staff, especially the VPD, Senior Development Associate, VP of Communications & Marketing, Facilities personnel and Visitor Services



  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • Minimum of three years in positions of increasing responsibility within a development department


  • Proficiency in Raiser's Edge fundraising and reporting software
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel), Google Suite, Adobe Acrobat
  • Strong project management and organization skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks
  • Ability to work collaboratively inside an organization and with external constituencies
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, confidentiality, and discretion
  • Alignment with and respect for the Society’s mission
  • A good sense of humor and collegial attitude

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Contact: The Massachusetts Historical Society is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering a competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please e-mail cover letter and resume under the subject line "Donor Engagement Manager" to No phone calls please.


The Society is an equal opportunity employer.

We are proud of the Society’s policy to administer all human resources actions and policies without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, military service or application for military service, pregnancy, gender identity and genetic information or membership in any other category protected under the law. All of the Society’s employment decisions and personnel actions, including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, termination, layoffs, and training, are and will continue to be administered in accordance with and to further the principle of equal employment opportunity. Employment decisions are made based on merit, qualifications, and skill.

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