Director of External and Internal Relations, The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA

  • 20 Apr 2021 12:56 PM
    Message # 10331803

    The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is seeking a strategic, influential and enterprising executive to join our Leadership team.  The Director of External and Internal Relations plays a key role in translating our vision into strategies to ensure our growth and sustainability. 

    The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the stewardship of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.

    Founded in 1966, THNOC, now the region’s largest local history institution, strives to expand the understanding of the past, present, and future through research, stories, objects, documents, and works of art.  We share our passion for the meanings of history and culture so people from our diverse communities and beyond recognize their own experiences and the relevance to their own lives. Through our respect for the traditions, culture and history of all people, we welcome everyone in our quest to build an equitable and enlightened future.   

    The Historic New Orleans Collection is AAM accredited and a decorated institution.  THNOC has been recognized numerous times on a national, state, and local level.  Several of the more recent recognitions include:

    American Association of State and Local History – “Purchased Lives” Exhibition – 2016

    Louisiana Endowment-Humanities – Exhibition of the Year – “Madams and Music” - 2018

    New Orleans Press Club 2nd Placement Award for Best Planned Event – Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Concert “Direct from New Orleans” – 2019

    Louisiana Association of Museums – Museum of the Year – 2019

    Louisiana Landmarks Society Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation – 2020

    The Historic New Orleans Collection operates 3 campuses in the heart of the French Quarter.  We have over 114,000 sf of exhibition space with an annual operating budget of $16.5 million dollars.

    Strategic Leadership:

    The Director of External and Internal Relations is a senior management level position and is an integral part of the Leadership team that collaborates with the President/CEO and the Board of Directors to strategize and achieve the institution’s goals and objectives.  This position is responsible for developing and leading a comprehensive outreach strategy to strengthen and maximize public awareness of THNOC, community collaboration with THNOC, and development opportunities. The Director of External and Internal Relations also establishes protocols to ensure consistent internal communications. The core functions of this position are linked through THNOC’s commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion. As such, this position works with internal and external stakeholders to fulfill this commitment in demonstrable and effective ways. 

    External Stakeholder Engagement:

    The Director of External and Internal Relations oversees communication initiatives to achieve a cohesive, consistent message that resonates with diverse markets, increases the awareness of THNOC and positions it as a top-tier museum, research center, and publishing institution in New Orleans.  This position is a key liaison to external entities and spearheads institutional efforts to develop and manage partnership opportunities and relationships with community leaders, elected officials, and higher education institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions, and others.  This position also oversees development initiatives, establishes strategic short and long-term fundraising goals and campaigns, strengthens relationships with current sponsors and donors and identifies and cultivates relationships with new donor markets.

    Internal Stakeholder Engagement:

    The Director of External and Internal Relations collaborates with the President/CEO and the Leadership team to drive strategic planning, influence change, and promote and sustain a culture of communication and accountability in workflows across all departments.  This position also oversees and champions DEAI initiatives and serves as the lead staff member on the board subcommittee for Community Engagement, Partnerships and Fund Development.


    The ideal candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; a minimum of ten years of community outreach, serving as a spokesperson and fulfilling development initiatives with proven ability to deliver strong, measurable results; a minimum of seven years of creating and implementing DEAI initiatives and influencing cultural change; and a minimum of five years of direct management responsibilities.  The successful candidate must demonstrate exceptional skill in understanding and executing communications and development campaigns, cultivating professional relationships and fostering relationships with diverse communities, strategic planning and implementation, and influencing change.  Additionally, the successful candidate must have a proven record of commitment to DEAI and the ability to engage in conversations about diversity and develop practices grounded in DEAI.  The ideal candidate must also exhibit exceptional communication, problem resolution, decision making, communication, organizational, attention to detail, and analytical skills.  The Director of External and Internal Relations must have the ability to manage, motivate, and engage staff, collaborate with others, and be flexible in an evolving work environment.  Prefer a Master’s degree and a background in working in the non-profit and museum sector.

    This is a full-time position working Mondays-Fridays.

    In addition to working in an environment that allows you to influence THNOC’s culture and our partnerships with our communities, The Collection offers:

    Competitive salary

    Medical, dental and vision insurance for employees and dependents (children and opposite or same sex spouse/domestic partners).  Medical insurance includes treatment for gender dysphoria.

    Life, long term disability, and AD&D insurance

    Employee Assistance Program

    Flexible Spending Account

    Professional development and tuition assistance

    Paid parental leave

    Paid time off and 12 paid holidays per year

    Gym membership

    Paid parking

    Work/life balance

    Opportunity to work in the iconic French Quarter of New Orleans with passionate, engaged, and respectful colleagues

    The Historic New Orleans Collection actively seeks to center diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion at the core of everything we do.  We are committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive workplace, an organization that epitomizes the best practices in our field, and a community institution that truly reflects and supports our visitors, our neighbors, and our home. To that end, we encourage and welcome applications from members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.  We are committed to employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

    For consideration, please submit a cover letter and your resume to by May 30, 2021.