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Hyde Hall seeks Executive Director

May 24, 2011

Hyde Hall, Inc.
Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of Hyde Hall, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is seeking a dynamic, multi-faceted full-time leader to serve as executive director of Hyde Hall, a National Historic Landmark and a New York State Historic Site, located in Glimmerglass State Park near Cooperstown, NY. Hyde Hall is a unique 50-room limestone mansion designed by architect Philip Hooker for British-born George Clarke and was built between 1817-1835 as part of the family’s agricultural empire. Under a 30 year lease from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), Hyde Hall, Inc. is responsible for the restoration, preservation and operation of the house museum, contiguous 15 acres and the original outbuildings. Hyde Hall, Inc. is owner of an extensive collection of furnishings, decorative arts, and agricultural and utilitarian artifacts. An extensive collection of family manuscripts is housed at Cornell University.

Job Scope:

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Office of Hyde Hall, Inc. and reports to the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee. The Executive Director is responsible for fulfilling the organization’s mission and advancing financial stability by providing leadership and creative vision for the planning, administration and growth of all operations. The Executive Director is responsible for all the day-to-day operations, supervision and management of the organization and the site, programming and collection. In addition, the Executive Director oversees staff and volunteers, works closely with the Board and committees to implement the strategic plan, and serves as the primary liaison of this historic site in all interactions and activities.


• Experience with standards of museum operation and practice or equivalent, historic preservation, and/or related non-profit management
• Computer, communication, public speaking and writing skills
• Financial management experience including budget preparation and fiscal management
• Experience with fundraising and grant writing
• Experience in development of visitor-centered programming and exhibitions
• Ability to act as public ambassador to develop and maintain relationships with both public and private sector individuals, officials and organizations
• Ability to work closely and effectively with the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, and supervise staff and volunteers
• Ability to conduct evaluation such as surveys and other related data collection vehicles
• Commitment to use of technology in all aspects of the site’s operations
• Highly organized, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
• Requires minimum of undergraduate degree in: finance, museum studies, history, historic preservation, business administration, education, public administration or other relevant field
• Requires at least 4-5 years experience directly related to duties and responsibilities

Compensation: The salary is mid- $40K annually, depending on experience and qualifications, 4 weeks paid vacation included, and other supplemental compensation may apply.

Working Conditions:

• Occasional night and weekend hours required;
• Attendance at Hyde Hall events and community outreach events required; and
• Occasional travel and off-site work required for meetings, public speaking, outreach programs and other related activities


How to apply:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three (3) professional references with full contact information. Applications can be submitted via email to karensheckells or mail to:

Hyde Hall, Inc.
Executive Director Search
PO Box 721
Cooperstown, NY 13326

HH Executive Director Job Description.docx

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