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Executive Director

Organization: Mississippi Humanities Council
Date Posted: 8/21/2013
City: Jackson
Location: Mississippi
Country: United States
Primary Category: Public Folklore, Non-Profit
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Master's
Experience Requirement: 5-10 years

Description & Details

The Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) is seeking an Executive Director. MHC, whose office is in Jackson, Mississippi, is a 501 (c)3 organization. Founded in 1972 as the Mississippi affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), MHC promotes the public understanding of the humanities in Mississippi. Support comes from an annual appropriation through the NEH and from grants and gifts from foundations, state government and individuals. MHC has 5 professional staff members and an annual budget of $750,000. MHC is governed by a volunteer board of 22 Mississippians, five of whom are gubernatorial appointments and the rest who are elected by the MHC Board.

The MHC Director is retiring after 27 years of service. The Board seeks candidates for an accomplished and visionary Executive Director who can build on the organization’s achievements, maintain its reputation for integrity and innovation, and lead its experienced staff and committed Board.

The ideal candidate will have a clear, broad vision of the humanities and how they relate to our lives, as well as the ability to share and excite others with this vision. The MHC is seeking a leader with a passion for the humanities and an appreciation for Mississippi’s rich history and culture. The MHC is seeking a collaborator, who fosters productive working relationships among members of the staff and board and with colleagues of partner organizations. The MHC is seeking an advocate, who will advance MHC’s mission with the public, educational institutions, private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, public officials and elected representatives. The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:


  • Master’s degree with PhD preferred
  • Minimum of five years of senior management and leadership experience, preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and strengthening partnerships and build constituencies
  • Demonstrated experience in team building and supervision of staff and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing and adapting fundraising strategies to cultivate and increase funding
  • Demonstrated willingness to embrace technological change


  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate, solicit and steward donors to raise funds
  • Demonstrated experience administering a budget that includes substantial federal funds
  • Demonstrated skill in grant writing and administration

Under the direction of the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for managing the daily operation of the organization as well as guiding the implementation of the mission of the MHC. The Executive Director reports directly to the Chair and the Executive Committee. The successful candidate must be able to travel statewide and represent MHC in both speaking and writing.

MHC is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion. MHC maintains a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

This full time position offers an attractive compensation and benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with responsibilities and experience. The anticipated start date is on or near October 15, 2013 or as soon as the selected candidate is available.

Candidate screening begins September 15, 2013 and continues until the position is filled. 

Candidates should submit a cover letter presenting their vision for the Mississippi Humanities Council and describing how their training and experience address the desired qualifications, their philosophy of management, compensation requirements, a current resume and three references with complete contact information.

Only email applications will be accepted. Send application materials by email attachment to Questions regarding the search should be submitted in writing to Pamela Pridgen, Chair by email to

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