Executive Director job description

The Milton Historical Society is seeking an Executive Director for the Lydia B. Cannon Museum

Position: Milton Historical Society Executive Director

The Milton Historical Society is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and innovative Executive Director who will lead the Society alongside the Board of Trustees. As the senior executive staff member, the Executive Director will report to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees to ensure that the Society’s mission and its operational goals are achieved.


The Executive Director is the chief administrator of the Milton Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, and reports to the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees. The Milton Historical Society is a nonprofit cultural and educational organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred. The Executive Director is responsible for a wide range of administrative and programming activities to advance the Society's mission and will support the effort to generate and execute an ambitious strategic plan.

The role of the Executive Director is to provide executive leadership and management of the Milton Historical Society, to develop continuing sources of revenue to allow the Society to achieve its mission. In this role, the Executive Director serves as a representative and brand ambassador for the Milton Historical Society.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provides leadership, program management, and direction for the Society.
  • Expands and enhances relationships with national, regional, state and local professional, cultural, educational and governmental institutions
  • Supervises the financial stability of the Society
  • Positions the Society as a leader among historical societies, small museums, and preservation organizations.
  • Upholds the history of Milton and the Delmarva region.


  • Establishes and implements short-and-long-term strategies for development. grants and other financial support
  • Directs the Society’s marketing and event planning activities
  • Operates as the point person for soliciting private financial support for the Society’s programs, activities, and city-wide facilities
  • Serves as liaison to the town of Milton, Sussex County and Delaware state government and elected officials for purposes of continuing grant and budget support as well as regional tourism strategies


  • Promotes the Lydia B. Cannon Museum as a destination to tourists, seasonal visitors, and residents
  • Elevates the Lydia B. Cannon Museum as a historical, cultural and educational destination for local and regional students and historians and academic researchers
  • Coordinates on programs and activities in the Museum
  • Enriches current, and develops new, fundraising initiatives for the support of the Museum

 Employment Terms

  • Full Time
  • 40 hours per workweek, additional hours may be required
  • Occasional evening and weekend availability required
  • Salary commensurate with experience


  • Demonstrated success as a leader of a history-related museum or society to include fundraising achievements, public and governmental support, program expansion and positive public relation notices
  • Demonstrated experience as a manager/supervisor of staff at various levels within an organization
  • Demonstrated experience as the leader/coordinator of volunteers within an organization
  • A successful record of experience managing a medium size non-profit history-related society and/or museum
  • Earned Degree from an accredited four-year institution in American History, Museum Management, or related field; advanced degree preferred in like field and/or non-profit management discipline.

About Milton Delaware and the Milton Historical Society

The Milton Historical Society is a nonprofit cultural and educational organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred. The Society collects, preserves, and interprets stories, artifacts, and documents related to Milton and the Broadkill Hundred for study and education. We welcome the participation of people of all ages in sharing informative and engaging experiences that will encourage them to discover and appreciate their heritage.

We're a small but mighty historical society and museum located in Southern Delaware. We're all about promoting local history and creating a center for community engagement. The Milton Historical Society is the social hub of a vibrant and growing historic community of 2000+ residents at the head of the Broadkill River in Milton, Delaware.

The Milton Historical Society was founded in 1970 when the town recognized the importance of preserving the history of Milton and the Broadkill Hundred. The museum is located in a former Methodist Church, built in 1857. Lydia Black Cannon, a resident of Milton, purchased the building and donated it to the MHS to house its growing collection. The building was renovated and reopened in 2006 to serve as Milton's museum, lecture hall, art gallery, education and research center, and as the social center of our community.

Opening Date: February 14, 2020

Closing Date: March 31, 2020 or until successful completion of the search


Milton Historical Society 
210 Union Street, Milton, DE 19968 
Ph: (302) 684-1010 
Website: https://www.historicmilton.org/

Application: Please send cover letter, including your salary requirement, and resume to the Milton Historical Society Board of Trustees via email at (presidentThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by USPS to:

P.O. Box 112,  Milton DE 19968