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Welcome to the Cass County Historical Society located in Logansport, Indiana at the confluence of the Wabash River and the Eel River.

We are committed to preserving our local history and heritage and sharing information and materials we have collected since 1907.

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Now Hiring: Executive Director

The Cass County Historical Society, in Logansport, Indiana, seeks an energetic, creative, and goal-oriented leader to serve as Executive Director.

About the Cass County Historical Society:

The Cass County Historical Society (CCHS) was formed in February of 1907.  The CCHS works to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of Cass County, Indiana. Its holdings include a substantial collection of artifacts, photographs, documents, and ephemera related to the history of Cass County. Cass County, Indiana has a rich history from French fur traders trading with the Pottawatomie and Miami Native American tribes, to the building of the Wabash & Erie Canal through the community, to the delivery of the first steam engine on our railroad tracks, to manufacturing companies that continue today. 

Job Description:

The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are the management of the CCHS, which includes operation of all properties, and the management of the CCHS Collection. In conjunction with the Board of Trustees of the CCHS and its Executive Committee, the Executive Director undertakes long- and short-range planning, policy development, budget preparation and monitoring, and development of CCHS programs and services. The Executive Director manages volunteers who serve as docents. The Executive Director represents the CCHS in the community, participates in events which increase awareness of Cass County history and of the CCHS, expands community outreach, and performs duties which foster donation of relevant artifacts and funds to the CCHS.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director:

•                     Supervises Volunteer Staff and Internship Candidates: Identifies, assigns, and supervises work of the volunteer staff. Assures that all are appropriately trained, and adequate staffing is maintained to meet the CCHS needs and objectives. Creates a congenial atmosphere and environment conducive for recruiting and retaining volunteers.

•           Supervises and works with the Communications and Marketing Coordinator:  This employee is a paid part-time employee, managing day-to-day social media and marketing platforms.

 •                     Financial records, Reports, and Proposals: Performs ongoing daily financial management as well as long-term planning and reporting. Works with the Board of Trustees to develop a yearly budget for the CCHS. Works with the CCHS Treasurer to pay bills and create detailed financials to summary form.  Ensures all deposits and financial activities for the organization are tracked and dispersed according to schedule.

 •                     Planning: Responsible for strategic planning with the Board of Trustees, as well as creating long-term, short-term, and annual goals and objectives for the organization.

 •                     Exhibits: Develop and implement exhibits for the CCHS and off-site venues.

 •                     Collection:  Ensure items donated to the CCHS are appropriately reviewed, accessioned, conserved, preserved, and cataloged and update collections policy.

 •                     Community Outreach: Develops programs, community activities, and appropriate meetings which further the mission of the CCHS and benefit the community.

 •                     Membership: Works to increase membership numbers and member benefits and maintains CCHS member records on PastPerfect program.

 •                     Development: Sets goals for all major fundraising efforts, tracks totals, and reports to appropriate committees. Works with the Fundraising Committee to create sponsorship levels as well as solicit and process donations.

 •                     Grants: Identifies grant opportunities and works to develop government, non-profit, and foundation grants to support the operations of the CCHS. Responsible for appropriate monitoring of grants and required reporting.

 •                     Records: Keeps electronic records in an orderly and accessible system and monitors regular file back-up. Maintains hard-copy files in an organized manner.

 •                     Facilities, Supplies and Equipment: Coordinate maintenance of the museum buildings, grounds, and equipment, and provides for safe and reliable operation of the CCHS Museums. Maintains adequate supplies for CCHS and Museum operation within budget parameters.

 •                     Museum Operations and Visitor Services:  Oversees coordination of all Museum functions and services. Provides scheduled group tours and coordinates volunteer staffing for regular open hours as well as special tours and events. May conduct some tours and educational programs. Maintains records related to utilization of the Museum. 

•                     Museum Shop: Provides final oversight on shop purchases, timing of shop activities, and setting of prices for the shop.

•                     Professional Development: Participates in educational activities and museum associations to keep abreast of the latest development in small museum and historical society management.

 

Skills and Expertise Required:

•                     Supervisory skills, especially as relevant to a volunteer staff, paid staff, financial, and administrative management of an organization

•                     Ability to serve as an articulate spokesperson for the CCHS

•                     Experience in development and fundraising, including foundation and government grants as well as corporate and private donations; demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and identify creative solutions

•                     Financial record-keeping skills

•                     Knowledge of Museum Professional policies, issues, and strategies

•                     Familiarity with PC environment and knowledge of the following applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, PastPerfect, and QuickBooks,

•                     Adept at social media, especially Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

•                     Interpersonal and team interaction skills; ability to work with a diverse community and with standing and ad hoc committees

•                     Ability to meet the physical demands of working and transporting materials in an historic building

Qualifications:

The Executive Director will have a relevant bachelor's degree and 3-5 years' work in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating ability required to support a non-profit organization and manage service for a small historical society and museum staffed with employees and volunteers.

Location: The Executive Director will be based at the CCHS Office, and Research Library located at 421 E. Broadway, Logansport, Indiana.  The current CCHS Museum is located at 1004 E. Market St., Logansport, Indiana.  Part of the duties of the Executive Director will be transitioning some of the CCHS collections to the new Broadway building.

Salary: This is a full time, salaried position, with a range of $30,000-$40,000 commensurate with education and experience.  Some weekend and evening hours may be required, as the director is expected to attend CCHS hosted events.  The work schedule is flexible, and some duties may be performed from home.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: This position may qualify for the employee to be considered for the PSLF program as the CCHS is a not-for-profit organization.

Closing date:  October 15, 2022

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to: Cass County Historical Society, 421 E. Broadway, Logansport, Indiana 46947 or email info@casscountyhistory.org. No phone inquiries please.

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