Boston, MA

Historic New England seeks an entrepreneurial and accomplished leader to serve as its next President and Chief Executive Officer (“President/CEO”). Working with the Board and staff of Historic New England, the President/CEO will provide strategic direction for the nation’s oldest and largest regional heritage organization.

With 37 historic sites, 161 buildings, 1,284 acres of farmland, fields, forests, and gardens, and 123,000 household objects, Historic New England has a presence in 6 states, has 9,200 household members in 47 states, and welcomed a record 214,651 visitors to its properties in 2018. This is an opportunity to lead a highly respected and operationally sophisticated organization, one that safeguards the region’s cultural heritage and shapes historic understanding and awareness.

Historic New England is a preservation organization that encompasses physical structures, landscapes, fine and decorative arts, interior design, and material culture, connecting them and presenting stories about the human experience. Historic New England collects and exhibits historic buildings, objects, archival materials, and stories from the past to the present; develops and provides expertise in preservation techniques and materials; supports and educates professionals and the general public through programs and events; and stewards and testifies to the region’s history and culture. Its pioneering easement program for privately held historical properties is a model in the nation and the field.

The next President/CEO will join the organization at a propitious moment. Finances, systems, and operations have all been strengthened. Membership and visitation have grown steadily, as has annual giving. Among institutional stakeholders, there is keen interest in exploring new ventures, examining existing strengths, and prioritizing resource investment to enhance visibility and philanthropic support. The next President/CEO will therefore have the chance—and a broad mandate—to formulate a vision that will have immediate and long-term impact on the future of the organization.

Historic New England seeks an accomplished leader with a passion for the organization’s future and a commitment to its historic purpose. The President/CEO will possess the knowledge to develop and implement a galvanizing vision for Historic New England; the passion to advocate for the value of a leading historic preservation and cultural heritage organization; the skills to enhance and leverage financial and physical resources; the ability to inspire, empower, and develop staff; and demonstrated success in developing secure sustainable philanthropic support to meet the organization’s strategic requirements and aspirations.

Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, has been retained to support the search committee in this effort. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters can be sent electronically to:

Anita Tien, Partner
Micah Pierce, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.