National Council on Public History Executive Director

National Council on Public History, IUPUI

Job Type: Academic Administration

Application Deadline: April 20, 2015

The National Council on Public History seeks an executive director who will provide vision, leadership, and management for a nonprofit professional and scholarly association. The Executive Director represents, and advocates for, the interests of public history and public historians in international, national, state, and local settings; coordinates the work of staff and committees to create programs, services, and publications for the public history community; stays abreast of current developments in public history and related fields and disciplines. He or she also seeks to strengthen the membership, the organization, and the field through effective communication; business, financial, and staff management; nonprofit administration; relationship building; collaborative initiatives; and, intellectual curiosity. NCPH is headquartered at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and the director will be employed by the university. He or she may therefore be asked to serve on committees and otherwise actively participate in the History Department, the School of Liberal Arts, and the university.

They seek a committed, experienced public historian and administrator for this position and encourage applications from individuals with many professional backgrounds. Candidates should have at least a master’s degree in history or a strongly related field. Candidates holding the PhD may have the opportunity to be considered for a non-tenure-track faculty appointment in the History Department. Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent leadership, managerial, planning, and administrative skills, as well as strong interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and problem solving skills. Proven leadership and experience in board relations, management, and fundraising are preferred. The applicant should possess: a strong record of scholarly pursuits and other achievements in the field of public history; a record of success in building professional collaborations; and the ability to be an articulate advocate for NCPH, its membership, and public history at the international, federal, state, and regional levels and across the profession.

For a detailed job description, please visit:  Questions may be directed to Chair of the Search Committee, Bill Bryans, at Deadline for applications is April 20, 2015. Applications must be submitted electronically to the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Department of History, and include a detailed letter of interest and a resume/c.v. IUPUI and NCPH are EEO/AA employers, M/F/D/V, and encourage applications from women and minority candidates. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process must provide sufficient advanced notice by contacting the Chair of the Search Committee, Bill Bryans, at

Posted: March 12, 2015