Kentucky Historical Society, Deputy Director

  • 22 Nov 2019 12:24 PM
    Message # 8134975


    KHS Deputy Director

    An exciting opportunity awaits at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) to provide strategic direction and project leadership for a dynamic team of history professionals.  The Deputy Director will shape and champion our brand, connect products and services with target audiences, raise awareness of the Society’s programs and promote the value of history to 4.5 million Kentuckians.

    The Deputy Director is responsible for the advancement of the Kentucky Historical Society’s mission, values, and strategic priorities through the day to day communications and business development.  You will direct the effective use of organizational resources by directly overseeing membership, communications, visitor engagement, and major projects.   You will be the catalyst that brings together our research experiences, collections stewardship, and educational approach to build a platform that welcomes all to explore their Kentucky history.  You must be both a strategic thinker and an articulate spokesperson for the objectives and priorities of the Kentucky Historical Society at all times. 

    The Deputy Director will play a key role in the smooth operations of a complex historical organization with approximately 50 employees, an annual budget of $7.2 million, and host over 48,000 guests annually.  As a member of the KHS Leadership Team, you will be a thought leader about organizational matters, overseeing and directing policies and procedures related to operations and leading efforts for process improvements and performance enhancement throughout the organization.  This will be achieved by working with the KHS Leadership team and other management staff on a daily and ongoing basis.  You will model effective management and leadership by assisting and mentoring senior staff members. You support the Executive Director in efforts of advocacy, strategic messaging, development, and the enhancement and overall reputation of the Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky history.  

    The Deputy Director serves as chief counsel and confidante for KHS’s Executive Director and assumes the responsibilities of the Executive Director in his/her absence. This position reports to the Executive Director.

    The Kentucky Historical Society:

    The Kentucky Historical Society is many things: a library, a museum, an educational institution, a research center. We oversee three historic sites and protect a treasure trove of documents and artifacts for the public. But at the heart of it all, we are a network of people dedicated to preserving and exploring Kentucky’s rich and fascinating past and then using the power of history to improve life today.

    Since 1836 the public has entrusted the Kentucky Historical Society to be the keeper of the commonwealth’s legacy. The Kentucky Historical Society has continued to re-imagine this commitment, deepening it to also help Kentuckians recognize history’s value and use it to address the enduring social, economic and sustainability challenges facing us today.

    We are a membership organization with over 1,500 members from Kentucky and around the world. We are a public agency, formed in its charter under Kentucky Revised Statute 171.311, administratively attached to the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet; have full American Alliance of Museums accreditation; are a Smithsonian affiliate; and endorse the History Relevance statement.  A public/private partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation (KHSF) provides our philanthropy effort in support of the Society’s programs and services through monetary, in-kind, and volunteer contributions to fund education, research, and collections acquisition and care.

    Essential Responsibilities:

    • ·         Pursue avenues to expand institutional involvement to a variety of stakeholders and constituents.  Establish and maintain relationships with donors, funders, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, museums, public history organizations, and other potential institutional collaborators.
    • ·         Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with the KHS leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
    • ·         Encourage cross-team interaction in order to enhance the visitor experience and provide an open line of communication for improvement.
    • ·         Establish and monitor project team performance which includes development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, manage financial resources, and administer vendors.
    • ·         Works with KHS Leadership Team to ensure that the Kentucky Historical Society’s administrative practice conforms to the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s policies, statutes, and administrative regulations.


    • ·         This position requires a minimum of five (5) years in a position of senior leadership within an organization.
    • ·         Requires a Master’s degree or equivalent work experience that includes a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible administration as a highly experienced senior manager.
    • ·         Demonstrated relevant experience in all areas of responsibility of a museum, history center, or other history-related institution.
    • ·         Must be able to manage multiple, complex projects from concept to completion. 

    This is a full-time position that reports to the KHS Executive Director.  This is an unclassified (non-merit) position pursuant to KRS 18A.115(1)(u).  The annual salary for this position is $72,111.12.  The regular work schedule is Monday through Friday but the position will require occasional night, weekend, or holiday hours as needed.  Benefits include health and life insurance, optional dental and vision insurance, vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, retirement, and optional deferred compensation plans.

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume via email to  No telephone calls accepted.  Deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019.  Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

    KHS is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  KHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, ancestry, age, disability, political affiliation, genetic information, or veteran status in accordance with state and federal laws.

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