COCIS Jobline Your Source for Professional, Pre-Professional, and Internship Positions

Executive Director, Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA


The Congregational Library & Archives (CLA) fosters deeper understanding of the spiritual, intellectual, cultural, and civic dimensions of the Congregational story and its ongoing relevance by collecting and sharing materials and by actively engaging with faith communities, scholars,  and the general public.  

To carry out this mission, the CLA preserves and makes available materials pertaining to  Congregationalism, the history of which has been interwoven with the development of the  United States since the seventeenth century. The CLA’s library and archives holds a rich  collection of historical materials, 225,000 archival and published items, which have significance 

not only for church history, but also for social and political history, and genealogy. It shares  them freely by facilitating research and offering programs designed to explain the nature of the  Congregational tradition, helping to illuminate our society’s past and to inform the present. In  the last two decades it has acquired, digitized, and transcribed early New England records in  collaboration with an array of churches, historical societies, universities, and cultural institutions.  

In the two years before the COVID pandemic, the CLA embarked on a significant transition,  selling its building, conducting a capital campaign, and renovating its facilities, now leased from  the building owner. A staff of five currently operates the library and archives with an annual  budget of $1.9 million. 

After a two-year period of limited public access to its facilities due to COVID, the CLA now seeks  to build on its expert staff, its extensive holdings, and its fascinating history to make itself  valuable and accessible for the twenty-first century. It now seeks a new leader to guide its exciting transformation into a widely known and connected cultural institution contributing  vitally to the nation’s intellectual life. 

Candidate Profile 

The successful candidate will be a motivated, ambitious person with a record of effective  leadership in a nonprofit, scholarly, or cultural organization. Outgoing and sociable, the Director will relish renewing and establishing connections among and beyond the CLA’s traditional  stakeholders. The Director will be an experienced, skilled fundraiser. Respect and enthusiasm  for scholarship, American history, and the Congregational story is essential; expertise in any of  these is valuable, but not required. A high regard for the value of research libraries and the  challenge of defining the role of such institutions in a digital world is essential, but experience working in one is not required. This person will need to be focused on management, external  partners, and donors. The new leader will have a record of strong, collegial working  relationships with a governing board and staff. 

Key Responsibilities 

• Collaborate productively with the Board and staff to forge consensus around strategic  and operational plans which link CLA activities to funding sources and key  constituencies. 

• Play a central role in raising funds from individuals, foundations, and government grants  to support operations. 

• Manage human and financial resources wisely to achieve agreed-upon goals.

• Ensure effective public relations and communications to support a positive profile for  the CLA. 

• Oversee development of engaging programs that expand the CLA’s audience. 


• Proven skills as a manager of people and operations in a nonprofit setting. A good  morale builder. 

• A record of successful fundraising: capital, major gifts, sponsorships, and grants.

• Strong oral and written communications skills. 

• Ability to convey enthusiasm for and commitment to research libraries, the  Congregational tradition, history, and related public programming to all current and  potential constituents. 

• B.A. required. M.A. in public history, nonprofit management, or a similar field preferred.

• At least three years of successful experience leading a humanities organization (or a  department within one) with significant supervisory and financial responsibility.

• Comfort in working with faith communities. 

For more information please see the full posting

How to Apply:

Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, resumé or CV, salary requirement and names of 3  references and your professional relationship, with contact information by May 2, 2022, to:  Scott Stevens, Senior Search Consultant, Museum Search & Reference at:  [email protected]. References will not be contacted without prior  permission of the applicant.