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Executive Director 

Position Overview

The McHenry County Historical Society seeks a full-time, experienced, dynamic, articulate museum executive to lead our efforts to engage and educate current and future generations by preserving and sharing McHenry County history.  The Executive Director will oversee an excellent team of 3 full-time and 2 part-time employees with general guidance from the Executive Committee.  This individual will manage the museum, research library, and all Historical Society properties.  The position requires an individual committed to maintaining a positive and collaborative environment.


About Us:


The McHenry County Historical is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1963.  The Museum opened in Union, Illinois (a one-hour drive from downtown Chicago) in 1976.  The museum campus includes offices, a museum, a library, storage, and a museum store housed in an 1870  school building with three later additions. A pioneer-era log cabin, an 1895 one-room school, and two adjoining 20th-century residential properties were acquired for future growth. The society also owns three off-site buildings–a rural school, a church, and a historic town hall.


Qualifications and Requirements:

●    Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, or a related field
●    Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible museum and/or nonprofit management experience
●    Ability to present ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
●    Dynamic leadership skills with the ability to maintain a strong team
●    Dedication to creating programs that engage and involve the public
●    Strong passion for history and dedication to preserving local heritage
●    Up-to-date computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Experience using membership database software, PastPerfect, and content management systems is a plus
●    Experience with financial management
●    Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.


This is a full-time position. Base salary $65,000 -$75,000, commensurate with experience.

Please inquire for benefit details. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume, cover letter, and three personal references to president@mchenrycountyhistory.org for consideration.

For the full job description, see: Executive Director Full Job Description PDF

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